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Systematic Inventive Thinking: Stay INSIDE your Box….no really for once it is advocated!

On listening to BBC Radio 4 [BBC SOUNDS APP] I came across a ‘Lose Ends Programme’ in which the author [Jeff Kinney] of Diary of Wimpy Kid [one of the worlds best selling children’s authors] spoke about SYSTEMATIC INVENTIVE THINKING. He was sharing how he ‘does’ his creative process and it was systematic, a daily routine and delivered high quality outcomes for him.

I confess I had not come across it so had a hunt about and discovered:

  • Its been around since 1993
  • It is about thinking INSIDE the box
  • It suggests you work with what is familiar and known to you
  • It has 5 techniques to be applied singularly or in combination
    • Subtraction
    • Task Unification
    • Multiplication
    • Attribute Dependency
    • Function Following Form

If it interests you I an sure you will research the technique fully. A quick example would be subtraction. The principle is that inside a complex whole is usually a simple element that is the golden thread, the causality or the point of engagement. Strip back to that and that is where the creative solution will be.

It reminded me of film director Peter Jackson talking about how to reduce the huge Lord of the Rings Trilogy into three movies. He said on filming the first instalment he had hours and hours and hours of film in the can and was lost in the editing suite. It then occurred to him [SUBTRACTION] to strip away everything that was not Frodo’s story. That would be is arch and that would be his moment of creative forward leaping.

Overall, I thought the idea had utility. Specifically because most of the decision making and task based implementation we are engaged in inside organisations is related to adaptations and re-alignments not radical shifts, revolutions or huge leaps forward. I thought this thinking discipline was therefore sympathetic to most people’s [1] lived reality [2] comfort zone.

However, if I were to truly create and wished to veer toward bigger leaps forward and or an artistic aesthetic, I think I would still look outside and not inside the box.

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Women in Business Conference has been a Networking Success

We both attended the LEEDS WOMEN IN BUSINESS #SHEThrives conference yesterday. It was a good event on the whole. The upsides were

  • Full 200+ attendees
  • Varied attendees though the dominant demographic seemed to be smaller owner managed businesses.
  • The format was OK with keynote speakers and panels.
  • Good speakers and panel members who spoke well and were thoroughly engaging:
    • Nicky Chance Thompson CEO of The PieceHall Halifax
    • Sophie Jones Heads of Corporate Comms Channel Four

were the highlights.

The less good elements was the general tenor of most of the speakers and debate was all somewhat, how to say this, tame. Given that we are in a position of shockingly minimal dial shifting in….

  • gender pay gap
  • women in power positions
  • female well being at work 
  • even distribution of caring roles in male / female life partnerships

….one can’t help thinking the debate ought to be more

  • demanding, much more demanding,
  • louder,
  • more radical and with
  • bigger picture thinking. 

It is a hard balancing act between more radical and yet remaining inclusive for women who are just commencing their business journey. However, mixing it up a bit would seem to be worth a try. A question Phyl asked that picked up a theme of bigger radical action picked up a lot of positive comment. As did Sophie Jones’s clarion call for a healthier form of political engagement in the UK.

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Networking Many ways Does the Trick

Monday 18th NOVEMBER 2019

Building a Network is Crucial for us

We are heading into a busy week for H2Pro. Both Phyl and Alison have clients to work with, clients to collaborate with on the ‘next steps’ design of a culture change programme, and a conference to enjoy.

As we have learned to network alongside one another we have taken the lead in some areas and fully shared in others. It has been an organic process as we interweave strengths and time pressures.

We have been present on

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Somewhat on Instagram
  • Offering pro bono talks etc
  • Writing Papers, Reviewing Books,

Seeing people, meeting contacts old and new.

At this stage, all media are important. Our target audience need to know what we do how we can lift individual and firm performance. But social media has played a big big role: can’t imagine how we all built networks before it.

It is a game, as all networking is game-like….there are players, tacit rules, strategies for success in play etc…….the way we engaged has been:

Watch an learn how the game works differently on the different social media

Then after a period of observation / reflection begin a journey.

It’s been highly educative, high velocity and it WORKS !

People have started to come to us, approach us and there is genuine reciprocity in much of our social media activity.

We have Zoom Calls, face-to-face meets, information exchange activity as well as good old follows, likes and sharing.

#Lesson it takes time and you have to put that time in everyday to start with

#Lesson Be positive and contributory otherwise what is the point?

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Our Wheels Have Traction

Friday 15th November 2019

Setting up a new business is genuinely an incremental process. From an aspiration, to an idea that takes shape, to testing that idea, to network network, then to bring that business alive.

Alison and I have been thoroughly engaged in setting up H2Pro. We are now at the stage where this business is alive: our wheels have achieved traction.

We’ve happily been delivering for clients, we’ve been growing our network, we have a strategy ..oh yes we have… and are being really planful about how we develop and market.

This week we have:

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