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What is your creative process?
Thomas A. Stewart is the Chief Marketing and Knowledge Officer (CMKO) of the global management consulting firm Booz & Company. Stewart most recently served as editor and managing director of Harvard Business Review, and is a best-selling author, an authority on intellectual capital and knowledge management, and an influential thought leader on global management issues and ideas.
During Stewart’s six years with Harvard Business Review, the magazine was a two-time finalist for general excellence in the National Magazine Awards, and received an “Eddie” in 2007 from Folio Magazine.
Previously, Stewart served as the editorial director for Business 2.0 and as a member of Fortune’s Board of Editors. He is the author of two books, Intellectual Capital: The New Wealth of Organizations, and The Wealth of Knowledge: Intellectual Capital and the 21st Century Organization, published by Doubleday Business in 1998 and 2003, respectively.
Stewart is a fellow of the World Economic Forum. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College, and holds an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Cass School of Business at City University, London.
Question: What's your creative process?
Tom Stewart: I once was doing an article that I was doing in Fortune magazine. I did an article about power. I actually did two of them about power in corporations. And I got very interested in psychological testing and how … and because there was a fad. This was, I can’t remember, seven or eight years ago. There was a fad for giving psychological tests to people before they got promoted . . . Meyers-Briggs tests, but also other kinds of tests. I also was intrigued because back in the 1950s, there was a fad for aptitude tests. And in fact it was concern with the aptitude test fads that got … to start writing the book that became the organization of the articles for Fortune … became the organization. And included in that book was a chapter on how to cheat on aptitude tests – how to take them and how to cheat on them. So I got interested in the personality tests, and I went to a psychologist friend and I said, “Would you teach me how to cheat on psychology tests?” And she said, “No, I can’t. I’m not allowed. There are professional standards. But I’ll give you one. I’ll give you the battery that I give.” Because she does executive coaching and so on and so on. So she gave me this battery of tests and gave me the feedback. And out of it … and of course I tried to cheat … and I … But out of it I got some interesting feedback in which she said that … that she was intrigued by the way that my mind worked. Because she found that … that my mind worked in a way that not too many other people in her experience … experience did. Which … which is it made all kinds of connections to things in strange ways. I would, you know … I’d leap from A to Z to M to L to P, and I’d pull in things from … from a whole lot of sources and sort of dance around topics until I’d get it right. And if I get passionate about an idea, I swarm it. I overdo it. I kill it. You know I … I just go all over it until I think I understand it. Or until … or until I’m bored and I go somewhere else. So it’s that kind of … There’s not an orderly process. It’s a fairly physical process. I mean, there’s a … I … I squirm a lot around in my chair when I’m excited by an idea, or I start talking to people. I wanna run it by them. So it … it’s kind of a noisy … a noisy process of seeing connections and getting excited by them.
Recorded on: 6/22/07
Tom Stewart's creative process is far from orderly.
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Bacteria under microscope
needpix.com<p>Today, bubonic plague can be treated effectively with antibiotics.</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Unlike in the 14th century, we now have an understanding of how this disease is transmitted," Dr. Shanthi Kappagoda, an infectious disease physician at Stanford Health Care, told <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">Healthline</a>. "We know how to prevent it — avoid handling sick or dead animals in areas where there is transmission. We are also able to treat patients who are infected with effective antibiotics, and can give antibiotics to people who may have been exposed to the bacteria [and] prevent them [from] getting sick."</p>
This plague patient is displaying a swollen, ruptured inguinal lymph node, or buboe.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention<p>Still, hundreds of people develop bubonic plague every year. In the U.S., a handful of cases occur annually, particularly in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/plague/faq/index.html" target="_blank">where habitats allow the bacteria to spread more easily among wild rodent populations</a>. But these cases are very rare, mainly because you need to be in close contact with rodents in order to get infected. And though plague can spread from human to human, this <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">only occurs with pneumonic plague</a>, and transmission is also rare.</p>
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