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Announcing Momentum Creative Problem Solving (MCPS)

Gregg Fraley

A highly creative new method for solving difficult problems. Accelerate the Momentum of Work and Life Projects With Focused Creativity. Three Oaks, Michigan, Wednesday April 21st, an announcement on International Creativity and Innovation Day. Everybody is creative.

To Innovate: Learn, Scaffold, Ideate

Gregg Fraley

Innovation is Learning. For many years I kept the concepts of innovation and learning in separate boxes. I thought innovation was creating new things of value, and, learning was understanding new things. I now believe that learning and innovation are joined at the hip. You can’t innovate without an exploratory learning process. Acquiring the knowledge necessary to innovate within a domain means learning. Learning and innovation are intertwined.

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Creative Problem Solving Process

InnovationTraining.org

Learn more about this CPS innovation methodology here. When it comes to developing innovative solutions to unique organizational challenges or your own life, using tried and true methods to brainstorm ideas and find the best possible solution can be a great way to achieve your goals.

80% Of Brainstorming Sessions Don’t Work

Gregg Fraley

80% Of Brainstorming Sessions Don’t Work. Seven Idea Generation Fails. Redefine Brainstorming and Get Better Results. I might be getting to old to hold back on saying this about ideation, aka idea generation, aka brainstorming. Based on my experience, about 80% of idea generation doesn’t work. Also partly because the lessons of how it ought to be done have simply never been learned. Brainstorming is all group work.

Get More Creativity Now

Gregg Fraley

Creativity is a Choice and a Habit. Join the Creative Flow Challenge. 11th — 18 Days to Creative Power. Learn How to Apply Creativity to All Your Projects. Yes, you can improve your creativity. Experienced “creatives” can up their game.

Accelerate Innovation — With Experiential Learning

Gregg Fraley

Experiential Learning Accelerates Innovation. New Study: Drawing is the Fastest, Most Effective Way to Learn. I read with interest an article stating that drawing accelerates learning. Using experiential learning tools like drawing isn’t really new in innovation process. Sunni Brown , Dave Gray , Dan Roam, and yours truly all use experiential learning tools in innovation projects. They don’t know how to scaffold a learning experience.

7 TENETS OF CREATIVE THINKING

Imagineer7

In school, we learn about geniuses and their ideas, but how did they get those ideas? What are the mental processes, attitudes, work habits, behaviors, and beliefs that enable creative geniuses to view the same things as the rest of us, yet see something different?

Tune-In To Taster Tools On Thursday

Gregg Fraley

The 30 minute weekly webinar features demonstrations of various facilitation tools for: strategy, challenge clarification, idea generation (aka brainstorming), problem framing, idea selection, innovation projects, and idea development, etc.

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Brainstorming with innovator Laurie Steiner

Betterific

In this installment of brainstorming with an innovator , we invite Laurie Steiner , who won our wireless innovation competition. I love doing these series, because we get to learn more about our members – what gets them going, why they do what they do, and how they come up with such creative ideas. See below to learn more about Laurie’s fascinating good deeds and how ADDHD is the secret sauce to her brainstorming. LS: I love ideas.

How to Run a Good Brainstorming Session

Rmukesh Gupta

As I always believe, learning happens best when people have a lot of fun while learning. We then retain a lot of what we learn in that setting. I am sure that everyone of us, me included, have at one point or other, been invited to join in a brainstorm to come up with ideas to solve a given problem. As a design thinking coach, I end up facilitating a lot of such brainstorms as it is one of the core steps in the problem solving approach. Crazy ideas.

SIMPLE WAYS TO INCREASE CREATIVITY IN YOUR ORGANIZATION

Michael Michalko

Simply put, the key to increasing creativity in any organization is to make it start acting like a creative organization. Similarly, you and your organization will become more creative if you start acting the part. Bright Ideas Notebook Present each person with a notebook.

Brainstorming with Innovator Thomas Williams

Betterific

In today’s installment of “Brainstorming with Innovator” we invite one of our most prolific and active members, Thomas Williams. Tom has been a member of the site for at least a year and since joining he has been a phenomenal source of innovation and a deep well of ideas. He has made a name for himself on the platform and is part of a unique and dynamic duo – his wife, Kelly Williams is just as creative and innovative.

