Monthly Archives: December 2010

A Night at the Innovation Improv

I often use improv theater techniques in my workshops on creativity and innovation. They are little plays in which people have to spontaneously handle unexpected situations in front of an audience. Usually delegates approach these challenges with some caution but after a little training and practice they find them entertaining and liberating. The methods can be amusing icebreakers. But they ...

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Wake Up the Passion to Innovate

Innovation is a big fat generic concept in most corporations — like life on other planets or ending the war in Iraq. Unless the individuals within an organization have a genuine sense of urgency, personal ownership, and an authentic passion for innovation, nothing much will happen. Innovation begins within the mind of each person. Corporate initiatives that fail to awaken ...

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Science on the Move

I’m fond of saying there’s no point being brilliant at the wrong thing (thanks Edward de Bono). Which is why any news of a boom in new ideas might be taken with a grain of salt. Quantity is not quality, nor is every idea a winner. But quantity does increase the likelihood of stumbling on that one crazy, simple idea ...

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5 Ways to Avoid Creative Blocks on Your Projects

You may be handed a project or report and asked to work within a structure someone else has designed. Sometimes it works wonderfully. Often times though, it can lead to a creative block as you spend more time trying to figure out the format than making progress toward the effort’s objective. When you find yourself in one of these situations, ...

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The Five Uncertainties of Innovation

Let’s face it. Innovation isn’t hard, it isn’t complicated, it isn’t unattractive work. Innovation is really difficult because it is new and fraught with uncertainties. Since we’ve been trained to abhor vacuums and uncertainties, many firms shy away from innovation, and use excuses like “It’s too hard” or “The pay-off is hard to predict” or a number of other arguments, ...

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Innovation and Soccer

I’m passionate about innovation. I’m passionate about sport, particularly football – sorry, I should say soccer for a predominantly US audience. I also love sporting analogies and the use of sporting aphorisms in business. For example, when somebody says, “step up to the plate”, or “it’s a slam dunk”, the meaning is clear, even in countries where baseball and basketball ...

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Jobs to be Done are Always Done

Business expansion opportunities are identified when some sort of unmet need is defined in the marketplace. Unmet needs always relate back to the customer in some way. A human being is always the customer, whether they are a buyer or a user. Even if you are focused on process changes, these changes should tie back to customer value for them ...

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December 2010 Sponsor – Brightidea

Thank you to Brightidea for sponsoring Blogging Innovation for December 2010. Recently, Brightidea announced the latest release of its Social Innovation Management Suite. The Brightidea Innovation Suite is a one-of-a-kind ‘Facebook-style’ platform that allows Global 2000 businesses to monitor the social process of innovation from concept to cash. The integrated nature of the suite allows for a clear hand-off between ...

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