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Innovation project or Innovation Capability?

Jeffrey Phillips

No, today I want to talk about the differences and problems when companies focus on innovation as a discrete project, versus what they really need, innovation as a competency or capability. Plus, innovation as a project demonstrates some investment in innovation but controls for cost and risk.

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.


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


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. The project with Qmarkets was designed to retain the people-centric elements that made Colruyt’s previous employee innovation efforts so effective, while scaling them up to spread this ethos throughout the whole group.

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. Get Into Your Creative Flow, Now.

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. ideas.

Creative Problem Solving Process

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.

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.

Projects Are How Innovation Happens

Gregg Fraley

Projects, Projects, Projects. What’s quite simple about innovation is that projects are what make innovation real. Unless they are in the context of an actual project. Having beers and kicking ideas around are not innovation. Idea Campaigns are not innovation. Creative Problem Solving is not innovation. That thing is innovation projects. They can actually prevent innovation if they are not in the context of a project.

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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The One Question Innovation Culture Assessment

Gregg Fraley

If you listen, without judgment, you’ll learn. Solving an innovation culture problem isn’t easy, but your solution had better include interesting, compelling, and fun, Projects. Projects are how cultures actually change. 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.

Can you learn to be more creative?

Innovation in Practice

So my definition would be, in order for a certain idea to be creative, it must possess two major components. So, if it is just something new, but doesn't offer any benefit, it is not necessarily a creative idea.". This semester, nearly 300 students are learning how to crank out more creative ideas in Schrift's class titled "Creativity: Idea Generation & the Systematic Approach for Creativity." Creativity on demand.

GFi Innovation — Fall Training Course Schedule

Gregg Fraley

This essential training for leaders and project managers provides answers, and from an industry thought leader. Join us at Catalyst Ranch, a truly fun place to learn! Innovation Intensive will help you improve the effectiveness of innovation projects. Participants learn how to avoid classic pitfalls and adopt emerging advanced practices. Experienced innovation professionals will learn new methods, tools, and concepts.

Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation

Gregg Fraley

I replied “you need to be thinking about project cycles and measures.” I added my punchline, “because if you’re not doing projects you’re not doing innovation.” After a bit of gab about projects, Design Thinking, and other industry buzzwords, I promised to get back to him with a more thoughtful answer — and then I changed the topic! My “projects” reply is a cocktail party answer. If you’re not doing projects, start.

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.

The Risk of Not Innovating

Gregg Fraley

Instead, get started on innovation projects. Learn as you go! You won’t have a pipeline of ideas and nascent products and services. Make innovation part of your culture with innovation projects. Projects are how you change your culture. 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.

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. Also partly because the lessons of how it ought to be done have simply never been learned. Please, spend time, lots of time, before a session to focus a question, and be creative about it.

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.

Public Innovation Training, NW Indiana

Gregg Fraley

It will focus on how to get initiatives started and how to avoid common pitfalls and mistakes that impede project success. You have to create projects and execute to see results. Leaders need to learn the basics, then step up and make it happen,” said Jason Williams, assistant director of the Society of Innovators. A neutral ground to network and exchange ideas. Gregg Fraley is the author of Jack’s Notebook, a business novel about creative process.

Creative independence to innovate together

Norbert Bol

In the recent blog Innovation through collaboration some important conditions were presented how people with different expertise can work together to develop innovative ideas, such as being open to innovative work, respecting others and willing to learn. Innovation leaders should however not focus on finding the answers to innovation challanges or setting the vision, as innovation requires creativity and room for passionate disagreement as well as support.

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.

Disaster: CEO’s Ignoring Digital Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Analytics contribute to a spectrum of sophistication with advanced analytics, data visualization, machine learning, cognitive computing, artificial intelligence , etc. Things are moving too fast for 24-month stage-gate innovation project cycles. Even the magic of Design Thinking is not enough to inform you as to what projects to do and ensure success. Does Any CEO Have the Luxury to Ignore Digital Transformation and Innovation? Gregg Fraley and Karen Kirby, copyright 2017.

Innovation 2015 or Five Lame Excuses?

Gregg Fraley

Projects are what change culture. In fact, Nothing changes innovation culture except real world innovation projects. I don’t know how to do innovation — start a project and learn as you go! But at the heart of it, it’s about ongoing projects. Get a project started and use and abuse those tools, but GET STARTED Now, and keep the projects moving forward, and keep on executing innovation cycles. Death or Kryptonite?

Innovation 101

Gregg Fraley

Kick Start Ideas That Lead to Growth. Innovation 101, Kick-Start Ideas That Lead to Growth is a three hour virtual training that is perfect for “newbies” to innovation, but also provides fresh insights for experienced innovation managers (you will get ideas on how to improve).

