Category : iQspirations

30 Nov 2018

What drives creativity at work?

These days it seems every company is screaming about innovation. They say they need creativity. At the same time, employees are suffering from being stressed and over-worked. For some, 80 hour weeks are not uncommon. But do all these hours at the office lead to great ideas? According to research from Harvard University, the answer is NO! Harvard’s Theresa Amabile found that under high levels of time pressure you are 45 percent less likely to come up with that creative […]

28 Oct 2018
Unicorns, Fun, Magic, Robert Gerlach

7 Reminders We all Need if We Want to Live the Life of a Creative

Early one morning at around 3 a.m. in Berlin, I met a woman in a pizza place who was actually a man with hair any real woman would die for. I couldn’t stop listening to him talking. She was from outer space and resembled the little Prince from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s famous novel, especially when he giggled. Her perceptions about life, other dimensions of existence, and the secret backyard club he took me to at 5 a.m. made my synapses […]

27 Sep 2018

who is in charge of the idea?

Have you ever asked yourself who is in charge of the idea? Or, who has the final word on how an idea is going to be rolled out? Here are three options: [ 1 ]  The one who is selling the idea? [ 2 ]  The supervisor of the one who came up with the idea? [ 3 ]  The one (group) who came up with the idea? ***** [ 1 ] The one selling the concept might adapt it […]

26 Jul 2018

Wie lässt sich kreatives Denken fördern?

Was tun, wenn’s nicht funkt und blitzt im Kopf? Wie lässt sich kreatives Denken in Unternehmen fördern? Spontan denken einige Manager hier an Kreativitätstechniken. Die Vorteile liegen auf der Hand. Kreativitätstechniken wie Design Thinking brechen eingefahrene Denkmuster auf, helfen ungewohnte Perspektiven einzunehmen, zeigen Lösungswege auf und führen strukturiert durch den Ideationsprozess. Nur warum stehen die Profis unter den Kreativen, wie der Hamburger Photograph Ivo von Renner, Kreativitätstechniken skeptisch gegenüber? Weil die meisten Kreativitätstechniken durch den Kreativprozess führen, wie eine Seilbahn zum Ideengipfel. […]

21 Jun 2018

why creativity is a sport!

We tend to buy into oft-cited quotes about creativity like that of Thomas Edison, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” But why would we still believe in a statement that belongs to the early last century? Just as innovators reframe problems and come up with new insights, I’d like to reframe the creative process itself as a sport. In this article, I would like to explain why creativity is a sport. By Robert Gerlach, Creativity Educator, Author & Keynote Speaker […]

30 May 2018

how to lead high-fliers

Very often, creative leaders do not possess expertise in the domain of their high-fliers. This is tricky. How on earth can you evaluate the quality of a solution if you are not knowledgeable in the area? By Robert Gerlach, Creativity Educator, Author & Keynote Speaker High-fliers are people who have a lot of ability, are ambitious and are likely to be even more knowledge in their domain than their supervisor. If you happen to be a creative leader without an expertise in […]

29 Apr 2018

get out of loserville and discover your innate creative thinking

Do you have difficulties finding uncommon solutions? In your workplace, can you already anticipate the answers of your colleagues and friends? Maybe it’s time to jump out of the box first to think outside the box. By Robert Gerlach, Creativity Educator, Author & Keynote Speaker why travel stimulates creative thinking One way to foster new thinking is by traveling. Psychologists know that new experiences stimulate the reward system in our brains. The self-made experience is what the brain immediately understands. Travel […]

26 Mar 2018
Dual Thinking

Dual Thinking.

Leidenschaft für den Job ist laut iQudo Ideenfindungsstudie 3.0, die Ideenquelle Nummer eins am Arbeitsplatz. Daraus leitet sich eine neue Innovationsmethode ab, welche die innere Motivation und kundenorientiertes Denken vereint: Dual Thinking. Von Robert Gerlach, Kreativitätstrainer, Autor & Redner Leidenschaft für den Job – die Ideenquelle Nr. 1 am Arbeitsplatz In seiner Masterarbeit ging Tobias Kind bei der Daimler AG der Frage nach: “Wo die besten Ideen entstehen?” Überraschenderweise fanden 37 Prozent der 155 Befragten des Mercedes-Benz Technology Centers ihre besten Ideen […]

25 Feb 2018

Want to become creative? Change your attitude and everything else will follow.

Character traits like curiosity, flexibility, ambition, perseverance and disobedience, all favor creative thinking. As a consequence many of us believe, we should foster all of these traits to finally become more resourceful. But the truth is, we only need to adopt one thing: a creative attitude! Once you do this, everything else will follow. how my creative attitude got me out of 9/11 When the Twin Towers in New York were attacked in 2001, the world stood still. Everyone was […]

26 Jan 2018

Evolve from your DNA

Why looking at best practice examples might get you on the wrong track, and what kind of thinking would be far better to fast-forward your company and stay unique on the market. By Robert Gerlach, Creativity Educator, Author & Keynote Speaker In our iQudo creative leadership workshops, participants sometimes ask about best-practice examples. Learning from best-practice for sure is helpful because you get inspired by the success story. But, you probably never devour enough to finally say, “Ok, I’ll get it!” […]