Breaking Boundaries

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Imagine a team of talented people working together, developing the next generation of their flagship product. They have to design and manage a change so significant it will affect all variants of their multi-platform product, and of course, it has to be ready and launched seamlessly in perfect synchronization. It is a delicate design and engineering task, but as subtle as it is, its scope is vast. Millions of users are to be affected by it. The upcoming release is designed to introduce a major improvement to the product, but if something goes wrong, users could be left without the ability to use the service for days. What picture do you have in mind when reading this description? Can you see this team working together? How does this group effort look like? Do you see a big room, a lot of laptops on the table, a huge whiteboard with sketches, and the commotion of an ongoing brainstorming (or multiple instances of it) filling the space? Now, imagine your task is to build such a team from scratch. What do you do? If you are like most managers in most companies, you probably start to look around. You turn to local … Read More

habit zero #152

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one thing I observed   I found this magical circle of light yesterday, during my walk in Tel-Aviv. Honestly, I don’t know how people can walk by it without stopping and staring. I find it mesmerizing. The spiral chain of lights that seems to be thoughtfully arranged clashes with the sloppy pieces of tape holding it in place. The bright circle looks like a source of light against the dark background. One might think this object is trivial — I find it enigmatic. A few minutes later, I found its counterpart. A perfect, clear circle through which the sky was apparent, surrounded by strange, fractal patterns of paint, or lack of it. one thing I thought of   When you become aware of something, like the first circle I found, your mind gets tuned into similar stimuli. But what seems like harmony, on the one hand, can embed surprising dimensions of tension in aspects where the two insights contradict each other. Looking at two similar things, side by side can reveal a lot about each of them. It is as if one emphasizes some traits of the other. The same applies when finding creative solutions to the challenges you have. … Read More

habit zero #147

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one thing I observed   I took this photo in the Natural History Museum in London, and it should be familiar enough to anyone who visited this overwhelming museum. This display, placed in the main hall of the museum, shows a collection of beetles and butterflies. Each of them might not be that unique or jaw-dropping by itself (especially when compared to other exhibits just a few steps away), but together, neatly arranged as they are, they are eye-catching. They become magical. one thing I thought of   When multiple instances of the same subject, or subjects from the same family, are displayed together, they become something new. Each specific item seems to become less relevant — they draw their power from the collection they are part of. At least until you become curious and start to explore the details of each subject — details you probably wouldn’t be attentive to if it weren’t for the impact of the collection. I experienced the same dynamics in another museum — the Tate Modern. In this series of photographs, Ed Ruscha focuses on swimming pool. If any of the photos had been displayed by itself, it would be a banal capture of … Read More

habit zero #142

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one thing I observed   one thing I thought of   One easy way to turn an everyday object to something more enigmatic, unusual, or just something that catches one’s attention is by duplicating it. Somehow, the simple act of placing two identical or nearly identical objects in the same frame makes us stop for a second and pay closer attention. And strangely enough, sometimes when you are facing a problem, and you are trying to come up with a creative solution, duplicating the problem opens up new possibilities and offers fresh perspectives. Sounds strange? Try it! one thing to go   Look around you for twin objects. Try placing familiar objects in pairs, in the same frame. Try duplicating a problem you are trying to solve and reflect on what this does to the solution space.  

habit zero #128

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the challenge   Today, we will focus on taking a closer look at things. Throughout our creative exploration, we aim to observe and see things differently. But when I say “take a close look” today, I mean it literally: throughout the day, our creative Insights should be based on a close-up view. When we look at things in close-up — in some sense we take them out of context — we see them differently by definition.

habit zero #003

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the challenge     My day started with a lot of things on my mind. The minute I woke up I found myself thinking about several things in parallel. It literally gave me a headache. Not an optimal starting point for the day. I picked a random creative challenge from the Master Your Creativity channel and got the Exploration Prism we are already familiar with and the Unbox Seed. This is somewhat of a cryptic Seed when you first see it. When I saw it this morning my first thought was “what was I thinking???”

The Glass is Half…

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Are you the type of person who sees the glass half full or do you tend to see the glass half empty? Which is better? Maybe you need to be a little bit of both. And maybe you just need to focus on the glass! Many of us are obsessed with dividing the world into simple groups (I might have just done the same thing). You are either an optimistic or a pessimistic. You either see the glass this way or that way. But such clear-cut distinction prevents us from generating new ideas or creative solutions to whatever it is we are facing. The effective way to come up with an original thought about anything relies on your ability to continually change your perspective.

Creative Break

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What should I write about next? I want to write. I feel an urge to. But this question just keep spinning in my mind and the more I’m thinking about it, the less apparent the answer is… We are always thinking about something. Most of us are in any case. Most of the time we are not only thinking about something – we are thinking about something very concrete. It may be a task we need to do, a problem that keeps bothering us, a challenge we still don’t know how to face, or some abstract thing like “the future.” Our mind is at high RPM most of the time.