SIMPLE WAYS TO INCREASE CREATIVITY IN YOUR ORGANIZATION

Imagineer7

Simply put, the key to increasing creativity in any organization is to make it start acting like a creative organization. Similarly, you and your organization will become more creative if you start acting the part. Bright Ideas Notebook Present each person with a notebook.

The One Question Innovation Culture Assessment

Gregg Fraley

If you listen, without judgment, you’ll learn. If you want to learn more about your innovation culture, look for evidence of a culture of humor. Self-expression is the faucet of creative thinking, and without creative thinking you won’t have much innovation. In the various types of innovation training that GFi (Gregg Fraley Innovation) does, it’s interesting that stop-action Improv scenes lead to amazingly effective brainstorming.

GFi Innovation — Fall Training Course Schedule

Gregg Fraley

Join us at Catalyst Ranch, a truly fun place to learn! Participants learn how to avoid classic pitfalls and adopt emerging advanced practices. The course covers management mandates, project cycles, resourcing, idea management systems, idea generation tools, concept development, prototyping, and pitch presentations. Experienced innovation professionals will learn new methods, tools, and concepts. It’s fall and it’s time to go back to school.

Could Repeated Practice Reduce Creativity?

Michael Roberto

The Contrasting Effects of Repeated Practice on Creativity." These scholars asked the question: "Could repeatedly 'exercising' the creativity muscle help build up creative performance over time?" brainstorming creativity design thinking teams

12X More Ideas Than Brainstorming for Any Innovation Need, Any Time, and For Any Business

Innovate2Grow Experts

You will get an overview of how you can consistently generate at least 12 X more ideas than brainstorming for any need, at any time, in any kind of business. Quantum Idea Generation 2.0 Here is what is in this blog: You will confidently know that there is a powerful alternative to traditional brainstorming. Quantum Idea Generation 2.0 produces 12 times more ideas than brainstorming. Quantum Idea Generation 2.0

Facilitation Works Miracles

Gregg Fraley

The client started by saying he wanted to do a brainstorming session. It wasn’t brainstorming that was needed. As it turns out the session was really more about idea development and elaboration. Of course this assumes that grey haired person has kept learning.

Projects Are How Innovation Happens

Gregg Fraley

Having beers and kicking ideas around are not innovation. Brainstorming sessions are not innovation. Idea Campaigns are not innovation. Creative Problem Solving is not innovation. Learn as you go and use the lovely techniques and concepts that best fit your organization. Monitor progress of the project cycles and expect to get pitched on various ideas. Projects, Projects, Projects. Innovation is complex and difficult — but one thing about it is not.

IDEATION 2020: Online Brainstorm Facilitation Coaching

Idea Champions

clear vision), Idea Champions is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new offering -- an elegant way for its time-crunched, Conducting Genius graduates to upgrade the quality and impact of their brainstorming sessions. Our 142-page brainstorm facilitation workbook.

Training is an Innovation Accelerant II

Gregg Fraley

When I step into a room to facilitate an innovation, strategy, or idea generation session I always find a great deal of energy. Yes, you can train people in creative thinking, Front-End-of-Innovation (FEI) frameworks, and in meeting facilitation. The research that says brainstorming doesn’t work studied groups with no training and no facilitator. You’ll see immediate results with creativity, innovation, and facilitation training.

In Defense of Brainstorming

Idea Champions

In the past few years I have noticed a curious trend in the media -- one I can no longer ignore -- and that is the appearance of seriously derisive articles about brainstorming by self-declared pundits and free lance writers. While the previous two quotes do have some degree of truth associated with them, likening a brainstorm session to a "crowd" is not only a poor choice of metaphors, it is patently untrue. or poorly facilitated brainstorming sessions don't work.

Why Do Some Brainstorming Sessions Suck?

