Psychology

Innovation Culture Starts With YOU, Not Your Boss.

One of the most prominent organizational factors, if not the most prominent one, is autonomy. Studies showed a one-way relationship between autonomy and creativity. Employees need autonomy to be creative. They don't need the autonomy to decide which project to work on, but they must have the autonomy to decide how to execute the project.

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Innovate with a Nudge?

Behavioural nudges are clever policy tweaks often used by governments to influence the choices that people make. They are often found to be more effective and less costly than direct actions such as quotas, taxes or subsidies. Here are some simple examples...

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How Behavioral Design Can Help De-Risk Innovation

Everyone who works in innovation will regularly hear clients asking about how to “de-risk” innovation. In a world where consumers have more choice than ever before, how can we provide an increased sense of confidence about the solutions we deliver? While no solution is ever a sure thing, behavioral economics can help. It is increasingly used by companies across industries ...

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Try the Gestures Icebreaker for More Creative Ideas

It is well known that our physical attitude can affect our mental attitude.  If our posture is more positive then our thinking is more positive.  Researchers Slepian and Ambady report an experiment in the Journal of Experimental Psychology.  They had some subjects move their arms in big fluid movements and other subjects moved their arms in short, precise movements.  Then ...

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Why We Need T-Shaped Innovators

Big disruptive innovations don’t usually come from experts in the field. Max Planck, the famous physicist famously quipped that “science advances one funeral at a time”, and in some ways, you can argue that this applies equally to innovation. In the latter case, it is typically market leadership that dies...

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Storytelling, the Brain & Work Culture

I love the quote by the poet Muriel Rukeyser that says “The universe is made of stories, not atoms.” Humans live for stories. We learn from stories at home, school, from friends, and also very compellingly at work. Humans within a work culture are motivated by stories. Look at the famous founding myths of HP and Apple in the garages, of Fred Smith and FedEx, and ...

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