Creativity

How to kill innovation with email, guaranteed!

How often do you use the BCC field in an email header? Here is one negative consequence to consider. Innovation is a team sport. You must rely not only on your own ingenuity and creativity, but also on that of your team members. Innovation also requires a culture of innovation, of which team dynamics play a critical role. Constructive Disagreement Effective, productive, and creative teamwork rely ...

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Why Your Creative Idea Isn’t All That Original (And That’s A Good Thing)

Here’s an uncomfortable truth: Your amazing, original idea—the one you swear is going to transform the world—is not all that original. At least not in the way that you think. And that doesn’t mean it’s not going to transform the world. We tend to think that outstanding creative works or amazing disruptive innovations sprang forth into the world wholly original ...

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Finally, A Commencement Speech About Innovation and Creativity

Think Big Anyway! That’s what Innovation Excellence contributor Robert B. Tucker advised students when he delivered the commencement address at the University of California, Davis. Given the exponential rate of change and the inability to predict where technology (and their careers) will evolve to, Tucker challenged this group of 500 PhD candidates and innovators to “Think Big, Anyway,” despite the ...

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How to Use the Three Horizons for Future Sensemaking

Plenty of pieces talk about the Three Horizons Framework from a 30k-50k ft level. However, this post will close the gaps and explore potential “tabletop” collaboration tips, templates, and examples to anchor this at a ground zero level. Do you have the capabilities to carry out those bets? Where would you invest your time, money, and energy? Visual foresight frameworks ...

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Not All Innovation Looks The Same

I used to believe that in order to be innovative, we all have to innovate the same way, my way. Usually, that involves stepping outside my comfort zone and daring to be fearless. My way of innovating includes getting super uncomfortable and taking big risks. Obviously, since that’s how I tend to innovate, you should too. Then when you don’t ...

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Try this Ideation Method – The Ideas Exchange

The Ideas Exchange is a brainstorm method which works well for larger groups.   It is easy to run, quick and effective.  This is the procedure: The problem is clearly stated. Everyone is given two colored cards (or post-it notes). Say one white and one pink. Working silently and individually they write down a sensible idea to solve the problem ...

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Primed & Ready: How to Extend Your Brand & Conquer Adjacent Spaces

It’s easy to think big. What’s harder is to activate the ideas that push the envelope responsibly. Welcome to the ‘Overlooked Middle’ —the way to tap sweet spots you’ve been missing. _____ When I’m in an ideation session, concepts typically fall into one of two banks: core ideas, which nestle tightly with the brand’s existing equity and assets, and disruptive ideas—blue-sky, ...

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The Case of the Stolen Idea

What happens when your idea is stolen? You have an idea. Your great, wonderful idea which is the best thing anyone has heard in years or centuries… As many other innovators, you explain your idea to your friends, colleagues or superiors trying to get funding or valuable feedback. But then, weeks or months later, you found out that someone realized ...

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