Creativity & Innovation


Innovative companies don't fear failure

The world's most innovative companies welcome and harness failure to help them devise more successful ideas, a new report from the Economist Intelligence Unit has found.

The leader's link to creativity and productivity

Far, far too many managers stifle the creativity and commitment of their people simply by the way they behave. But if they started doing more listening and less bossing, employee creativity and involvement might re-emerge.

Proof that innovation pays dividends

It's often said that innovative firms perform better than their more pedestrian competitors. But where's the proof? And if they do perform better, by how much?

The creativity success manifesto

Whether you want to start a blog, write a best-seller or launch a new business venture, success in any kind of creative endeavour depends on some common factors. Understand and accept those factors and your chances of hitting the jackpot will be multiplied.

Cultivating a creative workforce

We all want to work in a gratifying and stimulating environment – one that brings out the best in us and our colleagues. But how do you cultivate such a work environment? The place to start is by building a creative workforce.

A beautiful idea is never perfect

However great an idea, it will never be perfect. There will always be room for improvement, either in the detail of the idea or its implementation. But this is good news for anyone who wants to contribute and for any business that wants to grow.

Creativity is easier when it's structured

There is a mistaken belief that there should be no restrictions or barriers around creativity. But in reality, creativity is easier if there is some structure. The introduction of focus actually enhances the process.

Exploration, argument and creativity

Most of us are fond of arguing. But as a means of exploring a subject, argument is a primitive, crude and inefficient technique with far too much emphasis on ego. A much better way of exploring a subject is parallel thinking.

Jurgen Wolff's Brainstorms

Liberate your creativity with tips and techniques from Jurgen Wolff's monthly brainstorm.

    Practice doesn’t make perfect

    Can putting in 10,000 hours of practice make you a master of your craft? Malcolm Gladwell claimed it could, but sadly his assertion simply doesn’t hold water. Practice can’t make up for a lack of natural ability - which is why playing to your strengths is so important.

    The truth about failure

    We hear a lot these days about the up-side of failure and how we can learn from it. But failure isn’t such a neutral experience, which is why nobody wants it. So perhaps it’s time we reconsidered our whole definition of what success and failure actually mean.

    Six signposts to greater creativity

    How others describe their creative process can be a useful guide for our own journey to greater creativity. So here are six quotes about creativity and some practical ideas to help us put their messages to work.

Creativity & Innovation: Thought Leadership

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James M. Kerr

Business blind spots

Janet Howd

Boxing clever

Max McKeown

Swerve and swarm

Janet Howd

Patently absurd

Bill Fischer

The idea hunter

Edward de Bono

Teamwork and creativity

Andy Hanselman

Fish in a different pond

Max McKeown

Reinventing the wheel

Edward de Bono

Creativity in business

Andy Hanselman

Are U thinking in 3D?

Max McKeown

Bet small to win big

Edward de Bono

Encouraging creativity

Max McKeown

Measuring innovation

Edward de Bono

Generating possibilities

Robert Heller

Learning by example

Edward de Bono

Creativity and ideas

Edward de Bono

When ideas die

Robert Heller

Chief Growth Officers

Jamie Jauncey

Romeo and Juliet

Edward de Bono

Creative skills

Max McKeown

Mario and Maginot

Edward de Bono

The keys to creativity

Edward de Bono

What about small ideas?

Edward de Bono

New thinking needed

Edward de Bono

New ideas for everyone

Edward de Bono

Creative interest

Janet Howd

Writing to explain

Andy Hanselman

Extend It Like Beckham!

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