…because pandemics are universal but they are also deeply personal.

I was heading out to walk our border collie, this morning, and saw my neighbour and her husband walking slowly up the street. I crossed over to greet them and while I chatted with Annie*, I noticed that Geoff was unusually quiet. …


A case for constraints in creative thinking

*I’m defining this as a tendency to believe that constraints are bad for creativity and that unconstrained or ‘out-of-the box’ thinking is more conducive to the generation of creative or innovative ideas.

BUDGET Rent a Car did a series of great ads at least 15 years ago that I think…


The case for more robust idea generation.

This article highlights a common tendency to underrate the value of starting with good ideas or underestimate the importance of having a robust system for more conscious and creative thinking at any stage of the innovation journey.

THE story of the Russians solving the problem of biros not working in space with a simple lead pencil while NASA wasted piles of money on research into a ‘space pen’ is a much-shared tale. …


Skills related to innovation, creativity and problem solving are highly in demand around the world, yet when I ask a roomful of people to put their hand up if they consider themselves to be creative, no more than 20% will.

There is a prevalent bias out there that creativity is…


Engineers often tell me that they are not creative. I do not believe this is true. What I do believe, however, is that engineers have a major blind spot when it comes to innovating and this can impact both their ability to come up with more inventive and resourceful ideas…


[or A perfect and topical example of how creativity loves constraints]

The US has been subject to pretty bad press lately. I think one person more than deserves it but it is acutely painful to see the population suffer … With all the attention on Covid-19, a lot of us…


“Wow, that was a good call, Scott. You managed to get agreement so fast!”

Or did he? Did the team agree or did he simply not notice the disagreement?

No body language cues.

No time allowed in the meeting to let everyone share their opinion.

No room for colliding different…


A few thoughts on creating great spaces for good thinking and for calm in our virtual interactions. Because calm is contagious too.

Despite the worldwide shut-down, there is a lot of noise out there.

My online feed is inundated with people hustling and jostling for attention. This seems to be how many have opted to serve…or cope.

I find myself oscillating between waves of creative and productive energy spurred by limitations and…


Like millions of others, I had projects cancelled last month and have now retreated into isolation with my husband and one of my three kids.

I believe we will get through this. I also think we will come through with a greater appreciation for our health, for connection, for abundance…


Dare to think differently about thinking differently

I had coffee with a wonderful young artist-entrepreneur at Melbourne’s NGV this week who told me that his creativity is best “without constraints.” I looked at his art and stage design work and his three budding startups and had to agree that this…

rachel audige

Bias and blindspot buster.

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