Posts in category: Creativity

Can your business bank help (with innovation)?

Can your business bank help (with innovation)?

A bank is necessity a conservative, cautious, slow to react or change organisation. That is their DNA, tied in with their business requirements and industry identity. Who would go to a bank that is on the cutting edge; where chaos, uncertainty, and bleeding occurs?!...
Three dimensions for understanding a problem

Three dimensions for understanding a problem

Looking at a problem across the following three dimensions may be useful in helping us better understand and problem, reframe our perceptions, and find ways to move forward. Is it you or the circumstance? Sometimes the problem is not us, but rather the circumstance we...
Anxiety blocks creativity

Anxiety blocks creativity

“…feelings of anxiety stimulate your limbic system, causing your brain to release stress hormones. The limbic system stops communicating with the cerebral cortex, the part of your brain responsible for creativity. Your heart pounds, you stop being able to...
Recruitment approach limits fresh thinking?

Recruitment approach limits fresh thinking?

Employers continue to play it safe; while still saying they want fresh thinking and innovation. …employers explicitly look for certainty about productivity and fit in their new hires. The data is divided by level of uncertainty. Narrow experience in a firm’s...
On-trend is myopic

On-trend is myopic

Being on-trend may be cool and helps us to fit in. But it does limit our outlook. The nature of being trendy is to be exclusionary. Being on-trend means we are into the stuff that is popular right now, and not be into everything else. If we are not careful (ie not...
How to become more innovative

How to become more innovative

You want to be a doctor? You go to medical school. You spend the specified amount of time and money. And you become a doctor. It is a straightforward path. You want to be innovative? That route is nowhere near as direct or clear. No matter how attractively packaged...
Grounded vision

Grounded vision

A whimsical illustration. Just because. Buy t-shirts, mugs, phone cases and journals here on...
What drives a closed mind?

What drives a closed mind?

What would compel someone to be so rigid, inflexible and exclusive with their thinking that they end up disrupting discussions and alienating themselves from groups? I noticed these unhelpful and disruptive behaviours from someone in a group ideation session recently...
Use the whole wall

Use the whole wall

Why use small monitors when you can use the entire wall?! This is the arrivals information display wall at Vienna...
Selling game alphas is the ultimate lean

Selling game alphas is the ultimate lean

Game companies selling alpha-release (essentially unfinished, work-in-progress) games has to represent the ultimate in lean. More game companies seem to do this. Instead of taking the more conventional, longer process of building the complete product,  testing,...
Diamond cutting: concentrate distil curate

Diamond cutting: concentrate distil curate

When a raw diamond is turned into a gemstone, more than 60 to 70 percent of the material is lost in the the cutting process (a 30-40% yield). At the same time,  the value of the remaining material increases significantly (more than double) and more than makes up for...
Visualising De Waag

Visualising De Waag

I recently had the great privilege of visiting De Waag Society in Amsterdam. I think of De Waag as a modern day art and technology guild (like the historical craft guilds), engaging in cross-disciplinary research, collaborative discovery, and civic...
Tools and operating frameworks

Tools and operating frameworks

Tools We have long built tools as a species. In recent times these tools have been information-based: mobile apps, software, computing hardware, the Internet. We currently have acces to a plethora of tools complex and simple to help us with every imaginable task...
Cross-ed FTW

Cross-ed FTW

I had the privilege to attend the final presentation of MediaLAB Amsterdam students recently. The message from students and staff is clear: there is immense value in cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural team-based learning. Cross-ed rules! It is inspiring and...
Beliefs, assumption and acceptance

Beliefs, assumption and acceptance

Why is it so hard for us to see beyond our own prejudices, to remain centred in our own humanity when confronted with people outside of our comfort zone, and be more authentically accepting of differences? Some people get terribly irrationally upset over interracial...
Let me tell you how it should be

Let me tell you how it should be

Recently in Amsterdam, I saw a young American woman telling a Starbucks staff that there was a lot more choice back home and she was not happy she couldn’t get her green berry yeast tea with unicorn dust hold the cats milk here in Amsterdam. They’re are...

Combining design thinking and applied psychology

I use three different problem-solving processes: Design Thinking, Crisis Support and Suicide First Aid. I see a great deal of similarities between them. There is a possibility to combine them to create a richer, more 360° approach. A hybrid process that is: Effective...
Driving over vs walking around potholes

Driving over vs walking around potholes

Driving a car along a potholed road is like applying brute force to solve a problem. You are going to feel the effects of the potholes. The harder you drive the solution, the more you will encounter resistance, and the more noise and dust you will throw up. An...

Design + applied psychology: A hybrid problem solving process

This is a work-in-progress hybrid process that combines three problem-solving processes I use regularly; Design Thinking, Crisis Support and Suicide First Aid: The design process strengths: creative exploration, collaboration, co-design buy-in, problem definition,...

From big external to small internal

From one of many discussions with the ineffable Bob Jacobson. Here on control, drivers for action, influence, and empowerment. Global village Village global People power Personal empowerment Mass Personal Fast and sterile Slow and rich Big Small (appropriate)...
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