7 Idea Generation Hacks to Spur Innovation

IdeaScale

Where do you get your ideas?” Here are a few idea generation hacks to help with your approach. List Out Assumptions It is incredibly easy to get lost in your own assumptions, so take a breath and write out the assumptions that are driving any idea. Change The Medium Instead of writing out ideas, try diagramming them on paper, or begin drawing to express your approach. There’s no one road to creativity.

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. It doesn’t matter if you think you’re creative or not.

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Creativity Is Where Innovation Starts

Gregg Fraley

Creative Thinking Can Be Trained. Train Creativity First, Innovation Next . My new message about innovation is — get back to basics first — and that means the spark of it all, creativity. Yes, I’m an innovation writer, trainer, and consultant, AND, without a creative culture you’re building innovation on a mound of sand. With creativity activated, facilitators like me help others innovate, using advanced frameworks and tools.

How to Harness Chance to Boost Creativity

Destination Innovation

Tips on how to introduce random stimuli into your idea generation processes. This is a video lecture from my new online course Boost Your Personal Creativity. The post How to Harness Chance to Boost Creativity appeared first on Destination Innovation. Creativity boost your personal creativity chance creativity imagination random random input stimuliIncludes some very handy internet sites.

Measuring Innovation Performance

led to the number of novel ideas generated per 100 employees or the. ect of culture on creativity, organizations have their own ways of de?ning performance measures of innovation, it is important to know HOW INNOVATION HAPPENS Good ideas can come from anywhere. s areHow realistic they are The more diverse the source of ideas, the more superior. and varied the idea quality. Better employee engagement and cross-functional collaboration spawn better ideas.

The Innovation Hotline: How Colruyt Group is Championing Intrapraneurship with Collaborative Idea Generation

Qmarkets

Its rapid expansion from a small, family-run wholesale goods business in 1928 into a multinational conglomerate with 30,000 employees, can be attributed in part to the creative – and ingenious – ways it has crowdsourced ideas from employees. We form the ‘Centre of Excellence’ for idea management at the company. We also run workshops offline to generate new ideas for company improvements, as well as enrich them.

Podcast S4E91: Dave Birss – How to bring creativity into remote working

Idea to Value

In this episode of the Idea to Value, we speak with Dave Birss. Dave is a musician, educator, author and facilitator with a focus on improving creativity. We speak about how to keep up creativity in the times of remote working, and how to think laterally to live consciously again.

Ten Ways to use Lateral Thinking for Creative Problem Solving

Destination Innovation

Short video with ten tips and techniques to help you use lateral thinking for idea generation and creative problem solving. The post Ten Ways to use Lateral Thinking for Creative Problem Solving appeared first on Destination Innovation. Brainstorming and Ideation de bono lateral thinking problem solving random word reverse the problem scamper six hats subconscious video

The Shining Digital City On the Hill

Gregg Fraley

The team cranked out 320 ideas, wrote up 20 as elaborated concepts with mini-plans, and we roadmapped innovation projects for the next three years. Digital Technology Remains An Unharvested Field.

The Case of the Stolen Idea

Innovation Excellence

What happens when your idea is stolen? You have an idea. Your great, wonderful idea which is the best thing anyone has heard in years or centuries… As many other innovators, you explain your idea to your friends, colleagues or superiors trying to get funding or valuable feedback. Creativity Innovation idea generation

Double Down on Digital Tech Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Essentially it’s a visual tool for coming up with project ideas. Adjust Innovation Project Roadmaps Now. Fraley Oracle Predictions for 2020 & 2021. Like everyone else innovators have been thrown a loop during Covid19.

What is Total Innovation Management? Achieving Excellence from Idea Generation to Implementation

Qmarkets

Each is invited to feel a separate part of the creature to get an idea of its shape. To achieve this, companies must communicate a clear innovation strategy to employees, break down departmental silos, and give employees a means to submit their ideas. Amplify Idea Generation You can’t address the question ‘what is total idea management’ without emphasising the importance of crowdsourcing ideas.

Know Your Brain Type and Get More Ideas

Innovation Excellence

This is another article about Quantum Idea Generation a process proven to generate at least 12 X more ideas than brainstorming. In previous articles, I've addressed the first two of four Quantum Idea Generation elements – diversity and stimulus. Continue reading → Build Capability Cognition Creativity Uncategorized Brain Assessment Brain Exercises brainstorming ideation Quatnum Idea Generation

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.

Purpose Driven Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Energized idea generation about potential projects (that is, what projects might we do?). Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Creativity and Self-Expression Guerilla Innovation Idea Generation Innovation Leadership Training brand purpose Creativity Gregg Fraley Innovation Speaker innovation frameworks innovation projects Innovation Road-map Innovation Roadmap Kathleen Curtis Wolfe brand purpose expert organizational purpose problem framing project scheduling projects Purpose strategy

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Five Innovation Workshop Questions

InnovationManagement

There are a lot of best practices that we recommend to our customers: start with the end in mind, adopt criteria to drive ideation, use at least seven channels to communicate with your end user, respond to ideas with positive feedback and questions. But there’s another piece of simple advice that we give to all of our customers when they’re preparing an innovation challenge: seed your community with a few ideas before you launch.

