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About Nick Skillicorn

Creativity & Innovation expert: I help individuals and companies build their creativity and innovation capabilities, so you can develop the next breakthrough idea which customers love. Chief Editor of Ideatovalue.com and Founder / CEO of Improvides Innovation Consulting. Coach / Speaker / Author / TEDx Speaker / Voted as one of the most influential innovation bloggers.
12 06, 2024

How would YOU improve chess?

By |2024-06-12T10:47:25+02:00June 12th, 2024|Inspiration|0 Comments

Imagine this. You work for a board game manufacturer, and you have been asked to improve the sales of your chess games. They have been slowly falling over the past few years and your boss has asked you to come up with innovative solutions to make it more appealing and increase sales. How would you [...]

9 05, 2024

When your imagination is beyond your skill level

By |2024-05-09T09:41:13+02:00May 9th, 2024|Inspiration|0 Comments

Recently my toddler has begun playing with Duplo, which is Lego for really young children. And while usually he loves it, it also often causes him to become incredibly frustrated when things do not work as he wants. This is when he might begin shouting and throwing the pieces away. A perfect example is when [...]

29 03, 2024

When does it make sense to play a character of yourself?

By |2024-03-29T09:09:51+01:00March 29th, 2024|Inspiration|0 Comments

When your audience thinks of you and what your work represents, who do they think of? It does not matter if your audience is your team at work, the people who buy your art, or the people who follow your presence online. In almost every case, these people will not be thinking of you exactly [...]

14 03, 2024

Focus on doing fewer things in order to make progress faster

By |2024-03-16T13:21:09+01:00March 14th, 2024|Inspiration|0 Comments

Often, when trying to make progress towards an innovative challenge there are thousands of things you could be doing. Examined individually, each of these actions look like they could bring you closer to your end goal. Or worse, they may each be different goals which all seem equally appealing and worth putting effort into. However, [...]

23 01, 2024

Focus on what you can control

By |2024-01-23T17:05:38+01:00January 23rd, 2024|Inspiration|0 Comments

If you cannot be the best in the world at something, is it even worth trying? Yes. Often, people can be afraid to begin a new creative endeavor, especially when they compare themselves to people who are the best in the world. After all, how can you compete with someone who is so much better [...]

15 01, 2024

Is Design Thinking dead?

By |2024-01-16T09:46:58+01:00January 15th, 2024|Innovation|0 Comments

A few weeks ago, I saw an article in Fast Company about the layoffs at IDEO, one of the world's most respected Design Thinking firms. In fact, IDEO was one of the pioneers of Design Thinking back in the late 1970s, but the process of using Design Thinking as part of innovation work really exploded [...]

20 12, 2023

This new recycled packing material could replace bubble wrap

By |2023-12-20T16:27:58+01:00December 20th, 2023|Inspiration|0 Comments

Sometimes, an innovation comes around that is so simple, it makes you think "why didn't I think of that?" I just came across another such example from renowned innovation powerhouse 3M. They have found a way to use a principle of origami to create sheets of cardboard which fold themselves into packing material when stretched. [...]

13 12, 2023

Procrastination can (sometimes) make you more creative

By |2023-12-13T15:56:43+01:00December 13th, 2023|Creativity|0 Comments

Are you the sort of person who procrastinates? Who always seems to put off starting work on something and is easily distracted? While this procrastination may be a significant problem for being productive, and the resulting time pressure can be bad for creativity, there may be some instances when it can be beneficial. According to [...]

7 12, 2023

You do not need to be completely original in order to be creative

By |2023-12-07T15:05:53+01:00December 7th, 2023|Inspiration|0 Comments

Does something need to be completely original in order to be creative? How can you prove if something is original or not? After all, if something which I produce is not original, is it not just a waste of time putting in time and effort creating it? This is a challenge which can petrify many [...]

21 11, 2023

Made to last

By |2023-11-21T13:00:56+01:00November 21st, 2023|Inspiration|0 Comments

Over the weekend, we stayed with my parents. For my toddler, they brought out some of the toys they had kept from when I was still a baby. One of the hits was a wooden toy train set which must now be over 40 years old. And my child loved it (although there were significantly [...]