Browsing All posts tagged under »play«

Take time out to play with ideas. It’s good for your brain.

May 15, 2015


Working in the creative industry is a tough ask: All those lattes; having to play table football in the office for inspiration, the breakfast bar with free fruit (although that is good for the creative brain) and then beers at the end of a working day to unwind. Harsh conditions. Even harsher is second-guessing what […]

Are smart phones destroying our children’s potential for creativity?

April 27, 2012


Here’s a classic altercation that must happen in many a household over teenage use of the smartphone. Me: For goodness sake, put the iPhone down for 5 minutes! Teenager: Why? Me: Because you’re wedded to it and it’ll consume you one of these days. Teenager: What does that mean. Me: It means you’re reliant on […]

Buildings help make us what we are

August 11, 2011


Boris Johnson recently ripped out all the colourful meeting spaces at London’s City Hall after being attacked for saying they were a waste of money. As the Evening Standard reported, the mayor was criticised for wasting £1200 on two sofas! £1200! Blimey. I spent that on one sofa once and none of my family took […]

Creating characters keeps me focused

June 23, 2011


So, I was lucky enough to be at Wimbledon yesterday, thanks to a a kind client. Naturally, I was there for the tennis, but I was also there to do a bit of business. In the course of the afternoon I got chatting to Dom Wright of Insights. These guys have taken the Myers Briggs […]

Creativity is a muscle

January 12, 2011


You know when you hear someone say “we need to bring some creative power in”, or “what we need is some creative muscle”? Well, after you’ve finished being sick at the very use of such a hackneyed alpha-business phrase you end up sitting there and thinking, ‘actually yes, we do need someone with a more […]

Why work doesn’t happen at work…er, yes it does!

January 10, 2011


Firstly, I have to say that I love what Jason Fried is trying to say on TED, but he has got it wrong. Work does happen at work. I’ve done some fantastic work at work surrounded by work colleagues. We’ve come up with some great ideas and we have been able to see them through […]

Leading in the age of danger

January 5, 2011


I was talking to a journalist on the phone yesterday – a very rare occurrence so not I’m not being blasé about it – and she asked me whether damaged brands like the banks and BP would have trouble recruiting people. Would their damaged CSR creds mean that people would be put off working for […]