Should the Manager be in the Ideation Meeting?

Innovation Excellence

You want to hold a meeting with your team in order to generate some really creative ideas. Build Capability Case Study Creativity Innovation Brainstorm deference facilitator ideation manager nominal pass the parcel Present

An Ideation Exercise

Innovation Excellence

Continue reading → Creativity Innovation innovative thinking michael graber Southern Growth StudioOne generative exercise for any CPG company to explore growing market share is hold a session where a team role-plays a wide array of alternative revenue models for a particular brand.

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Paris Accenture Innovation Center: Creativity on starting-blocks

Innovation Excellence

In a nutshell, a dizzying innovation team, acting in a tremendous place for creativity! Build Capability Creativity Experience Innovation Innovation Inspiration 3D Printing Accenture Albane Liger belair Big Data ideation innovation center Paris Prototype

As the Manager, should you be present in the Brainstorm meeting?

Destination Innovation

You want to hold a meeting with the team you manage in order to generate some really creative ideas. With you there, it is very hard for your team to switch from normal meeting mode to creative brainstorm mode.

Creative Thinking Skills and Place with Chuck Dymer at The IdeaLoft


Chuck has been an incredible influence on my career, especially as it comes to creative thinking skills. Chuck was the first person I heard deliver an in-depth presentation on creative thinking skills. Creative Thinking Skills and Place with Chuck Dymer.

Accenture Innovation center, creativity on starting-blocks

Rapid Innovation in digital time

In a nutshell, a dizzying innovation team, acting in a tremendous place for creativity! Continue reading → Creativity Innovation Rapid Innovation Unit 3D Printing Accenture Albane Liger belair Big data ideation Innovation Center Paris PrototypeWhat is the Paris Accenture Innovation Center ? Albane Liger Belair, Accenture Paris Innovation Center Director, kindly walked me through this amazing space.

Creative Quickies – Taking Both Business Strategy Paths at Once


When we started developing our varied extreme creativity questions and exercises to drive bolder business strategy, however, one of the approaches was to actively consider that an organization isn’t going to make choices.

Innovation Strategy – 6 Ideas Better than “Clean Sheet of Paper” Creativity


“Let’s start with a clean sheet of paper to boost creativity.”. We listened to the rationale for adopting an innovation strategy based on broad creative freedom. You’ve been thinking a clean sheet of paper innovation strategy maximizes creativity.

Boost Your Creative Output By Working in Small Teams

Innovation in Practice

That's a huge boost to your creative output. When you start an ideation session with your colleagues, first have everybody in the room stand up, then ask them to find a partner, but ask them to find a colleague that they normally don't work with.

5 Ways to Fail at Innovation


Recognize that best practices of innovation are different from how you’re used to working, and force your team to learn the real tricks of the trade – Discovery, Lean Startup, Ideation, Creative facilitation, Design Thinking, etc. Most innovators are optimists.

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Interview Jeffrey Baumgartner: How to get one amazing idea

Idea to Value

It was based on the following ‘rules’ to encourage ideation as a large group, some of which have since been disproven by scientific studies: Welcome unusual ideas: No problem with this. Innovation act anti conventional thinking brainstorming creative jeffrey jeffrey baumgartner

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Why Risk Innovation?


They have the resources to invest in prioritizing innovation in the company, to hire smart, creative and innovative people, to explore innovative ideas , and to fail. Download our free State of Startup/Corporate Collaboration 2016 report today.

Know Your Brain Type and Get More Ideas

Innovation Excellence

Continue reading → Build Capability Cognition Creativity Uncategorized Brain Assessment Brain Exercises brainstorming ideation Quatnum Idea GenerationThis is another article about Quantum Idea Generation a process proven to generate at least 12 X more ideas than brainstorming.

Innovation is Potent Leadership

Idea to Value

You can’t outsource the important things. After working with more than 100 clients, we have noted one of the most critical factors in the success of an innovation project: if you outsource all of the work on your innovation projects, they will fail. It doesn’t matter if you use our humble Studio or a 7-figure firm from Palo Alto or London. Many good innovation firms can generate consumer insights and craft a winning portfolio of concepts that have the nature to change your top-line growth.

