January 31, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Try to Love the Questions

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would n…

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January 31, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What is ‘True Creativity’? (part 2 of 5)

So last week I told you that I was working on something big. And that you could get a sneak preview of what was coming up by registering here for free. I’m making good progress for the 24th of Feb reveal date, but today I wanted to take you back in time to show you […]

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January 28, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Do you need to be intelligent in order to be creative? The threshold theory

What is the link between intelligence and creativity? And can you be creative without being intelligent, or do you need a minimum level of intelligence to achieve great creative feats? This has been a question posed since creativity research began seriously in the 1950s. And it has a long, controversial history. Throughout history, many people […]

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January 27, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Podcast S6E148: Donna Loughlin – Finding the right story for your innovation

In this episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with PR expert Donna Loughlin. She is the CEO and founder of LMG PR, and is known for her work with futurists and innovators finding narratives that connect with your audience. We speak about what it means to craft a powerful narrative, authenticity, and […]

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January 26, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

8 Types of Corporate Antibodies

If you work in a company, and want to develop a new innovation, at some point you are going to meet resistance. You will come up against individuals or teams who just do not support your new idea for one reason or another. Much like an animal’s immune system cells which tries to kill foreign […]

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January 25, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Even medieval monks complained about how distracted they were

In today’s modern world, we are constantly bombarded by distraction. Phone notifications, emails, Slack messages and news alerts. It almost feels impossible to focus on any particular task. In fact, research has shown that simply having your phone in the same room as you, even if it is not sending you any notifications, can make […]

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January 25, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Reflections on the Evolving Role of Innovation Professionals, Based on a Recent Panel Session

I recently participated in a panel session as part of a great conference organised by the Innov8rs group (thanks Hans!), with an amazing set of innovation leaders, including Gina O’Connor, John Metselaar, and Andrea Kates.
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January 24, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What is ‘True Creativity’? (part 1 of 5)

*Big announcement time* You are creative. Even if you don’t feel it all the time, you have the capability to do great creative things. And yet, most of us don’t FEEL like we are creative anymore. I would not be surprised if you had times at work in the past few years (or maybe even […]

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January 21, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Zombie ideas and Vampire ideas

Some ideas just don’t want to die! When I was quite early on in my consulting career, I was tasked with evaluating all of the current projects which a client had. What I found were several projects which were still receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds of budget each year, but which appear to have […]

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January 20, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Podcast S6E147: Natalie Nixon – Embrace the chaortic nature of improvisational organisations

 In today’s episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Natalie Nixon, founder of Figure 8 Thinking and author of the The Creativity Leap. We speak about what jazz has to do with business, improvisational organisations and what it takes for teams to thrive in a chaortic world. Topics covered in this […]

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January 19, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What the lie about 8 wet, cold monkeys can tell us about the dangers of storytelling

I want to admit a problem I have with you. A problem that makes my work ten times harder than it could be. But one which I cannot stop, because it is at the core of what I believe in. The problem is related to truth and facts. In my work, I need to be […]

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January 19, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What is the Process for an Employee Innovation Challenge?

A growing trend over the past several years has been to host internal innovation challenges. Companies do this because they find it’s an excellent way to find solutions to long-standing problems, positively create culture (particularly in a remote work…

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January 18, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How travel can improve your creativity

If there is one thing that I miss since the COVID Pandemic began, it is travel. Travel has always been a passion of mine, driving me to see landmarks at the edges of the world, meet new people and explore new cultures. And along the way, find out more about myself as well. But not […]

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January 17, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Which drugs actually help your creativity?

