Change and Creativity. Part 4: The Creativity Cascade.

The best way to manage change is to create your own! But for many people creativity as part of initiating change is a difficult process to understand. Most people shy away from creativity because they hold a false assumption that they are not creative and that creativity is the domain of “arty” people. The ones you find at ad agencies. In this 4th installment in the blog mini-series, I’ll show you that being creative in the...

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Change and Creativity. Part 3: 4 Secrets of Creative Experts.

Change is a constant in the business world. In fact the business world has never changed faster and faced more challenges than it does today. In the 3rd installment of this series on change and creativity, Erik Vermeulen looks at the 4 Secrets Creative Experts employ to deal with change and generate answers. Secret #1: Become an expert. Before you can be truly creative in your field, you need to become an expert. Research has shown that it...

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Change and Creativity. Part 2: Components of Creativity.

In the second part of this blog series on Change and Creativity, I’ll look at the Components of Creativity. A lot of leaders and business people tend to shun creativity under the false impression that they are not creative or “arty”, or “out of the box thinkers”. The truth is, creativity is both a creative and an analytical process. People with both these traits can be very creative. But what are the components...

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Change and Creativity. Part 1

I’m currently wrapping up a 7 week contract with a client in Kenya. Yes, I’ve lived here for almost 7 weeks on a Culture Development “roll-out”. Obviously CHANGE has been front of mind – not only because of the nature of the project, but because I’ve had to immerse myself in the Kenyan Way. So, if it is relatively easy to adapt to new surroundings, why do companies struggle so much with change? In the next few...

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The world needs creative Leaders. So why are they so rare?

As you may know I try to keep an eye on the Harvard Business Review. Although many of their articles and books are theory-based, they seem to have recently adopted a much more practical approach. This week I came across this article about an address at a confernce by Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the former President of India. The article was written by Navi Radjou who is the Executive Director of the Centre for India & Global...

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