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.
18 02, 2019

Podcast S2E29: Daniel Lock – How to effectively run change management programs

By |2019-02-18T22:22:08+00:00February 18th, 2019|Podcasts|0 Comments

In today's episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with Daniel Lock. Daniel is a Change Management expert from Sydney, and we speak about what it takes for an organisation to effectively implement large-scale change programs. Topics covered in today's episode: [02:30] - Getting involved in the Change Management Institute [03:30] - What [...]

18 02, 2019

The single best way to improve your brainstorming sessions

By |2019-02-18T20:58:07+00:00February 18th, 2019|Innovation|0 Comments

Brainstorming doesn't work. At least, not the way most companies do it. And that is because most brainstorming sessions are not designed to deliver results for the company, only for the facilitator. You may have seen the four basic rules of brainstorming, taken from Alex Osborn's Applied Imagination: The Four Rules of Brainstorming: Go for [...]

13 02, 2019

How to use a vending machine to improve your creativity instantly

By |2019-02-13T16:58:06+00:00February 13th, 2019|Creativity|0 Comments

Want a short term boost to your creativity, while you get a snack at the same time? In the video above, I show you my simple trick (backed by science) on how to change your everyday habits to make you instantly more creative. It is based on research by Dr. Simone Ritter, which shows that [...]

12 02, 2019

Is your company just performing “Innovation Theatre”?

By |2019-02-12T18:39:38+00:00February 12th, 2019|Innovation|0 Comments

Most companies say that they are investing in innovation. They will showcase large initiatives for gaining ideas and suggestions from across the organisation. They will point to their last brainstorming session and say how successful it was, how it produced hundreds of ideas (or at least post it notes). And they will proudly announce to [...]

11 02, 2019

The ‘perfect’ office layout for innovation and productivity

By |2019-02-12T12:55:15+00:00February 11th, 2019|Innovation, Podcasts|0 Comments

Contents Future offices need to be flexible The death of open plan offices What office environments make people more creative? The 'perfect' office environment for innovation and productivity Conclusion and sources Everyone has seen pictures of the amazing open plan offices in Silicon Valley startups, which offer their staff quirks and perks: Wall paintings by [...]

6 02, 2019

Peter Drucker on the importance of doing the right type of work

By |2019-02-06T18:03:50+00:00February 6th, 2019|Leadership|1 Comment

One of the more important quotes about effective innovation comes from the great management thinker Peter Drucker. He challenged companies to ask themselves if they were spending their effort and resources on the right things. In so many cases, companies try to continually improve the efficiency of their processes, instead of asking the harder question [...]

5 02, 2019

Ugly babies – why all ideas are born imperfect

By |2019-02-05T13:47:17+00:00February 5th, 2019|Creativity|0 Comments

Why is it that even though you think that your idea is amazing, other people aren't as enthusiastic? It might just be because you are suffering from ugly baby syndrome. This is a situation a lot of entrepreneurs and creative people find themselves in, where they believe they have developed something fantastic, but when they [...]

1 02, 2019

Is diversity in a team good or bad for innovation?

By |2019-02-01T15:03:34+00:00February 1st, 2019|Leadership|1 Comment

Is diversity actually as good for innovation as most experts say? Or is this just a policy issue which doesn't have much evidence to show performance improvements? In the video above, I go through a series of research studies which provide some numbers behind the assertions. In this article, I go through those studies, as well [...]

30 01, 2019

What are the three things every idea needs to be successful? The balanced breakthrough model

By |2019-01-30T18:58:20+00:00January 30th, 2019|Innovation|0 Comments

What are the three things which every idea needs to be successful? At Deloitte, we have found that in order for an idea to succeed, it needs to possess three key attributes. Together, these three criteria form what we call the Balanced Breakthrough model The Balanced Breakthrough Model the balanced breakthrough model In [...]

30 01, 2019

The Tyranny of the Blank Page: How to get over writer’s block

By |2019-01-30T18:19:02+00:00January 30th, 2019|Innovation|0 Comments

Why are blank pages so scary? Whether it is in the form of a book to be written, a presentation to be delivered, a song to be scribed or any other creative output. The sight of a blank page is enough to prevent many people from ever getting started. But why is this? While there [...]

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