29 Innovation Activities for Your Next Ideation

Innovation Excellence

I often get asked what activities a team should do in ideation to get better results and keep it fun. While there's a limitless list of possibilities that need to be tailored to each innovation challenge, I do have some favorites.

How to Improve Your Next Brainstorming Session

IdeaScale

Brainstorming sessions sound like a great idea, especially for breaking out of creative ruts, but too often brainstorming fizzles out. The main reason for this is that organizations don’t actually use any of the ideas that come out of brainstorming sessions.

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How to Run a Good Brainstorming Session

Rmukesh Gupta

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. Irrespective of the cohort that I am working with, there are a few questions that typically come up every time I facilitate a brainstorming session.

3 Innovation Specialists Busting the Myth About Brainstorming

Innovation in Practice

When thinking about creativity in teams, we often imagine a bunch of people in front of a flipchart throwing on the paper whatever comes to their mind – brainstorming. But, what actually is brainstorming? This is how Mark McGuinness defines the term: “‘Brainstorming’ is such a common word that it’s often used to describe any meeting or conversation designed to generate ideas. Don’t criticise – it will dampen peoples’ enthusiasm and kill their creativity.

Innovation Training Under Utilized

Gregg Fraley

Teams and work groups don’t know how to be collaborative. Yes, you can train people in creative thinking, Front-End-of-Innovation (FEI) frameworks, problem solving, and meeting facilitation. You’ll see immediate results with creativity, innovation, and facilitation training.

4 Team values to build a culture of innovation [with video]

Be-novative

Since Pris, CEO and founder of Be-novative graduated as a psychologist, she often speaks about the psychological factors of how to build an innovation culture every day. In fact, these 4 values we share within our team, Be-novative as well, since the time our startup was founded.

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How to Run a Hackathon that Spurs Real Innovation

IdeaScale

Assemble teams that encourage mixing and working with new people. Otherwise, it’s the same work teams in a different environment, which makes genuinely new ideas less likely to emerge. Prepare brainstorming exercises in advance so that your hackathon team can hit the ground running. During the hackathon itself, teams create the magic and innovation, and it is the most exciting and creative phase.

WANT TO LEAD A GOOD MEETING? Begin with Facilitative Presence!

Idea Champions

These meetings have been variably referred to as leadership development programs, creative thinking trainings, innovation workshops, team building off sites, brainstorming sessions, strategic planning pow wows, senior team retreats, annual conferences, and business simulations.

The Final Day of WOIC 2014

Open Innovation

He also provided numerous examples of Japanese (and one Chinese) companies that empowered workers to enable their creativity and knowledge creation abilities. It seems to be a common team-building formula — except that (beyond Finland) the spa/sauna element is rarely used.

WANT TO LEAD A GOOD MEETING? Begin with Facilitative Presence!

Idea Champions

These meetings have been variably referred to as leadership development programs, creative thinking trainings, innovation workshops, team building off sites, brainstorming sessions, strategic planning pow wows, senior team retreats, annual conferences, and business simulations.