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The truth about comfort zones

The truth about comfort zones

We’re often advised to step out of our comfort zone, to push ourselves to try new things. But what are comfort zones, and why are they so… comfortable?

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How to enjoy Mondays and win the week

Why do Mondays have such a bad name? Research suggests that they’re dreaded by most of us, with two thirds of people experiencing “Sunday Blues”. But maybe Mondays aren’t so bad after all…

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How your brain distorts reality

So much goes on in the world around us that our brains, if they tried to process everything, would be paralyzed by data overload. Our brains combat this by employing selective attention.

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CREATIVITY GURUS

Sir Martin Sorrell

Sir Martin Sorrell founded WPP, the world’s largest advertising corporation, in 1986 and has been Chief Executive ever since. He oversees a workforce of 162,000 in 3,000 offices across 110 countries worldwide. He argues that creative talent and business acumen have become mutually exclusive – and that this needs to change.

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Roger Martin

Roger Martin’s work falls into five main categories – Integrative Thinking, Business Design / Design Thinking, Strategy, Corporate Social Responsibility and Country Competitiveness. Martin has been a long term advocate of the concept of design thinking, and argues that chief executives need to ‘learn the language of design’.

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Linda Hill

Linda Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. She works in the areas of leadership development, talent management, leading change and innovation, implementing global strategies, and managing cross-organisational relationships.

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BIG THINKERS FROM HISTORY

Isaac Newton

When his university is closed due to an outbreak of the plague, a young man retreats to his childhood home in Lincolnshire to consider the laws of gravity…

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Louis Braille

A former soldier visits a school for the blind in Paris to demonstrate his ‘night writing’ invention that, unfortunately, is too complicated for the soldiers to understand. But a 12 year old boy adapted his invention to create the system that today bears his name: Braille.

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Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso’s name is immediately recognisable and he is often used as a case study for creativity. Inspired to break away from his classical training by a group of radicals in a cafe in Barcelona, this 20th century artist went on to co-create Cubism.

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CREATIVITY TESTS

The Alternative Uses Test

Designed by J.P. Guilford in 1967, the Alternative Uses Test asks you to think of as many uses as possible for a simple object, like a brick or a shoe or a paperclip.

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