nickskillicorn

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 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 [...]

24 07, 2023

Pygmalion effect: The self-fulfilling prophecy

By |2023-07-20T11:18:14+02:00July 24th, 2023|Curiosity|0 Comments

The expectations we put on people can have a direct impact on their performance. Often, and authority figure placing higher expectations on someone, like a teacher having high expectations for a student, or a manager having high expectations for an employee, can result in both the authority figure and the person in question changing their [...]

21 07, 2023

What impact does time pressure have on creativity?

By |2023-07-11T11:01:14+02:00July 21st, 2023|Curiosity|0 Comments

Diamonds are formed under pressure There are numerous examples of companies who allowed staff to take time to work on their own innovations and creative ideas. Companies such as AT&T's Bell Labs (leading to the transistor and the laser), 3M allowing people to have 15% of their time to work on projects of personal interest [...]

19 07, 2023

Why art should not just be “content”

By |2023-07-07T10:19:29+02:00July 19th, 2023|Inspiration|0 Comments

Is art today being designed less about being creative, and more about trying to go viral? This is the hypothesis of an Australian artist and illustrator, Struthless, who outlined his view in this youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ieq6V3o4rqM I think he makes some interesting points. Many artists have seen huge success and have gained access to an [...]

17 07, 2023

It takes 23 minutes to regain focus after a distraction: Task Switching

By |2023-07-07T13:03:24+02:00July 17th, 2023|Curiosity|0 Comments

Do you ever get to the end of a working day only to become frustrated that you were unable to complete any of your work? Chances are, you may have become distracted or interrupted at some point. Either from a colleague stopping or sending you a quick message ... ... or hearing someone talk about [...]