Category Archives: innovation consultant

How to Brainstorm

  Always define your question as tightly as possible. I define creativity as ‘flexible thinking around beautiful questions to add value’. Outstanding creativity is not coming up with 1001 different alternatives; it’s actually about asking the right question, the beautiful … Continue reading

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Final quarter of 2011: Last chance to plan your Goals for the year

We are now entering the final quarter of 2011. You now urgently need to take stock of your plans – and critically, how you can make the most of the remaining three months to ensure 2011 is a great year … Continue reading

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Our ‘broken society’ needs a ‘Peter Beardsley’ and a ‘Waddle’

Talk of the UK being a ‘broken society’ makes me angry. A failure to put things in perspective may cost us dearly, economically, socially, emotionally – and creatively. Prior to the recent ‘highly localised riots in three main English conurbations’ … Continue reading

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Creative talent get business planning help

Helping Yorkshire’s creative talent develop into more successful businesses is Andy Green who is running a special training workshop called ‘Business Plans for Creative People who don’t do Business Plans’. The special event takes place at Red Brick Mill, Batley … Continue reading

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Seagulls miss creative Golden Swan opportunity

Sometimes a great idea or opportunity can be quite spontaneous. The trick is to both spot and be prepared to run with them. A great example is the story yesterday of the mischievous seat installers at the unveiled Falmer Stadium – … Continue reading

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DLT, Burmese Nobel peace prize winner, and your business strategy

I once chided a friend for remembering a quote from former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis. (I think it was something profound like, “It’s easy if you know it.”)  I wasn’t the only one scornful, with comedian Harry Enfield … Continue reading

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Is Twitter reducing the creative need for graffiti?

With the ability to freely express ourselves, almost instantaneously, through social media, does this new facility undermine one of the oldest forms of offline social media – graffiti? Also, is social media the ultimate form of defining your urbanity – … Continue reading

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6 lessons from the Egyptian revolution

What an experience having just visited and worked in Egypt, a country that is going through a political revolution. There were times when I thought I was going to die. I saw my life flashing before me, and thought this … Continue reading

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Cheryl Cole’s 8 creativity and career lessons for brand ‘You’

The recent sacking of ‘X Factor’ judge Cheryl Cole has valuable lessons for your creativity – and your career. Whether it is a job or an idea, the innovative and creative manager has to learn to deal with setbacks, obstacles … Continue reading

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Tedia Studies: why boredom is good for your creativity

My call for a new subject of ‘Tedia Studies’ to prepare students for the inevitable mundanities of life has deepened after reading a new major academic text, on boredom. Yes, wake up! The book was about boredom and this blog … Continue reading

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