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Using creativity to fight brain cancer

Liz Dawes is inspired by a big heart and a big dream.

How LEAP encourages flexible working with new technology

We sat down with Gavin Smith from LEAP to talk about how the team is using new technology to enable flexible working.

5 Odd Tips to Increase Creativity

We’re all creative. Given the time, freedom, experience, and a level of aspiration, we can all innovate. But there are times when even the most creative of thinkers can hit a mental roadblock. So, here are 5 unusual creativity boosters that research has shown will increase creativity:

Imagining Psychological Distance

One of the most widely recommended creative boosters is to increase distance from the problem–for example, by imagining the problem is off in the distance in the future or by considering how other people would come up with a solution.

Unleashing creativity: A psychological approach

Some people find their creative flow in their studio, others in less deliberate areas like in the car or shower. Understanding how we get to those lightbulb moments requires some knowledge about how the brain makes it happen.

How the creative mind works

How to get out of a collaboration rut

Studies from Deloitte and Forbes have shown that for other businesses, good collaboration can yield higher revenue, stronger growth and employee satisfaction: overall, it could add

Trust Your Gut: How instinct can lead to faster and better decisions

Gut feel is a hard thing to describe. Butterflies, tingling, or just an overwhelming sense that something is wrong can all be classified as gut feelings. Much like the feelings that come from it, many people find it hard to identify what exactly a gut feeling is, or where it comes from. 

Why you don’t need to be a creative to do creative work

Somewhere along the way, most of us lost that impulse for creativity when we were taught that there are two sides of the brain, the left and the right. Creative and non-creative. And you’re either creative or you’re not.

“Creative” is a way of thinking, not a job title

You don’t need to be an artist to contribute creative ideas. Being creative isn’t a personality type or a job title or a degree. It’s a way of thinking, a way of working and a process. Anyone can participate. And everyone who does can contribute something valuable.

How to get 80% of your results from 20% of your work

Pareto, an Italian economist and avid gardener, noticed that 80% of all his beans come from only 20% of his pea pods. After comprehensive research, Pareto found that the principle held across many other countries and industries. 

The theory can be applied to almost anything within business. For example, 20% of your customers may be responsible for 80% of revenue or 20% of an advertising budget may drive 80% of conversions. This ratio doesn’t have to be fixed, but the important message is that inputs and outputs in work (and life) are not necessarily evenly correlated.

How to practice mindfulness at work

Workdays filled with meetings, emails and surprise deadlines have turned busyness into a lifestyle. Our evenings are crazy, trying to catch up for lost time, but the ends—a successful career, a satisfying home life—justify the means. Right?

Thinking of Tokyo with Ta-ku

“To look closer, share more openly and create freely.” That’s the philosophy of 823, Ta-ku’s photography project that started two years ago. Since then it has since morphed into a cross-continental collaborative project bringing communities together.