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November 24, 2022

"Become an Observer Every Day!" Lorraine Marchand on Innovation

"Get yourself a notebook. Every day, write down three problems that you observe.  This can be the place where you drive and foment your own change."

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December 22, 2021

"Mr Creativity": My Friend Tony Buzan

For me, Tony Buzan was the embodiment of creativity. With a twinkling smile, bright eyes, and flamboyant, fast-moving hands, he shone with creative energy

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July 1, 2021

Baby Steps to Innovation: My Expert Interview With Josh Linkner

Entrepreneur and creativity expert Josh Linkner talks to Mind Tools about his new book, and shares his tips on how to become an everyday innovator

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October 15, 2020

In Testing Times, Test Everything!

"We had little hope of understanding the impact. We didn't know how things would have gone if we'd done nothing." - Jonathan Hancock

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December 18, 2018

#MTtalk: End of Year Roundup 2018

"Celebrate the varied splendor in this world, and remind yourself that it can also be found in you." ― Dr Salma Farook, Seychellois author Daily Magic I live in a country where we have sunshine almost every day. But in the last few days, something magical happened: every single day, morning and evening, we had breathtaking […]

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September 13, 2018

Become a Learning Dynamo and Forget Failure

How can today's organizations keep up with the pace of change? For Bradley R. Staats, the answer is easy: we all need to keep learning. Most people would agree that sounds sensible. The hard part is making it happen. "That's really where, organizationally, we run into trouble," Staats says. He describes how this problem nagged […]

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August 23, 2018

Should You Play Music at Work?

"Oh come on! Who put this song on AGAIN?!" "Are you kidding? It’s a classic." "I don’t care, it’s been on FIVE times today already!" At this point I look away and put my headphones on. Partly to drown out the commotion, but also because I can't stand that song, either. I want to listen […]

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August 16, 2018

How Mindfulness Leads to Emotional Intelligence

If you hear that a new team member or manager is "emotionally intelligent," you’ll probably nod gratefully. You'll understand that he or she will likely listen to you, try to see things from your point of view, and resist jumping to conclusions. Before 1995, though, you may have wondered what on earth that phrase meant. […]

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June 15, 2018

How to Achieve Business Success: Inspirational Stories

Think, just for a moment, about your favorite brand or product. Once upon a time, it was the brainchild of a struggling startup. It may have started out as someone’s "crazy idea" or "pet project." But now, you use it regularly, perhaps even every day. So how did it get to you? After all, it […]

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July 27, 2017

Is the Gig Economy Right for You?

The term "gig economy" has been out there for a while, but what does it mean for the people involved? On the consumer side, we think of it as shopping with smart devices and social media. On the job side, it is working as a freelance contractor, perhaps using one's own assets such as a […]

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