There is an interesting article here by Jeff Guo at the Washington Post that describes how people around you can influence your thoughts and actions. The article describes recent research that shows that during a flight, if the person sitting next to you buys something, you are 30% more likely to buy something yourself. This … Continue reading Are Your Co-workers Blocking Your Creativity?
We may make excuses about our abilities in order to prevent the effort required for self-growth. Sometimes we may place restrictions on ideas in order to help us compartmentalize all the information our brains need to handle. Based on my own experience and research, below are 10 myths about creativity that I have seen or experienced. Removing these … Continue reading 10 Common Myths About Creativity
The argument is clear: to increase creativity I need to spend money on developing practices or upgrading my work-space. How do I know this will pay off? You don’t know. In business and in life, you rarely know. That is why there is a whole field called Risk Management. Many businesses – and I have … Continue reading Will Being More Creative Add Costs?
My head was spinning. I was sitting on a bus with my face pressed against the glass window. It was the middle of the day. Outside people and cars passed by as they went about their daily business. I didn’t register any of it. My mind was elsewhere. I was going home from my final … Continue reading Why You Should Leave Things Until the Last Minute
It’s a popular topic and and a very old term, but seems difficult to define. So what is Creativity? I don’t want to re-hash too much old stuff, but, really, just keep it simple. My thought is that our instinctive feelings about what creativity is, are usually correct. There is a nice essay by Ray … Continue reading What is Creativity?
In traditional project management, success if often measured by the trinity of cost, time and quality. The rule of thumb is that you can’t increase one without decreasing others. If you need to finish the project faster, it will cost you more, unless you also reduce its quality also. If you need to raise quality it … Continue reading How Do You Measure Success?
A series of articles in a recent Harvard Business Review discusses the balance between transparency and privacy in offices. This issue is of particular importance to offices in creative industries because the work process can be a lot more fragile and sometimes personal. Although not about architecture or architectural offices these articles seemed to hit … Continue reading Privacy and Creativity
Many businesses that offer design products and services have a close relationship with creativity. This could include businesses that engage in graphic design, industrial and furniture design, architecture, web design, interior design and many others. The proliferation of these types of businesses has caused design to be crystalised into a process that can be managed, … Continue reading How to fit Creativity in the Design Process
There was a recent article in the Australian Financial Review where the writer described an informal tour / interview with Tyler Brulé, editor-in-chief of the Monocle publication, of the Monocle offices. The writer described Brulé’s unrelenting attention to detail and almost tyrannical control over the visual landscape of the offices – going so far as … Continue reading Is Beautiful Space Always Creative Space?
For all the management skills and beautiful spaces you can provide for teams, sometimes where you sit them can make a huge difference to the type of work and creativity they produce. In this post, I’ll examine a few of the more common types you might hear discussed these days, along with what characteristics they … Continue reading Office Seating Arrangements and What They Mean