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London, EC2Y 8DD
United Kingdom

+44 20 3318 5728

London-based creative training, consulting & strategic design company providing onsite & public courses on the Creative Problem Solving Process, team-building, leadership, entrepreneurial mindset, business storytelling, applied improvisation and innovation facilitation. We run ideation sessions, we mentor, we coach, we deliver. In all we do, we're here to make you more agile & more successful in the face of change. 

I wish they would stop stomping

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I wish they would stop stomping

Kate Hammer

Working Life: 3 states

In our experience, people spend their working lives moving between one of these three “states”:

Frustration
Disappointment
Irrelevance
Rust-out
Boredom
Resigning

Persistence
Resilience
Willingness to experiment
Courage
Hope
Choosing

 

Achievement
Results
Recognition
Stretching goals
Advancement
Thriving

In practice, the experience moves along a spectrum. We might say, we move from flunking to floundering to flourishing....and back again, as demands and context change.

Got a magic wand?

For our part, we’d like to see you spending more of your working life in column 3. Except with a magic wand, we haven’t seen people get to Column 3 without going through some version of Column 2.

So: how are you gonna get out of Column 1?

If not...you gotta change

Are you wishing for change? In our experience, it all starts with a wish. 

Wishes we've heard:

"I wish I could get out of this rut."

"I wish I could get out of this trap."

"I wish they really wanted innovative ideas."

"I wish they would move ahead even if success isn't certain."

 

I WISH THEY WOULD STOP STOMPING ON MY IDEAS:

 
How might we replace all the jackboots with helping hands wearing velvet gloves, so we have some real help making innovation real? 

What we bring to the party

We don't have a firm answer to this "How Might We....?" question. If we did, the answer would be wrong. If we said we did, it would be wishful thinking. 

So, how can we possibly help? 

What we do have is a process, that's proved effective in an array of settings. This problem-solving process guides and supports your team while you create the ideas and the blueprint that will help you move forward.  It's teachable - so you can learn it from us and apply it independently. And such creative independence is the hallmark of people who flourish at work.