This technique is very useful to try when you have a big problem to solve and find yourself repeating a statement that is holding you back. It is also one of the most effective ways to help someone else get perspective on what is troubling them without having the provide the solution yourself. I first […]
This is a simple way to ensure you have got all the information you need to create text for a website, business plan, press release or when you are trying to solve a problem. I find this especially helpful when I am stuck on what to say and can’t think where to start. Try answering […]
If you’re struggling to find the time or energy to start making new direction happen in your life, this is the easiest first step you can make. Before you focus on what it is you want to do or decide on the steps you need to take to turn it into reality, try consciously letting […]
Here is an interesting article by Matthew Syed – about innovation using creative thinking and problem solving.
My social enterprise activities help people, of all ages, to access free business coaching from real entrepreneurs to give them the right mindset and the support they need to start and grow their own business. The free sessions are often booked by young people who want to run a business but they are finding it […]
In every creative thinking session we run at our retreat we use big whiteboards to capture all the ideas and everyone has to follow these guidelines in order to have a successful brainstorming session. Postpone and withhold your judgment of ideas Do not pass judgment on ideas until the completion of the brainstorming session Do […]
When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in […]
Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. How schools kill creativity – Sir Ken Robinson TED talk. Click To Tweet
Janine Benyus has a message for inventors: When solving a design problem, look to nature first. There you’ll find inspired designs for making things waterproof, aerodynamic, solar-powered and more. Here she reveals dozens of new products that take their cue from nature with spectacular results. Want a great design solution, look to nature for the […]
http://www.bloomberg.com/slideshow/2013-08-18/14-smart-inventions-inspired-by-nature-biomimicry.html#slide2 amazing, smart innovations inspired by nature. Click To Tweet
Using natural resources to make useful things at our retreat with willow from the garden – Sustainable materials
Using our natural resources At my retreat in Cornwall I have been looking at ways to use the natural resources that are already here to use in the projects I need to get started before the Spring. I need to get some fencing done, build raise beds for our new kitchen garden and create some […]
I saw this infographic that sums up nicely how to be more productive. This is what we encourage people at our retreat to do if they want to become more productive and make things happen. Here is a link to the website Design Taxi where I saw this posted. Click the image to […]
Happiness leads to better work, not the other way around. Here are 9 TED talks about making business positive. Shawn AchorThe happy secret to better work We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires […]
Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. He explains the often overlooked value of time off and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time in Bali.
Use this technique to help you empty your mind, it is incredibly relaxing and especially useful before a brainstorming session, or when you are feeling stressed and your mind is overwhelmed. Set an alarm for a few minutes. Try 2 mins at first, build up to 5, 10, then 15 minutes or beyond this if […]
I’ve been listening to this in the background to cheer me up while doing some boring paperwork!
New research shows that walking boosts creative thinking. In a series of experiments, researchers from Stanford University in California compared levels of creativity in people while they walked with while they sat and found creative output went up by an average of 60% while walking. – http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/276035.php Research shows that walking boosts creative thinking. Click […]