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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.
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 [...]

15 11, 2023

We could all benefit from more failures

By |2023-11-15T12:16:42+01:00November 15th, 2023|Innovation|0 Comments

People are afraid of failure. In fact, people tend to avoid failing publicly wherever possible, especially in the workplace. This can result in people and projects trying to hide failure, or avoid trying things which challenge them at all so that they are less likely to fail. There are deep-rooted evolutionary reasons why we feel [...]

9 08, 2023

Self-Serving bias: Why you think nothing is your fault

By |2023-08-11T16:28:40+02:00August 9th, 2023|Curiosity|0 Comments

How often are you blamed for things which are not your fault? Or get credit for the good things which only happened thanks to you? While in some cases people may really get negative feedback which was completely not their fault, often there is more nuance involved, where the person may not accept their responsibility. [...]

27 07, 2023

Planning fallacy: Why we are so bad at predicting how long something will take

By |2023-08-08T11:30:13+02:00July 27th, 2023|Curiosity|0 Comments

The Sydney Opera house is one of the most iconic buildings in the world. I had the pleasure of living there for a while, and it always took my breath away. But did you know that it is one of the best examples of a project going over time and budget? Construction was originally planned [...]