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.
20 11, 2017

Why didn’t I think of that? A reusable, square wine barrel wins design award

By | 2017-11-20T12:55:05+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Inspiration|0 Comments

Some innovations are just so simple, they make you ask yourself: "Why didn't I think of that???" This is one of those examples. A small family business of Ulrike und Thomas Lutz from Bellheim, Germany has just won a prestigious Design award for an innovation which seems like it took thousands of years and yet [...]

12 11, 2017

This emotional short animation shows how parents inadvertently stifle their children’s creativity

By | 2017-11-12T11:50:01+00:00 November 12th, 2017|Inspiration|0 Comments

This short animated film really got to me. Without speaking a single word, it illustrated how parents who think they are doing what is best for their children may inadvertently be training them to be uncreative. Watch the short film in the video above. Called Alike, it was directed by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano [...]

6 11, 2017

Diminishing law of innovation returns and the problem with “better”

By | 2017-11-06T13:23:31+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Innovation|1 Comment

Every company thinks that they can innovate by making their product better. But eventually, this concept of "better" begins to become irrelevant. If an entire industry is trying to innovate in the same way, eventually progress will become almost impossible to notice from a customer's perspective and innovation will plateau. This is not to say [...]

22 10, 2017

Nick Skillicorn and Idea to Value: now coming to you from Australia

By | 2017-10-22T10:34:35+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|News|1 Comment

Hi everyone, This week's update is going to be a bit more personal. The reason why I haven't been able to release as many articles in the last few weeks is quite simple. Over the past month, I have moved to Sydney, Australia with my lovely girlfriend. I have taken a job with Deloitte's Strategy [...]

8 10, 2017

How to keep our children (and adults) from losing their creativity

By | 2017-10-08T09:51:52+00:00 October 8th, 2017|Creativity|2 Comments

All children are born creative. Yet why is it that when we ask adults, the majority would not describe themselves as being creative anymore? What has happened over those formative years to remove a person’s ability to come up with great new ideas? Can we keep our children creative for longer? And more importantly, is [...]

8 10, 2017

Podcast #024 Prof Lav Varshney – How computers are becoming creative

By | 2017-10-08T09:34:50+00:00 October 8th, 2017|Podcasts|2 Comments

In this episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with Professor Lav Varshney from the University of Illinois about progress in the computational field of Artificial Creativity, whether there is a mathematical limit to creativity and whether a computer will ever write a symphony. It's a fascinating episode for anyone who wants to [...]

1 10, 2017

Podcast #023 Dr Valerie Young – The 5 ways people experience Impostor Syndrome

By | 2017-10-01T09:22:54+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Podcasts|0 Comments

In today's episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we talk about the Impostor Syndrome with one of the world's leading experts, Dr Valerie Young. This is something which millions of people from all occupations suffer from but may not understand the reasons for. Here, we discuss its causes, effects, and how you can deal [...]

18 09, 2017

Podcast #022 Paul Sloane – Why Leaders need to be courageous to innovate

By | 2017-09-18T14:52:42+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Podcasts|0 Comments

In today's episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we chat with Paul Sloane, one of Twitter's biggest innovation influencers and author of multiple books on the subject, including the third edition of The Leader's Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills. In this week's episode, we talk about why leader's need courage to actually try new things [...]

8 09, 2017

This is the worst business advice on the internet

By | 2017-09-08T18:29:02+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Leadership|0 Comments

This video, right here, is an example of what I would say constitutes the worst business advice on the internet.   Please, DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE FOLLOW THIS ADVICE! "But Nick, that seemed like pretty good advice, what's wrong with it???" Let me explain why... How the internet helps share knowledge There [...]

1 09, 2017

What percentage of your brain do you really use?

By | 2017-09-01T17:22:10+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Curiosity|0 Comments

We have all heard the myth that we only use 10% of our brains. But how close is this to reality? It would be more accurate to say that we only use between 1% - 16% of our brain, at any one time. This is because of the amazing way that our brain is set [...]

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