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Are you a ‘diverger’ or a ‘converger’? Creativity and idea generation

Businesses need creative people. Understanding different thinking styles can help create the right culture for new ideas to emerge.  Idea generation and creative problem solving Widespread discussion of creativity and idea generation began with the publication in 1967 of a book called ‘Contrary Imaginations’. Its author Liam Hudson – later a distinguished professor of psychology […]

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My three favourite examples of innovation in Engineering and Technology

In a fast changing business environment constant innovation is essential to keep ahead of the competition. Innovation can take many different forms, depending on the industry. Innovation in healthcare delivery might mean devising new systems for monitoring provision, producing a new range of inspiring training materials to motivate staff, or creating new ways of sharing […]

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Tips to teach your staff how to think ‘out of the box’

When it comes to training your staff to perform their tasks well, it is common to follow certain procedures and formats. These procedures help to ensure that your staff are taught to carry out their job, and also to master their role so that they can grow professionally. However, the corporate world is full of […]

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4 creative methods for brainstorming

Brainstorming is one of the most creative methods of gaining ideas for an organisation. Across the world companies use brainstorming techniques to improve teamwork, understanding and generate creative and out-of-the-box solutions. In many cases the brainstorming process produces radically novel ideas that may be a departure from the current mode of thinking. Brainstorming may look […]

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5 innovative ideas to improve thinking skills

In today’s competitive world, businesses and organisations have realised the value of an idea. The human resources of the company are the reservoir of new ideas that would provide a competitive edge for the organisation in the future. Today’s impossibility would be tomorrow’s grand new launch. All the organisations of today concentrate in keeping a […]

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Five Tips to Improve Your Problem Solving Skills

Every managerial staff member across sectors will at some point or another need to deal with disputes and serious issues or problems in the workplace. These problems could involve a variety of things. When it comes to problem solving, not every management professional has the ability to solve issues effectively. You can always undergo innovation […]

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Five Tips for Thinking Creatively

Irrespective of your work profile and role in the organisation, when it comes to planning and organising, thinking creatively will help you achieve several aims. In today’s world, innovation is the only way to lead and get ahead. However, innovation begins with creating thinking. The concept of thinking creatively can actually help you create better […]

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How to foster an innovative culture

A culture of creativity in business is a culture that excels beyond the realms of mere ‘business’, and is what drives true success.  Developing this sort of culture should be the main aim, then, for any forward-thinking company.  How, though, should you go about fostering this sort of attitude amongst your employees?  Encourage an open […]

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The value of training to an organisation

Whilst it’s true to say that organisations should be pushing for maximum profitability and productivity at all times, keeping performance levels up, company wide, is a tough challenge for any management team.  If management successfully achieves this aim however, a business is likely to move from strength to strength with a solid foundation supporting it. […]

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Is innovation at work the only way to create a sustainable competitive advantage?

The word ‘innovation’ is regularly heard in offices across the globe, but is often used without any real meaning behind it.  All organisations want to encourage innovation in employees, but many are unaware of what they actually want, and how to achieve these results.  It is important for business leaders to be able to define […]

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Five steps to effective problem solving

As an office leader, it’s inevitable that at some point you’ll have to deal with conflicts and problems within the workplace.  Problem-solving training will help you to do so decisively, and with the minimum of long-term damage.  That’s why you should follow these five steps: Identify the main issues.  As a first step, it’s important […]

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Examples of innovation in the workplace

Innovation is a hard to define quality that can lead to revolutionary breakthroughs that help individuals and organisations to make changes for the better.  For that reason, it is a much sought after skill, and all businesses make efforts to encourage it.  There are hundreds of great examples of innovation in workplaces of all shapes […]

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Understanding the two brain hemispheres

Is your brain right, or left brain hemisphere dominated?  The answer to this simple question is believed to have some influence over whether an individual has a logical or creative way of thinking, and why that is.  The idea of two hemispheres that function somewhat independently to each other was brought to popular attention by […]

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How the brain works: the value of critical thinking training

In some ways, the brain is an organ much like any other and given the correct stimulus, it reacts in a predictable, physical way.  Just as aerobic exercise will cause the body to create additional red blood cells, mental stimulation will trigger the brain to make new neurons, or brain cells.  This process is known […]

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Why logic is important in the creative industries

As an employer, it is essential to understand how the minds of employees work.  Getting to know individuals, and how they approach problems, is the best way to ensure they can be encouraged to reach their full potential and deliver their best work. All workplaces need a balance between creativity and logic.  Creativity is required […]

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How creativity and problem solving can help your company get ahead of the curve

For many businesses, there often comes a point when growth starts to plateau. Staff may be working effectively and diligently, and there may be good harmony within the employee group, but results simply do not seem to improve. Short-term boosts in growth are possible through investment, but they rarely sustain over time. One way to […]

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Creating an innovative team

Most business leaders say that they would like to foster more creativity in their staff members. Innovation in the workplace can be a catalyst for growth and help to ensure that a company stays ahead of its competitors. Creating an environment where employees feel comfortable using their creative sides is easy enough to do, but […]

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Practical steps to encourage creativity and problem solving in the workplace

If you are in a senior management position and are looking to change the environment of your company, to make it more creative, you should probably start with yourself. Acknowledge that you have played an important role in the creation of the current system and that its strength and weaknesses are, to a certain extent, […]

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How to create an environment of creativity and problem solving in a business

In some industries an environment encouraging creative and innovative thinking is more important than in others. If you are a manager in an interior decorating and design business idea generation and lateral thinking is probably more important than if you are a history professor. The truth is, however, that virtually any work environment will benefit […]

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Six keys to business innovation

Every business is unique, but those that are highly successful and excel at bringing products or services to market are, time and again, described as being highly innovative.  Successful organisations, however, do not usually become innovative by accident.  Instead, leaders in the company take deliberate steps that will help to create and nurture a corporate […]

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