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5 Things That are Killing Innovation in Your Company   Sometimes there are factors at play within your workplace that hinder creativity and act as innovation killers without you even realising it. Knowing what hinders creativity is just as important as knowing what promotes and fosters it.   1. Too Much or Too Little Team Work Creativity can prosper in two different work situations: on an individual level and in a team setting. Each of these situations provide different opportunities and frames of mind for catalysing that spark of genius. Individualistic thinking can enable ideas to flow at a highly focused and deep level. By comparison, the energetic and dynamic atmosphere of team problem solving generates ideas at a rapid rate. Though different, each is equally viable and important for progress and innovation. If you want more creativity, you’ll have to create a physical environment that can readily echo and support each of these types of situations. The environment for teamwork is fundamentally different by principle than the environment for individual work. Create balance by offering opportunities for employee collaboration while also providing quiet places for thinking and focusing. Working individually enables one to deeply attune to the problem. Giving something your full attention can be crucial for creativity. When paying attention to something, you fully immerse yourself in it, something that is not so easy to do in a team setting. If you can afford to do and support both, create corresponding calm and energetic atmospheres. A cozy zone that is peaceful and perfect for reflecting and researching will be perfect for fostering creativity within an individual. An open space that can seat lots of people will be more suitable for employee collaboration. If you have limited space, try thinking up of a way to transition from context to context by quickly rearranging furniture when the occasion calls for it or by scheduling particular slots in a day where teams can collaborate.   2.You’ve Become Detached A great leader is present and involved within his company. However, lately you’ve been working extra long hours and going to too many meetings. Ask yourself, have you lost sight of your team and workplace culture? As you get busier, it’s easier to lose awareness of what’s affecting what. So, you may be unable to identify innovation killers simply because you are so out of tune with your company culture. If this is the case, you can quickly re-establish familiarity with the state of affairs by asking yourself these few questions: •How does the team handle failure? Are they aversive? •What happened the last time there was failure? Was someone chewed out?...

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THE NUMBER 1 THREAT TO YOUR POTENTIAL   In most situations progress and success are achieved by breaking through our comfort zones… This little critter is the reason why it’s so dam hard!” Of all the art inspired workshops and team building events we run by far my favourite is our Team Masterpiece event. It’s because of the profound shift and transformation that occurs in our participants. I get to watch the moment when someone’s mind pivots from a state of “I can’t do that!” to, “Wow, I did, and can’t believe it!”. Now within the workshop we use art to create this shift but the workshop is not necessarily about art. What do is illustrate that much of that which we believe we are incapable of, is actually very much within our reach… We simply use art as a means to get there. The reason I believe that this shift takes place so often in Art Masterpiece is that it’s an intense, at times uncomfortable creative journey. A journey that many of us have not been on since we where a child. I’ve written about this in one of my past entries, “The number one reason why your not creative!” (Yes, I do like to use a “Number one… “ title). Now before we guide participants too far down a line of progressively more and more challenging art activities, we illustrate a warning and that is…. BEWARE OF THE OGRE As we say in Team Masterpiece we all have an ogre! It’s a voice which talks to us, constantly in the background. A voice sometimes as silent as a whisper and other times as loud as thunder.  The ogre is that voice which talks to us whenever we go to do something out of our comfort zones. To do something challenging, something we believe we are not instinctively good at. It’s the voice that says, “Don’t you remember your no good at this!”,  “It’s not going to work out well!”, “I think your forgetting… You can’t draw!” We all have a version of this ogre. For me it pipes up when I e-mail or write something like this blog entry, because as long as I can remember I was told “Writing just isn’t your strong suit!”. This belief re-enforced by my peers in high school (all in bottom english) and now by my wife, who is so dam good at it (A High School english teacher… How’s that!). When I write my Ogre say’s, “You’re going to look like a dumb arse!” “You don’t even know which where to use where ???” …. “Maybe you should just do a...

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Graphic Facilitation: Making Ideas Come Alive I had a great time recently emceeing a 2 day conference on the Gold Coast. I kept myself very busy as I was also the Visual Facilitator for the event. It was a great mix of the things I love to do – draw and talk! As with previous conferences where I was fulfilling a similar role, I noticed some great things that Graphic Facilitation and Visual Communication can bring to the audience. 1- It provides a massive point of interest. I had some great chats with people as they were walking in and out between breaks about what I was doing, recording and visualising. The drawings held people. T-shirts tech long sleeve The visuals got people attention. The visuals held people attention. 2- The use of visuals and graphics is a great conversation starter. Every time that delegates were looking at the visuals together, great work-based conversations were happening and the conversation was alive! Not the stifled polite chit chat you sometimes here at an event. A conference should encourage great work conversations and the meeting of minds. The art helped it to happen. 3- The process helps to sift through the mountains of words and capture the key stuff. Over 2 days there was aLOT of information. As the brain can only take in 7 +/2 bits of information at once, the visuals had a really important role. 4- The recognition and memory of information is almost instant with the use of visuals. When I went through the 2 days of drawing at the end of the conference, I could remember everything that I had drawn. adidas scarpe More importantly, when I was discussing it with the audience, they could remember all of the key points that I had drawn. Try doing that with bullet point filled PowerPoint presentations. 5- It has to look good. When you use great colour and images, it brings your picture and the story to life. Our mind and soul craves great design and colour. Research shows that using 6 or more colours hugely increases retention. adidas superstar For me, it also has to be something that clients would be happy to hang up in their office, not just scribing words in different colour pens. 6- Everyone likes it when you put in images that people know or recognise. All of the above was based on my observations on the day but there is LOADS of research and on the power of visuals for recognition and learning. As an artist, I have known the power of art in visual communication and telling messages. I am delighted...

