A number of years ago a major corporation hired a team of psychologists to analyse what makes creative people different from non-creative people. The company paid the psychologists a lot of money. The psychologists spoke with and studied a lot of people. They took copious notes. Eventually they filed their report. Their findings? Their conclusion [...]
In this issue of the Greg Alder Co newsletter we look at the brain – the tricks it plays, the way it works, ways to improve its fitness and its role in determining our success or failure. In short, a lot to think about.
“Why won’t you die?” “Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.” This exchange is from a scene in the movie V For Vendetta. The evil Peter Creedy has ordered a handful of thugs to shoot V – which they obediently do, [...]
How size and location influence innovation As a small business owner based in rural Australia, what I’m about to write worries me. If I owned a small business based in a major city, I’d still be worried. And if I ran a major corporation based in the country, I’d also be worried. But being [...]
An eight year study has revealed the characteristics that make some people great innovators – and help them lead the innovation changes in their organisations. These are not skills that these innovators are born with, as Forbes magazine points out: “These characteristics are not simply a genetic endowment of the lucky few. Anyone can change [...]
Want to sharpen your brain? (If you answered ‘No’, you need your head examined.) If you haven’t discovered Lumosity yet, head over to the website now. There you will find a series of training programs to make your brain smarter, faster and more flexible. You simply identify the brain functions you’d most like to improve [...]
This is a blog about creativity. It is also a blog about education. The two should be linked. But they are not. This is also a blog about Sir Ken Robinson and his thoughts on education and its effect on creativity. So, let’s get going. I want to start by writing about education. I have [...]
Selling creative ideas is hard enough. Don’t make it harder. Selling creative ideas is an art – just like coming up with the creative idea in the first place. It is an art few people understand. A shame, because there is nothing so devastating to anyone in a creative field than to have a conservative [...]