Tag Archives: Creativity

The Ideas Problem

The Ideas Problem - Innovation Excellence

Ideas are the problem. I suspect many of you have heard this statement as often as I have. It’s usually translated as “we don’t have enough ideas”. Yet when you dig beneath the surface, you find that the bald statement isn’t always as it first appears. In this post, I’d like to offer some different translations of “Ideas are the problem”.

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3 Innovation Lessons from Louis C.K.

Despite all the talk of disruption and rapid Fortune 500 turnover it can feel like the same old brands are touted as the titans of innovation year in and out. In this multi-part series I’ll look beyond the beloved behemoths and startup darlings to discover innovation inspiration in unlikely sources — NPR, opera & stand-up comedy.

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Why Being First is not Always an Advantage

Why Being First is not Always an Advantage - Innovation Excellence

As an investor, I often heard entrepreneurs claiming being first to market as an advantage. However, you must remember that Facebook wasn't the first social media platform, Apple didn't produce the first cellphone, and Dell didn't make the first PC. In fact, MySpace, Motorola, and IBM were the first in those fields.

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The Four Modes of Thinking and How They Impact Performance

Hi there, this is your brain speaking. Just wondering what thinking mode you are operating in today?  Seems simple, but it’s important to know what’s going on up there. Here’s why: Success in today’s hyper-competitive global economy depends on what’s happening upstairs in that frontal lobe of your brain where problem-solving, creativity and other cognitive functions take place. Our research with thousands ...

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Overcoming Innovation’s Roadblocks: Overlooked Assets

_____ Despite well-laid plans and big investment, most innovation is slow and unpredictable. How to make it faster and more efficient? Supercharge your ideas with the assets and capabilities you already possess.   This is the second piece in a multipart series on the Roadblocks to Innovation—where we’ll be providing real-world examples, actionable insights and practical tools that can help ...

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Innovation Culture Starts With YOU, Not Your Boss.

One of the most prominent organizational factors, if not the most prominent one, is autonomy. Studies showed a one-way relationship between autonomy and creativity. Employees need autonomy to be creative. They don't need the autonomy to decide which project to work on, but they must have the autonomy to decide how to execute the project.

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Thinking Outside The Box with Crowdsourcing

At our Industry and Research conference, I was asked by Sihem Jouini to define the 'unfair advantage' of Imagine with Orange, a platform dedicated to crowdsourcing innovative ideas. Jouini is Associate Professor and Director of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship major at HEC ExMBA, and a researcher in organizational design for innovation and creativity.

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