Ten Ways to use Lateral Thinking for Creative Problem Solving

Destination Innovation

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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. 80% Of Brainstorming Sessions Don’t Work.

Purpose Driven Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Energized idea generation about potential projects (that is, what projects might we do?). Do Purpose First, Select a Framework, Then Do Projects. Without a Clear Purpose, Innovation Drifts Off Course.

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*.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

used Spigit’s idea management software. to generate and evaluate business ideas. to idea selection – is measurable, we were. next level: people can post ideas, vote, deliver. ideas into innovations that make a difference. more successful it was at generating.

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.

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. Inventions and ideas are, essentially, new combinations of existing concepts. Eventually that egg hatches into an innovative idea.

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.

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. Innovation Fundamentals for Leaders.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Economic Development Teams Need Innovation Training

Gregg Fraley

Find new and creative partnerships within the community? I’m watching South Bend, Indiana develop an amazing start-up culture at the Idea Center connected to Notre Dame. Have you got the training in structured creative problem solving?

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. “We received 630 ideas from 87 people.”

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. Check out BrightIdea (a leading Idea Management System).

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?

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.

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.

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. You just need to find a way to let them share the ideas.

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?

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.

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. The company introduced the idea of a drug wake to allay researchers’ fears related to its first failed drug.

To Innovate, Invest (USA, UK, listening?)

Gregg Fraley

It was built on existing technology that was combined in a new and creative way. Ben Tarnoff’s recent article for the Guardian hits hard. America has become so anti-innovation – it’s economic suicide. This article is worth a careful reading.

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.

Dance Your Challenge

Gregg Fraley

The Creativity and Innovation point of this blog takes about three paragraphs to develop, so business readers, let me tell you a brief story to set it up. Creativity and Innovation aren’t done only by the head. Super creative. Shake Your Booty.

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. Mash-Ups are a bigger idea than musical creations.

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Different Ideas Emerge From Different Doing

Gregg Fraley

” “We don’t do idea generation well.” If you are relying on best practices, and not making an effort to go beyond them, you aren’t going to arrive at different or breakthrough ideas.

The Risk of Not Innovating

Gregg Fraley

You won’t have a pipeline of ideas and nascent products and services. I recently was a guest blogger for Gibson Insurance and I wrote this piece about the risk of Not Innovating. I’ll make the point again here — with fewer words. For more detail, read my post over at Gibson.

Projects Are How Innovation Happens

Gregg Fraley

Having beers and kicking ideas around are not innovation. Idea Campaigns are not innovation. Creative Problem Solving is not innovation. Monitor progress of the project cycles and expect to get pitched on various ideas. Projects, Projects, Projects.

Seven Essentials of an Effective Innovation Project Manager

Gregg Fraley

It’s not a new idea but it’s one more companies should consider. Or when you have an idea that would open a whole new market and set your companies future for years to come. Outsourcing innovation project management might be the most strategic money you spend this year.

Innovation Facilitator Tool Kit

Gregg Fraley

I’m assuming the facilitator is a hands-on project leader who facilitates meetings, such as idea generation or strategy sessions. I am sometimes asked what a Facilitator should have in their kit bag. Here’s my answer — the Innovation Facilitator Tool Kit list.

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Innovation 2015 or Five Lame Excuses?

Gregg Fraley

Death or Kryptonite? From Superman Wiki. I have a vinyl record with one of those strategic skips that has it repeating — it drives me nuts — but I still play the record because I love the song so much. The song is Jimmy Olsen’s Blues by the Spin Doctors.

Small “i” Insights or Large “I” Insights Yield Different Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Qualitative Consumer Verbatims Lead Directly to New and Improved Ideas. ” That would lead to ideas for training, or more tellers, or efficiency processes, essentially improvement ideas. He brought the idea to Barclay’s Bank in the UK and they developed the first ATM.

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