Tag Archives: Creativity

Living the creative life

Start living a creative life in 2016

Happy New Year to all of you! The beginning of a new year is always a fresh start, and the time to set resolutions for a new, better you. Today I would like to persuade you to pursue an unusual resolution in 2016: Begin living a creative life. What does it mean to live life creatively? When […]

Creative Christmas

How Christmas can boost your business in the year ahead

It’s Christmas eve! Let’s celebrate the holidays by taking a look at what this festival means for people, and what we can learn from Christmas to boost our business in 2016. Christmas is the festival of love If you ask people what human emotion and feeling they associate with Christmas, most say “love”. People spend time celebrating […]

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Tracking the dimensions of change over time

Innovation means change. Tracking and mapping political, economic, social and technological change is one of the activities you need to undertake at the beginning of a strategy innovation project. Naturally, the changes of the emerging future are grounded in the changes that take place at present and the changes that took place in the past. What if […]

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 rise of entrepreneurial Asia? (Part 2)

Two weeks ago, we started to explore why Asia —and other parts of the world— is likely to see a shift from a managerial to an entrepreneurial society in the coming two decades. We arrived at this insight using a futures forecasting technique named Causal Layered Analysis (CLA) that was created by the futurist Sohail […]

Big fish rules the sea

The rise of entrepreneurial Asia? (Part 1)

Two weeks ago, I shared with you a series of forecasting questions I gained at a Futures Foresight workshop run by Prof. Dr. Sohail Inayatullah. I introduced to you a series of forecast scenarios on the future of innovation in Asia, one of which was called “Entrepreneurial Asian Innovation 2035”. But why is Asia, like other […]

Analytical Thinking ("cognito ergo sum")

How analytical thinking complements creative thinking

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it”, said the American entrepreneur and inventor Henry Ford (founder of Ford Corporation), and IBM founder Thomas J Watson Sr. concurs: “All the problems of the world could be settled if people were only willing to think. The […]

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 […]

Work overload

Overloaded! The work never stops

How many unread emails are in your inbox? How many of them are older than a week? How many instant messages do you get each day? How many phone calls? How many meetings every week? How much “real” work — work that produces something — do you do each week? Do you feel like you […]

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 […]