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Green Welcome Sign featuring Santa, Hand Painted on Reclaimed Barn Wood, Rustic Barn Wood, Christmas Decoration, Welcome Santa Sign This Green WELCOME Santa sign is based on a Susan Jill Hall design. It has been adjusted and adapted to fit on to a piece of old reclaimed barn wood. The barn wood measures 10 inches tall x 7 1/2 inches wide and is 13 1/2 inches tall to include the fencing wire. Fencing wire is used as a hanger and has jingle bells and a piece of homespun fabric as a decoration …

Most folks are born creative. As children, we experience imaginary play, ask outlandish questions, draw blobs and call them dinosaurs. But as time passes, due to socialization and formal education, many of us learn to stifle those impulses. We figure out how to be warier of judgment, more cautious, more analytical. The world appears to divide into “creatives” and “noncreatives,” and many folks consciously or unconsciously resign themselves to the latter category. And yet we know that creativity is important to success in a discipline or industry. According to a current IBM survey of chief executives worldwide, it’s one of the most sought-after trait in leaders today. No one can deny that creativeness has enabled the increase and continued success of various companies, from start-ups like Facebook and Google to stalwarts like Procter & Gamble and General Electric. Students often arrived at Stanford University’s “” (which has been founded by one of us—David Kelley—which is formally called the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design) to formulate their creativity. Clients help IDEO, our design and innovation consultancy, for similar reason. But on the way, we’ve found out that our responsibility isn’t to teach them creativity. It’s to assist them rediscover their creative confidence—the natural power to develop new ideas as well as the courage to try them out. We do this by giving them strategies to see through four fears that hold many people back: concern with the messy unknown, fear of being judged, nervous about the first task, and fear of losing control. Easier said than done, you may argue. But we all know it’s possible for people to overcome even their most deep-seated fears. Consider the work of Albert Bandura, a world-renowned psychologist and Stanford professor. In one group of early experiments, he helped people conquer lifelong snake phobias by guiding them by way of a number of increasingly demanding interactions. They would begin by watching a snake through a two-way mirror. Once comfortable with that, they’d progress to observing it through an open door, then to watching another individual touch the snake, then to touching it themselves through a heavy leather glove, and, finally, quickly, to touching it with their own bare hands. Bandura calls this procedure for experiencing one small success after another “guided mastery.” The individuals who had it weren’t just cured of the crippling fear they'd assumed was untreatable. They also had less anxiety and much more success in other parts of these lives, using new and potentially frightening activities like horseback riding and public speaking. They tried harder, persevered longer, along more resilience when confronted with failure. They had gained a fresh confidence of their power to attain the things they attempt to do.

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