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How mature are your ideas?

I’m not asking how ‘old’ or ‘grown up’ your ideas are, I’m wondering how ready your ideas are to be brought to life. I have found there are two types of people in the world…people who come up with lots of ideas and people who don’t. The people who come up with lots of ideas can be categorised further – into people who act on their ideas and people who can’t or don’t. However, as

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How to think magically.

When was the last time that you spent some time thinking about thinking? Are you aware of how you think? How you best think? How to hack your thinking? “The intellectual roots of critical thinking are as ancient as its etymology, traceable, ultimately, to the teaching practice and vision of Socrates 2,500 years ago who discovered by a method of probing questioning that people could not rationally justify their confident claims to knowledge.” Before we

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The Importance of the ‘How might we’ Question in solving Epic Problems…

How Might We… Turn your questions and problems into questions that invite your brain to solve… The notion of design as a “way of thinking” in the sciences can be traced to Herbert A. Simon’s 1969 book The Sciences of the Artificial, and in design engineering to Robert McKim’s 1973 book Experiences in Visual Thinking. The evolution of design thinking can be explored in this epic article <read article here> Design thinking refers to the cognitive, strategic and practical processes by which design

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Fast Empathy and Slow Vulnerability – Tools for Epic Leadership.

Two of my favourite tools in workshops to evolve leadership are an emoji check-in and a simple line. Whether you’re a CEO or a business owner leading a small team, the art of getting humans to go from A-B consistently is more than just managerial goodness. Sure hygiene factors go a long way when it comes to maintaining good performance – but that lights on, follow you anywhere, do anything for you, bounce out of

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What is driving your innovation agenda?

What is innovation? /ɪnəˈveɪʃ(ə)n/ noun – the action or process of innovating. “innovation is crucial to the continuing success of any organization” Similar: change, alteration, revolution, upheaval, transformation, metamorphosis, reorganization, restructuring, rearrangement, recasting, remodelling, renovation, restyling, variation, new measures, new methods, new devices, novelty, newness, unconventionality, modernization, modernism, a break with tradition, a shift of emphasis, a departure, a change of direction, a shake up, a shakedown, transmogrification, a new method, idea, product, etc. plural

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Shapes and Words as tools for creating Sustainable Innovation

We all know that change can be hard, especially when it comes to creating a big shift in either our thinking or the way we do things. You’ll likely have referenced or used many shapes over the years, to create, to learn, to lead and manage change. From the Responsibility Triangle to the ‘line’ for conscious leadership, maslow’s hierarchy of needs domain based leadership models in hexagons to flow charts and processes for innovation. We

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An open source Personal and Professional Self-Directed Leadership Framework

The long standing argument between academics and professionals still continues between the differences of ‘management’ and ‘leadership’. “While management is generally associated with the pragmatism of ensuring that an organization functions, whereas, by contrast, leadership is more concerned with coping with and leading change, setting strategy, and the aspirational aspects of organizational development (Kotter, 1990)”. Somewhere between trying to navigate this tension, we have failed to acknowledge that the two really are interdependent – a

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How to code a human.

Last week, my 5 year old daughter was having a little trouble with one of the big kids at school. She had teased her about a coldsore on her lip, as if kids don’t have enough to worry about, Sienna has unfortunately inherited my dodgey DNA when it comes to coldsores (seriously can someone please find a cure?), I digress. I asked her if she had made sure that this kid was feeling ok, sometimes

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Why the brain loves events

As a qualified hypnotherapist, I’m fascinated by neuroscience and the brain. I’m capable of getting people to quit smoking, lose weight, and have happy and empowered births and I rather enjoy understanding the ‘how’ so I can continue to refine this wonderful skill. I’ve recently started studying a diploma of neuropsychology and I read New Scientist every week and neuroscience journals daily. Yeah I like the brain. Have you ever suddenly realised you were in

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