Author Archives: Stephen Shapiro

The Power of Purposeful Tangents

According to a recent Huffington Post/YouGov poll 28% of Americans did not read a book last year. As an author, I find this both disappointing and yet not surprising. Fortunately most people read. But is what you are reading enhancing your creativity, or just furthering your intellect?

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The Value of "Line" Thinking

While spending time recently at 3M, I learned that 80% of their innovations are "line solutions." That is, multiple domains of expertise are involved. Although this may be unusual within other organizations, at 3M, this is the norm. They are masterful at connecting dots.

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All Ideas Can't Be Good Ideas

It’s very important for innovators to understand confirmation bias, because every person is convinced they have a billion dollar idea. They’ve got the next big idea that’s going to change the world and make them rich. But what happens is their confirmation bias only allows them to see the evidence that supports their belief that they have a great idea. Their brain doesn’t allow them to see all the evidence that proves it’s actually a bad idea.

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The Power of Positive Constraints

In the world of innovation, there seems to be this belief that we're supposed to let everybody be free thinkers and let them do whatever they want. But this actually destroys innovation. We need structure. We need constraints. I'll give you a really simple example...

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