Tag Archives: brainstorming

Implement Creativity like a Religion and You'll Need Miracles to be Successful

Every solution has a problematic history, by definition. In that sense, the skills behind successful innovation could be framed as the ability to create solutions for problems before anyone realizes what a nuisance they are. Successful innovation is not about dreaming up what would be science fiction today, but about foreseeing what will be plain vanilla tomorrow.

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Five Successful Ideation Session Essentials

The purpose of this paper is to highlight the “essence” (in its very scholastic sense) of ideation sessions. We believe that clear definition of the problem(s) to be solved, divergence and convergence, exploration inside and outside the paradigm, adaptive and innovative problem solving styles and an efficient facilitation process must all be elements of successful ideation.

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The Myths of Creativity

What causes us to be creative one day and completely blocked the next? Where do our sudden creative insights—our Eureka! moments—come from, and how can we generate more of them, more consistently? What brand of creativity is best suited to business?

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Too Busy to Innovate

I've begun to wonder if the concept of innovation in large corporation is an exercise in pointless navel gazing. And no, this isn't another bashing of brainstorming, or a recent conversion based on my experiences with faulty innovation logic. No, the challenge to innovation is based on the recent development of a core strength: focus, efficiency, time management.

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The Crowdstorm Effect

This three-part series discusses how leading organizations are tapping external talent to not only find new ideas but also to get feedback on ideas. Regardless of how we define innovation, the talent to deliver it is now found within and outside our organizations. This is a given. The process to harness it is a work in progress. The material in this series comes from our recently published book, “Crowdstorm: The Future of Innovation, Ideas and Problem Solving”.

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Barbie and the Curse of Knowledge

I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way and other people will jump at the chance to be the "fresh pair of eyes", no? Another good source of "fresh pair of eyes" that might be easily discarded by seasoned managers are: interns and new grads. That's a mistake to me. Give them a chance to absorb enough knowledge so that they understand the subject matter. But also elicit their feedback, ideas, comments and opinions, early and often. Be open-minded and listen to what they have to say.

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