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. Make a list.Partially done projects, that is, things you haven’t put fully into play, but there is active development, a plan and a commitment to launch the project, do count. Are there innovation projects underway? Review the data the questions generated.

GFi Innovation Public Training Course

Gregg Fraley

It examines culture assessment, strategy, and on-going project management. 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. More efficient management of innovation projects, including smarter team formation.

The Creative Process And How Idea Management Solutions Fit In


And most people know that innovation is more than just an idea. Innovation means having a new concept which is an answer for a need or a solution to a problem, and successfully transforming the idea into a solution which will lead to market success. But there are a lot of different opinions on the questions of whether creativity can be forced, and if large companies can grow ideas. Creativity was just there and I learned a lot about it even without knowing.

The Creative Process And How Idea Management Solutions Fit In


And most people know that innovation is more than just an idea. Innovation means having a new concept which is an answer for a need or a solution to a problem, and successfully transforming the idea into a solution which will lead to market success. But there are a lot of different opinions on the questions of whether creativity can be forced, and if large companies can grow ideas. Creativity was just there and I learned a lot about it even without knowing.

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. If your innovation program doesn’t have a Project orientation there will be no culture change, or innovation.

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 Quantum Idea Generation 2.0 produces 12 times more ideas than brainstorming. Personal perspective: in life we sometimes face conundrums and wish that we had more ideas to solve or fix a situation. Here is why you can believe that Quantum Idea Generation 2.0

Fast Company’s Brainstorming Fail

Gregg Fraley

For results in idea generation you need a system, a framework, and a wide, deep chest of tools. How can you generate great ideas with a more systemic approach to “brainstorming”? If you don’t care about the wonky aspects where I write the article Fast Company should have published, skip directly to the headline below, A System to Get Great Ideas. . But wow, this is just the tip of the iceberg with regard to effective idea generation.

Design Thinking Digital Transformation Workshop Tips

Digital transformation is a significant and common challenge for organizations and thus a great design thinking project. Leaders, facilitators and design thinking project leaders also have to be creative about working virtually. Using guided idea generation.

Top Jobs for Innovation Professionals in 2019


An innovation engineer is trained in advanced methods and tools for creating innovative ideas, accelerating projects, and solving problems that inevitably arise during innovation adoption. They’re experts in innovative thinking, finding innovation partners, and implementing the key innovation steps of: Building Measuring Learning Repeating. Companies in every industry are accepting that complacency and failure to innovate are tantamount to negligence.

Building a lasting innovation capability

Jeffrey Phillips

After all, most (probably 90%) of all innovation projects undertaken in large corporations are reactive projects trying to respond to a market threat or competitive move. For example, you could tie their bonuses to the number of products less than 2 years old generating revenue.

How Can You Use Gamification to Boost Innovation?

Innovation Excellence

These benefits are particularly important when it comes to ensuring success in creative thinking and innovation. To optimise creative sessions. The benefits listed above are essential for boosting creativity. To start an innovation project.

Naming Workshop

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.

Creating a Culture of Innovation

Innovation in Practice

Here’s what they need to see and believe: An innovative corporate culture is one that supports the creation of new ideas and the implementation of those ideas. It can be learned by anyone and applied systematically. Conducting regular training courses in creativity methods and innovation management. Innovative companies use innovation to differentiate themselves by: Conducting regular idea generation workshops within business units.

Scaling Innovation Training: How to Start, Maximize, and Scale Innovation Training


Achieve bigger innovation results through helping others learn and develop their innovation and ideation skill for the first time. Think of the improved innovation results they could get if they not only engaged their employees in the innovation process but also helped them to learn about that process and develop their skills in generating, developing, and analyzing ideas. Most have never learned the basics of ideation. Learn through doing.

3 Dimensions of Innovation: the 23 Capabilities your company needs to succeed

Idea to Value

In fact, innovation and creativity are cited as being some of the most important skills and differentiators listed by CEOs which will determine their future success. Now, I’m going to outline step by step what enables a company to deliver those ideas.

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. The benefits of Quantum Idea Generation 2.0

Design Thinking Tools: how to use them to solve complex problems


We can define Design Thinking as: “A structured, human-centered approach to innovation which seeks to generate solutions that align user’s desires and needs with business value generation.” To make it even simpler, you could say that Design Thinking is an innovative approach based on the designer’s thoughts, combining creativity and empathy to create innovative solutions. This way, the most strategic ideas are prioritized for prototyping.

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. Very challenging project – “good luck.”

Book Review: A.L.I.E.N. Thinking

Jeffrey Phillips

When I am approached about reading and reviewing a book, I always ask myself a couple of questions: Does the book seem to advance interesting ideas or methods to improve innovation Does it have anything new or novel to add to a plethora of books on innovation topics Will I learn something from the book - is it worth my time or my reader's time Based on this quick analysis, I turn down probably half of the books that are proposed to me.

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. Idea Champions.