6 10, 2022

The surprising downsides to being an Overachiever at work

By |2022-10-06T16:54:53+02:00October 6th, 2022|Leadership|0 Comments

If you want something done, give it to a busy person. I remember this quote from my childhood, and it is meant to show that people who work the hardest are likely to be the ones who are best able to complete additional hard tasks. Since then, there has been an explosion of the productivity [...]

4 10, 2022

People underestimate how much they might enjoy just “thinking”

By |2022-10-04T14:38:04+02:00October 4th, 2022|Creativity|0 Comments

How would you feel if someone told you that you needed to sit silently in a chair and not use your phone for 30 minutes? To just sit there and "think"? I expect that like many people, you would probably think that you would be bored out of your mind. Being bored has numerous benefits. [...]

3 10, 2022

The Scrabble champions from Thailand who speak no English

By |2022-10-03T08:45:31+02:00October 3rd, 2022|Curiosity|0 Comments

In order to win a game of Scrabble, you need to know a lot of words. Because you never know which combinations of 7 random letters of the alphabet you will get, the player with the largest vocabulary has more possible words, and more potentially longer and higher scoring words, to choose from. That is [...]

27 09, 2022

88% of managers do not believe their teams are productive working remotely

By |2022-09-27T17:08:23+02:00September 27th, 2022|Leadership|0 Comments

A new survey of 20,000 by Microsoft shows how little trust most managers have in their teams. When asked "Do you feel productive when you work remotely?”, 87% of workers said they felt as productive or more productive working remotely than in the office. Yet when managers were asked "Do you have confidence that your [...]

23 09, 2022

Potemkin villages and faking innovation

By |2022-09-23T20:15:37+02:00September 23rd, 2022|Curiosity|0 Comments

Sometimes, innovation teams will attempt to show fake success in order to hide their real struggles. Have you ever heard of a Potemkin village? According to historical stories, in 1787 Prince Grigory Aleksandrovich Potemkin-Tauricheski of Russia was tasked with settling more Russians into the land of Crimea, which at that time had just been annexed [...]

15 09, 2022

Todd Henry: Developing a Daily Creative practice – Idea to Value Podcast S7E163

By |2022-09-15T12:37:17+02:00September 15th, 2022|Podcasts|0 Comments

In today's episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak again with author Todd Henry about his new book Daily Creative. By the time this podcast launches, the book has already been #1 on Amazon, so congratulations Todd. You may remember Todd from the previous podcast interview where we talked about the Motivation Code. Today [...]

8 09, 2022

Artist wins Art Fair using painting created using A.I. image generator

By |2022-09-07T15:24:37+02:00September 8th, 2022|Creativity|0 Comments

It was inevitable. Not long after new Artificial Intelligence software began producing images based on users' text input, someone has now used it to win an art prize. Digital Artist James Allen recently won First Place at the Colorado State Fair digital art category, with this painting titled Théåtre D'opéra Spatial. Théåtre D'opéra Spatial, [...]

5 09, 2022

Sometimes, flat hierarchies can hurt innovation in Start-ups

By |2022-09-04T18:00:17+02:00September 5th, 2022|Innovation|0 Comments

It is common to hear Start-ups talk about the desire to keep hierarchies "flat". This means they do not want multiple layers of management, bureaucracy and red tape getting in the way of people actually doing their most innovative work. Instead, in a flat organisation everyone is more or less on the same level and [...]

1 09, 2022

How your mental filter may be making you less creative

By |2022-09-01T18:11:24+02:00September 1st, 2022|Creativity|0 Comments

When it comes to getting creative work done, sometimes your brain needs to shut out external information in order to focus. This is especially true for information which your brain previously noticed but deemed unimportant, and so begins to ignore. Examples of this include you not seeing the outline of your nose in front of [...]

30 08, 2022

The surprising link between curiosity and Dopamine

By |2022-08-30T18:10:20+02:00August 30th, 2022|Creativity|0 Comments

For years, I have been wondering about how curiosity evolved. It may be a silly question. After all, curiosity brings all sorts of benefits, especially when it comes to making us more creative. But if you look back millions and billions of years to when the first life was evolving, there was real danger to [...]