Innovation Psychology

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    Collaborate with Night and Nature to Come up with New Ideas

    July 5, 2016 | By:

    It is not widely known that most people, before the advent of the Industrial Revolution around 1800, tended to go to sleep shortly after nightfall but then get up around midnight for several hours before going back to sleep until dawn. Modern lab experiments have been able to reproduce this ancient, two-sleep pattern. Furthermore, there is separate anecdotal evidence that a number of people currently practice divided sleep as a natural habit, without the prompting of an experiment. Some of these people, in turn, use their nighttime wakefulness period for creative thought, writing and problem solving. The divided sleep phenomenon fits in very well with the dualistic and holistic principles of East Asian philosophy. One should ideally integrate work, thought and sleep with the natural light cycle in order to maximize the potential for individual creativity over the course of a full day and night.

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    Behavioral Innovation: The Need to Pivot, Why We Don’t and What We Can Do About It

    June 16, 2016 | By:

    When was the last time you seriously thought about your blue chip investments going broke? At what point will those shares be worth nothing? Although it may sound ridiculous, the question is serious because at the current rate of disruption, half of the Australian Stock Index S&P 500 will be replaced over the next 10 years (Anthony S D et al, 2016). Where does that leave your investments?

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    Innovate as a Team? Work on Your Psychological Safety!

    May 30, 2016 | By:

    To be able to use the full potential of innovation, psychological safety within teams and organisations is essential. Psychological safety is the shared belief that it is safe within the team for interpersonal risk taking. There is a direct relation between a psychological safe climate and performance of the team. (Edmondson 1999)

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    Systematize Innovation: Create an Environment where Employees are Encouraged to be Audacious

    May 10, 2016 | By:

    Astro Teller, director of the moonshot factory at Alphabet known simply as X, explains how he is a “culture engineer” and how he systematizes innovation by creating a work environment where employees are encouraged to be audacious. He says they are given the freedom to work on projects that inspire them and that they want to own – whether they fail or succeed.

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    Three Box Solution for Sustainable Innovation

    April 21, 2016 | By:

    “Before you can create, you must forget,” writes Vijay Govindarajan (VG), one of the world’s leading experts on strategy and innovation in his latest book “The Three Box Solution – A Strategy For Leading Innovation.” Why does VG say this and what can we learn from him?

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    Innovative Workplace Benefits: Perks Employees Look For

    March 15, 2016 | By:

    One thing that successful companies usually have in common is their willingness to give their employees great perks and benefits. Having great workplace benefits increases the employee’s willingness to go above and beyond for the company, which in turn benefits the organization.

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    How to Achieve More Effective Performance Appraisals

    January 25, 2016 | By:

    Roughly only half of all companies conduct annual performance reviews. Of the fifty percent of companies that do tend to provide consistent and reliable feedback to their employees. However, it can be awkward at times to tell someone on your staff that they aren’t doing a good job or attempt to offer constructive criticism without sounding condescending. What are some ways to make a performance appraisal more effective and less awkward for yourself and the employee?

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    Make Better Decisions at Work and in Personal Life

    November 10, 2015 | By:

    Ever wondered why Mark Zuckerberg wears the same grey shirt every day?‎ The answer can be found below. But here’s a little spoiler: his job is to make decisions. If you’re a manager, freelancer or anyone making important decisions on a daily basis – this article will help you make better decisions, with a few simple psychological tools.

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    10 Reasons Corporate Culture Should Value Introverts

    November 5, 2015 | By:

    The corporate industry is defined by its powerful, charismatic leaders who articulate their company’s innovative measures through bold and confident public announcements. If corporate culture can be likened to the backbone of a business, then the leaders are like the vocal box. They take the reins during meetings, deliver presentations and speak at a variety of different conventions and gatherings. These individuals become the face of their industry, and would surely be described as extroverts by most.

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    Taking a Leaf Out of Your Childhood in Your Professional Life

    September 17, 2015 | By:

    The way we develop as children can greatly impact the way in which we conduct ourselves as adults. Our early experiences and discoveries have a significant influence on the growth of various personality traits, such as leadership, the ability to work as part of a team and communication, which can have a big impact on our professional lives.

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    What Happens When Leadership Focus Shifts Away From Innovation?

    October 2, 2014 | By:

    Corporations tend to focus on fads, often packaged into corporate initiatives or programs, that roll in and out of favor over time. Attention from leadership around any single initiative doesn’t last forever, and it will shift to the next bright and shiny object at some point. How do you prepare for when this happens?

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    What Is An Employee Innovation Network, And Why Should You Care?

    August 22, 2014 | By:

    As Innovation Program leaders look to expand their scope and influence across complex, global organizations, they are turning to the development of Employee Innovation Networks. This article examines what these networks can look like, and provides some high level overview of the value that they can generate.

  • The Industrial Menopause and What to Do About It

    The Industrial Menopause and What to Do About It

    March 5, 2014 | By:

    It seems to be more or less a fact that the more mature a company is, the harder it is to produce something totally new that deviates substantially to what has been done earlier. In order to understand this phenomenon better Bengt Järrehult makes a comparison between human and industrial life, trying to elucidate the similarities and differences between the 2 worlds.

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    Innovation and Personality Types

    December 12, 2013 | By:

    How come that upper middle managers and entrepreneurs look at things in different ways? The answer lies partly in their personality types. It is known that certain personality types work better in certain situations than other. This is also valid for the innovation area, as Bengt Järrehult describes below.

  • Leaders’ Dual Roles When Managing Innovation

    Leaders’ Dual Roles When Managing Innovation

    September 11, 2013 | By:

    Leaders have dual roles when managing innovation. In a bottom-up role, they stimulate innovative results as they facilitate ideas and initiative coming from individuals and teams. In a top-down role, leaders are the primary means for the organization to realize its innovation goals and strategies. A fundamental challenge is to balance these two roles.

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