Monthly Archives: December 2012

Elite Access: Design Insight & Foresight

Thought leaders in the design community are raising the bar and sharing their unfiltered views and behind-the scene stories around problems, opportunities and challenges that businesses face today as they stretch and grow their brands. These elite perspectives are now available through a new Designer Showcase to connect innovators and brand leaders to the best design thinking around the world.

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Brainstorming versus Braincalming

If you work in a big organization, small business, freelance, or eat cheese, there's a good chance you've participated in at least a few brainstorming sessions in your life. You've noodled, conjured, envisioned, ideated, piggybacked, and endured overly enthusiastic facilitators doing their facilitator thing. You may have even gotten some results. Hallelujah! But even the best run brainstorming sessions are based on a questionable assumption -- that the origination of powerful, new ideas depend on the facilitated interaction between people.

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Who is Your Innovation Czar?

It never ceases to amaze me. I'm meeting with the executive committee of a major global company. I've just asked if innovation is one of their top strategic priorities. Their unanimous answer is "yes". I then ask about their individual responsibilities. "Which one of you is the CFO?" "Who is head of HR?" "Where's the CIO?" One by one their hands go up. Yet when I ask to see their global director of innovation, nobody raises a hand.

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Idea Stormers

I have recently come into contact with Bryan Mattimore, a fellow creativity and innovation author based in the US. Bryan has just released a new book called Idea Stormers, How to Lead and Inspire Creative Breakthroughs. I interviewed Bryan on some important questions facing business leaders.

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