Updated empathy map – understanding what people are thinking and feeling

Over the life time of this blog, one post has received far more hits (by some margin) than any other – Empathy Maps Time and time again those who find this website from a search engine have been searching for more information on empathy maps.  In case you haven’t come across this term before, XPLANE, the designers, […]

Official Google for Work Blog: 6 tips to create & innovate from the CEO of IDEO

Source: Official Google for Work Blog: 6 tips to create & innovate from the CEO of IDEO Challenge assumptions. Think of the creative process as starting with a question rather than an answer. Reframe problems by asking different questions. Show creative confidence. We all have a natural ability to spur creative ideas. Use a creative […]

The 7 Attitudes of Innovators |

What exactly is the mindset of innovation? Try these 7 attitudes. Source: The 7 Attitudes of Innovators |

INFOGRAPHIC: 25 Ways to Unleash Your Creativity |

Want to expand your creative capacity and generate more novel ideas? Take a peek at the strategies researchers have found to jumpstart your creativity. Source: INFOGRAPHIC: 25 Ways to Unleash Your Creativity    

The Heart of Innovation: The Four Lenses of Innovation

Ever wondered where big, breakthrough ideas come from? How do innovators manage to spot the opportunities for industry revolution that everyone else seems to miss? Contrary to popular belief, innovation is not some mystical art that’s forbidden to mere mortals. It can be just as systematic and methodical as anything else we do in business. […]

New tool to make great design easy

For those of us with a message to communicate (which as a minimum is all leaders) there is a regular task of designing good graphics.  It could be for a Facebook or Twitter profile, or maybe for a product or event.  It might stay online or be destined to be put into print.  Whatever the purpose […]

Innovative new tool from YFC

A lot of innovation is about asking the right question.  If a question is too narrow then a lot of the time the solution will not be that innovative, rather it will be a slightly better version of what already exists.  For example, some years ago several companies were trying to innovate in the area […]

A simple guide to empathy

There is a lot of talk about empathy these days.  The most viewed post of all time on this blog is on empathy, specifically empathy maps.  On the one hand it is a necessary trait for a leader, on the other hand it is important in person-centred design.  But we can still be left wondering […]

Big Life – Innovating church planting

Recently my wife and I visited Ben Francis In Kolkata. Ben heads up Big Life in Asia and is our new BMS World Mission partner.  We had the privilege of having a visit from Ben in May and wanted to visit him and see what he was doing. When I first heard about Big life, […]

A beginner’s guide to collaboration

Creativity is often thought of as something best done alone.  Perhaps this arises out of a desire to minimise distraction, or maybe it is a self-protection mechanism designed to avoid criticism.  However, when a team of people gets together to be creative, the results are great.  For a year or more in our church we […]

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