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  • It’s not the instrument that makes the music, it’s the player. So much emphasis in the world of innovation and creativity is placed on process, tools and techniques. Chris fully understands it’s the people who make the magic not the structure. Chris is a master at bringing out the creative spark in people to turn dust into something that matters, so that in the words of John Lennon, “We all shine on."

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The Creative Spark - No 2

The Creative Spark - No 2

February 15, 2017

Elvis's mission is to help people and businesses realise their creative potential. Once you discover this potential, good stuff happens. The Creative Spark was born to share some of the things that inspire us along our way. We hope you like them too.

We are living in uncertain times. Businesses need to equip themselves with the skills to be able to manage and make effective use of that change. Jim shares his expertise on why we should listen to Winston Churchill and 'Never let a good crisis go to waste'.

Stevie Wonder is guaranteed to get us through the last few weeks of Winter. Carpool Karaoke is not new, but simply, always brilliant. Chair dancing de rigeur. Watch out for Stevie singing to James Corden's wife; unbeatable Valentines tip.

Check out Dror Liebenthal's experience of trying to be productive on the road. Ever dreamt of a life on the road? Travelling whilst working and having fun, sounds too good to be true surely?

Every brand needs a narrative - here you can sample a different beer every week (just one, thats all you need ;) ) and hear the story behind it. “Every great love starts with a great story...” beer love starts here.

Rapper Prince Ea sums up the need to reform the education system to foster creativity and innovation. Guess what? It's all because fish can't climb trees. Ken Robinson, one for you. 

Our brilliant sweary friend across the Atlantic Mark Manson shares some wise advice, this time 11 shitty things we all do. It's a teensy bit rude but scarily true. Beware.

Sometimes creative leadership comes in the simplest forms, an individual flourish delivered with cajones: Viral video and a lot of new customers. Meat 'n' Macismo 'n' Salt, it's a heady combo.

A winning digital strategy can be tough to execute in our ever changing world. Inspiring insight inHBR: It's all about gravity. Is the force strong with you?

This months podcast is Noah Kagan Presents, employee #30 at Facebook and founder of AppSumo. Sharing innovative ideas, business tips with some of the words finest thought leaders.

Bowie's creative songwriting techniques - old school cut ups with added tech pizzazz. Yep, we are still celebrating the greatest creative leader of all time. And it's not over yet.

Can you help? Chris needs research volunteers this week! It takes just 10 minutes and will help us make the world spin that little bit better. Plus, will put Spring in your step. Sign up here. 

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Oscar Wilde

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