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Awakening the Inner Artist

I’m sitting in a coffee shop with my sketchbook, drawing the mugs hanging above the counter. I take out my water pen and rub it over the graphite pencil sketch to make it look more artsy. That feels pleasurable, and … Continue reading

 

Is Creativity a Hard or Soft Skill?

“Your weapons. You will not need them.” – Yoda, Star Wars According to Linkedin, creativity is the most important skill in the world. Creativity is not merely a gift; it is a skill that can be learned and taught. But … Continue reading

 

The Five Criteria to Develop a Culture of Innovation

If you ask managers, employees or executives whether they want to work in a company that has a culture of innovation, most will say yes. Why does this sound so attractive? Innovation is associated with rapid success, disruptive innovation and … Continue reading

 

Failure — Driver for Creativity

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams   Is failure a mandatory step in achieving mastery? This is the question that art historian and curator Sarah Lewis examines in her … Continue reading

 

The Transforming Power of Play

What if there was a way to turn things you dread into games? Former philosophy professor Antanas Mockus had an intriguing and wildly successful idea to do just that when he was elected Mayor of Bogota, Columbia, in 1995. One … Continue reading

 

How Art Can Help to De-stress at Work

Did you know that US workers are considered the most overworked in the developed world? According to a Forbes article, we work longer hours and have more stress-related illnesses than Europe and Japan. On top of that, the holiday season … Continue reading

 

The Ogre Inside Us All

We all have an ogre inside us who enjoys telling us that we are not creative and not good enough. According to author Simon Banks, the path towards innovation starts with battling that ogre and the negative stories it tells … Continue reading