Go Play

The ancient Chinese game of Go is notoriously complex. However, at its heart, it represents the essence of all games: the need to find creative solutions within a defined framework. As companies look to introduce innovative solutions, the need to bring together efficiency and creativity often creates a latent tension between individuals and their project…

Thinking Design Thinking, One More Time

This is an updated version of an article 
I wrote in 2007 while waiting for a flight. I think it is time to revisit and update 
this article, as “design thinking” is in a very different state today than it was
 10 years ago, with organizations practicing it to different degrees of maturity. Before my…

Work Out Your Brain: Creativity Gyms

Creativity needs to stop being seen as an impalpable gift and start being seen
 as a skill like analytical thinking or time management – one that can be improved and developed. However, there is no “creativity potion” a person can take; instead, creativity requires an environment conducive to cognitive dissonance and curiosity, in which creativity…

From Artistic to Artificial Intelligence

The Emergence of the Creative Machine Creativity has long been perceived to be immune to falling under the dominion of machines. However, this is changing fast. Machine learning and big data now enable intelligent systems to be used in many creative fields, such as music production or the culinary and visual arts. Even though we…

The Creative Conflict: Our relationship with creativity and how to handle it

Our relationship status with creativity is complicated. To the outsider, we appear to be in a strong, loving relationship. Creativity was identified as the single most important leadership trait for success by a 2010 IBM poll of CEOs worldwide. We celebrate the accomplishments of inventors and strive to be like them by copying their habits…

Debbie Sterling on the Future of Play

Debbie Sterling, CEO and Co-founder of GoldieBlox, is redefining girlhood through play. Her company designs gender bending toys that inspire young girls to participate in engineering and problem solving activities. For Debbie, toys are extremely influential in determining the world’s future leaders, builders, and engineers, and she hopes to inspire girls to get involved in…

Redefining Value with Leo Innovation Lab and #trustpharma

This month, the eyeforpharma conference in Barcelona puts the spotlight on pharma companies that are breaking new ground in healthcare. One of these companies is LEO Pharma. MISC talked to Kristian Hart-Hansen, CEO of LEO Innovation Lab, to find out just how they are putting patients at the center of their solutions. Leaders from across…

Ctrl + Alt + OCD

Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start. To most gamers, it’s the Konami Code. To some, it’s an obsession. To those who suffer from OCD, every day comes with the ever-pressing stipulations of your mental illness. It’s malignant. A persistent growth that turns every action into a mental chore; one over-encumbered…

The Future of Crisis

There cannot be a crisis today; my schedule is already full - Henry Kissinger The 2014–2015 Ebola outbreak in Africa is a well-documented crisis whose impacts will continue to play out over generations. The UN and WHO now face criticism about the inadequate response to this virulent outbreak, despite early warning signs and assertions about…

How to Lead Your Company Out of a Crisis

Most executives and managers, once or twice in their careers, encounter or miss the early signs of distress leading up to a company crisis, whether driven by technology disruptions, industry consolidation, regulatory change, or a combination of all. Seeing it coming is not enough. It must be acknowledged that there is a problem – not…

The Fall of the Doctor & the Rise of the Nurse

Healthcare, and in turn the patient experience, is undergoing and will continue to undergo massive change. All healthcare ecosystem stakeholders are affected and their futures are in flux, raising questions, concerns, and a sense of uncertainty as new precedents and norms will need to be set. However, one factor has arisen to be certain. One…

Ideas Are Worthless: It’s Where You Take Them That Counts

Innovation through entrepreneurship is a journey, one that usually starts with a big idea, inspired by insights, experience, and imagination. There is already a lot written around the discovery of the idea at the front end: Finding unfulfilled human needs, framing opportunities with a lens focused on the future, and so on. It’s all very…

The Other Needle Experience: What can healthcare learn from a tattoo artist?

Ronan Gibney is the shop owner and tattoo artist of Imperial Tattoo, a custom tattoo shop located on the west side of Toronto established in 2008. Having tattooed people for 16 years, he is exceptionally skilled and talented in creating realistic black and gray tattoos. Together with his fellow artists, Ronan has a deep understanding…