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Dating Apps love Innovation

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Today some 40% of heterosexual couples and 60% of same-sex couples meet online according to a survey by sociologists Michael Rosenfeld and Sonia Hausen of Stanford University. [i] i] Dating apps have become the preferred way to meet for people wanting relationships.

Status Bias Inhibits Innovation

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Status bias is the term used to describe the unfortunate fact that communications such as ideas, proposals and papers are often judged not on their merits but on the status of the originator.

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Trust the Customers, Not the Experts

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Rob Law and Trunki. Rob Law studied Product Design at Northumbria University. One of his course assignments in 1997 was to come up with a new design for luggage. He did some research by going to a local department store.

Where do Innovative Ideas Come From?

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Cities around the world suffer from a common problem – a shortage of affordable, decent quality housing.

The Real Cost of an Effective Learning and Development Program

Speaker: Cara North - Learning & Development Consultant, Speaker, & Researcher | Maggie Quigley - Senior Account Executive for US Market Userlane

In this webinar, L&D professionals Cara North and Maggie Quigley will discuss the various factors affecting training, and how you can stretch your budget to create an effective L&D program.

Find a New Way to Show the Facts

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Joseph Priestley (1733 – 1804) was an English polymath, philosopher, educator and scientist who is most famous for his discovery of Oxygen. In 1765 he published a “Chart of Biography” to accompany a series of history lectures. It showed the lives of famous people as lines on a chart.

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How can we Combat the Peter Principle?

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Laurence Peter (1919-1990). The Peter Principle was expounded in the 1969 book of this name by Canadian educator, Laurence J. Peter. It states that people in a hierarchy tend to rise to their level of incompetence.

Eight Companies that Switched What They Did

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Peter Drucker famously said, “Every organisation must prepare for the abandonment of everything it does.” Here are examples of eight successful companies which switched from one activity to another in order to meet a customer need.

The Five People you Need in Your Life

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Vidusha. Vidusha Nathavitharana is an author and trainer on leadership issues. He argues that you need five key people in your close circle. A Supporter. This is someone who believes in you and likes you. They are generally positive and supportive about your plans and ambitions.

Most Creative TV Ads of 2021

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Advertising is creativity in action. How can you make beer or ketchup or vaccination topical, relevant and fascinating? The clever people at advertising agencies do some lateral thinking and keep coming up with creative ideas. Here are my top six favourites from 2021 on Youtube.

Avoid Addition Bias – Crop the Photo

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Image by Daniel Kirsch on Pixabay. Have you noticed that almost every photo that you take with your camera or mobile phone can be improved by cropping? As we take away extraneous background details, we bring the subject into clearer view.

Product Market Fit: A Lesson from Sephora’s Head of Product

Speaker: Sneha Narahalli - VP, Head of Product at Sephora

In this webinar, Sneha Narahalli, Head of Product at Sephora (Digital, Data & MarTech), will give you an iterative method for identifying and developing Product Market Fit.

Five Reasons Why You Should Think Like a Criminal

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Image by Ryan McGuire on Pixabay. Have you seen the movie, The Day of the Jackal? In this 1973 film directed by Fred Zinnemann, Edward Fox plays a professional assassin, the “Jackal”, who is hired to assassinate French president Charles de Gaulle.

Get Someone Else to Do the Work

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Mark Twain. One of the most famous scenes from Mark Twain’s book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, is when Tom has to whitewash a fence as a punishment. His friend Ben Rogers comes along to ridicule him about having to work.

A Lateral Puzzle that Will Have You Stumped

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You are shown into a darkened room and seated in front of a table. You are told that there are 32 coins on the table, 12 are heads up and 20 are tails up. You cannot see anything in the dark. You can touch the coins but you cannot tell which show heads and which show tails.

How to Give Bad News

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Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay. Every organisation faces crises. Sometimes these can be existential and only drastic action can deliver survival. Sooner or later every senior manager has to give bad news to their team.

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Boost Creativity by Thinking in Pictures

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Image by Levelord on Pixabay. Please try these little thinking exercises: a) Recite a line from a poem – any line, any poem. b) Sing along in your head to a tune you heard recently. c) Calculate 60% of (4 + 7 +9). d) Remember a scene from a film and give it a different ending.

Supply Chain Strategy (And Why Yours Isn't Working)

Speaker: Michelle Meyer, Founder and CEO of MatterProviders

Michelle Meyer is here to walk you through the future of supply chain strategy, and why your current approach is probably not working. In this exclusive webinar, she will explore ways to develop and perfect your new supply chain strategy in this post-pandemic era of uncertainty.

If You Want to be More Creative, Mix With More Creative People

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According to Jim Rohn, you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. The people you associate with help shape what you think and who you are. We tend to congregate with friends who are like us in background, interests, education, attitudes and opinions.

Six Reasons Why You Should Post Articles on LinkedIn

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LinkedIn is the primary social media platform for business professionals. Your profile is important but so is your activity. There are several benefits in posting articles on LinkedIn (LI). 1. It demonstrates your expertise.

Sixteen Sci-Fi Predictions Which Came True

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We tend to think that it is difficult to predict the future because it is. Who forecast 9/11 or Covid? Where are the flying cars, paperless offices and 2 day working weeks that we were promised?

The Accidental Innovation

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Thomas Sullivan was a tea merchant in New York. In 1908 he despatched to customers samples of tea leaves in small silken sachets for them to try. Some people thought that the sachets were to be used like metal infusers.

New Ways to Reach, Influence, and Close More Deals with Intent Data

Speaker: Ardath Albee, B2B Marketing Strategist and CEO of Marketing Interactions

Acting on intent data when applied to buyer context can be a game-changer for gaining attention by increasing relevance, which drives purposeful engagement toward purchase. But all intent data is not the same. In this webinar, learn the difference between interest and intent, and the best ways to use the right data.

