The oven made a cake! Have you heard this saying? Probably not.. but I bet you have heard this... "My best creative ideas come to me when I'm walking... or in the shower... or on the toilet... or..."... It's the same as saying... 'the oven made a cake'... Let me explain this delicious analogy. You're hungry... you feel like cake. You look up the recipe. You buy the ingredients. You crack eggs, blend milk, sift flour, whip butter. You make a mess. You pour it all into a pan. Y
Do you need something sexy to listen to this weekend? A few weeks ago Jamal Cynthia Abilmona sent me a message... "I saw one of your videos on #creativity and watched your web series and knew I wanted to have you on the podcast, but I never get around to it"... Well, she finally got around to it. This is a long-form chat where Jamal and I dive into my model of the Six Creative Skill Sets, how they're applied and what they mean for the organisations I work with. We also chat a
About a month ago I was interviewed for a national government project. They asked for my opinion on #innovation... I told them... Later, I discovered they had put the project on ice... and I had inadvertently advised my way OUT of a decent contract. You can read the original story here: https://buff.ly/3l4UGv8 So what did I learn? Some people in the comments joked I should charge a consultation fee... Had it not been for my advice, this organisation most likely would have rol
Some people read a post they disagree with... and they move along. Some people read a post they disagree with... and they may comment with their opinion. I read a post I disagreed with, which prompted a rant... which prompted a demonstration... which prompted this video... which prompted a days worth of editing... I submit to you... the jury... my case for Originality. . . . Every fortnight I hold a free, 90min MASTER(CLASS) on creative thinking + skills + process + outcomes.
This week during a LinkedIn live, I was offered a psychologists definition of creativity... 'The production of something new, that has value'. Basically three conditions define something as 'creative'. Production... it must come into the world, not just live in your head. New... new/original in some way. Value... ? There is a real issue with definitions like this... not because they exist or that I disagree with them... but that because an 'Academic' said so... so it must be.
What I've always loved about Theatre, is for all the rhetoric, philosophy, theory and debate... At the end of the day, you need to stand before a room full of strangers and deliver. A bare, naked audience is a most accurate acid test. However it goes... silence or applause... a professional shows up to do it all again tomorrow. Social media platforms are a little similar... (but not really)... We sit behind the screen... there are many filters between 'us' and 'them'... We ca
"Can't you just be happy"...? For anyone that's tasted depression, you might have heard this phrase. My answer was usually... "I'm trying... that's the f#cking point". My symptoms weren't typical. I had no energy... I could barely focus... it was affecting my relationships. Once, after a seven month wait to be evaluated by a major research institute, I was misdiagnosed so badly that I demanded a refund... they offered me a second consult... to reach an opposite diagnosis. I f
Creativity is my job. It is my passion, my pursuit and my occupation. It is not my hobby... although it is sometimes. I'm paid to assess creative intelligence. I'm paid to solve impossible problems. I'm paid to design original concepts. Before any of this I have to prove - comprehensively - why and how this new way is better. This is always harder than the actual project. People say they want creative solutions - then panic at new process. People say that want new ideas - the
Ok... get your scuba gear on, it's time for a deep dive. I'm going to break down the three most common issues with #problemsolving and why #creativity is critical in complex conditions. Let's go... Problem solving and innovation often go hand in hand; we commonly need to fix something in order to improve it or vice versa. Mechanics problem solve on a daily basis. “My car won’t start, it makes funny sound but won’t turn over”… From this information a skilled Mechanic may narro
Explore. Play. Tilt your perspective. 'untitled' - Sydney, Australia [taken by me] circa. 2019 B&W Street - monochrome * * * * * I only have three rules for my photography: 1. It must be candid 2. I prefer monochrome 3. Avoid photoshop #appliedcreativity #creativity #innovation #creativeproblemsolving #designthinking #innovationconsultant #sixcreativeskillsets Christopher. S. Sellers is Australia's Leading Expert on Creativity + Creative Skill Sets Founder + Director of Black
