Weekly News: What do you see when you look at this hammer?
It's a hammer, right? It's about nailing things — maybe fixing pictures up on a wall, or building a house if you really want to get ambitious.
Only, you could be much more ambitious than that. The way you view this hammer reveals a fundamental bias that, left unchecked, will block you from being innovative and creatively solving problems.
Find out more about our featured model of the week, Functional Fixedness. Including how to solve 'The Candle Problem' and how you can challenge your assumptions to be more creative.
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Reframe useful activity as the goal.
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Be proactive and increase your influence.
Radical Candor Framework
Give a damn, piss people off.
Sell in complex environments.
Understand and build trust.
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Influence and persuade others.
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Focused and Diffuse Thinking
Solve problems & learn.
Increase productivity by limiting time.
Question questions to innovate.
Ten Types of Innovation
Express and deliver value.
Map vs Territory
Remain sceptical & accept complexity.
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Interrupt to remember.
The Pareto Principle
Prioritise value for greater productivity.