A tradition on The Stories of Creative Leadership Podcast is to ask our guests to share a pithy quote about each of the Seven C’s of Creative Leadership. In our last episode, we spoke with John Bell, author of Do Less Better: The Power of Strategic Sacrifice in a Complex World. It was a fantastic conversation with many, many useful insights about creative leadership, leading change, and fostering creativity. You can catch the entire interview here.
“I’ve got to tell you, I love those Seven C’s–it’s a terrific checklist for anyone who wants to break through with creativity.” -John Bell
Here’s what John had to say during his lightening round:
Communication: “This is about vision. The domain that leaders envision must be a better place for their business, their employees, and their customers. But don’t stop there, if you are a leader with creative juices don’t be afraid to be the team’s player/coach.”
Curiosity: “Rather than the question ‘Why?’ I prefer the question, ‘Why not?’ Why not establishes a place to go. So when you and your team have proven you can break through the seemingly impossible there’s nothing that can stand in your way.”
Creativity: “Step one for creative leaders is to create a culture in which big ideas are worshiped. In my business this was critical because without that culture we would never have been able to thrive against the big giants.”
Connecting: “When everyone understands that lateral thought doesn’t have to be a logical thought then there are no bad ideas. So this brings out more ideas from more people, so you get the snow-ball effect.”
Culture: “When creative leaders establish a creative culture that delivers, you have a team of believers who see the unseen.”
Change: “Ditto my last answer.”
Courage: “I think this is another way of saying you don’t have to be an entrepreneur but you have to think like one.”
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About John Bell: John is a retired consumer packaged good CEO and global strategy consultant to some of the world’s most respected blue-chip organizations. A prolific writer, Bell’s musings on strategy, leadership, and branding have appeared in various marketing journals and publications such as Fortune and Forbes. He has served as a director of several private, public, and not-for-profit organizations.