11 Amazing Facts From the 16th Century!

I came across this some time ago, and it sparked my thinking. There’s so much we take for granted in the modern day, like how easily we rattle off some phrases like “Raining cats and dogs”, or labeling high-class people as “upper-crust”. But do you know the origins of such phrases.

The following facts surprised me in a delightful way. It also made me think that we take so much for granted today: need a cool drink? Open the  refrigerator; need to cool down? Go to an air-conditioned environment; or even having ceramic or porcelain plates to eat from. But just a few hundred years ago, life was indeed so much tougher without such modern-day conveniences and facilities.

It took some brains and great ideas to provide us these conveniences today, to give us an age of great wealth and abundance, and plenty of ease.

So the next time you take anything for granted, think first about the idea that sparked off its creation.

Here are some facts about life in the 1500’s: [Read more…]

Forget powerpoint: present with dance!

Next time you want to present something, use dancers instead of powerpoint.

Sounds crazy? Ah… but I say what a simple and brilliant idea!

Think of the amazing possibilities you create with this idea:

  • You present, teach and entertain in a bold new way
  • You turn a boring presentation into a spellbinding session the audience remembers forever
  • Provide extra income for struggling dancers
  • You WILL stand out!

I came across this amazing idea from a TED Talk a friend sent me. And immediately I saw the brilliance behind it, in a creative standpoint. [Read more…]

Its Mark Twain’s Birthday today!

Its Mark Twain’s (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910) birthday today! In his honour, I’d like to share one of my favourite quotes from this brilliant, sharp, witty and very creative writer:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

So have a toast in his honour, and fear not that the ideas you create are not being accepted yet. Stay on the path of exploration, discovery and dreaming.
Its more than guts or courage: its about believing in yourself. Because the more you believe in yourself, the more convinced they will be about you and your ideas.

If you’re not creating and leaving a legacy right now… ask yourself, then when?
You have the power to change the world, one step at a time.

All it takes is an idea to start with.
You are just an idea away from being awesome!

“Why Management Ideas Matter” – article in Harvard Business Review Blog

I just read this article and found the writers’ (Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer, founders and directors of the Thinkers50) arguments quite compelling, about the importance of management ideas today.

In any field, including business, ideas are important. A simplistic notion, maybe, but with implications. Every idea brings with it its own uniqueness and potential for the field it is related to. Businesses struggle when faced with new threats to their way of doing things: the production and delivery of their services at speed, advertising and promotion in an age of message overkill, recruitment of the right talent, diminishing resources, etc. New entrants keep overturning traditional ways of doing things, and that’s why old solutions do not have much impact anymore. Business thinkers provide fresh perspectives and solutions produced from their research and insights, and it pays sometimes to listen to their wisdom to benefit from their ideas.

The simple reason is this: management ideas helps management gets things done.

Read the article here.

Striptease + Cycling = Losing Weight!

I just saw this cool ad on youtube and thought its a fantastic example of how Connections work in creating a new idea: by connecting 2 separate ideas together to create something new.

In this case, they combined the idea of a striptease and that of cycling and lo and behold! A new way to lose those calories!

Enjoy the video.

Creativity and originality: how original are “new” innovative ideas?

One of the questions I am posed at my workshops is, how truly original are the ideas being created at these sessions? After all, to break new ground and be innovative, there must be a “new” element in these ideas, something (hopefully) no one has thought of before.

Let me surprise you: new ideas are also copied ideas.

Yup, you heard me right. New ideas are not 100% “new” as we think of the term, but “borrowed” from something else. But there is a key difference between the first idea, and the new idea that borrowed from it: it gets modified in the new idea. Let me explain.

There are basically 3 stages involved when solving a business issue with a new idea. The first stage is to define what the issue really is. Usually the issue is not as straightforward as it may appear. [Read more…]

Gotta See This! Father Who Creatively Captures His Kids (20 photos)

Someone sent me this link on Facebook. After one look at it I knew I just had to share it here as well. This dad is so creative at capturing and framing his kids in a whimsical way. I enjoyed his work. In the interview in the article, he also said he got his inspiration from… who else? His kids!

Check out all his photos here.

Nurture Creativity From Young: Widen Their Perspectives

Having more perspectives is an excellent way to widen your knowledge, view and attitude towards a subject. Its about taking the effort to see what others see, view a subject from different angles, accepting other people’s accounts or views of it.

If anyone is serious about being more creative, then having this attitude should be intrinsic and automatic. It may require shedding off habits acquired from years of conformity, rigid thinking there’s only one view or one way to “do it right”, and accept that there’s “more than meets the eye” (…read on here).

10 Innovative Kitchen Products

Awesome products, will bring a smile on some faces. See here.

Can a water bottle give us light? Using divergent thinking to create new ideas.

The catalyst to creative ideas is divergent thinking. This is opposite of linear thinking, which is our usual habit when facing a problem and thinking up solutions. By linear I mean thinking that A leads to B and to C and so on. Like thinking there is only one use for a paper clip for example, and we don’t consider other possibilities. Did you know how a paper clip could help one man obtain a new house? (More of this story here).

Divergent thinking makes you think up several possibilities from a single idea. To do this you need to broaden your view and hold back logic and assumptions. You need to consider ALL possibilities, no matter how remote, weird, wacky or crazy they may sound. This is the essence of what lateral thinking is all about, as coined by Ed De Bono.

“Thinking” is not a monopoly of a few: anyone can do it. Yeah it sounds like a cliché, but this is the only tool you need to start being more creative. [Read more…]