Creativity

Innovation Paradox – Liberated by Constraints

I’ve been captivated by Roger von Oech’s post about innovation and its relationship to paradox. It seems that almost any factor of innovation can be considered a paradox. Last time I wrote about the paradox of slowing down to speed up. This time I’d like to consider being liberated by constraints. Generally speaking, most teams believe that constraints limit their ...

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Innovation and the Value of Brainstorming

You’ll occasionally see an article or blog post questioning the value of brainstorming as a tool to generate and improve the quality of innovative ideas. One criticism usually stems from the “poor” efficiency of brainstorming, since many ideas are generated which never get developed. This misconception is fostered by “rules” shared at the start of most brainstorming exercises stating “every ...

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Fortune Favors the Bold

Fortune favors the brave. My wife absolutely loves Planet Earth. We were watching a segment the other day that featured dolphins who managed to figure out how to hydroplane into water only a few inches deep, catching fish in the shallow water. Large fish had taken refuge from the dolphins in the shallow water, knowing that dolphins need deeper water ...

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Innovation Leadership Requirements – Creativity

I found it interesting yesterday to see that IBM’s Institute for Business Value, a think tank and research organization, has surveyed CEOs of major corporations to try to understand the key characteristics that leaders will need in the near future. I guess I should be more specific – I didn’t think it was interesting that they asked 1500 CEOs about ...

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7 Extreme Creativity Lessons from 'Cake Boss'

In the midst of a dreary day, we watched the Cake Boss marathon on TLC last Sunday. The show was fun and illustrated all kinds of extreme creativity ideas: 1. Shatter conventional definitions – The show is about cakes. But until Sunday, it never occurred to me a cake could be made from rice crispie treats, wood, screws, and PVC ...

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Observing – the Mother of All Discovery Skills

Observing is a critical skill for people willing to increase their innovation capability. It is critical because observing customers will reveal behavior patterns that they have unknowingly developed to compensate for some inconvenience that could be removed or for some unmet need to could be addressed more fully. Surveys and focus groups will reveal improvement opportunities that customers are conscious ...

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The Who What Why of Innovation

This problem analysis method examines an issue from twelve different viewpoints. It is based on the words of the poem by Rudyard Kipling: I keep six honest serving men, they taught me all I knew. Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who. We probe the topic using these questioning words from a positive ...

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101 CreativiTeas for the Knew Age

Face it. No matter how much we tell people there’s no such thing as a “magic pill,” we all want it. Well, I don’t have the magic pill, but I DO have something even better — a virtual potion that has the potential to free you up from mucho obstacles and activate your inner manifester. All you need to do ...

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