Edward Glassman, PhD, (now retired) was the President of The Creativity College®, a division of Leadership Consulting Services, Inc. and former Professor at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where he headed the Program for Team Effectiveness and Creativity.
A former Guggenheim Fellow at Stanford University and a Visiting Fellow at The Center For Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. He led scores of creative thinking meetings and workshops for large and small organizations, including DuPont; Amoco Chemical; IBM; Texaco; Ciba-Geigy; Hoechst-Celanese; Milliken; Federal-Mogul; Calreco/Carnation; A.T.&T. Bell laboratories; Standard Products; Eastman Chemical; Thetford; Lucas Engineering (UK); and numerous others.
Classic and alternative 'outside the box' thinking puzzles.
1. What's your name?
2. Where are you from?
I was born and raised in NYC.
3. Who are you today?
4. What do you do? (Elevator speech)
Besides my writing and creating (and doing) magic tricks for my family, I work out with a personal trainer 2 times a week and on my own 2 times a week.
5. What's your story (how did you get here)?
My education (Ph.D.) allowed me to become a scientist and a professor of biochemistry & nutrition.
My lifelong learning in the form of workshops, courses, extensive reading, and other self-taught efforts enabled me to become a consultant and/or writer in education, creativity, magic, nutrition, columns for local newspapers; etc.
6. Why is creativity important to you?
WOW. Creativity provides an inherent part of human nature. We all explode with creativity. That is how we humans survived nature and developed our civilizations and diverse cultures. The difficulty for each individual consists of preserving the process and getting it out into a critical environment.
Creativity is the basis of almost everything I do: science, teaching, consulting, writing, living a full life with my family and friends.
7. When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill?
When I was about 8, I read Microbe Hunters by Paul DeKruif. From that time I decreed that 'I am a scientist,' similar to when I pretended 'I am a cowboy' when I was 5. However, from that moment, I was a scientist and focused on developing the skills and tools to becoming a better scientist.
Later in life, I became a Visiting Fellow of the Center For Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC, and stumbled into creativity training.
8. How did you embrace it?
From that experience. I announced to myself: 'I am a creativity consultant.' I went on to read extensively, attend courses and workshops, and eventually lead workshops for many large and small corporations, and write columns, articles, and books.
When I turned 80 years old, I declared: 'I am a writer,' and in five months wrote two books on magic, two on creativity, and one on nutrition and weight loss. All that information I had learned and stored throughout my life came gushing out and I didn't stop until I wrote it all down. Subsequently, I wrote my latest book on Creativity Triggers For College Students.
9. How did that feel?
10. Where has your journey taken you?
I have been a scientist and professor, an educational consultant, a creativity consultant, newspaper columnist, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, and a writer always.
I have traveled extensively as a scientist, and later as a consultant. I have a wonderful family and close friends. I live modestly so I can do the creative things I want to do. A great journey, and still moving forward.
11. What challenges have you faced?
Life is a challenge, the ultimate challenge. Passing exams and getting my Ph.D. was my greatest challenge. After that, my professorship, my consulting, my relationships: it seems that I was challenged by myself and others all along the way. And here I am. Who knew.
12. What worked for you?
Announcing to myself and a few trusted others that 'I am (a scientist, a consultant, a teacher) from the beginning, living as though that declaration were true, and working very hard to develop the skills and tools to become successful worked well for me.
I was able to have a succession of fascinating careers and have fun along the way. And I am still doing it. After all, 'I am now a writer.'
I call this approach 'forceful goal setting.'
13. What didn't work for you?
Setting goals by declaring what I wanted to 'become,' (tepid goal setting) rather than decreeing that I 'am' that person and living that new reality (forceful goal setting).
14. What three tips can you share with those starting on a similar path?
In no particular order ...
15. What are you working on now?
Another creativity book.
16. What's coming up for you in the next year?
Finishing my book
17. What else do you desire/dream to do?
Write a book with my daughter who is a leader of meditation
18. How will you make that happen?
She and I already discuss the core elements of the book.
19. What question do you want to answer that's not on this list?
What's in your book Creativity Triggers For College Students: A Frolicking Guide To Light Up Your Life?
This book brings together the modern, targeted creativity triggers that focus on the real issues within a problem and on its quality solution.
You will find three types of creativity triggers to help solve problems creatively when working alone or in groups:
Here's what else you will find:
So alter habits and apply new creativity triggers to your problems. Start making new connections from old bits & pieces in your mind, and be more successful and creative.
20. Where can folks find your work online?