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I think that we all have a creative knot. Something that in all of us, is tied up, tight and potentially stopping us fulfilling our creative potential. Stopping us expressing ourselves and coming up with some great ideas and then acting upon them. It’s a knot that can be really tight. Untying this not is the key to tapping into your creative mojo and all the good things that can happen. So what helps you to unlock this creative knot? I am writing this in the middle of a 5 hr plane ride and I find that this is where I unlock my knot. It’s usually after a wine and about an hour into the trip. The realization hits that there are no phone calls, no email, no messages. I am feeling relaxed. adidas nmd I am usually watching a movie and then I start to feel really inspired. Not just inspired, but over the top of inspired. I feel like my mind becomes a flowing river if ideas, thoughts and images. Things are happening. I get my creative flow on and I stay in it. cheap mu legend redzen I always keep my notebook handy and jot down, draw and play with the river of ideas. The more you unwind the creative knot, the easier it is to keep it that way and to keep harnessing that wonderful creativity that we all have. Think of it like fitness. To get fit you have to unlock the knot of motivation. You have to get off that couch. You need the will power to keep the exercise going after 2 minutes when you get puffed. You need to push yourself hard. The more you untwist the knot, the easier it is to keep it untwisted. You get your fitness charging and then you don’t want to let it go. It’s the same with you creativity and your self-expression. Once you untie the knot and start expressing and acting on your creative talents, the easier it is to keep it going and not have that knot reappear. Whilst untying the creative knot sounds like a very slippery use of a metaphor, finding the right environment, mood, situation, stimulus, energy to untwist your creative knot is essential. It’s different for everyone but once you find it, it gets easier to stay creative and fulfill the great potential that we all have. I don’t want to do a 5 hr plane ride every day so it’s important to put into your day those little things that untie your creative...

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I have been lucky enough to share my passion of art and creativity with some fantastic companies over the last 14 years. I love seeing people tapping back into that wonderful creativity that we all have and the wonderful energy that comes from being expressive, imaginative and creative. So I was delighted when we had the opportunity to run a creative session at this years Sydney Fringe Festival for members of the public.  Whilst not a team building session, many elements were the same as the creative team building programs we run. Everyone getting out of their comfort zone. Everyone really scared about how to start and what it will look like! The first few steps are always very, very tentative.  It’s as if the paper may ignite when the pen first hits it and makes a mark. Great things start to happen when everyone feels more comfortable. It was a sold out program and we had an absolute blast.   The venue was a great space. Always a fan of a great environment to drive creativity, Fringe HQ was buzzing with stimulus. It was great to have a room full of people ready to get out of their comfort zone and to do something creative. There was plenty of fun and energy in the room. Most importantly, everyone left with something that they were proud of! The Fringe Festival gave a nice review as well  There is a tipping point when you do anything new and out of our comfort zones. There is often a voice inside  you have to deal with, telling you a bunch of crap about how unsuccessful your are going to be. The inner voice/ego/doubt we have holds us back from doing so many things. This is especially true with anything creative. Once you suck it up and go for it, the inner voice starts to quieten down then disappear completely. That’s when great things happen. I love seeing everyone leave with something they were proud of and the great smile that comes from reconnecting with your creativity. All things start with a small step, even opening up your creative potential. So, what step are you going to take to reconnect with your creativity and...

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You see so many list of what to do to be creative. In corporate land, its always about using a specific tool (invented by a consultant) to help you to think up better ideas. In creative land (where people make a living every day from doing creative stuff), the lists are different. You don’t rely on just a specific tool to keep being creative – why would you?  For me, these creative tools miss most of what it means to be creative – the act of creating itself.   To be creative, you have to create and live creatively. And the good news is that you don’t have to buy it. Designers become great designers from designing Artists become great artist through creating art Florists become great florists from constantly putting together floral creations Photographers become great photographers from constantly taking photos The more you CREATE, the more creative you become. You can then throw out the book of thinking tools you paid $60 for and is on the bookshelf in your office. This is why I really liked the Rules of a Creator’s Life from Creative Something. My favourite rules were: Try new things Always be creating Turn work into play Sounds so simple but creativity is simple. Creative people are creative because they try new things and area always creating. Who cares what is looks like at the end – just concentrate on having a good time in the process. Mistakes are OK! So what’s stopping you? Go and be creative today. It feels...

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