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 04, 2017

The TRUE story of Post-It Notes, and how they almost failed

By | April 20th, 2017|Inspiration|0 Comments

Everyone knows the story of the humble Post-It Note, and how it represents an idea's ability to evolve and flourish. Some people would even hold up Post-It Notes as a symbol for innovation itself, much like the lightbulb is a symbol for an idea. Yet what hardly anyone knows is that Post-It Notes were amazingly [...]

17 03, 2017

The myth of a better mousetrap: A case study in bad innovation

By | March 17th, 2017|Inspiration|2 Comments

One of the most famous quotes about innovation goes as follows: Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door Unfortunately, this is not how innovation works. It was apparently attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson (although it turns out this was a misquotation) and tells people that if you create [...]

9 03, 2017

big, Big, BIG announcement: the Innovation and Creativity Summit 2017

By | March 9th, 2017|Innovation|1 Comment

After working on this in secret for months, I am thrilled to finally be able to tell you about the most exciting event of 2017: The Innovation and Creativity Summit 2017 I’ve put together more than 45 brand new interviews with some of the world’s most thought-provoking experts so you can learn their secrets [...]

9 03, 2017

How Carbon Fibre really works

By | March 9th, 2017|Curiosity|0 Comments

You have most likely heard of Carbon Fibre, the ultra-tough, lightweight material made of microscopic carbon tubes but which is stronger than steel. But have you ever thought about how it is actually produced? And why it is still so expensive? In the video above, we get a great rundown of what Carbon Fibre is, [...]

9 03, 2017

Podcast #010 Nicole Yershon – How to run a successful innovation lab

By | March 9th, 2017|Podcasts|0 Comments

In today's episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we talk to Nicole Yershon, who ran the successful Innovation Lab at Ogilvy, one of the world's largest advertising firms. We talk about what an innovation lab is, and what it takes for it to be successful and actually add value. Topics discussed today: Moving from [...]

3 03, 2017

Your lazy brain: Why thinking is actually uncomfortable

By | March 3rd, 2017|Curiosity|0 Comments

A fantastic video by Veritasium which shows how your brain usually reacts instinctively, because that is more energy efficient that actually working on a challenge. In the video above, Derek Muller shows us experimental evidence of what is known as System 1 (fast thinking) and System 2 (slow thinking). It is a concept which I [...]

3 03, 2017

Podcast #009 – Paul Hobcraft on the Three Horizons Framework

By | March 3rd, 2017|Podcasts|1 Comment

In today's episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak to innovation expert Paul Hobcraft. Paul is the founder of Agility Innovation and is well known for his insights into the Three Horizons Framework. In today's episode, we talk about: Why executives need coaching on innovation (05:35) Why senior leaders often feel like they [...]

24 02, 2017

Creativity in the music spectrum, and how that translates to business

By | February 24th, 2017|Creativity|1 Comment

As part of a big (secret) project I'm working on, I recently had a very interesting conversation with one of my colleagues, Peter Cook (previously interviewed on this Idea to Value Podcast). In it, we talked about the similarity between the different types of creativity which exist in the music industry, and how there are [...]

24 02, 2017

Podcast #008 Simon Hill – How to get everyone involved in EveryDay Innovation

By | February 24th, 2017|Podcasts|0 Comments

In today's episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak to Simon Hill, founder of Idea Management software company Wazoku. Wazoku has grown steadily in the past few years into one of the big players in the idea management space, enabling companies to gather ideas from across the entire company and track their progress [...]

14 02, 2017

Podcast #007 David Burkus (video) – How successful companies encourage innovation in their teams

By | February 14th, 2017|Podcasts|1 Comment

Important: Get your free ticket to David Burkus' upcoming Work Smarter Summit: David Burkus is a best-selling author, an award-winning podcaster, and associate professor of management at Oral Roberts University. His latest book, Under New Management, challenges the traditional and widely accepted principles of business management and proves that they are outdated, outmoded, or simply don’t work [...]

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