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…

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….

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…

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….

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…

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…

Grounded vision

A whimsical illustration. Just because. Buy t-shirts, mugs, phone cases and journals here on Redbubble.

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…

Use the whole wall

Why use small monitors when you can use the entire wall?! This is the arrivals information display wall at Vienna airport.

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,…

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)….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Global awareness, personal power

Even as our awareness expands to the global scale, the locus of control has been increasingly contracting to a more personal sphere. Apart from oddballs like North Korea,…

Reframing for new perspectives

What if the problem you are facing now is actually a blessing? List all the positives you can possibly imagine. However fantastic. Reframing a problem changes our perspective, and in…

Answers from unexpected places

Most of us are trained to think in a linear way within the confines of our subject-matter specialisations. Where the variables are constrained (ie when our jobs are more tightly…

Start an ideas diary

Starting and maintaining an ideas diary is a great way to exercise your creativity. Get a small paper note book – either feinted or blank. Or you can…

 

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