Space for Opportunities

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I’m a planner. For most of my life, I was. And by that, I don’t mean I necessarily have detailed long-term plans. But when it comes to projects or my daily agenda, my instinct was always to start with a plan. Whatever the project is, there is nothing that will make me happier than a blank piece of paper or an empty table — a space to write down what and when I need to do to realize the project. Then, of course, I might add interfaces, resources, and other things that the plan depends on. And just like magic, without anything changed in the real world, I feel there’s a much higher chance the project would reach its desired goal. This might all sound reasonable enough. What you need to know about me, though, is that under the label “Project,” I can easily host practically anything. From a one-week vacation abroad to a trip to Ikea, from packing my bag before I go to a photo-walk to finding the optimal bag to buy, from building a team to defining the work-plan for the upcoming year. My default mindset in any of those is: the better the plan — the … Read More

Fifty Shades of Failure

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Once upon a time everybody wanted to succeed. Failure was not an option. Except that it was. So, at some point, someone came with the innovative idea that failure is an inherent part of the creative process. Everyone was relieved because it is a well-known scientific fact that failure is the default outcome of any activity and you must invest energy to prevent it. When failure became an acceptable result, everything seemed to be a bit easier.

Against the Stream

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Most organizations in the world aim to be innovative. Without a doubt, they demand their employees to be creative. At least so they say. Many of these organizations, however, fail to provide their employees the right settings for creativity and innovation to flourish.

The Element of Surprise (or the Next-Gen Kindle)

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If you follow the seempli Daily Creative Challenge, chances are you came across The Next Kindle challenge. Based on the Next-Gen Prism we defined the following challenge: think of an upgrade or a redesign of the Kindle. As inspiration, we picked a random seempli Seed, and this is what we got:

The Innovation Run

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The easiest way to complete a 5K run is to take a taxi! I’m serious. If all you need to do is to get to your specific destination in the fastest way possible – take a car. If you even don’t want to drive – have someone do the driving for you. It is not only legitimate; it is your best option… if you just need to get there already. There is another way, though. It requires much more effort and discipline. It requires patience. It will certainly not get you to the 5K finish line faster. And yet, many decide to take this path, which can take weeks and even months to accomplish. For some strange reason, they have decided to invest in being able to complete a 5K run by themselves.

Creativity is Messy

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Right now as you read this article, numerous people and organizations around the world are eager to break their creativity ceiling. They want to innovate. They need to innovate. They realize their future depends on their ability to come up with something new (or radically different) and valuable. Whether it is a new product or service, an internal change, or a new direction altogether – people and organizations want to shape their future. And many of them look for the old good familiar way to do that: they look for a process.

Imaginative Project Management

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What does imagination have to do with Project Management? Well, you’d be surprised! Many projects are planned as if everything is expected. It’s a natural tendency which is backed up by the common tools used by Project Managers.

The Organizational Creative Challenge

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When it comes to creativity, organizations are in a tough spot. It starts with the realization that innovation is essential to the success of almost any organization. Even if your organization is not at the cutting edge of technology, and even if it operates in a more or less traditional domain, innovation, in its broadest sense, is a key to achieving even more challenging targets.

Is Creativity Overrated?

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I must be honest with you. While I don’t mind a good passionate discussion well just about any topic, I don’t really like to argue with articles, or more accurately with their authors. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I like to see and hear whoever it is I talk with. But there are times when I can’t just read an article and leave it as is. I find myself arguing with it inside my head. And sometimes, when that happens, I feel I have to respond. In a sense, Eliot Gattegno’s article “Creativity is Overrated” is an excellent article, not because I agree with the author’s opinions, but simply because it has driven me to respond. So let’s start with the bottom line of my view: Creativity is not overrated. If anything it is underrated. Here’s why…

What Companies Can Learn from Artists to Improve Innovation

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Business organizations and artists… what can they possibly have in common? Well, the answer to this question heavily depends on the type of business you are running. Or, to be more accurate, on the type of organization you aim to create. If your target is to create an innovative company, you have come to the right place, because today I would like to talk about three aspects of artistic creativity that are also important pillars of any innovative organization.