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The lowest common denominator

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A camel is a horse designed by a committee. This is one of my favourite expressions about the danger of innovation in large organisations.

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The story of the Vasa, the innovative ship that sunk immediately

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What happens when the scope of a project is constantly changed? Well, usually complete and utter failure. In 1626, the King of Sweden Gustavus Adolphus was at war with Poland-Lithuania.

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Optimizing Your Work-From-Home Space for Creativity and Productivity

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Remote working is nothing new. It was already on the rise and has seen significant growth over the last several years. But, the COVID-19 pandemic sped up that process significantly. According to a FlexJobs survey , 65% of employees want to continue working from home even after the pandemic is over.

Podcast S5E114: Stefano Mastrogiacomo – High Impact Tools for Teams

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In today’s episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Stefano Mastrogiacomo. He is from Strategyzer and a Professor, as well as the author of High Impact Tools for Teams: 5 Tools to Align Team Members, Build Trust, and Get Results Fast .

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Is Your IoT Pilot in Danger?

Take our short quiz to determine if your IoT pilot is set up for success, or at risk of being delayed.

The 1950 speech that started creativity research

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Very rarely do we come across a specific moment where we can see an entirely new field of research begin.

Join me next week, 18th May, for a live “Ask Me Anything” session

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I don’t do very many mass-market public speaking engagements anymore. I am very picky about who I work with nowadays, and it is almost always just for private corporate or educational events. However, if you can build up trust with me, I will pay it back a thousand-fold.

Did these scientists just find the genes which allowed Humans to become creative?

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A fascinating new study could shed some light on the evolution of creativity in Homo Sapiens. The April 2021 publication Evolution of genetic networks for human creativity by Zwir, I., Del-Val, C., Hintsanen, M. et al.

Podcast S5E108: Dr Robert Alan Black – The history of creativity research

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In today’s episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with international creativity advocate Dr Robert Alan Black. We touch on his history working with the late, great Prof Paul E Torrance and speak about the history of creativity research.

It is impossible to please everyone

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Many creators think that the ultimate accolade is for their new idea, product or innovation to be universally loved. However, this is impossible. It is impossible to please everyone. Everyone is different. Everyone is human.

Podcast S5E111: David Robson – The Intelligence Trap

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Rightpoint Launches Cadillac's Reimagined In-Vehicle Experience

Every company is either an experience company today or will need to reinvent themselves to become one. Learn how Cadillac is using research, experience design and organizational change to deliver a next-generation user experience.

Stability

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What is more stable: A pure diamond or pure graphite? And what does this have to do with innovation?

Don’t believe everything you read on the internet

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There are at least 5 things wrong with this image. Can you spot all of them all? When it comes to spreading ideas, the internet can be a blessing and a curse.

People never think of improving something by removing parts of it

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When looking to improve something, it seems like people always want to add more. At least, this is what an interesting new piece of research by Adams et al suggests, just published in the journal Nature.

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Why physicists are excited about potentially being wrong

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Usually, people are terrified about being wrong. But based on a breakthrough announcement in particle physics, thousands of scientists are thrilled about the prospect of some of our most deeply held beliefs being proved wrong last week.

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Generative Design: A new form of computer creativity

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Up until recently, most of the things we bought were designed by humans. Cars, computers, cans, chairs and cathedrals. Everything could be traced back to an individual or team who set out to design products with the ideal the combination of form and function.

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How Micro-Innovations Can Drive Breakaway Results

How do micro-innovations affect businesses' way of thinking? Those small acts of 'everyday innovation' are the stuff of greatness. Download the eBook today to learn more about micro-innovations and how they have influenced some of the biggest companies to date.

Podcast S5E113: Pascal Guyon – The creative process of a #1 hit music producer

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In today’s episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with #1 hit music producer and composer Pascal Guyon about his creative process. Pascal has worked with music artists like Leona Lewis and Anthony Hamilton, as well as smaller groups like Jazz musicians in Cuba.

This new tool allows designers to create photorealistic 3D humans in less than an hour

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Epic are the makers of the videogame production software “Unreal Engine”, known for producing some of the best graphics in videogames (and recently, in films and TV shows as well).

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Helping Kids Foster and Keep Creativity

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For most kids, being creative and imaginative is no problem. It seems to come naturally through play, exploration, and curiosity. You can probably even remember back to your own childhood and how effortless it seemed to come up with creative, fresh ideas no matter what you were doing.

Podcast S5E112: Simon Hill – What’s new at Wazoku

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In today’s episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak once again with Simon Hill. The last time we spoke with Simon , he was the CEO of Wazoku. Since then, he has also taken over the Open Innovation platform Innocentive.

Leading Advertising and Analytics Company Outperforms With a Graph Database

Xandr, a division of AT&T, has built an identity graph that connects information on people, households, and more. The company is using this graph to provide advertisers an ability to deliver commercials more successfully than ever before. Learn more.

