About Nick Skillicorn

Chief Editor of and Founder / CEO of Improvides Innovation Consulting. Coach / Speaker / Author / TEDx Speaker / Voted as the world's #5 Innovation blogger in 2016, I help individuals and companies build their creativity and innovation capabilities, so you can develop the next breakthrough idea which customers love.
21 07, 2017

15 most important Innovation Theories your company should be using

By | 2017-07-21T18:30:43+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Innovation|0 Comments

Every company says that innovation is important, and that they value the ideas of their people. In fact, creativity is becoming a core skill which companies know they need in the future. Yet the problem lies in the fact that so few established companies actually know how to go about getting value out of their [...]

6 07, 2017

Podcast #016 Tony Ulwick – Origin of the “Jobs to be done” innovation theory

By | 2017-07-07T09:23:54+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Podcasts|0 Comments

In this episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Tony Ulwick, CEO of Strategyn and the person who introduced the world to the Jobs to be Done theory of innovation. Topics covered in this episode: His initial experience of failure at IBM with the PC Junior and how it triggered the search for the process to [...]

30 06, 2017

The most important HR document in the history of Silicon Valley innovation

By | 2017-06-30T17:24:18+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Leadership, Podcasts|0 Comments

In Silicon Valley, there is a document which has become legendary. It is a document which outlines some of the company and HR policies which have created a company which completely disrupted an industry sector. And much of its value comes from the fact that it contains policies which seem so ridiculous in theory, but [...]

30 06, 2017

Dr Beau Lotto on how being creative requires the brain to do what it fears most

By | 2017-06-30T16:17:38+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Creativity|0 Comments

In this interesting perspective video (above) from Dr Beau Lotto, we find out why being creative is one of the things which the brain fears most. At a high level, it is all about the fact that the brain is designed to reduce and remove uncertainty from our lives. It was designed to learn and [...]

23 06, 2017

Podcast #015 Samuel West – What can we learn from the museum of failure?

By | 2017-06-23T13:38:54+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Podcasts|1 Comment

In this episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, I speak with Samuel West, the creator and curator of the Museum of Failure in Helsingborg, Sweden. The Museum of Failure is a collection of interesting innovation failures. The majority of all innovation projects fail and the museum showcases these failures to provide visitors with a [...]

22 06, 2017

Inspirational and creative furniture made from folding woods

By | 2017-06-22T16:34:30+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Inspiration|0 Comments

Check out this video to see some amazingly creative furniture designed by Dutch designer Robert van Embricqs. Created using just a single piece of bamboo and strategically cut and fit together, each piece transforms from a flat slab of wood into a functional piece of furniture. A table. A chair. A bowl. What else could there [...]

16 06, 2017

Silent Geniuses: Why we need more respect for the creativity of introverts

By | 2017-06-16T18:06:05+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Creativity|2 Comments

Share this post with anyone who you know who wishes that they had the courage to speak up and let people know about their ideas. Imagine what you think a "creative person" looks like, and what they behave like. Chances are, you probably have a picture of someone coming up with lots of ideas. Maybe [...]

16 06, 2017

The 9 indicators that your corporate innovation programme is failing

By | 2017-06-16T11:47:53+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Innovation|1 Comment

My colleagues over at the Board of Innovation have put together a great little Slideshare presentation which I recommend everyone have a look at. It is all about the indicators that an innovation programme may in fact be failing. Check out the slideshare here below: 9 Indicators That Prove That Your Innovation Programme Will Fail [...]

15 06, 2017

Bad idea of the Week: Kronum – an overly complicated sport nobody wanted

By | 2017-06-15T17:12:25+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Innovation|1 Comment

In "Bad Ideas of the Week", we highlight the inventions which people tried to get off the ground but which failed and we can learn from. This week, I want to bring you the story of a new sport which was doomed from the start as a concept. It is called Kronum, and was designed to [...]

9 06, 2017

What is Design Thinking? Extensive interview with Tom Kelley from IDEO

By | 2017-06-09T15:04:10+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Innovation|1 Comment

One of the most important figures in the field of Design Thinking is Tom Kelley, one of the heads of IDEO along with his brother David. Recently, Tom was interviewed by High Resolution (video above) about his thoughts on Innovation and Design Thinking. Main points discussed in the interview: Design isn't a thing, it is a [...]

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