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Nick Skillicorn

CEO & Founder at Improvides

Berlin, Germany

If innovation and creativity are important to your business, contact me to find out how I can help you take it to the next level.

Author, Creativity Coach and Innovation Consultant with over a decade's experience in enhancing creativity and managing large-scale innovation projects.

I work with the world's leading companies to build their innovation capabilities and success rates. I help them achieve this by helping them develop their corporate and leadership innovations capabilities, give their teams the techniques and tools to evaluate and refine ideas and execute innovation projects, and actually improving people's creativity to generate the ideas (Yes, it can be done).

Frequently voted as one of the top innovation bloggers in the world, I consult with some of the world's largest organisations on how to improve creativity.

This helps them break through their creative challenges and find avenues for growth they didn't see before, earning them more money and recognition as leaders of innovation.

Available For: Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Berlin, Germany
Speaking Topics: Innovation, Creativity

Nick Skillicorn Points
Academic 0
Author 124
Influencer 83
Speaker 3
Entrepreneur 20
Total 230

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Company Information

Company Type: Individual
Theatre: Worldwide
Minimum Project Size: Undisclosed
Average Hourly Rate: Undisclosed
Number of Employees: Undisclosed
Company Founded Date: Undisclosed

Areas of Expertise

Business Strategy
Design Thinking
Digital Transformation
Entrepreneurship
Future of Work
Innovation 35.38
Leadership 30.94
Management 30.10
Open Innovation
Culture 32.25
Creativity 71.18

Industry Experience

Automotive
Engineering & Construction
Federal & Public Sector
Financial Services & Banking
Healthcare
High Tech & Electronics
Media
Oil & Gas
Pharmaceuticals
Professional Services
Retail
Telecommunications
Utilities

Publications

61 Article/Blogs
Learned Helplessness in creativity
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February 05, 2021
How is it possible for a human to control a fully-grown, 6 tonne elephant with only a piece of string? And how does this relate to people feeling like there is no point in doing anything with their idea, or thinking that they aren't even creative? It all has to do with a psychological condition [...

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Culture

Podcast S5E101: Eric Quint – Scaling creativity and design in large businesses
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February 04, 2021
In today's episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Design expert Eric Quint. As a former Chief Brand and Design Officer at 3M and Head of Design Management and Consulting at Royal Philips, Eric has extensive experience in understanding what it takes to get design embedded within large bu

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Culture

Cui bono?
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February 03, 2021
It is a Latin phrase which means "to whom is there a benefit?"Always ask this question honestly and without bias when you are listening to advice about a new idea, innovation proposal or service offering.Because in most cases, people proposing something to you will almost always suggest something wh

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Culture

Survivorship bias
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February 02, 2021
Survivorship bias is one of the most common selection biases, and can be extremely detrimental when assessing whether a new idea or innovation will work. Survivorship bias is the tendency for humans to be aware of an focus on thins (be it people or products) which made it past some selection process

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Culture

Idea to Value blog
Idea to Value
February 01, 2021
All the best expert insights on Innovation and Creativity

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Tags: Culture, Innovation, Leadership

Nick Skillicorn awarded as Creativity & Innovation Development Coach of the Year (Europe)
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February 01, 2021
I'm proud to find out that I have recently been honoured as the Creativity & Innovation Development Coach of the Year (Europe) 2020 by Corporate Vision in their Corporate Coaching and Recruitment awards. This was a very pleasant and unexpected surprise. Thank you to everyone at Corporate Vision.

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Culture

Podcast S4E99 – Why creativity and innovation will be the most important skills of 2021
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January 29, 2021
In this livestream of the Idea to Value podcast, I talk about the main reasons why creativity and innovation are going to be the most important skills of the next 5 years. Based on the World Economic Forum report The Future of Jobs 2020, 4 out of the top 5 most important skills will be [...]

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Fireside Chat with Nick Skillicorn: Interview by Jasmin Hindi – Podcast S4E98
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January 28, 2021
I was delighted to be interviewed by renowned creative leader Jasmin Hindi for a recent "Fireside Chat" on the topic of developing our creativity. We discussed a wide variety of topics, including: Who the heck I am and my background What people can do to stay creative during the pandemic Why so many

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Culture

Your competition is not who you think it is
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January 27, 2021
Most companies don't know who their biggest competitor is. When asked, they might list another company providing the same goods or services. Often, ones which are a similar size to how large they are now. Or in some cases, they may list smaller, younger startups who provide a new innovative product

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Culture

What is the ambition matrix and how does it work as part of an innovation portfolio?
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January 26, 2021
Most companies are not really aware of all of the innovation projects they are working on. Let alone which project mix they should be working on. This is where a tool called the Ambition Matrix is extremely useful, and it is a tool I use with clients all the time to gain clarity on what [...]

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Building bridges vs Finished Bridges
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January 25, 2021
Bridges work to get people from one side of something to another. But they only work if they are 100% finished. A bridge which is 99% finished doesn't help you get anywhere. There is still a gap which needs to be overcome before it provides any value. In fact, one single bridge which is 100% [...]

