Category: Creativity

A letter to a creative soul

Dear (you) I saw into your eyes and I felt the yearning to create. I sensed the quiet excitement as you wonder whether you’ll tap into the creativity that’s awaiting inside. I see the sparkle in your eyes as you think of the magical creative journey that lies ahead. […]

The gift of improvising

My first workshop I was somewhere between naive and terrified. I didn’t really know what to expect. I half thought I would be cast onto a stage and expected to deliver a well crafted masterpiece. Those anxious thoughts couldn’t have been further from the truth. 4 years ago […]

How to sell ideas

One often forgotten component of innovation is pitching. The momentous moment you stand in front of senior directors or investors to get buy in or funding for a project. You have spent hours and weeks in the development of this amazing idea. But as good as the idea […]

Creativity is not accidental

For many people, having the confidence to express their ideas can really hold them back. And for organisations it can stop some of the most innovative and breakthrough ideas ever reaching the surface. The fear of being wrong, the fear of making mistakes and not being listened to […]

Why you must fail first

The student I was working with grew up in China and went to a school that inhibited confidence, diluted self expression and left her feeling shy and afraid of making a mistake. A culture that believed being wrong was worse than not attempting at all. She was stood […]

To risk or not to risk?

One morning in South London I was walking to get the bus. About 50m from the bus stop I saw my bus about to pull away from the traffic lights and turn towards the stop. These are times when only a split second decision will do. If you […]

The 2 enemies of innovation

  When a group of people come together to make a decision, to plan a strategy or to start a project, sometimes the inevitable happens. The loud voices take over and egos get in the way of valuable and productive conversations. This week I was asked about how […]