Articles on Creativity

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    The Power of Provocative Questions for Creative Problem Solving

    Aug 04, 2010 | By:

    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.

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    How to Develop a Creative ‘Elevator Pitch’ that Captures Attention and Interest

    Jul 21, 2010 | By:

    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.

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    Don’t Forget: Brainstorming Works!

    Jul 14, 2010 | By:

    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.

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    10 tips for finding creativity later in life

    Jul 06, 2010 | By:

    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.

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    Immunize your team against the spoilers of creative thinking

    Jun 30, 2010 | By:

    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.

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    11 Dos and Don’ts for Small Group Ideation Sessions

    Jun 22, 2010 | By:

    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.

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    How to Strengthen your Organization’s Creative Core

    Jun 09, 2010 | By:

    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.

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    How to Improve your Odds of Success when Selling your Big Ideas to Top Management

    Jun 08, 2010 | By:

    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.

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    The Basics of Creative Problem Solving – CPS

    Jun 02, 2010 | By:

    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.

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    Paradigm Shifts, Creativity and the Sound of One Hand Clapping

    May 11, 2010 | By:

    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.

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    Survey reveals workplace factors that support on-the-job creativity

    Apr 19, 2010 | By:

    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.

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    How a creativity meeting with key customers helped one company grow these important relationships

    Apr 18, 2010 | By:

    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.

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    After Eureka: 7 Questions to Test Innovation for Profit Potential

    Apr 11, 2010 | By:

    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.

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    Innovation lessons from Silly Putty

    Mar 31, 2010 | By:

    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.

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    What the Self-Organizing Principles of Improv Theater can Teach Us About Business Creativity

    Mar 16, 2010 | By:

    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.