Tuesday, July 23, 2013

10 insights about corporate creativity from J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler

"I talk to so many people about the lack of creativity in companies in America. Part of creativity is contrarianism, " says Mickey Drexler, CEO of J.Crew.

"Creativity battles common wisdom. Because if there's common wisdom, there's an opportunity. In my own experience, whatever was a good idea was a bad idea to most people," he says in a recent interview with Fast Company.

Here are ten of his insights on what it takes to be creative.

  1. "Every business could be creative."
  2. "Companies are in the Stone Ages organizationally."
  3. "Most companies should have a rule about how big they get."
  4. "America's companies are built to destroy creativity."
  5. "You have to keep moving forward."
  6. "I'm a very proud micromanager."
  7. "You cannot copy high quality."
  8. "You can drown in data."
  9. "It's aggravating to be a public company."
  10. "Simplicity is very difficult to achieve."

Read the full article at http://www.fastcompany.com/

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