Whenever I am giving a public lecture on the science of creativity and there is an open Question & Answer round, one of the most common questions I get is: Does taking XXX help you be more creative? Now, sometimes the substance listed is very common, like alcohol. Sometimes it is illegal in some areas, […]

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January 14, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Viable intermediary

Why does a dolphin not have gills? If a dolphin were to evolve gills (like fish and other marine animals), then it would be able to explore and utilise more of the ocean since it would no longer need to return to the surface frequently to breathe. Over time, natural selection might allow dolphins with […]

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January 13, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Podcast S6E146: Roger Kneebone – How to become an expert

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Prof Roger Kneebone. Prof Kneebone is the author of Expert: Understanding the Path to Mastery and directs the Imperial College Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science (ICCESS) in London. We speak about what it takes to go from beginner to expert, the hurdles […]

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January 12, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Answers to Your Questions About The Year of Living Creatively

“Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” — Helen Keller

The next Year of Living Creatively course begins on January 30th, 2022. If you are interested, but not yet certain if the course is right for you, the…

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January 12, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Fourth Grade Slump: Why 9 year olds become less creative temporarily

Most people would agree that children are naturally more creative than adults. After all, there is evidence that creativity falls steadily as we get older. However, did you know that there is a time period at school when many children may also become temporarily less creative? It was first discovered by influential creativity researcher Paul […]

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January 11, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Less than half of people would describe themselves as creative

Often when I am giving workshops or keynotes around creativity, especially in a corporate setting, I will ask the participants to anonymously vote on whether they are creative or not. You would be surprised how many people believe that they are not creative. And a series of surveys by Adobe in 2012 and 2016 show […]

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January 11, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Information Overload Phenomenon

One of the biggest obstacles for aspiring innovators, these days, is information overload — the all-too-familiar phenomenon of too much input coming our way, 24/7. Unable to process the overwhelming amount of information delivered to us by the nanos…

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January 10, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Default Mode Network in the brain

What happens in your brain when you are not actively thinking about anything? Does it go into a sort of low power, “battery saver” mode in order to use less energy? This would theoretically make sense from an evolutionary perspective. However, in reality something even more interesting happens. When we are actively thinking about something, […]

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January 7, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Ambidextrous organisations: Where innovation should sit in an organisation

Where should innovation resources actually exist in an organisation? It might seem like a straightforward question, but it is fundamental to whether a company will end up succeeding at innovation or failing. After all, if innovation is so important, should it not get its own department? While many experts have argued for this in the […]

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January 6, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Podcast S6E145: Michael Lee – Innovation is all around us

In today’s episode of the the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with Michael Lee, SVP of Strategy at Innovation Minds and the only internationally certified Creativity and Innovation Coach in the world. We speak about his views on what innovation is, how it is all around us, and how to unlock it in your […]

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January 5, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

5 Tips to Become a Resilient Leader

Over the two years, the pandemic has challenged us to reassess our organizational structures, redefine our processes, and adapt our leadership styles. While there’s certainly a light at the end of the tunnel, many of the changes we’ve made as a society are here to stay. As we continue to have discussions about how we

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January 5, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Teachers don’t realise they don’t like creative students

Every school will tell its students and teachers that they aim to promote creativity in their classrooms. What their teachers might however not be aware of is that, in practice, they don’t actually want their students to be creative. Might it be possible that even though teachers think that they are encouraging their students to […]

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January 5, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Is Innovation the Secret to Adapting to the Regenerative Future?

The inevitable changes ahead for our industries and for our way of life are just as profound as they were in previous shifts in eras. The Climate Action Sweepstakes is committed to supporting efforts that help companies step into the early days of the …

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January 4, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

These companies failed because leaders did not want to hear bad news: The Ostrich Effect

Have you ever worked for a manager or boss who did not want to hear bad news? They might say things like “Don’t come to me with problems, come to me with solutions!” Or they might get aggressive if they find out performance is not what they want it to be. I once had a […]

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January 3, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Interdisciplinary Innovation: Being Innovative is a Way of Imagining, Perceiving, Expressing, Inventing & Inspiring

Innovators present creatively disruptive traits, disrupt old ways, and inspire better ways to do things. They are passionate to connect, to learn, and to explore by understanding commonalities and appreciating uniqueness. Being innovative is a growth m…

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January 3, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Neuroplasticity, and how your brain is able to continue developing as you grow older

A lot of people are scared by the information that creativity appears to decrease as we get older. This often combines with their own experience as to how much harder it appears to be to learn new things compared to when you were a child, whether it be a language, academic skills or even new […]

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