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.
7 01, 2022

Ambidextrous organisations: Where innovation should sit in an organisation

By |2022-01-07T17:45:44+01:00January 7th, 2022|Innovation|0 Comments

Where should innovation resources actually exist in an organisation? It might seem like a straightforward question, but it is fundamental to whether a company will end up succeeding at innovation or failing. After all, if innovation is so important, should it not get its own department? While many experts have argued for this in the [...]

6 01, 2022

Podcast S6E145: Michael Lee – Innovation is all around us

By |2022-01-06T11:45:14+01:00January 6th, 2022|Podcasts|0 Comments

In today's episode of the the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with Michael Lee, SVP of Strategy at Innovation Minds and the only internationally certified Creativity and Innovation Coach in the world. We speak about his views on what innovation is, how it is all around us, and how to unlock it in your [...]

5 01, 2022

Teachers don’t realise they don’t like creative students

By |2022-01-05T16:26:48+01:00January 5th, 2022|Creativity|0 Comments

Every school will tell its students and teachers that they aim to promote creativity in their classrooms. What their teachers might however not be aware of is that, in practice, they don't actually want their students to be creative. Might it be possible that even though teachers think that they are encouraging their students to [...]

4 01, 2022

These companies failed because leaders did not want to hear bad news: The Ostrich Effect

By |2022-01-04T16:14:54+01:00January 4th, 2022|Innovation|0 Comments

Have you ever worked for a manager or boss who did not want to hear bad news? They might say things like "Don't come to me with problems, come to me with solutions!" Or they might get aggressive if they find out performance is not what they want it to be. I once had a [...]

3 01, 2022

Neuroplasticity, and how your brain is able to continue developing as you grow older

By |2022-01-03T15:38:35+01:00January 3rd, 2022|Creativity|0 Comments

A lot of people are scared by the information that creativity appears to decrease as we get older. This often combines with their own experience as to how much harder it appears to be to learn new things compared to when you were a child, whether it be a language, academic skills or even new [...]

23 12, 2021

Podcast S6E144: Rosemary Rein – Innovation Secrets from Silicon Valley

By |2021-12-23T18:24:23+01:00December 23rd, 2021|Podcasts|0 Comments

In this episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with Dr Rosemary Rein, current SVP of Innovation Minds and former Head of Learning at Wikipedia and the United Way. She is also the author of "Go Wild! Survival Skills for Business & Life" and has lived through volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and landslides. We [...]

22 12, 2021

What are your innovation ambitions for next year?

By |2021-12-22T17:07:08+01:00December 22nd, 2021|Leadership|0 Comments

What are you hoping to achieve next year? No, I am not talking about what you and your company's high level goals are: ... Increase market share ... ... Improve profit margins ... ... Be innovative ... I am asking what specific ambitions you and your company have for next year. Especially when it comes [...]

21 12, 2021

During REM dreams, the same part of your brain slows down as when you are improvising

By |2021-12-21T16:35:41+01:00December 21st, 2021|Creativity|0 Comments

While going through some scientific literature, I recently made a startling discovery. One which I have not seen anywhere in other summaries of how creativity works or how it can be improved. It is about what happens in your brain when you are sleeping. There are several stages which your brain goes through when you [...]

20 12, 2021

Making too many decisons makes you want to avoid planning anything else

By |2021-12-20T14:56:52+01:00December 20th, 2021|Curiosity|0 Comments

Is it possible to exhaust yourself by making decisions? According to research, yes it is. In a 2018 research study by Sjåstad and Baumeister, the researchers wanted to see what would happen to someone's willingness to think about the future before or after they had been forced to make hard decisions. This was in order [...]

17 12, 2021

Why did I climb a 20,000 foot mountain to open a coke bottle?

By |2021-12-17T14:52:34+01:00December 17th, 2021|Curiosity|0 Comments

This post is a bit more personal. When I was 29, I took 5 months to travel around South America. While I was there, I spontaneously decided to climb a mountain. Not just any mountain. The 6,088 meter high Huayna Potosí in Bolivia. That is higher than My reasons were totally rational (and in no [...]