May 30, 2013 | In: Strategies
Which brainstorming techniques should you use to attack your next innovation challenge? Here are the “super seven” that innovation consultant Bryan Mattimore says have the advantages of being easy to learn, flexible to adapt to different types of creative challenges and are diverse enough to deliver different types of ideas.
May 29, 2013 | In: Strategies
Do you ever find that distractions get in the way of your creative thinking time? Is your mind buzzing, heading off in many different directions, sapping your energy for brainstorming? Tom Wujec, author of Five Star Mind: Games & Puzzles to Stimulate Your Creativity & Imagination, offers a clever solution to this common problem.
Mar 15, 2013 | In: Enabling Factors
One of the challenges leaders face in times of uncertainty and rapid change is helping senior managers to engage in bigger-picture thinking. To enable this process, a growing number of companies are creating “decision rooms” – dedicated areas that help them visualize challenges and opportunities from a number of perspectives and make better decisions.
Mar 01, 2013 | In: Organization & Culture
Nilofer Merchant, in her excellent new book, 11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era, points out that in order for companies to be fast, nimble and innovative enough to survive in today’s Social Era, leaders must meet their workers’ desire to contribute to a mission that matters.
Jan 30, 2013 | In: Enabling Factors
In order for innovation to flourish in your organization, your innovation champions must be supported through properly structured responsibilities, goals and resources. Otherwise, they will leave to pursue other opportunities, taking their energy and ideas with them. That’s one of the core messages of Gerard J. Tellis’ new book, Unrelenting Innovation.
Jan 23, 2013 | In: Enabling Factors
Matthew E. May, author of the new book The Laws of Subtraction, believes if we would take a more minimalist approach to our work, seeking ways to get maximum impact with minimum effort, there would be much less waste – and much more innovation.
Dec 26, 2012 | In: Strategies
Word lists, because of their simplicity, are often overlooked as a tool for brainstorming. That’s too bad, because they can be quite powerful and are very easy to use. They leverage the mind’s awesome associative powers to help us uncover new connections, insights and ideas.
Dec 09, 2012 | In: Book Reviews
For many innovative people, the problem is not coming up with enough ideas, but getting attention for those ideas we decide to implement. To solve this problem, we need to invest more time developing persuasive stories that make an emotional connection with the people we’re trying to influence. That’s the message of Bernadette Jiwa’s terrific book Make Your Idea Matter: Stand Out With a Better Story.
Dec 05, 2012 | In: Book Reviews
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon is a wonderful little book that is designed for anyone who is ever has had a desire to create something amazing, but doesn’t know where to start.
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Are you a cubicle slave who longs to be their own boss, to take their Really Big Idea and run with it, unencumbered by the shackles of the corporate world? Then you need to pick up Hugh MacLeod’s new book, Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination.
Nov 28, 2012 | In:
Small to medium-sized businesses typically don’t need an enterprise-level idea management system. What they need is a simple tool that enables them to capture, improve, evaluate and take action upon their best ideas. Mind mapping software is a tool that can help.
The iKnowBrainer app for iPhone and iPod is a powerful, proven brainstorming tool that has an excellent pedigree – the award winning KnowBrainer card deck, which is now in its fifth edition. This app incorporates all of the content from the physical version, and adds some cool new capabilities, too.
The combination of Big Data and ethnographics can be a potent toolset for uncovering innovation opportunities, as a growing number researchers are discovering.
Brainstorming apps for your mobile device now make it possible to court your creative muse no matter where you are. Here are 5 compelling benefits of these next-generation ideation tools.
Oct 21, 2012 | In:
Last week, we introduced the topic of R&D’s frequent lack of marketing support for its ideas and some culturally ingrained attitudes that can contribute to this. This communication gap is frustrating, especially for those in R&D whose role it is to develop and sell-in new initiatives. This week, we continue this discussion and describe strategies to help overcome resistance.