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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Become a Corporate Mentalist when interviewing new Employees.

Understanding people and their “natural” (or thrust) behaviour style can go a long way to helping HR professionals streamline the recruitment of new employees. Research shows that poor behavioural fit with existing team members can lead to conflict and a significant drop in team and individual performance. So it’s a good idea to be able to interview not only for ability and attitude, but also for behavioural fit. The following sample job...

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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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Bullet and ball

You’re standing on the edge of an ocean with a high powered rifle and a ball. The ocean is smooth and there is no wind. Holding the rifle level with the ground six feet high, you fire a bullet out to sea. The very instant the bullet leaves the barrel you drop the ball from the same height as the rifle. Which will hit the water first, the bullet or the ball? Answer: The ball will hit first. The curvature of the earth will cause the bullet...

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