David Kenny on How to Manage Creatives

Kenny:    Well, I always say, if you look up “create” in the dictionary, it means to do something for the very first time, to be original, and I love creativity, I love new ideas, I love originality, and we have to foster that and celebrate that and take a lot of risk to get that done.  At the same time, if you look at making money in the world, making money is about finding something creative and then replicating it without changing it, because if you’re always changing and you’re always creating, you can’t ever catch up.  You’re always spending new money to create something new, and I think this balance of creation and replication is always the challenge, because we have to figure out when we’ve got an idea that’s good enough, that we should just replicate it, and when we want to constantly be creating new ideas, and that balance of creation and replication is probably the hardest thing we’ve got going in our business. 

David Kenny talks about ways to direct abstract thinkers.

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  • CERN is trying to create artificial black holes right now, but don't worry, it's not dangerous. Scientists there are attempting to smash two particles together with such intensity that it creates a black hole that would live for just a millionth of a second.
  • Thaller uses a brilliant analogy involving a rubber sheet, a marble, and an elephant to explain why different black holes have varying densities. Watch and learn!
  • Bonus fact: If the Earth became a black hole, it would be crushed to the size of a ping-pong ball.

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  • While it's one of the best on Earth, the human brain has a lot of trouble accounting for certain problems.
  • We've evolved to think of reality in a very specific way, but there are plenty of paradoxes out there to suggest that reality doesn't work quite the way we think it does.
  • Considering these paradoxes is a great way to come to grips with how incomplete our understanding of the universe really is.
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  • The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
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