Ten Ways to Develop Logical Thinking, Ten Ways to Develop Lateral Thinking

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Image by Elisa Riva on Pixabay. Here are ten ways to develop your logical thinking skills. Play chess. Solve soduko puzzles. Make lists, analyse your work, break it down into smaller tasks. Learn problem analysis methods such as six sigma and why, why. Learn critical path methods. Study Mathematics.

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Great Innovators Quiz

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Test your knowledge of great thinkers and innovators with this short quiz. Scottish doctor who opposed conventional medical practice and pioneered antiseptic surgery. The woman who is the only person to win Nobel prizes in two different sciences.

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Experiment, Experiment, Experiment

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Here is a question for leaders and managers. Would you like your people to try out their ideas for better ways to meet the needs of customers or better ways to run the business?

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A Lateral Music Album

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Vulfpeck. Vulfpeck is an American funk band based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was founded in 2011 by Jack Stratton. The band wanted to organize a tour for their small but loyal fan base. The problem was that they had no money to fund the costs of the tour.

Gain a Competitive Edge: The Importance of a Supplier Diversity Program

Speaker: Rod Robinson, SVP of the Supplier Diversity Practice, Insight Sourcing Group

In this exclusive webinar, Rod Robinson, SVP of the Supplier Diversity Practice Lead & Center of Excellence at Insight Sourcing Group, dives into the key benefits corporations are seeing emerge from their supplier diversity programs, and how you can gain unique competitive advantages with a supplier diversity program of your own.

Ten Tips on How to Approach a Difficult Conversation

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Sometimes you have to have a difficult conversation. You may have to reprimand someone, fire someone, end a relationship or tell bad news. Most people approach these interactions with trepidation. Let’s look at a couple of bad approaches and then some tips on how to do it better.

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How Open-Minded Are You? Quick Quiz.

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Image by Mohamed Hassan on Pixabay. Almost everyone considers that they are open-minded and receptive to new ideas. But in reality it is very easy to fall into a rut where we cling to our own entrenched concepts of the world and subconsciously reject notions which might disturb our views.

The Power of the Outsider Mindset

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Elon Musk. What do the following people have in common? Levi Strauss, Henry Ford, Estee Lauder, Walt Disney, Elon Musk, Arianna Huffington, Sergey Brin? They are all famous entrepreneurs who founded successful new businesses. But also they are all immigrants or the children of immigrants.

Find a Local Solution to a Local Problem

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Arunachalam Muruganantham was born in 1961 in Coimbatore, India. His parents were poor hand-loom weavers. The family was pushed into penury when his father was killed in a road accident. At 14, Muruga (as he is known), dropped out of school.

Shaping the Future: Product Strategy in the Age of Uncertainty

Speaker: William Haas Evans - Principal Consultant, Product Strategy Practice Lead, Kuroshio Consulting

In this webinar, we'll explore product strategy obstacles and present practices to overcome them while driving clarity and alignment across your executive team.

A Remote Innovation Brainstorm Method

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Gibbard and Tamborello. In 2001 two musicians, Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tambrello, wanted to collaborate on some new compositions. The problem was that they lived hundreds of miles apart at opposite ends of America’s west coast.

Five Lateral Thinking Hacks

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….that you can make you a smarter problem solver. Image by Elisa Riva on Pixabay. Edward de Bono was a thinker and writer whose recent passing is a great loss. He coined the phrase lateral thinking in contrast to the conventional, routine thinking that we use every day.

Write Your Future News Report

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Image by Neven Divkovic from Pixabay. If you are planning a major change, a big initiative, a new product launch or something really innovative then try writing a future news story. Imagine that the project has been a surprisingly big success.

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The Eight P Plan for Success

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Let’s say that you are overloaded, overworked and under pressure. You are struggling to cope. This could be at a personal level with private projects or it could be at work where your team is having difficulties with business challenges. Try this eight point plan which will help you. Pause.

Discover the Secrets to Creating More Meaningful Training Experiences

Speaker: David Kelly - CEO The Learning Guild & Luke Talbot - Chief Product Officer at Userlane

During this webinar, you will learn how to streamline your software training, boost ROI for your systems, and increase employee productivity.

Online Courses to Grease the Gears of your Brain

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As an author and trainer, I have run master classes around the world on lateral thinking and innovation. I have now created a number of online courses to help you acquire skills in these areas. Please take a look at these courses. Master Lateral Thinking. Problem Analysis Tools and Techniques.

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Fly, Crash, Adapt

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Paul MacCready. Paul MacCready (1925 – 2007) was an aeronautical engineer and inventor of the first human-powered aircraft. MacCready was born in Connecticut to family of doctors. He was fascinated by engineering and airplanes from a young age. At 15 he won a national model building contest.

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The Double-Handed Approach to Innovation

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Most new products and services are developments or combinations of existing offerings. But just adding features can lead to a product overloaded with ‘feature bloat’ Instead try giving with one hand and taking away with the other.

Strictly for English Grammar Nerds

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An Oxford comma walks into a bar where it spends the evening watching the television, getting drunk, and smoking cigars. A dangling participle walks into a bar. Enjoying a cocktail and chatting with the bartender, the evening passes pleasantly. A bar was walked into by the passive voice.

Secure Your Supply Chain: How to Build Resiliency for the Future

Speaker: Bart Huthwaite, Principal, RSM, Operations and Supply Chain

In this webinar, Bart Huthwaite will explore best practices in building and improving supply chain resilience for a successful and productive future.