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Travel your path

Life is a journey, not a destination

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference”, are the key lines in Robert Frost’s famous poem “The Road Not Taken”. Thirteen years ago, I experienced a magical Eureka moment that made me leave the well-trodden path and continue my journey through life […]

10 Ways to Turn Everyday Moments into Creative Inspirations

10 ways to turn everyday moments into creative inspirations

Here you go again: You face a creative challenge and you desperately need ideas on how to resolve it. You think hard about ideas, but the harder you think, the more blocked you become. But have you ever realized that your everyday life is overflowing with creative inspirations? You can easily turn these cues into […]

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The dark side of innovation

Don’t be afraid of the dark side of innovation

Creativity and innovation is not only my profession, but also my passion. In particular, I love thinking about new and better ways for people to systematically and reliably produce better ideas and innovation results. Unfortunately, my quest to create more effective innovation methods and thinking tools made me realize a related dilemma: What if someone […]

Fight overload, get creative

Fight overload, stay creative

In my previous column, I talked about how overloaded we all feel these days. Caused by technological progress, headcount reductions, and the bleeding of work hours into leisure time, this overload is a difficult-to-handle feature of our lives today. I’ve already shown that work overload hurts communication, productivity, and creativity. In this column, I’ll show […]

Creativity on the road less traveled

Creativity along the road less traveled

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference”, wrote Robert Frost in “The Road Not Taken”. Many read this poem as an encouragement to do something other than what is safe and expected — and doing what’s unsafe and unexpected […]

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Archetypes and your brand

Have you ever noticed that people you meet remind you of others you have known? That character types recur in myth and the narrative arts? These character classes are called archetypes, and you can use them to learn about yourself, and about your brand. Archetypes are patterns of behavior, symbols or motifs that repeatedly appear. […]