How and Why You Want to Strip Great Ideas of their Identity

Innovation Excellence

Drew Boyd shares examples and strategies for boosting creative output and idea generation in the workplace. Continue reading → Build Capability Innovation Leadership People & Skills Processes & Tools collaboration Creativite Output ideation Innovation Teams Workplace Innovation

Creative Quickies – Delivering the Brand Promise No Competitor Does


The right combination of outside perspectives and productive strategic thinking exercises enables your brand to ideate, prioritize, and propel innovative growth. Brainzooming - All Posts Branding Creative Quickies Innovation Strategic Thinking Tools brand promise

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Product Naming 101

Innovation Excellence

Creativity ideation michael graber product innovation Southern Growth StudioIf you ask business experts what is the most fundamental ingredient in a successful product launch, you may hear three things: distribution, quality, or pricing.

Innovation Fertility


It is the creative use of the collected data, not just the ideas themselves, which raises the game – which we refer to as ‘innovation fertility’. There are many ways to use ideation and innovation initiatives to assess your organization’s innovation fertility.

Invest in Innovation Skill Building

Gregg Fraley

I thought by this year in history (2016) everyone in the business world would have a clue as to how to do ideation (aka brainstorming) properly. Well for one, groups I’ve witnessed routinely start ideation with vague questions — which pretty much dooms the session.

Design Thinking as Worldview

Innovation Excellence

In brief, the phases include empathy, define, ideation, prototyping, testing and storytelling. Change Creativity Design Experience Innovation Innovation Art Design Thinking Design Your Life michael graber Science Southern Growth Studio

Innovation Facilitator Tool Kit

Gregg Fraley

I am sometimes asked what a Facilitator should have in their kit bag. Here’s my answer — the Innovation Facilitator Tool Kit list. The items are below in bold. Many have links to where you can source the materials.

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Innovation Goes Beyond Bright Ideas


Innovation goes beyond bright ideas by combining processes with creative minds to breathe life into something that makes life easier, days brighter, and helps organizations get closer to their goals. Ideation is a necessary step in the innovation process , but it’s only one step.

Growing Together – Synthetic Teamwork

Innovation Excellence

Mintzberg draws a definitive line between those that create strategy and those that devise the plan, Innovation Leadership Management Creativity ideation michael graber Southern Growth Studio Strategic PlanningIn Henry Mintzberg’s 1994 landmark book, The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning, the author calls for a new method to create effective strategies. He notes that, “Strategic planning isn’t strategic thinking. One is analysis, the other is synthesis.”

Ten Simple Ways to Establish a User Friendly Ideation Process

Idea Champions

The countless ways in which your company's "ideation process" routinely springs leaks. Highly creative people have a tendency to avoid "process" like the plague, turning a blind eye to anything that requires them to pay attention to an "organized approach".

How Can You Make Your Next Brainstorming Session Rock

Rmukesh Gupta

Prime for Creativity. People are generally not in mindset to be creative. We need to get them to a mindset where they can be creative, if our purpose is to get the most creative ideas that are possible. Start by using humour (watch a funny, yet creative video).

Turning Good Ideas into Great Products

Innovation Excellence

One innovation method is to invite customers (in a B-2-B situation) or consumers (in a B-2-C scenario) into the creative process with you. Continue reading → Innovation co-creation Creativity innovative thinking michael graber Prototyping Southern Growth Studio

Fast Company’s Brainstorming Fail

Gregg Fraley

Osborn didn’t invent a technique at all, he developed a framework (with Sid Parnes) called “CPS” — more formally known as Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem Solving. Fast Company Article “Brainstorming is Dumb” Misses the Point.

Good Manners and Innovation

Innovation Excellence

Worse, meetings around ideation or innovation sour when there is lack of good manners. Continue reading → Innovation Creativity innovation process michael graber Southern Growth Studio

10 Ways to Improve Your Company's Broken Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Which is why I just deleted the first four compelling, context-setting paragraphs to this blog post and will now simply cut to the chase: Your company's "ideation process" is either non-existent, seriously flawed, or a joke. Well, this phenomenon also applies to a company's ideation process.

