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 in your life. Use these great innovation and creativity tools – to ensure you make […]

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8 flexible and creative thinking tips for responding to ‘the riots’

The riots across the UK have shown the worst – and the best of people. The film of a young man being callously mugged on the street while being injured can make you despair of humanity. Yet, the widespread responses of people positively demonstrating their reaction to mindless destruction can equally warm your heart – […]

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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 on the evening of Monday July 18th. It is organised by Loca, Kirklees Council’s arts […]

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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 also using him as inspiration for one half of his parody of insipid disc jockeys, […]

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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 – in all senses of the word? Can we measure this repercussion of the impact of […]

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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 really was the end. But enough about being a passenger in a Cairo taxi! Seriously, […]

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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 piece is highlighting how boredom can be good for your creativity. In his new text […]

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Brainstorming is ‘politcally correct’

The claim that the word ‘brainstorming’ is politcally incorrect has raised its head again – this time in the Sun newspaper. Columnist Kelvin MacKenzie claims that a business colleague from a ‘Big Five’ firm of accountants had been rebuked for using the term; he was told to use instead the phrase ‘thought shower’. The suggestion […]

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Royal Society backs IdeasBank to boost creativity to help Barry Island

A new initiative I want to get underway – an IdeasBank for helping to develop my hometown of Barry Island has received a welcome boost – with a grant from the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) The RSA’s Catalyst fund provides small grants to Fellows who have developed an […]

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7 lessons for management from Avram Grant

With West Ham United being the first football  club to be relegated from the English Premiership in the 2010/11 season – a team widely regarded as playing below its potential – what lessons are there for you to learn from the performance of the sacked Hammers manager Avram Grant? 1. Recognise your personal qualities and […]

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