Creativity = Artists Only. Ever heard this? Ever believed this? Give me two minutes & I'll explain why it's just not true... Work with me to improve your creative intelligence here... Follow + share all the content on YouTube #appliedcreativity #rebelcreative #creativeproblemsolving #innovation #designthinking #thoughtleader #author #speaker #IT #finance #startup #futurism #ceo #technology #strategy #leadership #creativeskillsets #innovationconsultant #sydney #australia Chris
2022 is a year to rebuild. This is a deep dive and personal account of the cost and reward, of having to rebuild. I apologise in advance if this seems ‘too heavy’, but I believe that the challenging moments of our lives - whether COVID or the tale I’m about to tell - can’t be resolved in ‘5 easy steps’. Let us instead make time and space for deeper reflection to gather genuine insight. The theme of rebuilding came to me over the course of the weekend, particularly relevant fo
'Graduation' - Town Hall, Sydney, Australia [taken by me] circa. 2018 monochrome * * * * * I only have three rules for my photography: 1. It must be candid 2. I prefer monochrome 3. Avoid photoshop #appliedcreativity #creativity #innovation #creativeproblemsolving #designthinking #innovationconsultant #sixcreativeskillsets Christopher. S. Sellers is Australia's Leading Expert on Creativity + Creative Skill Sets Founder + Director of Black Bulb Creative
After the success of December's CREATIVITY + STRATEGY Workshop, I've had several enquiries re: Executive Coaching, so in celebration of the new year, I decided to open up this years Coaching intake with an exclusive offer for January. For January only, we're offering three complimentary EXECUTIVE CREATIVE CONSULTS!
The first three applicants to confirm their session will receive exclusive access to the
CREATIVE SKILLS ASSESSMENT + one-one evaluation with me to deep dive yo
In this deep dive video I breakdown the Top Six Creative Skill Sets essential to the future of work and education - how we got here - and how we can fix it. Work with me to improve your creative skills, thinking, process and outcomes here... Follow + share all the content on YouTube + Vimeo #appliedcreativity #rebelcreative #creativeproblemsolving #innovation #designthinking #thoughtleader #author #speaker #IT #finance #startup #futurism #ceo #technology #strategy #leadership
In this workshop I'll break down the Six Creative Skill Sets and how you can develop your creative thinking + skills + process for optimal outcomes. Breakdown: Tuesday, 14th December, 1pm - 3pm, via Google Hangout 1hr tutorial + 1hr facilitated discussion. Practical examples + application of creative thinking applied to leading strategy. I guarantee no jargon + immediate adoption. $250 AUD + GST * this workshop is complimentary for Coaching Clients Limited capacity, please b
Here's an image from my B-sides, for me, it's not 'quite there'... I see what I was going for; the dominating industrial structure looks like a conveyor belt, shuffling humans up one side, with nothing returning on the other.
We see a few people caged in the lift. There is contrast in the people being conveyed out of the darkness below, up into light. There is contrast of themes: man vs machine, the human in their environment etc... but something is missing... I'm not quite s
Yesterday I sat down for a live, international roundtable chat with Seth Erickson, Arie Brish, Ico Edward Fish and Dr Robin S. Rosenberg where we dived into challenges of emotional intelligence, innovation, and how to improve the quality of our work/life balance. You can watch/listen to the full podcast (60mins) here... #appliedcreativity #creativeproblemsolving #innovation #designthinking #innovationconsultant #thoughtleader #author #speaker #IT #finance #startup #futurism #
The final episode of LOCKDOWN CREATIVITY is here... "The Hotel Room was designed to simulate a scenario where standard process fails and in these situations, how do you cope? How can you best flex your creative skill sets and outcomes would you achieve"? . . . To read about the Hotel Room in depth, the lessons learned and how to enable optimal creative skill sets for elite thinking, process and outcomes, download the first chapter from my upcoming book APPLIED CREATIVITY her
Street photography develops CREATIVE skill sets such as composition, originality, innovation, adaptability and emotional intelligence. How do you develop your CREATIVE skill sets? 'Confiding' - Martin Pl. Sydney, Australia [taken by me] circa. 2014 monochrome * * * * * I only have three rules for my photography: 1. It must be candid 2. I prefer monochrome 3. Avoid photoshop #appliedcreativity #streetphotography #creativity #candid #photography #innovation #creativeproblemsolv