Creativity

Candour, Conflict and Creative Collaboration

Conflict may be essential to creative collaboration. At the very least, creative collaboration requires candour, transparency, openness. Collaboration is more than just “playing nice”. “One of the particular advantages of diversity and dissent is that they promote two things that institutions need: creativity and innovation.” Reid Hastie and Cass Sunstein, Wiser In design thinking they …

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How Would You Start A Conversation With An Alien?

How would you start a conversation with an alien? Could you use Clean Language? That’s just one of the thoughts that’s been buzzing round my brain since watching the provocative movie Arrival last night. Here’s the set up. Aliens have landed… and they aren’t much like humans. The central character (played by Amy Adams) is …

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Online Meetings: How To Avoid Tumbleweed Moments

How can you avoid tumbleweed moments in your online meetings? You’ve probably experienced those moments many times. Someone asks a question and there’s a long, intense silence… … … … … until someone asks, “Has the line dropped?” If you want to know how that feels, the effect is pretty easy to create. Find (or call) online …

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How To Tackle The Oldest Item On Your To-Do List

Which is more difficult: creating an effective “elevator pitch”, or writing a one-page summary of what you do? Until this week, I’d have sworn it was the elevator pitch. After all, great writing isn’t about what you put in, it’s about what you leave out (thanks to Andy Smith for reminding me of this recently). …

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