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.
21 01, 2022

Zombie ideas and Vampire ideas

By |2022-01-21T16:15:58+01:00January 21st, 2022|Innovation|0 Comments

Some ideas just don't want to die! When I was quite early on in my consulting career, I was tasked with evaluating all of the current projects which a client had. What I found were several projects which were still receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds of budget each year, but which appear to have [...]

20 01, 2022

Podcast S6E147: Natalie Nixon – Embrace the chaortic nature of improvisational organisations

By |2022-01-20T16:52:41+01:00January 20th, 2022|Podcasts|0 Comments

 In today's episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Natalie Nixon, founder of Figure 8 Thinking and author of the The Creativity Leap. We speak about what jazz has to do with business, improvisational organisations and what it takes for teams to thrive in a chaortic world. Topics covered in this [...]

19 01, 2022

What the lie about 8 wet, cold monkeys can tell us about the dangers of storytelling

By |2022-01-19T15:21:24+01:00January 19th, 2022|Curiosity|0 Comments

I want to admit a problem I have with you. A problem that makes my work ten times harder than it could be. But one which I cannot stop, because it is at the core of what I believe in. The problem is related to truth and facts. In my work, I need to be [...]

18 01, 2022

How travel can improve your creativity

By |2022-01-18T17:03:40+01:00January 18th, 2022|Creativity|0 Comments

If there is one thing that I miss since the COVID Pandemic began, it is travel. Travel has always been a passion of mine, driving me to see landmarks at the edges of the world, meet new people and explore new cultures. And along the way, find out more about myself as well. But not [...]

17 01, 2022

Which drugs actually help your creativity?

By |2022-01-17T17:05:11+01:00January 17th, 2022|Creativity|0 Comments

Whenever I am giving a public lecture on the science of creativity and there is an open Question & Answer round, one of the most common questions I get is: Does taking XXX help you be more creative? Now, sometimes the substance listed is very common, like alcohol. Sometimes it is illegal in some areas, [...]

13 01, 2022

Podcast S6E146: Roger Kneebone – How to become an expert

By |2022-01-13T16:05:42+01:00January 13th, 2022|Podcasts|0 Comments

In today's episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Prof Roger Kneebone. Prof Kneebone is the author of Expert: Understanding the Path to Mastery and directs the Imperial College Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science (ICCESS) in London. We speak about what it takes to go from beginner to expert, the hurdles [...]

12 01, 2022

Fourth Grade Slump: Why 9 year olds become less creative temporarily

By |2022-01-12T16:06:57+01:00January 12th, 2022|Creativity|0 Comments

Most people would agree that children are naturally more creative than adults. After all, there is evidence that creativity falls steadily as we get older. However, did you know that there is a time period at school when many children may also become temporarily less creative? It was first discovered by influential creativity researcher Paul [...]

11 01, 2022

Less than half of people would describe themselves as creative

By |2022-01-12T07:44:04+01:00January 11th, 2022|Leadership|0 Comments

Often when I am giving workshops or keynotes around creativity, especially in a corporate setting, I will ask the participants to anonymously vote on whether they are creative or not. You would be surprised how many people believe that they are not creative. And a series of surveys by Adobe in 2012 and 2016 show [...]

10 01, 2022

The Default Mode Network in the brain

By |2022-01-10T17:04:47+01:00January 10th, 2022|Creativity|0 Comments

What happens in your brain when you are not actively thinking about anything? Does it go into a sort of low power, "battery saver" mode in order to use less energy? This would theoretically make sense from an evolutionary perspective. However, in reality something even more interesting happens. When we are actively thinking about something, [...]