creativity Archive

Re-creating ourselves

I believe we are all born creative. The question is – how can we remain creative as we grow up? And how can we recapture it once we feel we have lost it? As we pass through a repressive education system we can count ourselves lucky if we emerge with much confidence in our own

Recasting the MBA – creativity in action

This is an article written about experiments we’re making in remoulding what an MBA can be in a world worth living in: A criticism often levelled at that most illustrious of qualifications, the Masters in Business Administration (MBA), is that for all the technical knowledge and skill it imparts on its graduates, it lacks that

The new creatives

Things really, really have changed. The information age has come  – and stayed. Those with the skills for the age have prospered.  The last growth curve has been driven by business services – lawyers, programmers, accountants and sharp-eyed, numerate MBAs. But a new time has arrived.  These skills are still essential, but in terms of

Edu-energy. Changing lives for good.

On those happy occasions when I actually get to the gym, I often wonder about all that sweat & effort going nowhere – why not link the treadmills and machines to generators to power the place and do some planetary good? Similarly I wonder about all those the intellectual heavy lifting in education – why

The annual report…..

Recently, I became interested in how to make the point, simply and with impact, when teaching or presenting about some of the conundra and quirks around strategy. I found some images that work in some way, I think. This one I call the ‘Annual Report’ – it’s an illusion by Shigeo Fukuda. On the left,

Seeing both sides

It’s a complex world, and getting creative answers means seeing many sides of the situations we are in. Graphics can be more powerful than words to reframe the way we see things…. and to provoke our imaginations. I like the impact of these images from Veja magazine in Brazil: Dead or alive… Victory or defeat…

Amazing creativity?

“The key question isn’t what fosters creativity? But it is why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create, but why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon the sense