29 03, 2024

When does it make sense to play a character of yourself?

By |2024-03-29T09:09:51+01:00March 29th, 2024|Inspiration|0 Comments

When your audience thinks of you and what your work represents, who do they think of? It does not matter if your audience is your team at work, the people who buy your art, or the people who follow your presence online. In almost every case, these people will not be thinking of you exactly [...]

14 03, 2024

Focus on doing fewer things in order to make progress faster

By |2024-03-16T13:21:09+01:00March 14th, 2024|Inspiration|0 Comments

Often, when trying to make progress towards an innovative challenge there are thousands of things you could be doing. Examined individually, each of these actions look like they could bring you closer to your end goal. Or worse, they may each be different goals which all seem equally appealing and worth putting effort into. However, [...]

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. [...]