November 17, 2014

Why creative arts experience is valuable to business

Tania de Jong AM

By: Tania de Jong AM

Creative arts offers skills business wants but entrepreneurial artists need to understand the differences to make the leap.

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November 12, 2014

Disruption! How to manage the threats and opportunities

Disruption- Managing the threats and opportunities.

Retail, the media, airlines, telecommunications, even governments globally are all in the throes of fundamental change in response to disruption. Is it a threat to your industry or profession, a problem to be managed – or an opportunity to be seized?

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October 22, 2014

Building bridges: from ivory towers to innovation success

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Building Bridges: from Ivory Towers to Innovation Success

Addressing complacency in innovation – Part Four

Australia can build a productive, sustainable economy through innovation but we are lagging behind. We need to improve our competency and capacity to innovate.

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September 30, 2014

Shut up and listen! 4 tips for effective collaboration

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Shut up and listen! 4 tips for effective collaboration

Addressing complacency in innovation – Part Three

You may have noticed by now that I’m huge advocate for collaborating with others. From my ventures with Creativity Australia, The Song Room, Creative Innovation Global, Pot-Pourri and Music Theatre Australia, I believe in collaborating for success. While I spearheaded these initiatives I didn’t do it alone.

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September 23, 2014

Embracing Failure! FAIL = First Attempt In Learning

Fail-First Attempt In Learning

Addressing complacency in innovation – Part Two

If we want to address complacency in innovation then we need to start taking risks and embracing failure. After all, when you embrace failure, you truly learn your first real lesson. As you may have read in my last blog post, I recently read an article which outlined that Australia is falling behind in innovation. This is largely because of our highly risk-averse culture.

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September 15, 2014

Innovation in Australia – Dead or Alive? A 5 point plan of attack! The Lazy Nation? Addressing Australia’s complacency in Innovation – Part 1

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Innovation in Australia – Dead or Alive?

A 5 point plan of attack!

A recent report by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Chubb, outlined that Australia is not performing in terms of innovation and that we are slipping behind – he explained 5 reasons for this.

In this 5 part blog series I will take an informal yet instructive look at how we can address these 5 key points at the grassroots level.

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August 19, 2014

50 ways to unlock your creative potential

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TIP 1 – We are all creative

So many people keep telling me they are not creative and they wish they were. So I’ve decided to write a series of blogs with simple tips on how you can unlock more of your creative potential. Some of these can be done with your team and organisation and some are better done alone.

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April 7, 2014

Creativity, Education and The Future

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Picasso famously said “All children are born artists. The problem is to remain artists until we grow up.”

If you enter a kindergarten you will encounter some of the best creative thinking anywhere: finger paintings with pink and green people and blue dogs and polka-dot skies, imaginative stories of fairies and magical, far-away places. Young children are naturally creative. They must create ways to learn and construct a world view from a collection of initially disconnected events, colours, movement and sound. So what happens between the open, effortless experimentation of our childhood and the blocks in creative thinking experienced by many adults?

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March 28, 2014

The 10 biggest mistakes people make when booking entertainment

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Make a great event even greater by avoiding these simple mistakes:

Don’t leave it too late – Book well in advance.

Great performers book out quickly. The busiest periods for corporate entertainers is the ‘Christmas rush’ (OCT – DEC). The most popular entertainers are booked up to a year in advance for this period, in particular our fabulous show bands. To avoid disappointment during this time, be prepared to plan early and book well in advance!

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March 7, 2014

Innovator Attributes

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Below are 12 innovator attributes which we can learn and aspire to and nurture in others:

  1. Curious: Innovators actively explore the environment, challenge status quo and investigate new possibilities. Ask questions: “what if…?”
  2. Persistent: Innovators are never above a task, they are hardworking, persistent and willing to do “whatever-it-takes” to get things done. Never give up!
  3. Committed to learning: Innovators step in, participate and they continually seek knowledge.
  4. Visionary: Innovators are highly imaginative, maintain a future orientation, and think in mental pictures. Connect to right side of the brain :) continue reading »