Saturday, September 26, 2015

The magic of collective creativity

Several years ago, Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull shared his thoughts on how the studio fosters creativity and how, when creating an original product, the initial idea is not the most important element. It is, in fact, the people and culture. As Catmull puts it, it is about preserving the “confluence of forces necessary to create magic.”

That includes the concept that creativity is not a solo act or a single idea, but rather several people from different disciplines working together to solve challenges and creating more than just an initial idea but many other ideas that support it. In the case of a movie, that can be tens of thousands of ideas from hundreds of people. For collective creativity to work, there must be an environment where people support one another. Once you reach that level, you have the foundation for some of the most inspiring creativity.

Barry LaBov
LABOV Marketing Communications and Training

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Alignment versus assignment

In business, there are those partners who focus solely on the assignment at hand and others who act as alignment partners, offering a deeper level of expertise by focusing on the needs and goals of a business. They act as advocates, confidantes and extensions of the company’s team. This is more important than ever, as many companies operate with fewer staff than in the past. 

An alignment partner will work with a company to connect business strategy, resources and goals, then spearhead execution of a strategic plan, which strained departments often don’t have time to do. Alignment partners will fully immerse themselves in a company and its brand, which includes learning the brilliance of a product, service, process, technology or innovation. It is an effort to discover the what and how, but most importantly the why a business is doing what it’s doing.

Focusing on alignment over assignment can yield highly rewarding business relationships and results that can change a company for the better. It’s ok to admit you can’t do everything yourself. A true partner can provide the extra help you need to achieve your goals and improve your business.

Barry LaBov
LABOV Marketing Communications and Training

Saturday, August 8, 2015


The best definition I have ever heard for the word integrity is:

Doing the right thing even if no one is watching.

What a great definition. If we all behaved this way, imagine how simple it would be? Complete transparency, great intentions, open mindedness, no fear, etc.

Having integrity doesn’t mean doing what you feel in the moment or doing it your way. It means doing what is best for all concerned and if that means raising your hand and admitting you made a mistake, all the better. If it means you are not comfortable with a situation, you ask for help.

The “even if no one is watching” part of the definition is where it hits the bullseye. The reality is we should behave as if everyone is watching, because ultimately they are. Eventually, it comes to someone’s attention; at some point another person will know.

Might as well assume the world is watching and taking note. If we hide what we do, it will erode our relationships, even if in the moment, we got away with it.

Barry LaBov
LABOV Marketing Communications and Training