Tag Archives: Creativity

Yin Yang flow

Harnessing the Yin Yang flow of innovation

Two weeks ago, we discussed how to embrace the Yin Yang concept of Chinese philosophy as a simple but effective way to talk about creativity and innovation, especially here in Asia where Thinkergy has its home base. We learned that to build a creative company, we need to focus on boosting its creative Yin energy: hire […]

Yin of Creativity

The Yin of creativity

“How can we make our organization more creative? And please, keep it simple,” a client interested in a creativity training for a group of Asian senior executives asked me. Infusing more creativity into an organization comes down to four basic challenges. They are: (1) Find out who your creative people are, and how many of […]

Why so afraid? Human up (2)

Why so afraid? Human up! (Part 2)

Four weeks ago, in the first part of this article, I pointed out that we are all descendants of brave, action-oriented and creative primal humans who boldly acted, created and collaborated to make humanity rise to the pinnacle of the evolutionary pyramid. I was moved to explore this subject because I’d been encountering so many businesspeople who seem paralyzed […]

Creativity in the Year of the Rooster

Creativity in the Year of the Rooster

Kung Hai Fat Choy, Happy Chinese New Year! Last Saturday marked the start of the Year of the Rooster, or to be more precise: The Red Fire Rooster. What creative inspirations can we get from roosters, hens and young chicken to help us flourish and succeed in the coming twelve months? Follow the ways of the […]

Why so afraid? Human up (1)

Why so afraid? Human up! (Part 1)

In recent months, I have encountered many businesspeople who somehow seemed to be afraid: afraid of making a mistake at work; afraid of failing with a project they’ve been assigned to lead; afraid of not having all details the of how an event will unfold; afraid of making decisions; afraid of standing up for their beliefs, values and convictions; […]

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Why death is the unlikely ally of creation

The email is titled “2017 Creative Mornings Themes” and opens with the question: “Interested to talk about one topic as keynote speaker?” I go through the list of themes: mystery, moments, taboo, beyond, serendipity, survival, equality, genius, compassion, pioneer, death, and context. Instantly, I am attracted to “genius”. After all, reconnecting to our inner genius is […]

Perfectionism in business and innovation

Why perfectionism is a foe of creativity and innovation

Perfectionists, be warned: This article isn’t perfect. I started it around midnight a few days ago when I got the idea for it. I continued working on it in a coffee shop the next morning, and completed it in between two client meetings, all the while knowing it wouldn’t be article. This raises an interesting question: […]

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How to become a more fluent creative thinker (Part 1)

How much of a fluent creative thinker are you? What is standing in your way to becoming a more fluent creative thinker? How can you boost your creative fluency? Let’s seek answers to these questions in today’s column as well as the next. Setting the scene: At Thinkergy, we draw upon four psychological parameters (that […]

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These creative laws govern innovation

Have you ever thought about creative laws that govern an innovation process? In the context of a particular domain, a law is a statement of fact, deducted from observation, that a particular natural or scientific phenomenon always occurs if certain conditions are present. It may also be a generalization based on a fact or event perceived […]

Creativity in the Year of the Monkey

Creativity in the Year of the Monkey

In a few days, it will be time again to say: Kung Hai Fat Choy and welcome in the Year of the Monkey (or the Red Fire Monkey to be more precise). Of all the animals of the Chinese Zodiac signs, the monkey is the one most closely related to us humans. What creative inspirations can we get […]