Psychology

Innovation – Make It Someone Else's Problem

New research suggests that you are likely to be more creative when you imagine the problem is someone else’s instead of your own. Evan Polman and Kyle Emich describe their studies in their April 2011 article that support this conclusion. In one study, 262 participants were instructed to draw an alien for a story that they would write, or alternatively ...

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Innovation – For Tourists or Travelers?

“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” G. K. Chesterton The traveler strikes the right balance between the wanderer’s open-minded absence of direction, and the tourist single-minded destination focus. Like the tourist, the traveler knows the value of setting a direction and charting a course. Like the wanderer, the traveler knows the ...

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Having Hard Times? Well What’s Your Survival Guide?

I was looking through some ‘sage’ advice from McKinsey on managing in a crisis, in really hard times, and one really got me thinking, so I thought I’d share this. “Use the hard times to concentrate on and strengthen your competitive advantage. If you are confused about this concept, hard times will clarify it. Competitive advantage has two branches, both ...

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The Three C's of Innovation

During the monthly sales meeting, Arnold, a new Business Development Executive and something of a gadget freak suggested: “you know those hand-held devices the delivery people at UPS use to confirm receipt of your parcel? Wouldn’t it be cool if we had a device like that so we could take clients’ orders immediately and send them to production people? It ...

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Change Your Work

You are you, and work is work, but work must fit you, not the other way around. Yet we hose it up most of the time. Most of the time it’s: “improve your weaknesses” or “close your gaps”. Make no mistake, this is code for “change yourself so you fit our work.” I say we flip it on its head; ...

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Do you have an innovation edge?

One of my favorite quotes is by George Bernard Shaw. The quote concerns itself with progress: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him… The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself, therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” The problem with this formulation is that few people enjoy being unreasonable, and many of those that ...

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Becoming an Expert in Disaster Recovery

Or, How I Earned My Ph.D in Disaster Recovery over 7 Years If you’ve ever been to a live show of a famous act, say U2, it seems like they do everything perfectly and effortlessly. It turns out that even bands like U2 make mistakes. They just know how to cover them really well so that you don’t know you’re ...

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