Blog

I write regular articles about creativity and creative people here. This is where you can find my archive of pieces on other subjects as well

Be Positive, Be More Creative

Brainstorms often fail to deliver anything interesting a lot of the time, mostly because, sooner or later, someone starts saying, “Yes, but…” Yes but we can’t afford that, yes but we don’t have the right skills, yes but does that fit our strategy, yes but… yes but....

The Power Of Reading

About a year ago, I started to read books in a pretty serious way. I was focused an intent and keen to learn new things. I base my Creativity training to a large extent on my own experiences. But in an international marketplace, this was never going to be enough. I...

Tolerate Complexity

People like simplicity. They don’t like it when things get complicated. But they also often make the mistake of confusing complexity with complicated. Dictionary.com defines complex as ‘composed of many interconnected parts; compound; composite.’ It defines...

Hagen Engler on Creativity

Hagen Engler is a highly creative individual who has managed to make creativity his job as well as his passion. He is a journalist with over twenty years of journalism and editorial experience behind him. He is also a poet, novelist and musician… he really manages to...

Innovation, Community and Creativity

One of the enduring myths of our world is that people who we consider to be Outliers, of genius level, typically are solitary, isolated and unique, somehow disconnected from everyday reality. The effect of this myth is that it gives us the idea that we have to be a...

Sapiens and Where To Now?

On holiday in Sicily, I read Yuval Noah Harari’s book Sapiens which is a fascinating read and if you haven’t read, I seriously recommend it. It is full of intriguing facts and ideas about the history of Homo Sapiens… not all of it pleasant reading. One of the things...

3 Problem Solving Tips

Are you stuck? Not sure how to move ahead? Chances are, what you need is a new perspective. Nothing complicated. Just a new way of looking at the problems you are trying to solve. Here are 3 great perspective changers that can help un-stick you: Verbalise The Problem...

Rejuvenation Holiday

This is my first week back at work after a 3-week holiday. It feels a little odd, but I am getting back into it. On holiday I did very little except eat, sleep, walk around ancient sites and cities and READ! I had my laptop with me, but I think I opened it 3 or 4...

Repeatable, Replicatable Creativity

Sometimes, almost out of nowhere, you come up with a great idea, a unique solution or a fantastic insight. And you ask yourself, why can’t I do that all the time? As a writer and a poet, this was indeed a question that I asked myself because it seemed extremely...