Threshold concepts

“Threshold concepts” is a term from higher education theory, meaning an idea or a piece of knowledge which, once understood, is transformative – it changes how you look at a subject, what you think is possible. My friend Jim Byford introduced me to the idea of threshold concepts and I’ve been using it ever since…… Continue reading Threshold concepts

Things I learned from Ed Catmull

  A few months ago I heard Ed Catmull,┬ápresident of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar, give a talk about leading creative organisations. Apart from his obvious experience and track record of success, what was clear was that he had thought very deeply about some crucial questions about leadership. These are some notes about what…… Continue reading Things I learned from Ed Catmull

Artefact Cards and liminal states: creative thinking breakthrough tools

There’s a long, long list in my subconscious that I hardly dare look at: Things I Should Have Blogged. The items comprise three types: Important ideas that have taken up residence in my head. For instance, liminal states. Useful tools and ways of working. For instance Artefact Cards. Opinions taking shape. For instance, just because…… Continue reading Artefact Cards and liminal states: creative thinking breakthrough tools