Creativity

Four Perfect Situations for Brainstorming

While there are innumerable reasons for hosting a brainstorming session, the purpose for meeting can be summarized with four situations. They are the need to meet to: Fix Something Broken / Problem Solving Grow Something Get Ideas / Fill Idea Pipeline Innovate / Make Something New (1) Fix Something Broken / Problem Solving This is what is traditionally thought of ...

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Saving Curiosity from the Guillotine

This great topic was raised by Arthur Lok in a discussion in the Innovation Management group on LinkedIn. It made me wonder and reflect on my own level of curiosity, what this term means to me and how it effects innovation. I think we lose our sense of curiosity as we begin to build a power base that we feel ...

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Predicting the Next Innovation

Recently I returned from over two weeks on the road. I was in and out of five airports. As you go through security, the routine is always the same… Take off your shoes Take out your liquids Take out your computer Why are we put through these security gymnastics? On December 22, 2001, Richard Reid was caught with plastic explosives ...

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Reserve Judgements

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” begins with its narrator, Nick Carraway, recounting his father’s admonition that not everyone in the world is provided the same advantages. The comment led to Nick’s inclination to “reserve all judgments,” a “habit that…opened up many curious natures” to him. This opening passage of “Gatsby” has shaped me dramatically. Amid growing up in an ...

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Creating Creative Meetings

Did use an abacus or slide rule to build your FY’10 budgets? To prepare and distribute information about next year’s Marketing Plan did you use a typewriter and make a duplicate with a layer of ink paper? Or did you hand crank copies on a Ditto (or Verifax) machine? Of course you didn’t. That would be crazy and inefficient. We ...

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It's Not Rocket Science

For those of you who asked, here is the video of my six minute speech at the TEDx NASA conference. Enjoy. Stephen Shapiro is the author of three books, a popular innovation speaker, and is the Chief Innovation Evangelist for Innocentive, the leader in Open Innovation.

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Will Avatar Spark More Originality?

Avatar, opening in the US tomorrow, has Hollywood holding its breath. The $350 million spectacle by writer/director James Cameron seems destined to one of only two possible fates: spectacular blockbuster or massive bomb. The middle road never seems open to Cameron, who famously drives Tinsel-town bean-counters bonkers with his uncompromising vision and gargantuan budgets. Sigourney Weaver calls him an “idealistic ...

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Sex and Creativity

Is there a connection? Study shows number of sexual partners corresponds to creative output. by Idris Mootee Creative people are fun. Creative people are likeable. But many creative minds are unorganized and sometimes deficient in handling complex logic. Some creative minds are highly analytical too, although the processing was sort of in the back and you don’t see it. Creative ...

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Help Others Recognize Their Talents

Chuck Dymer is a strategic mentor, having done more than any single person to help me understand lateral thinking processes and how integral they are to business success. You could say I’ve borrowed everything I know on innovation tools from watching Chuck do what he does so masterfully. After working with Chuck on various projects, he said to me, “You ...

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Innovating Your Wallet

Innovation puts cash in your wallet. But what about the wallet itself? For this month’s LAB, we will apply the corporate innovation method, S.I.T., to create new and useful concepts for the wallet. Wallets are the most personal items we own. They carry our money, credit cards, identification, licenses, photographs, and other memorabilia. Your wallet says a lot about you. ...

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