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Culture

Tall Poppy syndrome vs Tall Weed syndrome
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January 22, 2021
Have you ever heard of Tall Poppy Syndrome? It essentially says that the flower which stands out above all the rest will be the first to be cut down. Basically, it says that people should be humble and not try to make themselves appear better than others. While this particular saying dates from anci

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Culture

Podcast S4E96: Jeff DeGraff – Mastering the 6 skills of the creative mindset
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January 21, 2021
In this episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we welcome back the Dean of Innovation, Dr Jeff DeGraff, who has worked with more than half of the Fortune 500 companies to improve their innovation programs. We speak about how to cultivate a creative mindset. Topics covered in this episode: 00:01:30 -

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Culture

Solar power prices have dropped by over 89% in the last 10 years
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January 20, 2021
By now it is common knowledge that solar energy has been becoming more and more affordable as the technology develops and economies of scale blossom. But a recent report shows just how astronomical the drop in cost has been. A new report by Our World in Data shows that over the past ten years, the [

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Culture

Research shows that having a phone on your desk makes you more stupid
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January 19, 2021
A lot of people joke about how having a smartphone is making us all less intelligent. And new research provides evidence that this is true. In a recent study of over 520 students, an experiment by Ward et al was conducted to see what impact having our smartphones near us would have on our ability [.

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Culture

The law of diffusion of innovation
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January 18, 2021
Any company planning on bringing a new innovative solution to market must accept the fact that not every customer will be willing to buy it immediately. There will always be certain target customers who are more resistant to trying out new ideas than others. One of the best and most important concep

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How to Remove Roadblocks to Creativity
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January 16, 2021
When people think about what barriers a marketer may have to success, they usually think of technical challenges. They think of things like defining a target audience or anticipating consumer response. While these are all important, there is another more important attribute of the job that causes co

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Tags: Culture, Innovation, Leadership

You don’t need that thing
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January 15, 2021
You don't need the same professional camera as Steven Spielberg before you can record your first film. You have one in your pocket. Just start filming. You'll get better if you stick with it. You don't need the same running shoes as Usain Bolt to become more healthy. Just start exercising however yo

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Tags: Culture, Innovation, Leadership

Podcast S4E95: Adi Mazor Kario – Learning from Israeli startups and Innovating during chaos
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January 14, 2021
On this episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Adi Mazor Kario, innovation strategy and design expert and author of Innovating through Chaos. We talk about how innovation drives the Israeli economy, where this culture of innovation comes from, and how companies can continue innovating d

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Tags: Culture, Innovation, Leadership

Having more information will not make your decisions more accurate
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January 13, 2021
It is human nature to want to be able to make the best decisions. And usually this leads to advice about making sure you have enough information for a thorough analysis, weighing up all the factors before then being able to be confident in a decision you make. The problem is that research shows that

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Tags: Culture, Innovation, Leadership

Leading from Anywhere (Podcast with David Burkus and Todd Henry)
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January 12, 2021
You might remember David Burkus and Todd Henry as two recent guests on the Idea to Value podcast. Well David has a new book out, and was on Todd's Accidental Creative podcast to talk about some of the main themes. That book is Leading from Anywhere: The Essential Guide to Managing Remote Teams, and

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The latest digital innovations in Construction
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February 13, 2020
I'm currently on the train, coming back from the DigitalBAU expo in Cologne, where I had the pleasure of representing Z-LAB to new clients. It was fascinating to see all of the most recent developments and innovations which are coming to the construction industry in Germany in the coming months and

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Tags: Innovation

Podcast S3E50: Jeff Goins – Artists don’t have to starve
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February 07, 2020
  In today's episode of the Idea to value podcast, we speak with bestselling author Jeff Goins.Jeff is the author of "Real Artists don't Starve", and we speak about why so many creative people find out hard to make a living from their craft, and how a change in the stories they tell can change [...

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The “average customer” does not exist, so stop designing products for fake personas
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January 29, 2020
What can Startups and Corporates learn from an obscure 1950 research study on the bodies of 4,063 Air Force personnel? A lot of companies say they put their customers at the heart of everything they do. These are the people who they design their products and services for. The customer is always righ

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Innovation isn’t supposed to be fun
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January 21, 2020
Gary Pisano, a Harvard Business School Professor, wrote an excellent article in HBR last year on the hard realities of what innovative company cultures actually look like, which I highly recommend every aspiring innovator to read. The bottom line? The inspiring and comfortable attributes, such a

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1 Book
30 days of Creativity Training: 150 exercises to enhance your Creativity in one month
Amazon
September 04, 2013
Have you ever wanted to improve your ability to generate ideas? To be more creative, and find it easier to come up with novel solutions to difficult challenges? This book gives you one month worth of daily creativity training exercises, to help stimulate the parts of the brain used to form new ideas. It contains over 150 unique exercises from the Improvides creativity training system and will challenge you in ways that push your creativity to the limit. Through regular training, these exercises will help you improve: - The speed at which you can come up with ideas - Visualising new concepts - The diversity of ideas you can generate - The originality of ideas you can generate Get the book now, and you'll be on your way to generating more valuable ideas in only a month.

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1 Courseware
Insider Secrets of innovation and creativity
BBC
August 01, 2017

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1 Founder
Improvides Innovation Consulting
www.improvides.com
April 15, 2013
Focused on helping teams and individuals become more innovative and creative.

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2 Media Interviews
Bringing up Britain: What you can do to be more creative
BBC
August 07, 2018

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Bringing up Britain: Creative Kids
BBC
August 06, 2018

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1 Speaking Engagement
The science of improving your brain’s creativity
TED
September 03, 2014
TEDx talk on the Science of Creativity

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Tags: Culture, Innovation, Leadership

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