Idea Generation

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

8 tips to increase your creativity

The ability to be creative is one of those things that people often assume you either have or you don’t.  Certainly I believe that we might express our creativity differently;  I, for example, am no good at drawing.  However, I think we are all able to make new things and come up with innovative ideas. […]

How to wreck creativity

Working out how we, and our teams, can be creative can seem really hard.  However, sometimes the answer is as simple as making sure that we don’t wreck it.  As leaders we are responsible for ‘calling fouls’ and therefore defining a culture, so we need to ensure that others are not wrecking creativity as well […]

The Power of Outrospection: Empathy

It is tempting and easy at times to believe that everything is all about us.  More than that we can begin to believe that our happiness and fulfilment are our ultimate purpose.  In many ways the messages of our world confirm this with marketing slogans such as ‘You’re worth it’. However, eventually we come to the realisation that it all feels […]

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