Why do some leaders get stuck when they try to unlock creativity? In a time already dubbed by business experts as “the year of innovation,” this question is more relevant than ever. But, unsticking might be easier than we think.
Known as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” Austrian-born Hedwig Kiesler, known to U.S. audiences as Hedy Lamarr, appeared in more than 30 films between 1930 and 1958, and inspired the likenesses of Disney’s Snow White and DC’s Catwoman. Her glamorous exterior, however, hid a creative mind with a nearly inexhaustible capacity to reinvent herself, and the genius behind some of today’s most used technology, including cell phones, GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. How did a movie star, who never finished high school, accomplish this? Two of her core beliefs, in particular, offer valuable lessons for today’s leaders:
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