Thoughts on creativity, innovation & purpose

We can be prosumers or makers – we do not have to be just consumers of what others make. In this way we can shape our own worlds. Creativity starts with the individual, and growth mindsets are key enablers for the future. We must provoke, unwrap and explore the way we understand the world, andContinue reading “Thoughts on creativity, innovation & purpose”

Top picks 2017: Adam Grant, John Sanei, Lorenzo Fioramonti, Naval Ravikant

These are my top picks for 2017. They all point to a recognition, an awareness that is bubbling and rising. As individuals and organisations, we’re coming to know that we have influence, but that the influence we have can be shaped, developed and directed in more profound ways. The works I have highlighted below askContinue reading “Top picks 2017: Adam Grant, John Sanei, Lorenzo Fioramonti, Naval Ravikant”

If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong

“If you’ve always done it that way, it’s probably wrong.”   – Charles Kettering, holder of 186 patents. We tend to concentrate on things we already know, and time and time again, we fail to take into consideration what we don’t know. This focus on the familiar has costs. It was Nassim Taleb in his bookContinue reading “If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong”

It Is Not About The Past, But The Future

By Gaylin Jee We tend to grab onto the past and use it to design the future. It’s a profound failure of imagination. So say Stephen Gill and David Grebow. They add that the future is no longer about looking for continuity with the past and choosing shinier versions of existing technologies and trends. ThisContinue reading “It Is Not About The Past, But The Future”

Let’s try Deep Work, a 21st Century superpower

By Gaylin Jee Absorb state is one of 7 ways to boost your creativity. But what is absorb state? When you are in absorb state, you spend time only consuming information. You are not creating or delivering any output. The concept is also referred to as ‘batching’. It replaces what Linda Stone calls ‘continuous partial attention’,Continue reading “Let’s try Deep Work, a 21st Century superpower”

Disrupt yourself

By Gaylin Jee The best way to predict the future is to create it. – Peter Drucker. Looking at what the future holds should be like looking at we want to create. As Vala Afshar notes, companies do not disrupt, people do. One drives innovation and disruption in the organisation through driving personal disruption. And accordingContinue reading “Disrupt yourself”

From old to new rules – the space we choose to play in

I think we need a shift in lens. The change we see (and drive) in the world generates a constant stream of opportunity to be explored. When we are paranoid, we are defensive, which makes us operate by old rules, ‘close in and protect’. If we lift ourselves away from paranoid, we have the spaceContinue reading “From old to new rules – the space we choose to play in”

A value proposition for the future

What’s your value proposition for the future? I have a few questions to reflect on. Here’s the context.  More than a few individuals and businesses are ‘doing’ social media, seemingly because everyone else is doing it.  There is a mix of urge, rush, relish and reticence to be present, present on platforms that are fast-growingContinue reading “A value proposition for the future”