Innovationship

9 BAD HABITS TO BREAK FOR BETTER IDEATION Time flies, seasons change, and before you know it, the annual barrage of articles trashing the validity of brainstorming is once again upon us. To argue that brainstorming doesn’t work is to simply ignore the thousands of amazing ideas and innovations that came to the world as a result of countless sessions of collaborative creativity that was, for all intents and purposes, brainstorming.

Get a Grip on Innovation — 10 Questions, 20 Minutes

Gregg Fraley

Twenty minutes to learn something and take action steps. If you think your current program is working, non-existent, or just a disaster — you will learn something by taking this quick survey. Were there any ideas or projects that seemed interesting but weren’t done due to perceived risk? Were there ideas or projects that seemed interesting but weren’t done due to lack of resources? Review the data the questions generated.

Creative Problem Solving Techniques Training

InnovationTraining.org

Explore creative problem solving techniques, activities, and articles. One such approach is creative problem solving, a methodology focused on divergent thinking. Learn more about this methodology and discover creative problem solving techniques, activities, and more articles to read below. . What is Creative Problem Solving? Creative problem solving (CPS) is a method that encourages you to find new perspectives and come up with innovative solutions.

Empower Operational Employees to Innovate

Gregg Fraley

Imagine the impact that basic training in Creative Problem Solving* and innovation concepts would have — more innovation across the entire value chain of the business. Companies are investing in innovation training, mostly learning frameworks like Lean, Agile, or Design Thinking. It’s almost as if creativity from operational employees is actively discouraged. The truth is, sometimes creativity is discouraged, because it’s perceived as a loss of control.

Mash-Ups for Innovation, a How To Guide

Gregg Fraley

If your looking for a quick way to jostle up fresh ideas, go with the simpler ones. It certainly doesn’t happen in most brainstorming sessions. Mash-Ups, in its various permutations, is a power tool and a fast path for combining disparate elements to creatively problem solve. An example is Janet Jackson’s “Got Till It’s Gone” (done with rapper Q-Tip) which creatively, and overtly, samples Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”. Breakthrough ideas are elusive.

IDEATION 2020: Online Brainstorm Facilitation for Purple Strategies

Idea Champions

clear vision), Idea Champions is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new offering -- an elegant way for its time-crunched, Conducting Genius graduates to upgrade the quality and impact of their brainstorming sessions. Our 142-page brainstorm facilitation workbook.

IDEATION 2020: Just-in-Time Brainstorm Facilitation Coaching

Idea Champions

clear vision), Idea Champions is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new offering -- an elegant way for its time-crunched, Conducting Genius graduates to upgrade the quality and impact of their brainstorming sessions. Our 142-page brainstorm facilitation workbook.

IDEATION 2020: Online, Just-In-Time Brainstorm Facilitation Coaching

Idea Champions

clear vision), Idea Champions is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new offering -- an elegant way for its time-crunched, Conducting Genius graduates to upgrade the impact of their brainstorming sessions. Choose from a series of 40 brainstorm facilitation modules.

GFi Innovation Public Training Course

Gregg Fraley

Participants learn classic pitfalls and how to avoid them using best practices and emerging advanced practices. In addition, it covers management mandates, project cycles, resourcing, idea management systems, idea generation, concept development, prototyping, and pitch presentations. Innovation team leaders and project managers learn what it takes to keep cycles spinning from year to year. More ideas, better ideas, and tools for amping and refining ideas.

How to Get a Quantity and Quality of Ideas That You Will Never Get From Innovation Brainstorming.

Innovate2Grow Experts

This is the second in a series of four blogs on Quantum Idea Generation 2.0. First, it is about innovation in its broadest meaning – whenever you need ideas to make something that exists better and/or to develop something entirely new. Second, I share with you the absolute best and most helpful innovation insights I’ve learned from a decades long career. Here is a brief review of Quantum Idea Generation 2.0.

Welcome to The Gold Standard of Brainstorm Facilitation

Idea Champions

Here's what Idea Champions' clients have to say about the value they've received from engaging our brainstorm facilitation services. Through your brainstorm facilitation, we gained more than 100 original ideas of high quality. As a result of Idea Champions' efforts we have implemented more than 250 value-added Big Idea projects." -- Joe Belinsky, Professional Development Manager, Goodyear Rubber and Tire. High Velocity Brainstorming.

