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The Art of Creativity: Thriving When You Have Nothing

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Challenges are inevitable – that’s a given. But what about those moments when it feels like you’re running on empty? Creativity? You’re kidding – it’s all gone. As a leader, there will be times when inspiration seems scarce. It’s precisely during these moments that you can unearth some of your most innovative ideas. This article explores the art of being creative when you feel like you’ve got nothing.

1. Embrace Limitations:
Instead of viewing constraints as roadblocks, treat them as creative challenges. When resources are scarce, your ingenuity shines. Think of iconic brands like Apple that created revolutionary products with limited resources.

2. Step Away for Clarity:
Sometimes, the best way to boost creativity is to take a step back. Go for a walk, meditate, or engage in a brief relaxation practice. Have a shower, have a nap. Stepping away from the problem at hand can help you return with fresh ideas. Continue reading “The Art of Creativity: Thriving When You Have Nothing”

How Creative People Can Stay Ahead and Thrive with AI

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Many creatives are feeling threatened by artificial intelligence (AI). There are stories of jobs vanishing, and of AI automating anything and everything. Some of that is true, AI is automating various aspects of work. There’s no need to become a postmodern Luddite. There’s still a significant role for human creativity.

Here’s how creatives can not only respond but thrive in this changing landscape

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Unlock Your Potential: Free Yourself from Past Decisions

Here's how to Unlock Your Potential: Free Yourself from Past Decisions.
Have you ever found yourself wondering what new heights you could reach? That is, if you weren’t held back by past decisions? It’s a common train of thought, especially for people a few years into their careers or businesses. The truth is, you have boundless potential waiting and you can unleash it. You can unlock your potential and free yourself from past decisions.

Here’s how to break free from the shackles of the past and explore new opportunities

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Storytelling: Better Work Stories

Crafting Compelling Narratives for Business Success

Effective communication is an essential. Of course, conveying facts and figures is a given. But after endless turgid presentations even the most focussed minds start to wander. The solution is to create an emotional connection with your audience. And that’s where storytelling comes into play.

The Power of Storytelling:
Storytelling is a timeless art that transcends generations and cultures. It’s a tool that captivates, persuades, and engages. When done right, it can be a game-changer for businesses and professionals alike.

Connecting on a Deeper Level:
We like to think our audience wants digital, instant app-driven magic. But grabbing and maintaining your audience’s attention is an age-old challenge. Facts and statistics alone may not cut it. A well-crafted narrative not only captures attention but also leaves a lasting impression. A positive impression is career building. Continue reading “Storytelling: Better Work Stories”

The Best You’ve Done Is Holding You Back


The new Olympic motto is Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together. Despite these ideals, elite athletes discover there are physical limits to their arts. Records become harder and harder to break.

Creatives don’t have these limitations. But it’s common to find ourselves clinging to past successes. That magic moment when everything came together. When we achieve a creative breakthrough the recognition we receive is gratifying. Often these achievements can hinder our creative progress. This is the paradox of the one-hit-wonder. It was amazing once, but now it’s a dry husk. We’ve taken our work as far as we can, and there’s nothing left.

The Comfort of Familiarity:
It’s always a struggle to reach a pinnacle in your creative journey. And when you do, it’s natural to want to bask in the glory of your accomplishments. There’s a comfort in continuing to do what’s brought you recognition and applause. The danger lies in becoming complacent. It becomes a comfort zone that’s hard to escape from. There’s a temptation to do more of the same. The risk is, replicating past successes will stifle you. Be willing to explore new horizons.

Fear of Falling Short:
The fear of not meeting the high standards you’ve set for yourself can be paralysing. The sweet nectar of success is so seductive. The thought of producing something less than stellar can be intimidating. This fear can lead to creative stagnation. Don’t hesitate to take risks or explore uncharted territory.

The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind. ― William Blake ― The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

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Creativity and Intuition for Professionals

Vet using technique, creativity, and intuition with a cat
When you think of creativity, you might imagine artists, writers, musicians, or inventors. But creativity is not limited to these fields. Personal care professionals – massage therapists, dentists, veterinarians, opticians, and others rely on creativity. The very best also use intuition to provide excellent service to their clients.

Creativity is the ability to produce something new and valuable.

Intuition is an inner sense of knowing what to do without conscious reasoning. It is often based on subconscious cues, patterns, feelings, or impressions. It helps guide the decision-making process and enhances the creativity of the professional.

Both creativity and intuition develop from training, experience, and instinct. Continue reading “Creativity and Intuition for Professionals”

The Cure for the Know-It-All Syndrome

Don't be a know-it-all
Have you ever felt like you’ve reached the peak of your career and there is nothing more to learn? Do you feel bored, stuck, or burned out by doing the same things over and over again? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might be suffering from a common problem. It’s familiar to experienced and mature management executives, business owners, and professionals. It’s the know-it-all syndrome.

The know-it-all syndrome is when you think you have all the answers. You’ve seen it all before. You stop being curious, open-minded, and willing to learn new things. This limits your personal growth, professional development, and creativity. It can also make you miss out on valuable opportunities, insights, and innovations.

Worst of all, you risk alienating your friends, colleagues, and family. No-one likes a crusty know-it-all. When you see your dog cringe that’s a sure sign things are bad. But it doesn’t have to be like that.

So how can you overcome the know-it-all syndrome and bring and positive change in your life and work? Continue reading “The Cure for the Know-It-All Syndrome”

Changing Me: Reigniting Our Creative Spark

Growth and change are part of our life journey

Change is a constant companion on life’s journey. It’s the river that carries us forward, shaping and moulding our identities. We’re so busy in the flow of daily change that we sometimes miss the profound impacts on our creative selves.

Do you remember finding the first grey hair?

Personal change, through growth and creative development, is rarely about abrupt shifts. It’s our subtle transformations that occur as we journey through life’s phases. These changes, whether welcomed or not, offer opportunities to reinvent and re-energise ourselves. Continue reading “Changing Me: Reigniting Our Creative Spark”

How to Find Your Creative Voice

How to find your creative voice

Creativity resides within each of us, but at times, it seems elusive. It’s often buried beneath layers of doubt and inhibition. We find ourselves tangled in the expectations of others or shackled by the fear of falling short. Yet, like any other skill, creativity thrives with exercise. It is a muscle that strengthens through practice. Your unique creative voice is waiting for you to discover it.

Here are invaluable insights to help you uncover and nurture your creative voice: Continue reading “How to Find Your Creative Voice”