Seven Ways to Prepare for Effective Brainstorming

Gregg Fraley

Ideas are still needed to fill pipelines! There is not enough mental preparation done with participants before brainstorming/idea generation sessions. Start thinking of idea generation as a project that takes a few weeks, not a one day session. Fresh combinations of concepts are what creates breakthrough ideas. If this is done, the brain will make fresh combinations and innovative ideas emerge. Unfocused questions mean useless ideas.

To Innovate: Learn, Scaffold, Ideate

Gregg Fraley

Deliberately embracing learning — as part of the innovation process — can lead to better ideas and improved innovation results. Acquiring knowledge across many domains is about broad-based learning, and it’s often where big “I” innovation comes from.This allows creative combinations of ideas and concepts from one area — with ideas or concepts from another. Inventions and ideas are, essentially, new combinations of existing concepts.

Silent Geniuses: Why we need more respect for the creativity of introverts

Idea to Value

Share this post with anyone who you know who wishes that they had the courage to speak up and let people know about their ideas. Imagine what you think a “creative person” looks like, and what they behave like. Chances are, you probably have a picture of someone coming up with lots of ideas. Or you might even just think of the person in your business who is always the first person to come up with a seemingly great idea in a brainstorming session.

Seven Innovation Fundamentals for Leaders

Gregg Fraley

Frameworks assume: engaged leadership, talent on the team, day to day creativity, curiosity, and domain knowledge. Seven Innovation Fundamentals: Applying creative thinking to problems. There is no innovation without creativity. Individuals and teams need to be creative in order to solve focused innovation challenges. Still, curiosity, freedom of expression, and creative thinking are essential to success. Innovation Fundamentals for Leaders.

80% Of Brainstorming Sessions Don’t Work

Gregg Fraley

Seven Idea Generation Fails. 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. Please, spend time, lots of time, before a session to focus a question, and be creative about it. They’re not neutral, they’re not process focused, and you need their head in the idea game.

Seven Facilitation Fails

Gregg Fraley

A professional facilitator has ways to stop the behaviour — and make people think it was their idea. Facilitation of Innovation Meetings Requires a Highly Specific Set of Skills, Frameworks, Tools — and Experience. Professional Facilitation and/or Training Makes a Difference*. Seven Facilitation Fails. Innovation projects are about a lot of meetings.

Innovation Strategy – 4 Ways to Celebrate Risk Taking

BrainZooming

While an innovation strategy that suggests throwing a party to celebrate a failed idea seems outrageous, the message from the pharma companies is that it’s smart business. Something to Think about for Your Business: How does your organization create opportunities for all employees to invest in innovation, even if you are not looking for them to generate or develop new product ideas? What ideas does this raise about your innovation strategy?

The One Question Innovation Culture Assessment

Gregg Fraley

Self-expression is the faucet of creative thinking, and without creative thinking you won’t have much innovation. Are You Having Fun? Innovation Should Be Fun, Joyful, and About Playing With Concepts. The One Question Innovation Culture Assessment. A lot of fuss is made over innovation culture. I get it — it’s probably the most important fundamental to put in place if you actually want innovation to happen.

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. It’s the creative thinking that builds on that research, analysis, and insight that gets you workable innovation concepts and ultimately market results. Creative training is the fuel for innovation fire.

Accelerate Innovation — With Experiential Learning

Gregg Fraley

That improved understanding, directly applied to an innovation challenge, is how you get to a breakthrough idea. Insights gained inspire ideas to create something new. Sessions often fail to find breakthrough ideas. The hard part is the integration with the challenge, but if you do it properly, it pays off in breakthrough ideas. Frameworks become a competitive advantage when you use them in more creative ways. Experiential Learning Accelerates Innovation.

Public Innovation Training, NW Indiana

Gregg Fraley

A neutral ground to network and exchange ideas. Gregg Fraley is the author of Jack’s Notebook, a business novel about creative process. Public Training Offering — Getting Innovation Started. Attention Michiana, NW Indiana, Chicago. Establish Fundamentals and Avoid Pitfalls. Gregg Fraley Innovation (GFi) and The Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest Collaborate on Public Training Seminar. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 30, 2019. PORTAGE, Ind.

Innovation Training Under Utilized

Gregg Fraley

When I step into a room to facilitate a strategy, innovation, or idea generation session I usually find a great deal of energy. Yes, you can train people in creative thinking, Front-End-of-Innovation (FEI) frameworks, problem solving, and meeting facilitation. Training the teams, having a skilled facilitator in-house, and frequent practice of divergent thinking are essential to effective idea generation sessions. Training Accelerates Innovation.

GFi Innovation — Fall Training Course Schedule

Gregg Fraley

The course covers management mandates, project cycles, resourcing, idea management systems, idea generation tools, concept development, prototyping, and pitch presentations. All participants walk away with a shell framework and ideas they can put to immediate use. Brainstorming done effectively, more ideas, better ideas, and powerful tools for amping and refining ideas. It’s fall and it’s time to go back to school.