15 WAYS TO JUMP-START YOUR CREATIVITY

Michael Michalko

. Simply put, the key to increasing creativity in any organization is to make it start acting like a creative organization. Similarly, you and your organization will become more creative if you start acting the part. Following are 15 suggestions to encourage you and your colleagues to start becoming more creative today. BRAINSTORMING BOARD. Put up a bulletin board in a central area and encourage people to use it to brainstorm ideas. IDEA LOTTERY.

MICRO-LEARNING for Innovators (in just 15 minutes per week)

Idea Champions

Which is precisely why my company, Idea Champions , is now offering Micro-Learning for Innovators , a cost-effective way to stir the innovation soup -- a virtual, self-organizing, just-in-time way to increase everyone's ability to be a proactive innovator on-the-job. TOPICS INCLUDE: Mindset, Culture of Innovation, Creative Thinking, Idea Generation, Brainstorm Facilitation, Storytelling, Leadership, Teamwork/Collaboration, Listening/Feedback, Problem Solving.

MICRO LEARNING for Innovators (in just 15 minutes per week)

Idea Champions

Which is precisely why my company, Idea Champions , is now offering Jump Starting Innovation , a cost-effective way to stir the innovation soup -- a virtual, self-organizing, just-in-time way to increase everyone's ability to be a proactive innovator on-the-job. You and I have a 15-minute phone conversation about WHY you want to raise the bar for innovation and creativity in your organization. NOTE: This is micro-learning, not head-banging. One of our micro-learning partner

Eleven Innovation Bullets to Dodge

Gregg Fraley

What You Should Be Learning in Innovation Training. Very few organization’s are any good at all at Brainstorming/Idea Generation. B to B organization’s need to learn what qualitative research is all about. B to C organization’s need to learn to interpret qualitative data more creatively. But you probably are not! Eleven Innovation Bullets to Dodge, in no particular order.

Naming Workshop

InnovationTraining.org

Create and choose the right name to define your idea, company, brand, product or service with a naming workshop. We can take our decades of experience to design an innovative learning and naming workshop experience just for your organization.

Innovation project or Innovation Capability?

Jeffrey Phillips

Innovation as a project Of course, almost all innovation is a project - starting with a specific need or desire to create a new product or service, or to generate new revenues or gain new market share.

Unleashing Wild and Wacky Ideas To Get Big Breakthrough Innovations.

Innovate2Grow Experts

While wild and wacky ideas might not be the winning ideas coming out of a Quantum Idea Generation 2.0 Creative Session you may not get those winning ideas unless they start as wild and wacky ideas. Here is a brief review of Quantum Idea Generation 2.0 Quantum idea generation produces at least 12 times more ideas than brainstorming. There are two major kinds of fears that can inhibit creativity.

How to Get More and Better Ideas From Both Left and Right Brain People for Any Innovation Need.

Innovate2Grow Experts

In any creative session you will have people who are left and right brain in the way they think and create. This blog addresses how you can get the best innovative ideas from both groups for any need, at any time, for any kind of business. Quantum idea generation – overview. Here is a brief review of Quantum Idea Generation 2.0. Some people believe that there are creative types and not creative types.

Idea Champions Helps All Kinds of People Originate Great Ideas

Idea Champions

Since 1987, Idea Champions has been helping a wide variety of forward thinking organizations tap into their innate creativity and originate breakthrough ideas. Through your brainstorm facilitation, we gained more than 100 original ideas of high quality.

The Power of Stimulus To Inspire Breakthrough Innovation Solutions.

Innovate2Grow Experts

Stimulus is the second of the four Quantum Idea Generation 2.0 elements we utilize in a creative session to generate at least 12 X more ideas than brainstorming – and a quality of ideas you will never get from brainstorming. Here is a brief recap of Quantum Idea Generation 2.0 Quantum idea generation produces at least 12 times more ideas than brainstorming.