Category Archives: Creativity

Believe Only Half Of What You See

We don’t often post music videos, but when we do they’re of a Hungarian pop star, Boggie, who would like you to see her as a regular person, not just a packaged product. Related Posts Innovation/Creativity – It’s Easy To T… A quick note on depression … IQ, EQ or CQ – What Is The… Read More »

Virtual Big Block Of Cheese Day

  Leo McGarry (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Fans of The West Wing will have fond memories of “Big Block Of Cheese Day” where the fictional Chief of Staff, Leo McGarry, ordered senior White House staffers to spend time with people who had suggestions and questions for the President, people who would not normally have such close access to power. The… Read More »

The Only Problem Solving Technique You’ll Ever Need

When solving problems a common mistake is to do things the wrong way round, that is to spend too much time (and often money) on possible resolutions rather than the problem itself. Resolution searching feels like problem solving but it isn’t really, no more than agonizing over  a new item of clothing is going to solve the problem of  not… Read More »

Flight of Passage – A Relentless Short Story (How Perseverance Wins the Day)

Flight of Passage: – A Relentless Short Story is a short narrated by Beta Band frontman Steve Mason featuring skateboarder Ben Nordberg. Directed by James Gardner, this short is slightly magical because of how seamlessly the story of Steve’s rise and Ben’s ultra-relaxed skate style weave together to highlight how perseverance, persistence and dedication are… Read More »

How To Be An Unorthodox Teacher

Bertrand Russell’s 10 commandment for Teachers:  Nicely spikey and iconoclastic and potentially very unsafe. The opposite of how many teachers  behave. Is teaching orthodoxy learned  or culturally imbibed? How would OFSTED rate this Liberal Decalogue? 1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything. 2. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for… Read More »

How you organise your business to delight your clients

How you organise your business to delight your clients, to optimise your resources and to release peoples’ potential. Highly evolved organisations have a low design imperative, spending their time on developing coping and workaround strategies rather than focusing on creating additional value add. What You Need Create a scalable and sustainable organisational design that will deliver the required… Read More »

Rediscovering The SWOT Analysis

One on the tools that every budding business management student thinks they are familiar with is the SWOT analysis. Below we take a fresh look at its potential and how it’s misused. Strengths – Weaknesses – Opportunities – Threats Familiarity with SWOT has bred misuse. We often see it being used to simply capture obvious… Read More »

How To Improve Your Future Thinking

Below are some random thoughts and ideas to help with developing your point of view about your business(es) future. As markets mature they commoditise and the race to the bottom begins. Choose a different race, build new sorts of value and differentiation. There is a new psychological contract forming between customers and suppliers, one that… Read More »

Innovation/Creativity – It’s Easy To Talk About, Much Harder To Actually Do

Every business talks about being ‘innovative’ or being more ‘creative’ as part of its vision or values. Management will talk about blue sky thinking, or its more robust cousin blue ocean strategy, without doing much else. Often people will talk about innovation and creativity as the same thing which doesn’t help. You might mean them… Read More »