How to create the right conditions for crazy ideas

When I heard Safi Bahcall on Harvard Ideacast talking about his new book “Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries”, there was no turning back. A book about how to foster innovation and breakthrough ideas is simply a must have. A loonshot is an innovation that essentially changes… Continue reading How to create the right conditions for crazy ideas

Leadership and alter egos: making peer review more humane?

I have been attending this week sessions Manager as a Coach, a support program provided by the university for the staff in trying to get us to think more coach-like in how we manage people. My key takeaway messages are that power is something that is shared, that good leaders and managers focus on giving positive… Continue reading Leadership and alter egos: making peer review more humane?

How triage can help to make decisions

We all know the harsh reality of having to make decisions on how to spend such resources as our time and focus. Last week I co-wrote an article with Ben Preston for The Conversation on climate adaptation and triage. Triage as a concept emerged in World War I and is: “a process of prioritizing actions… Continue reading How triage can help to make decisions

De-mystifying Creativity: the real strategy to empower the creative you

My latest book purchase is Allen Gannett’s “The Creative Curve: How to Develop the right idea at the right time” . I came across this book first on one of my favourite podcasts “Learning Leader” (episode 268) where Ryan Hawk interviews guests and tries to help us to understand how to reach and attain excellence… Continue reading De-mystifying Creativity: the real strategy to empower the creative you

Why peer review should be fun but can make you cry

The life of an academic is very much focused on and surrounded by the process of peer review. With peer review, I mean making and receiving comments on manuscripts that we have written or have been asked to read and assess for scientific journals. Most of us review papers for scientific journals in the hope… Continue reading Why peer review should be fun but can make you cry