Why Living Abroad Makes You More Creative

In 2009, the first study was released which displayed empirical evidence that that living abroad has a clear correlation with creative ability. Today I want to discuss the question why this is the case. To do so, we will have a look at the work of two eminent figures in the field of creativity and insights: Edward DeBono and Gary…

How to use Google Docs to Collaborate on Creative Processes

Today I successfully reinvented the wheel. I was thinking about how to create a process on how to create more ownership for an idea. What I thought of was a tool in which team members collaborative on a task by using an interface in which each team members can add thoughts, edit and delete things. So what I came up…

The Classic Match-Up: Diverse- VS. Homogeneous Work Groups

It is a classic problem and until now it’s unresolved. The question what teams work better: diverse teams or homogeneous one’s. Oh man, all these dilemmas we face…. Creativity vs. performance. Intra-group Conflict vs. Groupthink. Fresh Ideas vs. Real Results and so on… But what if we wouldn’t have to face these dilemmas anymore? What if we could have everything?…

How Our Ability to Cope With Uncertainty Affects Innovativeness

I’m currently reading Cultures and Organizations by Geert Hofstede. What struck the most so far, and I’m on page 212, is the idea how uncertainty avoidance impacts our ability to innovate. In retrospect, it seems quite obvious that “the extent to which the members of a culture feel threatened by ambiguous or unknown situations” – uncertainty avoidance –  has an…