Tag Archives: Creativity

The Art of Work

This is my piece of art. Ok, it’s not Van Gogh but I enjoyed making it. It’s a picture of one of my ‘happy places’, sailing on the Norfolk Broads (you think this is bad, you should see the one I did of skiing..). The point is, it was the first time I had done painting […] Read More…

An experiment in vulnerability

I have started another blog. It’s an experiment in ‘Working out loud’, which is to share what you are doing and thinking so that others can add their comments, share relevant information, give you advice and generally help you get ‘the work’ done. The idea is that you are tapping into the collective intelligence of […] Read More…

The optimisation horizon

One of my first jobs was as a programmer for an Oil company. There were no computers, the title referred to the fact that we programmed the delivery of oil products to various depots around the country, where the road tankers would get filled to deliver to petrol stations and customer sites. I was responsible […] Read More…

Lean creativity

“What the hell is that?” you are probably asking yourself. Well, it’s the juxtaposition of two topics that I wanted to talk about.  So it may be a new concept, or it may be linkbait. You choose! I am a big fan of the Lean Launchpad work of Steve Blank, Eric Reis and Alex Osterwalder, […] Read More…

Why is it so hard to do new stuff?

Today, we all need to innovate. You can’t just do what you’ve always done, you have to come up with new products and services, solve problems in a new way, create new ways of marketing your business, even re-invent yourself. We all know this. We also know it’s really hard. Often we tell ourselves we’re […] Read More…

Are you ambiguous or uncertain?

Or maybe you’re not sure? Perhaps you don’t see a distinction there. For me, it’s a critical one. I hate ambiguity. I am completely unambiguous about that. Ambiguity kills projects. One minute you think everyone’s on the same wavelength, next minute they are tearing each other apart because someone’s ‘commitment to  deliver’ was someone else’s […] Read More…