Posts in category: Creativity

True rebels

Here’s a collection of stray thoughts I have had over the past few weeks on rebellion (no, not the Che emblazoned hipster type.) Creative problem solving is an act of rebellion – rebellion against what has been done before; against the status quo. True rebels do what...

Male mental illness costs business $237m a year

“The study by the Inspire Foundation has found mental illness in young men costs the Australian economy $3.3 billion a year. … Australia loses … 9.5 days per person – each year …, and the cost to business was around $237 million a year...

Workplace abuse

If you want to be more innovative and attract good talent, you need to face the issue of abuse in the workplace. No one can possibly be at their best and most creative when they feel vulnerable, humiliated, intimidated, isolated and helpless! Workplace bullying...

Fake smiles at work

Fake smiles at work may be unhealthy! Who’d’ve thought that?! This Confession of a Corporate Drone highlighted some “fun” facts as “faking positive feelings at work was associated with lower employee satisfaction and increased job...

Leveraging the introverted in brainstorming

Introverts and Extroverts are differently social, according to a recent Huffington Post article. When it comes to being creative and generating ideas, introverts prefer to go it quietly alone while extroverts prefer a stimulating group brainstorming session. As an...

Don’t forget convenience

There are other ways beyond the obvious that affect how people make purchasing decisions: people may not always want the biggest, fastest, cheapest or bestest. We think we buy technology by the most powerful, the most hi-res, or high-def. When...
Has “innovation” lost all meaning?

Has “innovation” lost all meaning?

When politicians start getting on a bandwagon, it is probably time to get off! If you’ve been following the meme parade in American business jargon these days, you may, like The Reg, have become mightily sick of the word “innovation”, which is now so...

Texting makes you stupid

University of Calgary researcher Joan Lee has shown that using textisms makes you stupid. Textism – sometimes also called lingo – is the use of “pneumonic devices or shortening of words into text form such as LOL, OMG, TTYL, L8R, H8, luv, ect.” (From the...

Too busy “productivising” to be inspired

This article on News.com.au entitled Four steps to work on the go illustrates precisely why many of us are unable to be more innovative. The article advocated: Using our mobile phones to talk, read documents and use apps while walking between appointments. Grabbing...

Trading crutches for scaffolding

A crutch is something we use to prop up an internal inadequacy. Such that we can make ourselves more like, or as able as, others. Scaffolding is a tool to build something greater than ourselves, beyond what we thought we could be. Some common crutches in business:...

“Of the time…”

We forget that our currently entrenched market, economic, political, social and educational systems were at some stage designed by us. These are systems “of the time;” invented by people “of the time;” for challenges “of the time!” And guess what? Times have...

On self esteem and being open-minded

Most people know only what they know, and don’t know what they don’t know. They don’t bother discovering what they don’t know. Some people know they don’t know, and yet deliberately seek not to know. This is aptly called wilful ignorance. Being wilfully ignorant or...

Steve Jobs reality distortion

“If you were listing the 1000 adjectives for Steve, kindness would not be up there,” says Walter Isaacson, the biographer of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. “He seemed to live as if the normal rules didn’t apply to him.” Of course you can...

Downsizing trends and opportunities

Downsizing trends from Haydn Shaughnessy’s article on Forbes.com via Bob Jacobson. Replace vacations with lifestyle options in sport and leisure. Example: urban kayaking. Make routine tasks more fun, rewarding and satisfying. Example: the window farm. Cheap and good...

Dieter Rams 10 Commandments of Good Design

Good design is innovative. Good design makes a product useful. Good design is aesthetic. Good design makes a product understandable. Good design is unobtrusive. Good design is honest. Good design is long-lasting. Good design is thorough, down to the last detail. Good...

Have we lost the ability to wonder?

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” — Greek proverb. We are a very much a heads-down society. We have smart phones and tablets that connect us to an endless stream of bite-sized input. We have games that addict us to easy inane rewards for repetitive activity...
Seeing patterns

Seeing patterns

The ability to see patterns is a powerful tool to understand complexity and innovate. The problem sometimes is not such much of ability as that of not getting to the optimal vantage point. Example: Rhett Dashwood’s Google Earth Alphabet. I believe we are wired to see...

Growth

Whenever most people think of growth in business, they think of more people, bigger premises, more branches, a larger slice of the market, and of course more profits. If you were a big business, you may have little choice but to think only of these aspects. That is...

The practice of zooming in and out

When you are working in your word processor, do you find yourself zooming in to edit the text then zooming out to see how the text sits on the pages? Zooming out to see the whole page lets you review how you have clustered your concepts (clustered as paragraphs), how...

Learn to see the world differently

This is an interesting article with several great anecdotes on business successes that came from seeing the world differently: The Key to Design Insights: See the World Differently. We can observe the world around us. But it is the insights that empower us....
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