Tag Archives: Brainstorm

What is your Waterproof Teabag?

Consider for a moment these self-contradictory innovations: The solar-powered flashlight The inflatable dartboard The underwater hairdryer The waterproof teabag The concrete liferaft At first sight they look silly but each contains the germ of an interesting idea. You can charge up a solar-powered flashlight in daylight and then take it into a cave. The inflatable dartboard is easy to transport ...

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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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More Ideation means more Innovation – Simple

Spigit is a leading innovation management software company.  They recently published a research paper entitled ‘Quantifying a Culture of Innovation.’  Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management carried out a study of data from 154 corporate customers of Spigit over a five year period.  The findings are instructive.  They report a significant correlation between ideation rates (generating good ideas) and profit ...

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29 Innovation Activities for Your Next Ideation

I often get asked what activities a team should do in ideation to get better results and keep it fun. While there's a limitless list of possibilities that need to be tailored to each innovation challenge, I do have some favorites. Here are 29 that work and are adaptable to a variety of businesses and challenges.

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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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13 Smart Questions for your Management Meetings

Most management meetings are dull affairs stacked full of short-term problems that need fixing. Discussions focus on routine operational issues and of course these things have to be addressed. However, from time to time you and your team should lift your heads and think about a bigger, brighter future. You should brainstorm strategic and innovative options. The kind of question you ask makes a big difference.

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Should the Manager be in the Ideation Meeting?

You want to hold a meeting with your team in order to generate some really creative ideas. You would like the group to challenge assumptions, think differently and come up with plenty of radical proposals.  Here is the dilemma. You naturally want to lead the meeting but should you be in the room at all? Unfortunately for managers, your presence ...

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The Power of Additive Ideation

It is common to approach suggestions schemes, brainstorms and ideation meetings from a competitive point of view. So we might say that we want a large number of ideas and then by a darwinian process we will eliminate the weaker suggestions and choose the best.

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