Category : IQspirations

07 Feb 2020
Train Outside The Box

8 1/2 Ways to Train Outside the Box

Over the past 15 years, I have searched for parameters on how to think outside the box. I’ve lectured and mentored theses on creativity. I’ve delivered innovation workshops and seminars on creative skills and creative leadership. I’ve been to Silicon Valley and lived with Googlers, techies, and entrepreneurs. I’ve interviewed over 1,000 people in San Francisco and New York on creative thinking. In this article, I will deliver some key insights on how to train outside-the-box thinking. By Robert Gerlach, […]

25 Sep 2019

The Top 5 Reasons for Creativity in the Workplace | Game-changing New Findings

  By Robert Gerlach, Creativity Coach, IQudo sport of ideas Why am I creative in one company and not in another? Throughout my creative career in creative agencies in the New York, Paris, and Hamburg, my creativity felt like a rollercoaster ride. In some places, I was flying high, producing great work and loving what I do, while in others, my creative output hit rock bottom, and I couldn’t wait for the weekend to come. So I asked myself, “Why am […]

28 Feb 2019
Karl Lagerfeld

How did Karl Lagerfeld maintain his never-ending Creativity?

Last week Karl Lagerfeld, my idol died in Paris at the age of 85. The most prolific fashion designer of the 20th and 21st centuries designed about 16 collections per year for Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous line, KARL. Monsieur Lagerfeld’s power station ran on high voltage 365 days a year. While colleagues lapsed into irrelevance or gotten involved in drugs and scandals, Lagerfeld dominated an industry that sucks up creative artists like a black hole. So the big question […]

30 Jan 2019
Why Millennials need a different Approach to Innovation

Why Millennials need a different Approach to Innovation

Millennials are known for not staying in any job for long. On the positive side, Millennials are also looking for PURPOSE. Maybe Millennials quit their job more often because they can’t find purpose in their job? Therefore innovative companies could ask themselves: Is our innovation process purpose-driven? Nowadays, the majority of innovative corporations indulge in the innovation approach Design Thinking. This method puts much emphasis on ‘Empathy,’ which revolves around understanding people and their behavior in order to design human-centered products. Trying to understand […]

30 Nov 2018

What drives Creativity in the Workplace?

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

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 knowledgeable in their domain than their supervisor. If you happen to be a creative leader without expertise in the […]