How to Fix Bad Meetings with the Power of Signalling

We’ve all been there. Sitting in that dreary room, feeling as though the minute hand on your watch has gotten stuck. Time seems to stop, and you’re left hoping – even praying – that it’ll all be over soon. That you can escape the beige prison that currently encases you. The terror I am referring to? Why a typical corporate meeting, of course! Unfortunately, meeting and presentation dread has become a common occurrence at offices around the globe. What should be treated as a collaborative, [...]

2020-04-08T14:47:39+00:0004 March, 2020|Design Thinking, Innovation|

How to create a culture of innovation by leveraging diversity the right way!

Let’s be honest. Diversity quotas are the single most frustrating thing about workplaces today. The reasoning for having a quota is well-intentioned, but, ironically, it’s the quota itself that is getting in the way of diversity, every single day. Because of this, companies are wasting the talent they have hired and don’t even know it, because it’s never crossed their minds to do more than simply hire a candidate and check off the “diversity” box. Hear me out. The problem is that companies hire diverse [...]

2020-04-08T17:37:39+00:0010 February, 2020|Creativity, Design Thinking, Innovation|

Delivering a Speech That Matters – 6 Lessons from a TEDx Veteran

Imagine yourself backstage at a theatre. The Production Assistant has just finished clipping on your microphone, and the Stage Manager has given you the one-minute warning. Beyond the curtain, you hear the muffled sounds of the audience taking their seats. Pacing back and forth, you review your opening line over and over in your head. But this rehearsal doesn’t last long. Before you know it, the house lights dim, the stage lights go bright, and you’re given the cue. You walk out, face the crowd, [...]

2020-04-08T17:36:05+00:0017 January, 2020|Creativity, Design Thinking, Innovation, Think Different|

How to Use the Nurturing Tool to Grow Your Ideas

If I were to approach you with two different seeds and ask you to show me which one is a weed and which one is a flower, how would you know which is which? Do you think you’d be able to tell simply by looking closely at each seed? Of course not! The only way to tell is by planting both seeds and allowing them to grow. Initially, both will break the surface with a tiny sprig of green, and likely look very much the [...]

2020-04-08T17:24:50+00:0013 November, 2019|Creativity, Design Thinking, Innovation, Think Different|

7 Things You Should Never Say at Work

If you’re like most, you spend a lot of time thinking about what you say at work… Did my question make sense? Was that email worded properly? What’s the best way to pitch this new idea? It makes sense to worry about language. Words matter. And in the context of your work life, they can sometimes mean the difference between being heard, and being ignored (or worse). But what about the flip side of all this? With all the time we spend thinking about what [...]

2020-04-08T14:50:29+00:0020 October, 2019|Design Thinking, Think Different|

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It: The Story of Buzz Lightyear in Space

This week, one of the most iconic, successful film franchises of all time debuts its latest (and perhaps final) feature: Toy Story 4. I’ve written at length about the success of Pixar, and how they leverage the power of storytelling to create hit after hit, after hit. So, it should come as no surprise that I am a massive fan of the Toy Story franchise. In fact, for this Toy Story fan, the last few weeks have been a wonderful trip down memory lane. During [...]

2020-04-08T14:51:18+00:0019 June, 2019|Creativity, Design Thinking, Innovation, Think Different|

The “What Happens?” Tool:

The "What Happens Tool" - Using random stimulus to get new ideas Every day you are inundated with stimuli. Various people, places, and things of all shapes and sizes coming in and out of your life millions of times a day. More often than not, your brain filters out most pieces of stimuli as irrelevant to your immediate needs and/or the task at hand. This is evolutionary. How could you possibly focus on every little single thing that crosses your path each day? You couldn’t! [...]

2019-07-16T02:07:57+00:0014 June, 2019|Creativity, Design Thinking, Innovation, Think Different|

Creativity, Intuition, Curiosity and Imagination: The 4 Traits That Will Dominate the Workforce of the Future

The next decade promises to be one of the most disruptive of all time. We are in the middle of a technological revolution. And it’s just getting started. The technology rivers are growing stronger and faster by the day, and within the next decade, the dam holding them back will most certainly burst. Think about all the remarkable changes we’ll see! The advancements brought on by Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) alone will be amazing. From early diagnosis of diseases to automated 3D printing of countless goods, [...]

2020-04-08T14:51:32+00:0014 May, 2019|Creativity, Design Thinking, Innovation, Think Different|

What Pixar Shows Us About the Power of Storytelling

Several weeks ago, Pixar released the first full-length trailer for Toy Story 4. Though I probably didn’t need to tell you that. Quite honestly, this trailer was impossible to miss. From major TV and online news outlets, to nearly every single social media feed, it felt like the release of this trailer was the biggest thing since…well, since Toy Story 3 came out! Why? Why are we obsessed with a franchise whose debut film came nearly 25 years ago? What has caused us to fall [...]

2019-05-03T18:50:45+00:0029 April, 2019|Creativity, Design Thinking, Think Different|

Rockets, Homes & Bones: How and Why 3D Printing Will Change Everything

Are we heading for another bubble? Spend any time at all on Bloomberg or CNBC, and you’ll inevitably come across the “Real Estate Experts” discussing the current state of home prices across to U.S., and how signs may be pointing towards another bubble. You know, the same one that kicked off in 2006 and triggered an absolute financial meltdown? Yes, that kind of bubble… Now, I am not here to discuss the rising home prices, or whether you should buy or sell. What I am [...]

2020-04-08T14:51:54+00:0010 April, 2019|Creativity, Design Thinking, Innovation, Think Different|
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