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Social Media Roundup: The Creation of a Creative Thinker

By Emma Beck / Sep 9, 2013 (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

A serial entrepreneur lends his two-pence on qualities that spark the creative thinker. Also: The association professional’s reading list gets a refresh.

More entrepreneurs are artists, and all artists are entrepreneurs, says Faisal Hoque, founder and CEO of  management solutions provider BTM Corporation. Profession aside, creative thinking flows along similar wavelengths. But is there one definition for what fuels imaginative thought?

The details, and more, in today’s Social Media Roundup:

Weaving creative threads

Is this you? The means tailor to the wearer, though the patterns cross among different applications. Creative thinkers fuse imagination to liven the norm and shape the new. What runs through these workers minds, and what fuels their innovative drive? Faisal Hoque, in his Fast Company article “10 Paradoxical Traits of Creative People,” evaluates the force behind imaginative thought. Do the creative balance surplus energy with moments of relaxation? Are they humble and proud, rebellious and conservative? It’s for you to answer, but Hoque, quoting positive psychology pioneer Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, suggests that a creative person’s strength lies in “their ability … to make do with whatever is at hand to reach their goals.” Your association might do well to seek out a creative worker among your office employees. (ht @avconceptsinc)

Rekindled Reads

Join the book club: Charge up your e-reader (or stand by the traditional hardback cover); Steve Drake of SCD Group has whipped up some must-read book recommendations for the association professional. Flip through the inspiring stories of successful people (Outliers, by Malcom Gladwell), or delve into the big book of why (Start with Why, by Simon Sinek). You’ll find yourself reevaluating what it takes to ramp up process to reach results. Read away … and then step back. You should see your association through refreshed eyes. (ht @SarahLugo)

What association-minded books are you reading? Let us know in the comments.

Emma Beck

Emma Beck is a contributor to Associations Now. More »

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