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Whether there is a new challenge that needs attention in your business or you want an injection of creativity for a new product, it can get frustrating when group brainstorming doesn’t go the way you expected. Maybe the team began to veer off-topic and then ran out of time without properly addressing the issue at hand. Or perhaps there were one or two voices in the room that drowned out the rest.

We’ve mentioned the importance of structure in a group brainstorm before, but one of the most fundamental things you can do as a team is to practice divergent…


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As the pandemic took hold and people left the office, it became even more difficult to have effective and fruitful creative collaboration. Looking ahead into 2021 and beyond, there is still much uncertainty about what normality in the workplace is going to look like.

One thing we can safely predict, however, is that it looks like we aren’t going back to the office in the near future. But what does that mean for creative activities in your business?

It’s no secret that brainstorming, ideation, and creative discussions are immediately more difficult when you aren’t in the same room as your…


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A challenge arises in the workplace that requires some creative attention, the default reaction of managers everywhere is to get the team together for the obligatory group idea session.

The common wisdom used to dictate that when you allow employees to combine their expertise, imagination, and thinking power, they will be able to produce a result that is better than anything that could be dreamt up individually.

Brainstorming as we know it began as a technique introduced by Advertising Executive, Alex Osborn in 1939. The traditional principles of brainstorming were as follows:

· No criticism of ideas

· Large quantities…


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How do you know if an idea is a good one, or even if the truth that it’s based on is real?

One of the biggest perils in creative thinking, developing ideas and innovating, whether in business, corporations, venture capital, at home or in the community, is the danger of groupthink or creating an echo chamber. Think of how everyone was shocked to watch The Social Dilemma and discover how algorithms control what many of us see and the opinions we form based on what we’re told. That effect isn’t exclusive to social media.

The startup Quibi was touted as a Netflix competitor and attracted $1.75bn of investment, but burned…


3 ways to get started, or a guide to do it better…

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Open innovation, creative thinking, collaboration and exchanging ideas are great buzz words, but how do you enable it in a corporate environment? It doesn’t matter how cool or startup your company is, or what ‘values’ it pastes on the walls, the moment it has over 50 people (usually way before that), things get complicated and barriers go up that block all of these things.

It’s not usually intentional, but the moment there are increased structures, lines of reporting, communications channels and a lack of personal contact (due to scale), it becomes difficult to enable open collaboration and participation, especially when everyone has a busy task list — anything over and above day to day work is seen as an added chore.

Think about your company:

Can the office cleaner walk up to the CEO and provide some advice without any fear of judgement?

Can the most junior team member in one team…


5 Ways to unlock your own creative thinking.

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Don’t be hard on yourself, it’s not your fault.

No matter how creative or individual you think you are, your ideas are limited. Because even if you have the most sensationally different sparks of inspiration, or you’re adept at plucking imaginative approaches out of thin air, you have no way of knowing whether an idea is a good one.

You’re biased to assume that what you think is a good idea, is a good idea.

Sometimes, you don’t even know if you can have good ideas.

Even worse, is when you’re blocked and you can’t even conjure up any ideas…


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In a world where we seem to be thrown a new curveball every day, we need to solve problems faster than ever before. At home, at work, in teams, in communities, we’re under pressure to find great answers that work, instantly. Great answers come from great ideas and great ideas come from creativity. We’re all capable of thinking creatively, but the chances are when you’re put on the spot, you’ll freeze.

Even if you can have those ideas, who says they’re good ones? …

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