How big is your reject pile?

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People are so obsessed with getting the “right” ideas. Instead, it is often much more effective to just have LOTS of ideas. This makes the likelihood that at least some of those ideas will be of high quality significantly more likely.

How this 1976 French wine tasting disrupted an entire industry

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How sure are you that your products are better than the competition? How confident are you that your company will not be disrupted by a smaller competitor? This story shows how an entire industry was so convinced of their superiority that they weren’t even aware that they were being overtaken.

Why did Taylor Swift just re-record her chart-topping album?

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Taylor Swift is one of the world’s biggest music stars, having sold over 200 million records and receiving 11 Grammy awards. She is also respected for being a highly creative songwriter and performer.

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Podcast S5E109: Dorte Nielsen – Teaching creativity in Danish schools

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In today’s episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Dorte Nielsen, founder of the Centre of Creative Thinking in Denmark, and author of The Secrets of Highly Creative Thinkers. We speak about the successes and challenges she has had in bringing creativity into Danish classrooms.

Extending the Reach of HR: Supporting and Sourcing Remote Talent

Speaker: Karen Lim, Alliance Academy

The concept of Global HR is becoming more common as more companies become permanently remote. As companies expand their talent-bases beyond borders, HR reps will bear the responsibilities that come along with it. Adapting to different cultures, distances, and legal implications whilst preserving core company values is essential. Once you can do this, the world becomes your oyster. Join Karen Lim of Alliance Academy, and learn to thrive in a remote-first mindset.

You win or you learn

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There is a wonderful saying in the martial art of Jiu-Jitsu: There is no losing in Jiu-Jitsu. You win or you learn. This quote comes from one of the pioneers of Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, Carlos Gracie Sr. What I love about it is how succinctly it demonstrates the value in learning from trying new things.

The Art of Decision-making as an Innovation Leader

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As we all know, innovating and creating something new is usually seen, for good reason, as an important, yet highly risky endeavor. As such, innovation leaders are constantly under a lot of pressure from many different directions.

Survey shows the most important skills for 2025 will be creativity and innovation

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According to the new 2020 Future of Jobs report by the World Economic Forum, there will be an increasing demand for skills related to Innovation and Creativity between now and 2025.

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Fascinating idea: Would we buy carbon-neutral products if they were 2% more expensive?

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I just came across this fascinating TED video by Jens Burchardt , BCG’s global expert on climate impact and low-emissions technologies. In it, he shows how much more expensive it is to produce carbon-neutral commodities, like steel.

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5 Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

Vincent van Gogh quote on taking action

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“I tell you, if one wants to be active, one mustn’t be afraid to do something wrong sometimes, not afraid to lapse into some mistakes. To be good — many people think that they’ll achieve it by doing no harm — and that’s a lie, and you said yourself in the past that it was a lie.

Podcast S4E96: Jeff DeGraff – Mastering the 6 skills of the creative mindset

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In this episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we welcome back the Dean of Innovation, Dr Jeff DeGraff, who has worked with more than half of the Fortune 500 companies to improve their innovation programs. We speak about how to cultivate a creative mindset.

Podcast S4E94: Cyndi Burnett – Creativity in education

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In this episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Cyndi Burnett, Director at Creativityandeducation.com. We speak about what it takes to bring creativity into homes and classrooms.

Bill Gates talks about the Green Premium, and what innovations are going to save the planet

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Bill Gates is an icon of innovation.

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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

I shaved my head

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Nobody knows exactly what the future is going to look like. This is especially true in business , and one of the main reasons why it can be so hard to get buy-in for new ideas. But in some cases, we can see what is coming up on the horizon and prepare for it.

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Podcast S5E110: Jeff Wald – The End of Jobs

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In today’s episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with serial entrepreneur and investor Jeff Wald. Jeff’s most recent company, Work Market, an enterprise software platform that enables companies to manage freelancers was acquired by ADP in 2018.

Sarcasm can boost creativity in teams (well yeah, obviously…)

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“I was just being sarcastic” A dangerous statement in most workplaces, and often the sign of minor conflict between team members. It is often seen as being hostility disguised as humour.

This piece of digital art just sold for $69 million using NFTs

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The value of fine art has always been up for debate: It is worth what someone is willing to pay to hang it on their wall. But what if you bought a piece of art which didn’t even exist on canvas? If it was purely digital?

11 Ways to Make a Short Remote Design Thinking Project a Success

You can achieve a huge amount in a short period with a virtual design thinking project. While some teams want to come together for several weeks or months to tackle a challenge, others want to run short, sharp projects to find a quick solution. And with the right preparation, attitude, and structure in place, that's totally possible.To help make sure your short innovation projects are a success, download this free guide from the team at Sprintbase, a virtual design thinking platform, to learn their top tips.