Creativity

Spotting Your Organization’s Orthodoxies

Spotting Your Organization's Orthodoxies

Often the very factors of success around which you launch, build, and manage an organization can turn on you like a venomous snake. The framework that worked so well, for so long, now limits the growth of the place. At some points the factors have turned into choke points. But your organization is geared by its way of doing things, ...

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These 2017 Trends Will Change Our World

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Welcome to 2017. It is going to be an interesting year. We have not seen so much creativity, innovation and evolution before in history. Trend watchers go berserk with all the cool new ideas born every minute and futurologist see their predictions come true sooner than expected. The second machine age is here and what an exciting time to live. ...

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Does the new need to be new?

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Does every innovation need new technology, or a new manufacturing process, or a new patent? Does it need to be new for the sake of it? Not if you understand exactly what you have before you start, and how it can be exploited further to meet new demands in the marketplace.

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Ethnography Alone Cannot Generate Transformative Insights

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Consumer anthropology offers such refreshing insights into the marketplace, re-humanizing the relationship between people, things and stores in very profound and moving ways. This movement also has helped stores get their noses out of spreadsheet and theories and keep their eye on the customer experience. Whether in-store or online, this ethnographic sensitivity has positively been leveraged to optimize the present ...

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50 Quotes to Spark a Culture of Innovation in 2017

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An inspiring quote is a great tool for changing a mindset. I made a personal collection of 50 outstanding quotes on change and innovation. Use them to inspire others to start a culture of change, to think different and to prioritize change and innovation at the start of 2017. 1. Nothing is stronger than habit. [Ovid] 2. If you always ...

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Innovation through Intelligence – Call for case studies

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I've been commissioned to write a new book for Routledge with the working title "Brain Based Enterprises" for 2017 following my 7th piece of work, "Leading, Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise" for Bloomsbury. I'm looking for businesses and organisations who wish to participate via case studies or mini cameos with attendant PR benefits for those enterprises and individuals that contribute.

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10 Great Ideas That Were Originally Rejected

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History has shown us that a lot of wise people haven’t been able to recognize the potential of a great idea. “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” Western Union internal memo dated 1876. “I do not believe the introduction of motor-cars will ever ...

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Design Thinking as Worldview

Design Thinking as Worldview

Design thinking is considered a human-centered framework for problem solving, used in formal innovation work in many fields: health care, consumer products, software, medical devices, durable goods, services and city planning. Design thinking has been perhaps the most lauded innovation method. In brief, the phases include empathy, define, ideation, prototyping, testing and storytelling. Here’s the weird factor. The more I practice design ...

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Six Sets of Eyes for Innovation

Six Sets of Eyes for Innovation

To successfully foster an innovation, you have to look through at least six different sets of eyes. First, you have to unlearn everything you know. Admit it. You are biased, pre-programmed, and your bonus is tied into business results. Apply sincere empathy with people who do not know as much as you. To enter a beginner’s mind and renew how you ...

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