Aug 04, 2010 | By: Chuck Frey
Many of us don’t give questions a second thought. They’re a part of how we gather information from others on a daily basis. But did you realize that asking yourself provocative, thought-provoking questions can be a powerful catalyst for creative problem solving? Here’s how.
Jul 21, 2010 | By: Jeffrey Baumgartner
To sell ourselves and our big ideas, we need elevator pitches that stand out, are unique and stimulate a response. Clearly, some creativity is what is needed to design such a pitch. Jeffrey Baumgartner explains how to develop one.
Jul 14, 2010 | By: InnovationTools.com
Newsweek magazine recently published a column entitled, “Forget Brainstorming,” in which it takes the position that small-group brainstorming doesn’t work very well. According to Jonathan Vehar, Newsweek liberally misinterpreted research data to come to this dramatic and misleading conclusion. Here is Jonathan’s detailed rebuttal of the Newsweek article.
Jul 06, 2010 | By: InnovationTools.com
Middle age can be a marvelous time in our lives, if we let it. It can actually be a phase of life in which our creative energies catch fire, when we can truly make a difference in the world with our ideas, art, music and other forms of self-expression. Here are 10 tips for finding your creative muse later in life.
Jun 30, 2010 | By: InnovationTools.com
Research has shown that people solve problems in a more creative way and turn out work with more creative surprises if they are able to focus their attention on their daily enjoyment and fun that comes from the challenge, and their total immersion in the work.
Jun 22, 2010 | By: Paul Sloane
There is a right way and a wrong way to run a brainstorm or ideation meeting. A little preparation pays dividends. It is very important to separate the two phases of the meeting, recommends Paul Sloane.
Jun 09, 2010 | By: InnovationTools.com
Most of us don’t invest enough time to develop our core muscles. Organizations, too, tend to have an under-exercised core: the creativity of their people. To strengthen this area of your corporate culture takes a commitment of time and resources, says Carol Kobza.
Jun 08, 2010 | By: InnovationTools.com
Do you have trouble enrolling other people in your company in your new ideas and proposals? Then invest some time and thought into developing strategies to sell your ideas more effectively. Here are some tips to increase your odds of success when selling your big ideas.
Jun 02, 2010 | By: Jeffrey Baumgartner
Creative problem solving isn’t just brainstorming, although that’s what many people may associate it with. It’s actually a well-defined process that can help you from problem definition to implementing solutions, according to Jeffrey Baumgartner.
May 11, 2010 | By: InnovationTools.com
Paradigm shifts help creative thinking. A paradigm is a belief structure within which you think and act. The paradigms within which you operate affect your creativity. Usually they box you in and produce tunnel vision. A paradigm shift is a change in your belief structure that changes your perspective and allows you to see things differently. Something like the Zen principle of one hand clapping, according to Edward Glassman.
Apr 19, 2010 | By: InnovationTools.com
Other people are the biggest factor that supports creativity, according to a survey conducted by Edward Glassman, Ph.D. This research provides some important clues on how to develop a work environment that supports the efforts of creative people.
Apr 18, 2010 | By: InnovationTools.com
What does building key customer relationships have to do with creative problem solving? More than you might think. Most customer relationships are transactional or project focused. But one enterprising company decided to bring in some of its best customers for a creativity meeting – a novel idea that had an excellent outcome. And you can bet that these A-list customers appreciated the focused, creative attention on their needs. Here’s how it worked.
Apr 11, 2010 | By: InnovationTools.com
Analytical strategic frameworks are not the key to creating transformative innovation. But a robust strategic framework is essential for shaping and developing an idea. In the battle for hearts and minds, analysis is also the only way to win over the brains of corporate sponsors, venture capitalists, bank managers and spouses. After the “Eureka” moment, it’s essential to have a disciplined framework that puts a spotlight on the things that will determine the commercial potential of your idea.
Mar 31, 2010 | By: InnovationTools.com
In times like these, many people are waiting for better times to take action, to try new things or to create change but that is not the solution. To succeed, you must act, seek and welcome change and go beyond the norm, today. Here are 8 lessons from Silly Putty on how you can “eggceed” expectations.
Mar 16, 2010 | By: InnovationTools.com
Michelle James explores the fascinating connections between adhering to the principles of improvisational theater in a performance and being able to adapt, create and improvise effectively in the work place.