May 31, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Groupthink

Have you ever been in a group discussion, where it seems like a decision was made that nobody actually thought was ideal? You might have just witnessed a psychological bias known as groupthink. Groupthink occurs when a group of people need to make a decision, and due to the pressure of not creating conflict between […]

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May 27, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Are you born creative? Is creativity genetic? The nature vs nurture debate

Are some people born creative? Or to say it another way, are some people born not creative? I hear this myth all the time. That someone thinks that they are not creative because they see other people who have more talent or skill than they do, and by comparing themselves to these “geniuses”, they believe they […]

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May 26, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Podcast S7E162: Angus Fletcher – Improving creativity through narrative and movement

In this episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Prof Angus Fletcher from Ohio State University. He describes himself as a “Story Scientist, and his team have been doing some interesting research into new ways of improving creativity and problem solving through narrative and storytelling. We speak about the unique link between […]

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May 25, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

6 Innovation Exercises to Try With Your Team

Creative thinking and innovation don’t come naturally to everyone, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t good at them. Sometimes, teams need practice and routine to improve their creativity skills. This article will highlight some popular innovation exerci…

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May 23, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Artists create art

So you want to be an artist. Why? It might seem like a simple question, yet can uncover a surprising truth if you dig deep enough. Because for many people, actually creating art is not as important as being seen as being an artist. In many art schools, the idea of being an artist is […]

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May 20, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

In Group Bias: Why we prefer people who are similar to ourselves

More diverse teams have been shown to come up with better ideas than more homogeneous teams. They are also more likely to succeed at continuing to be creative in the long run. So then why is it that so many companies are full of similar-looking people? Especially when it comes to the more senior levels? […]

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May 19, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Podcast S7E161: Tiffani Bova – Employee Experience leading to Customer Experience

In this episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with Salesforce’s Innovation and Growth Evangelist Tiffani Bova. Tiffani is recognised as one of the top management thinkers in the world by Thinkers 50, is the author of Growth IQ and is a well-known speaker on the topic of Growth. We speak about why […]

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May 18, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Spontaneous movements may kickstart your creativity

There is evidence to show that walking is a great way to encourage creative thought. Now, hot off the presses, we might soon learn that any type of random body movement might have the same effect. I recently interviewed Prof Angus Fletcher, whose team is studying how narrative creativity is built in the brain, for […]

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May 17, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Novelty Bias

We know that a lot of people have a bias towards to keeping the status quo. Or if they do see a new innovation which is fundamentally different that what they know, they might see how other people react to using it first before they feel comfortable using it themselves. Yet at the same time, […]

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May 17, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Democracy Is Ailing—Not Because We Broke It, but Because What We’re Trying to Build Is Unprecedented

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Masks. Vaccines. Immigration. Abortion. Gun control. Taxes. The list of divisive issues in American politics goes on, with liberals and conservatives seeming more polarized and less able to agree than ever before. Indeed, democracy is in a fragile state, not only in the US but around the world. What’s gone wrong to get us into […]

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May 16, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Winning for the wrong reasons

What happens when you win a contest which is meant to reward skill and talent, but people say you didn’t deserve to win? Over the weekend, like millions of other people, I watched the Eurovision song contest 2022. The clear winner was the Ukraine, with 631 points, ahead of the UK on 466 points. Both […]

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May 13, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Copy, transform, combine

When people first start developing their creative skills for the first time, they often go through a similar sequence of learning and trying new things. They take something they already know and like, such as a drawing or song produced by a famous artist, and then: Copy it, until they can reproduce or perform it […]

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May 12, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How Online Whiteboards Create Actionable Results for Businesses

To run a successful business, you must be able to complete individual and shared tasks regularly and reliably. One of the most significant components to achieving this is making sure you create actionable results in your meetings, conversations, and wo…

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May 12, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Waiting for inspiration

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
While in some cases the brain is still forming creative new connections in the background, the real professional creat…

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May 11, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Quantity breeds quality

If you want to improve your creativity, what is more likely to make you better in the long run: Creating a large volume of average-quality work, or focusing on a single piece and working tirelessly to try and make it perfect? A large number of creatives think that in order to make anything worthwhile, you […]

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May 10, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Don’t worry what other people are thinking of you

They aren’t. People think that any small mistake or embarrassment is going to be noticed and judged by everyone around them. Yet in reality this is not what happens. Even if you do something embarrassing, like falling over, forgetting a word while speaking, spilling coffee on your shirt or snorting while you laugh, and you […]

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May 9, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Unique, Discounted Products to Unleash Your Creative Mojo

If you are looking for a simple, engaging, inexpensive way to increase your odds of succeeding with your most inspired venture, I may have exactly what you need.

What previously I sold only to forward thinking organizations, I am now making availab…

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May 9, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

SELF-INQUIRY PAGES

One of the reasons why aspiring entrepreneurs, writers, artists, musicians and other cultural creatives struggle is because they routinely run into obstacles (inner and outer) that derail them. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Sometimes all that…

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May 9, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How much luck do you need to be creative?

What makes successful people succeed? A number of factors they come up with if you ask them may include: Hard work Grit and being willing to keep going through challenging times Having the resources to develop what you are thinking of Focusing on quality, delighting the customer, being the best A supportive network around you […]

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May 6, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Turner Oak: The tree that was nearly killed, only to come back stronger

In London’s Royal Botanical Kew Gardens, there is a tree which has inspired the world. It is an ancient, huge oak tree. Planted in 1798 and standing more than 16 meters tall, it has long been one of the most important and well known trees in the gardens. Called “Turner’s oak” after its species name, […]

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May 5, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Podcast S7E160: Eric Barker – Plays well with others

In this episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with bestselling author Eric Barker. Eric runs one of the most popular newsletters on the web to use science and psychology to improve your life, and I have been a fan for years. We speak about his new book Plays well with others: The […]

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May 4, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The value of Questioning

Sometimes, before you start generating ideas, it makes sense to slow down and ask some more questions. It is normal to want to solve problems, and come up with solutions and ideas from the beginning. But how do we know that we are solving the right problem? Or that the problem we have identified is […]

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May 3, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Are you “Right brained” or “Left brained” (neither: it’s a myth)

If there is one myth about creativity that I wish would just stop, it is that some people are “right brained” and creative, whereas others are “left brained” and analytical. This lie has caused millions of people to doubt their own creative ability, or for people to consider themselves more creative than other people they […]

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May 2, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Pruning of neurons: how forgetting keeps your brain efficient

Humans are a forgetful species. While we have an amazing ability to remember complex information and patterns, our brains can be given so much information that if we remembered everything, it would be a jumbled mess and impossible to remember any specific fact. Imagine that remembering something is like finding a pair of socks to […]

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