From Exploration to Creation

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I love to observe. Observing, though it may sound passive, requires a lot of focus and energy. First, you need to overcome the natural tendency of your brain to gravitate toward immediate goals and toward the known and familiar. When you are walking to the office, for example, your mind is focused on getting to your destination. Everything else is, by default, less important. And then there are the modern distractions in the form of repeated notifications from our smart-devices — notifications that grant our mind immediate rewards, and gradually create a real, chemical addiction. So mindfully observing the world is far from being trivial. Exploring the world around you and seeing everything as the inspiration requires deliberate, repeated work until it becomes a habit. When seempli was launched, this was my first and immediate goal: to help people be more mindful and observant. I realized that this skill is essential if we wish to realize our creative potential. Observing the world was a lever to being more creative. And that’s why the basic seempli gameplay — the one captured in the Exploration Prism — was focused on observing and capturing what you find. As a photographer, the connection between … Read More

seempli Spots: Creative Playgrounds are Everywhere

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Today, I am excited to launch the latest addition to the seempli Platform: seempli Spots™. But instead of just telling you what seempli Spots are and how they fit into our creativity platform, please allow me to start with just how the concept for seempli Spots was conceived. Like many others, I spend a significant part of August with my family on vacation. The highlight of our vacation was a trip to London, which I hadn’t visited for far too long. If you follow Habit Zero and this blog, you already saw some of the insights from this trip. It was the best time ever, full of music, theatre, art, great food, and just wandering in the streets, exploring places, people, and unfamiliar things. For someone whose motto is “observe and explore,” these eight days were a feast of discoveries and insights. I took so many photos and notes I will need some time to process it all. Now, please don’t laugh, but with all these experiences in mind, one of the things I loved most in London was the Tube. From the iconic design of its map to its remarkable efficiency. From the variety of people you meet to … Read More

GOOD EVENING ROMFORD

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“Cover band? What do you want to be in a cover band for?” He tried to explain it dozens of times to his father. He just didn’t get it. When their van entered the empty driveway of the Brookside Theatre, he tried to explain it to himself. It was a small gig in a small town. It was more of a community center than a theatre. The hall was so small you could walk from door to stage in ten steps. 120 foldable chairs were arranged in ten rows. The ceiling was so low he could almost touch it. And the soundman came with the place. Backstage, which was more of a side-stage, he held a small mirror in his left hand, and carefully put on his makeup with the right. He heard the people starting to fill the small hall and dragging their chairs. In ten minutes his band will take the stage. When the audience is big enough, there’s energy in the air no-one can (or wants to) resist. With 120 people in a community center, you just cannot know how it will be like. These people are here because of their memories. He and his friends are … Read More

Imaginative Implementation

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Innovation is almost always associated with having new ideas. We all know that having a creative idea is just the beginning of a possibly long journey — the journey toward its successful implementation. And yet, it seems like the ideation phase of a project often gets all the fame and glory. Ideation is the cool activity where the magic happens. The rest is often treated as a necessary evil — something that has to be done and obviously requires technical skills, but which has little to do with innovation per se.

Performance Enabling

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Organizations love to measure things. Anything. Some organizations are obsessed with measurements, and for a good reason: organizations have to be managed and, as everyone knows, if you can’t measure something you can’t manage it. Or can you? Organizations are built by people. People are the most important asset an organization has. And assets… (you guessed it) have to be managed. Or more accurately: their performance has to be managed. Just like you monitor and manage the performance of your financial or real estate assets. And this is probably how the term Performance Management was coined. The next step was obvious… Soon, performance evaluation processes were routine. And with them came grading systems, tools to collect, analyze, and manage the data on your Human Capital. And while there is always some new trends, tools, or methods, the focus of many organizations remains to measure and manage the performance of their most valuable assets. Here’s the Wikipedia definition of Performance Management: Performance management (PM) includes activities which ensure that goals are consistently being met effectively and efficiently. What word do you think stands out in this definition? What caught my eye is the verb “to ensure.” Despite being associated with a … Read More

Evolutionary Innovation

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The human body is an amazing machine. If you consider only the bottom line knowing nothing about the process that got us to this point, you would probably say its design is innovative. And yet, we all know we are the result of millions of years of evolution — a long and tedious process with ups and downs. Sure, there were some breakthroughs along the way, but they are just minor events compared to the infinite number of nature‘s trials and errors.

ReShape Reality

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Long before there were words, there were shapes. Long before written language as we know it today was developed, people communicated using drawings. Our mind is wired to look for shapes and match visual patterns from the day we are born. Letters are shapes and although they might seem arbitrary to a modern eye, they evolved from simple drawings representing real objects. In some languages they still are. Today we are excited to announce the latest addition to the seempli Platform: the ReShape Seeds.

Getting Things Done. Differently.

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In the past week I attended the Atlassian Summit in Barcelona. If you are not familiar with Atlassian, this is not the place for describing their amazing platform and tools. But this quote of their mission statement is a good introduction to the spirit of the company: “to help unleash the potential of every team through open work.” This post is not in any way a promotional post. I am not affiliated with Atlassian and I was an attendee like any other in the conference. But when I come across a creative way of doing something pretty trivial (might I say even boring), I’m turned on. So, here’s what turned me on this week.

Take Your Next Flight to New Heights

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In a few hours I will be on a flight to Barcelona. As lovely as the destination is (or as important the goal of the trip is), flights are rarely what you might tag as “time well-spent”. Let’s be honest, flights are often a waste of time, and that’s even before you take into account standing in line for check-in and collecting your baggage. Sure, a book is a great option. I don’t leave home without my Kindle. And there’s always the on-board VOD. But if you want to make your next flight a bit different, you are in the right place. Here’s my personal to-do list for my upcoming flight. And it is all about turning this dead-time into a fun-creative time.

Make Every School Day Count

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When I was a kid, the first day of the school year was so exciting. Sure, there was nothing like the summer vacation, but the first day of school was all about expecting the unexpected. New teachers, new friends, old friends which might have changed — it was like a chance to start fresh all over again, even if objectively most of it remained the same. Soon after that, when the excitement faded away, it became mostly routine. Unless…, unless there was a teacher who knew how to keep us on the edge (in the best sense possible): to keep us in expectation mode — imagining what could happen next. Today, when two of my children are about to start another school year, my excitement is replaced with a wish.