Digital Technology MoshPit

Gregg Fraley

Discover Ideas for Long Term and Tactical Innovation Projects. GFi is now offering a new version of MoshPit to discover ideas that exploit new digital technologies. Ideas for innovation projects emerge from the intensive sessions. Digital Technology MoshPit finds undiscovered tactical and strategic innovation project ideas. The secret sauce in the design of a MoshPit session is how fresh thinking is scaffolded through the discovery and idea generation process.

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. 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. The “ideas” become complaints. She submitted the idea the next day.

Innovation MoshPit

Gregg Fraley

My reason is simple, it’s a fast path to new and different ideas. What’s Really Needed is an Innovation MoshPit. Reinventing Combinations, Concept Blends, and Mash-Ups. I’ve been touting concept blends in innovation for some time. From the Printing Press to the iPhone, big new market-creating innovation happens when concepts from two different domains are combined.

Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Small “i” innovation can be generated at any level, so communicate to all that you seek ideas to improve. If a good idea pops up, by all means resource it and get it into action. Are ideas for new things encouraged and worked or are they barely tolerated? Is it a “pitch” culture where ideas for projects get a chance to be put into play? Stealing ideas from other industries is a fast path to innovation.

How You Ask for Innovation Matters

Gregg Fraley

If you ask for innovation ideas in an idea campaign, make it clear to all that the effort has top level support. Be prepared to process a lot of ideas. Ask for more ideas of certain kinds, less of others, etc. If necessary, modify your question to make it more specific if you’re not getting interesting ideas. Once done and the ideas are processed, communicate what happened. “We received 630 ideas from 87 people.”

Ten Things United Airlines Might Have Done

Gregg Fraley

Creative Training Would Have Helped. Two Points to Make related to Creativity and Innovation: 1.) Training in customer service and creative thinking would be at the heart of a program, but would also need to find breakthrough new ways to serve customers. That training and innovative change program would be enhanced with creative problem solving training. They could have created a package that combines several of the above ideas.

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Facilitation Works Miracles

Gregg Fraley

As it turns out the session was really more about idea development and elaboration. There is some imaginative thinking inside idea development, but if this session had been organized as a classic “brainstorm” or purely divergent idea session it would have been a waste of time. ” We designed a creative session plan to achieve our better understood goals. In a session I did a few years ago we generated four patents in one day.

Innovate Where You Are — and With Who You Have

Gregg Fraley

Off-Site Innovation can indeed spur creativity. As part of an organizational innovation project, ask for ideas using virtual systems. Make sure you have a focused challenge, and make sure you’ve got resources (people in an ad hoc team) to take the best ideas forward — in a project. Check out BrightIdea (a leading Idea Management System). I like what Cardinal Health and Crimson Cup are doing in Columbus, OH with offsite innovation spaces.

Five Magic Imagination Guidelines

Gregg Fraley

It occurs to me that most people have the desire, deep down, to use their imagination more — but have no idea how. If you ask your imagination for ideas or visions once a year it’s a bit like that faucet in the back of the house you never use. You’ll find that the images and ideas you get will flow better as your imagination faucet gets unclogged and the valve gets greased. Remember that the biggest ideas represent very uncomfortable change.

Economic Development Teams Need Innovation Training

Gregg Fraley

Find new and creative partnerships within the community? Economic Developers should do more “What If-ing” Most economic development people I’ve met are smart, hard working, naturally creative people, AND, the blind focus on attracting the “home run” corporate HQ or plant prevents or defers a lot of projects that could have long lasting positive impact. Have you got the training in structured creative problem solving?

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. 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”. Mash-Ups are a bigger idea than musical creations. Many new product ideas are simple combinations.

The Billion Dollar Breakthrough You Missed

Gregg Fraley

I can almost guarantee you’ll have ideas. This simple combination experiment only scratches the surface, you usually need more scaffolding and structure to go beyond obvious ideas. Why are idea generation tools for deliberate combinations needed? It’s assumed that the team of idea people will just do combinations organically. You will see things, and ideas will pop up, that you would otherwise have missed. It’s deep idea exploration.

Seven Steps to a More Creative Organization

Innovation Excellence

Second, how do you ensure that the creative ideas generated are relevant to your business? First, how do you bring diverse knowledge and insights into the organization to create these unexpected connections? Third, how do you support a business process that seems fuzzy and turn it into reproducible steps that invite broad contribution? Continue reading → Innovation Strategy collaboration FEI Front End of Innovation Lucio Pieroni

Nine Ways to Play at Work

Gregg Fraley

The idea that one should invoke a sense of play around challenges is not a new one. Sunni Brown’s talk on Doodling is a personal favorite because she gets specific about how one can begin to be more creatively playful with problem solving. All that said, simple more straightforward ideas for play in day-to-day behavior are harder to come by. Fear and judgment are the enemies of play and creative effectiveness. Nine Ways to Play At Work (see list below).