quote-marksCharles Day

Co Founder The Lookinglass

“Crazy is …..”

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE A MAVERICK?

“Somebody that see’s things differently. Somebody who is willing to work against the crowd. Somebody who’s not afraid to be told they are wrong and are prepared to have that conversation.”

CHARLES’ BIO

Charles Day is Co Founder of The Lookinglass which helps leaders and their organizations to unlock the economic power of creativity.

He works with many of the world’s most disruptive companies – from global brands to entrepreneurs – and he is an executive coach to some of the world’s most celebrated creative leaders.

Charles is an Adjunct Professor at New York’s Columbia University, where he teaches the art and science of building companies that unlock ‘Profitable Creativity’.  He is also proud to be a board member of PAWS Chicago, one of the world’s most progressive and innovative animal welfare organizations. He and his wife have four dogs – each of which Charles claims was a strategic decision.

WHY CHARLES WAS INTERVIEWED

I came across this article in Fast Company http://www.fastcocreate.com/1683223/the-4-weapons-of-exceptional-creative-leaders. Charles was ‘delighted’ to participate.   Charles is knowledgeable, sees the biggest potential opportunity that others can’t see and is Sherlock Holmesian in his style.

HOW ARE CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION RELATED TO BEING A MAVERICK?

“I think the two [creativity and mavericks] are essentially the same because creativity is about original thought, it’s about solving problems through original thought. And I think being a maverick is a great sort of brand label for people who are willing to think about things differently. So I think most people truthfully are creative thinkers; the education system tends to filter a lot of it out unfortunately. I think innovation is the application of creativity.   So as an original thinker if you are focused on problems and you think about them originally, then innovation is really the ability to then take the solution and turn it into practice.”

IS THERE ANYONE WHO’S A MAVERICK THAT INSPIRES YOU?

Steve Jobs the American information technology entrepreneur and inventor.  Reed Hastings, entrepreneur, philanthropist, Co Founder and CEO Netflix.  Howard Shultz  Chairman and CEO Starbucks.  President Obama 44th President of the United States.

KEY LEARN FROM INTERVIEW

Focused people are genuine about their bandwidth so they only commit where they can honour that commitment.

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