Mar 30, 2011 | By: InnovationTools.com
The iPhone can be a powerful creative ally, helping you to generate and record ideas, no matter where you are. When inspiration strikes, you’ll be ready with these 12 innovative apps.
Mar 23, 2011 | By: InnovationTools.com
Seth Godin recently published a blog post about a concept called “idea tourism.” In it, he warns that we can’t just be spectators when we come in contact with big ideas that could potentially transform our businesses. Rather than superfically reading about this big idea, I decided to dig deeper into it, to understand what it really means to you and I.
Feb 08, 2011 | By: InnovationTools.com
Are you looking for a way to feel more creatively vital, more alive? Here are nine practices that can help you to cultivate your creative self.
Dec 08, 2010 | By: InnovationTools.com
Changes in our external environment can often open up new opportunties for innovation, if only we have eyes to see them. A case in point is the sport of high jumping.
Nov 24, 2010 | By: Jeffrey Baumgartner
Diversity is the key to creativity. Not just diversity in your workforce, but in your personal life, the teams you form and the managers whom you hire and promote, explains Jeffrey Baumgartner.
Nov 16, 2010 | By: InnovationTools.com
As history teaches us, maintaining the status quo may keep you in the money in the short term, but long term it can hurt your company and your industry. You have two choices: Make yourself obsolete, or your competitors will, warns Patrick Lefler.
Nov 15, 2010 | By: InnovationTools.com
Looking back through history, innovation has often occured when one big thinker envisioned a new way to solve a customer’s problem in an elegant way. A case in point: mail delivery.
Nov 10, 2010 | By: InnovationTools.com
People can be innovative in their work, no matter what their job. Robert B. Tucker explores four key principles of personal innovation in this excerpt from his new book, Innovation is Everybody
Oct 20, 2010 | By: Jeffrey Baumgartner
Brainstorming can be effective if it is performed properly. In this article, Jeffrey Baumgartner explores some of the weaknesses of traditional brainstorming and explores several potentially fruitful alternatives.
Oct 13, 2010 | By: Jeffrey Baumgartner
How does your company deal with mistakes? If continuous learning from your employees, innovation and even breakthrough innovation are important to you, it is critical you embrace mistakes, at least as sources for learning and invention.
Oct 05, 2010 | By: InnovationTools.com
At precisely the time when leaders need creative managers, we’re all so overworked that we don’t even have time to think. Here are some tips to help you counteract the forces of ‘mass distraction’ and cultivate your creativity.
Sep 29, 2010 | By: InnovationTools.com
Here are lessons learned from 12 years of creative facilitation in business, from creativity expert Michelle James.
Sep 28, 2010 | By: Jeffrey Baumgartner
Innovation experts love to make lists of obstacles to innovation. These lists include issues like lack of time, resistance to change, poor communication, middle management and so on. Employees like to cite obstacles such as these in part because they place the blame on the organisation and their mangers rather than on themselves. And, indeed, can you imagine a middle manager responding to a questionnaire on obstacles to innovation with the answer: “Why, I believe I am a major obstacle to innovation in this firm.”? But the truth is, possibly the biggest obstacle to innovation is simply that people do not stop and think!
Sep 08, 2010 | By: Jeffrey Baumgartner
If you want to make the most of your creative potential, you need to learn how to override your inner censor so that it does not stifle your most imaginative ideas. Here are several techniques you can use to do this.
Aug 22, 2010 | By: InnovationTools.com
Imagine showing up to work each day truly happy that you are there, getting energy from your colleagues, having fun in meetings, feeling like what you do counts. It is possible. You just have to create the conditions that help you to spark your creative genius.