Tag Archives: Creativity

Fatigue and Complacency: The Bane of Inspiration and Innovation

Oftentimes, an entrepreneur or an employee’s greatest strength also acts against them as their greatest weakness. While this duality isn’t always easily expressed, nowhere is it more apparent than in the budding, overzealous worker who burns bright, and then burns out. Workplace fatigue is a more persistent problem in the global economy than you might realize, leading to complacency and ...

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What is a Google Design Sprint?

Google Design Sprint

Five days for an innovation journey: is it speed or haste? Using the three basic premises of Design Thinking – Immersion, Ideation and Prototyping – and leveraging the creation of a multidisciplinary environment, Design Sprint is emerging as new way for accelerated innovation, where speed and innovation go hand in hand. Design Sprint is a smart track for fast experimentation: ...

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Is Business Killing Our Creative Spirits?

This week there was an article on INC. magazine that was wildly popular on social media. Elon Musk named his favorite books and there was only one business book out of 10. The rest were Science Fiction, Classics, Great Books. Many were surprised to learn that Musk finds inspiration in the arts and other fields and finds the canon of ...

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3 Reasons Children are More Creative Than Adults

The factor that affects team productivity and creativity is the ability to conduct constructive conflict. In turn, three other factors that affect that ability, which are strong in children, and disappears when they reach adulthood and the work environment. Natural selection For a team to be creative, members must get along. This cannot be forced by management, and if it is–it doesn’t work. Instead, they have ...

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Nurturing Innovation

Setting the preconditions for great results Have you heard a friend or colleague making fun of his/her superiors because they are doing something “stupid”? On the question “why don’t you suggest a solution?” you get an answer “they wouldn’t listen” or “they don’t care for my thoughts” or “let them do what they want!” This barrier between employees and the ...

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Ask “Should We” Not “Could We”

Desirability, Viability, Feasibility; the core tenets of Design Thinking, and oh, how the order matters! Every day, I work with engineers who are itching to build solutions to solve the problems they see. They love to create; in fact, you may say they were put on this earth for that very purpose. And then I come along, asking if they ...

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The prerequisites for trust in teamwork and creativity

Creative and collaborative teamwork will only take place if there is a high level of trust among team members. Trust allows members of the team to do three things that produce true collaboration. The first is to be vulnerable with each other, ask stupid questions, and propose stupid ideas. Without this vulnerability, team members are reserved and will keep ideas and insightful questions to ...

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Innovation and Strategy Need Opposite Types of Motivation

The proper motivation… For a long time it was accepted that incentives, and specifically financial incentives, would motivate any type of desired business behavior. In other words–everyone has a price. There are two main types of motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation comes from within the task itself, and directly by the value of the benefit from completing it. Extrinsic motivation has nothing to ...

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