The creative power of constructive conflict

Ambidextrous leaders embrace difference and disagreement, write Jeff & Staney DeGraff [button type=”large” color=”black” rounded=”1″ link=”″ ]READ THE FULL GRAPHIC VERSION[/button] Is ambidextrous leadership simply an updated version of the old catchphrase ‘a jack of all trades and a master of none’? In this age of specialization, is having an expanded range and repertoire more … Read more

Why becoming an artist will help you lead

  Companies are using arts practice to influence mindsets and culture, and to equip their leaders with invaluable business tools, writes Martin Gent [button type=”large” color=”black” rounded=”1″ link=”″ ]READ THE FULL GRAPHIC VERSION[/button] You might wonder why organizations are working with the arts, strategically and with their people. The answer is that artistic practice has an effect on the mind, … Read more

Why the best ideas sometimes come in your sleep

  The mind works best when you give it a rest, writes Phil Dobson [button type=”large” color=”black” rounded=”1″ link=”″ ]READ THE FULL GRAPHIC VERSION[/button] Have you ever had a good idea in the shower? Do your best notions come to you when you go for a walk? Ever woken up in the night with a clever way out … Read more

The ideas paradox

Too many companies recognize the value of creativity while failing to innovate themselves, write Kelvin Tang, Lara Burg, Mustafa Cem Okay, Konstantinos Giannopoulos and Alice Guiz Creativity is what brings mankind forward: it produced the wheel, the internet, and even sent people to the moon. It is creativity that drives progress in organizations. And it is creativity … Read more

Don’t believe the hype: Mindfulness has its downsides too

  By training your brain to think only in the now, you are reducing many of its valuable functions, says Keiron Sparrowhawk Many people today are looking at other ways to understand their thinking – and have used techniques such as mindfulness. Mindfulness can be very powerful. Through meditation you bring your mind and senses … Read more

Dialogue Classic – EXCLUSIVE: The winner of London School of Economics’ Masters in Management: Capstone Blog Award 2015

  “There are two major barriers to creativity in business: one is a shortage of the skills required to think creatively, the other is the risk-averse culture of most organizations that stifles creativity as soon as it appears. As this article expertly highlights, putting more creativity into business requires solutions to both problems. It is … Read more

Don’t get lost in the gadgets of the moment

Technology is a tool that helps us be creative. But some of the best ideas in the world start with a pencil and a well-trained ear, says Tracy Wong [button type=”large” color=”black” rounded=”1″ link=”″ ]READ THE FULL GRAPHIC VERSION[/button] Think about the hammer. If you can’t hit straight, or don’t know which end to use, it doesn’t … Read more

Rules are killing innovation: Four brilliant ways to unshackle your staff

  Staff are getting bogged down. Blast away office rules and see the ideas flow When examining how reports, policies and meetings can challenge an employees creativity, Lisa Bodell found that structures used to grow a business often prevent leaders reaching their potential. She found that: 40% of managers spend their time writing reports 30% … Read more