Where Great Ideas Come From

Innovation in Practice

That template helped structure her thinking in a way that made her more creative. Interestingly, most creative people don't want you to know they use templates. It seems to take away from their creative genius, when in fact templates make them more creative.

Innovation Implementation: Organizational Culture of Fear and Innovation Assassination

Idea to Value

After all, innovation without implementation is mere ideation. One practical step an organization can take to promote risk-taking among their employees is to encourage “creative error.”. Finally, at the other end of the error spectrum, is a type of error known as “creative errors.”. Creative errors happen due to changing market circumstances, calculated risks and rewards, and bad timing.

Top 10 Innovation Links for the Week of 1.15.16

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The skinny: Dyan Jones-Evans discusses the late David Bowie’s legacy of innovation and creativity, which has had an amazing impact in so many ways during the last half a century. CIOs turn focus to driving innovation and change in 2016. 9 TED Talks to Kickstart Your Creativity.

Got a Great Idea? Don't Take Credit For It

Innovation in Practice

The same holds true in creativity. You can boost the creative out put of your team just by making sure these ideas don't get thrown out prematurely. You'll boost you're creative output at work by making sure good ideas don't get thrown out too quickly.

To Successfully Implement Innovation in Business, You Must Fight Organizational Culture of Fear and Innovation Assassination

Idea to Value

Specifically, the blog discussed that one practical step an organization can take to promote risk-taking among their employees is to encourage “creative error.”. In this instant blog, you will learn that encouraging creative error is just one of the ways an organization can fight back (victoriously!) An organization-wide climate of innovation “can only thrive when every aspect of the organization promotes the creativity, engagement, and acceptance of change that is required.

Why You Need to Defer Judgment During the Ideation Phase of a Brainstorming Session

Idea Champions

Big thanks to Val Vadeboncoeur, Idea Champions' Director of Training, for this timely article on the importance of deferring evaluation during the ideation phase of a brainstorming session. The same goes for the creative act of brainstorming.

Strategic Thinking Exercise – 17 Questions to Find Innovation Case Studies


The right combination of outside perspectives and productive strategic thinking exercises enables your brand to ideate, prioritize, and propel innovative growth.

Innovation Strategy Power Tools

Gregg Fraley

Are you sorting through plans for year-end strategy and ideation sessions? IdeaKeg is also useful in ideation itself, it’s a great stimulus tool. Doing Mash-Ups with creative consumers leads to interesting, and yes, out-of-the-box ideas. Challenge Mapping & IdeaKeg.

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Diversity: A Driver of Innovation

Innovation in Practice

But appearances aren't the only way we differ, it's the unique views and backgrounds that we bring that can help you boost your creativity at work. Diversity is a driver of creativity. Diversity is a driver of creativity. And it helps you boost your creativity at work.

The Power and Importance of Integrated Learning in Organizations


Some people, often the very naturally creative people, view this investment not as a burden, but largely as a pleasure; they like to think hard, and for a […]. Creativity and Ideation Innovation

Strategic Thinking Exercises – Doing the Impossible with Nothing?


That would definitely take extreme creativity ! On Easter Sunday 2016, Mother Mary Angelica, the Foundress of the EWTN Network, the Catholic media organization , passed away at the age of 92. A New Add to Our Extreme Creativity Strategic Thinking Exercises.

6 Steps to Getting Executive Buy-In for a Crowdsourced Innovation Program

Planview Spigit

From vehicle manufacturer, Polaris, leveraging its employees’ creativity to out-innovate the likes of Harley Davidson, to the UNHCR changing the lives of millions of refugees through crowdsourcing ideas. In other words, target your ideation challenges on critical improvement areas (e.g.

Customer Experience Strategy – Brand Expectations and Experience


The right combination of outside perspectives and productive strategic thinking exercises enables your brand to ideate, prioritize, and propel innovative growth. I fielded a request for a few ideas on social engagement for an upcoming eBook an online company is creating.

30 Barriers to Innovation Plus “Lamination Is Forever” at Little Caesars


The right combination of outside perspectives and productive strategic thinking exercises enables your brand to ideate, prioritize, and propel innovative growth. Brainzooming - All Posts Branding Creativity Implementation Innovation Performance Strategy Tools innovation strategy

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