3 Keys to Team Building Exercises that Create Impact


I was the “interviewee” for an “Inside the Executive Suite” article from Armada Corporate Intelligence about how to plan team building exercises that create impact for work teams. 3 Keys to Team Building Exercises that Create Impact.

21 Rules for Innovation Team Building

Gregg Fraley

It’s the key to everything in my view, from culture change to positive team dynamics to effectiveness of an overall innovation program. 21 Rules for Innovation Team Building. A strong bold project initiative , with a clear vision for the future inspires teams.

Drive Innovation by Disrupting the Existing Management Norms


Before being acquired by Facebook for US$1 billion, Instagram was just another photo-sharing app operating with insignificant infrastructure and a dozen employees. With the ever-increasing potential of modern technology, the next billion-dollar business could start from the comfort of someone’s home.

How to Build Emotionally Intelligent, Productive Teams


However, because the focus tends to be on individual performance, the EQ of teams as a whole can easily be overlooked. First, the average EQ of employees on a team affects that team’s performance. Why Is Emotional Intelligence Important for Team Performance?

Interview with Pascal Cools from the Flanders District of Creativity

Idea to Value

What does it take to encourage creativity and innovation across an entire region? I sat down with Pascal Cools, from the Flanders District of Creativity, which the Belgian government set up to promote innovation and creativity within businesses of the region.

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.

Improv for Business

Gregg Fraley

And it’s only partially about collaboration and team bonding. Improv schools like Second City and IO Theater in Chicago lead executive or team workshops, and their focus is on team building. Improv is a Swiss Army Knife for Problem Solving.

Innovation and The Art of Implementation: Dealing with Creatives

Idea to Value

Building upon this fundamental framework, the recently published Robert’s Rules of Innovation II: The Art of Implementation delves deeper into how to implement a culture of innovation in one’s work environment. As mentioned in The Art of Implementation : interestingly enough, of all the passages in the first Robert’s Rules of Innovation book, one of the passages that got the most input from readers was the section in Chapter V discussing the “care and feeding of creatives”. [1]

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.

Stimulating creativity in your organization


Is your organization reaching its true creative potential? The tools for managing innovation can also hinder creativity by being either too simplistic, like a google form to submit an idea, or too process oriented with several bottlenecks. Without creativity, there is no innovation?—?you

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


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.

Video 52

Nine Ways to Play at Work

Gregg Fraley

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. An emerging trend in busines s is using improvisation games as the basis for team building and problem solving.

How to Improve Your Next Brainstorming Session


Brainstorming sessions sound like a great idea, especially for breaking out of creative ruts, but too often brainstorming fizzles out. Simple team-building games or creativity exercises are great for breaking everyone out of their “business as usual” mindset so the ideas can flow.

How to Run a Hackathon that Spurs Real Innovation


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.

Turn Your Diverse Group into a Team

The Human Factor

Hiring a diverse range of people sounds easy enough but when you have a group of individuals who all have completely different backgrounds, personalities and experiences, how do you gel them into a team? Diversity is key to any business and the wider your team, the smarter it will be.

Business Innovation Using LEGO Models

Innovation 360 Group

That includes activities such as drawing, writing what-if scenarios, fleshing out conceptual designs, building working models, guiding collaborative flights of fancy and throwing out all assumptions. boosting the confidence level of participants in their creative potential.

36 Articles to Explore Strategic Planning Process Activities


Interacting (Networking, meeting, team building). 3 Keys to Team Building Exercises that Create Impact. 16 Creative Ways to Supercharge Presentations. 9 Extreme Creativity Questions from Peter’s Laws.

eBook 70

Part 2: Strive for more than just "teamwork"

Values Centered Innovation

Part 2 of 2: Which comes first: Team alignment or attunement? From the standpoint of fostering innovative teams, the alignment issues are more task-oriented, with resolute alignment around the team’s purpose and values, supported by clarity as to roles, empowerment and processes.

Rethinking the measuring of innovation

Paul Hobcraft

Shown below are a list of the factors I feel can be major contributors (far from exhaustive), firstly into the soft side of our balance sheet that is made up of culture, climate and environment as our creative and engagement capacity. This side of the innovation balance sheet gives the commitment and sense of belief that can encourage investment, as the people side equates to the measurement of the team within a new venture.

Report 146

Creating Digital Entrepreneurs 


How do we build a culture that embraces innovation – and can successfully face the challenges of the digital age? So, it is essential to build awareness around your company’s digital initiatives – and to give your employees and leaders the opportunity to be part of future.

Agile 65

Innovation is too easy

RTI Innovation Advisors

Corporations assign teams without skills or experience, rapidly conduct "brainstorming" exercises based primarily on current opinion or past experience and move as quickly as possible to present a small handful of ideas to a wary executive team. To many people, innovation appears to be a couple of meetings where they apply some unusual creativity tools, write some crazy ideas on a flipchart and return as soon as possible to their regular work.

How to Run a Good Brainstorming Session

Rmukesh Gupta

These are the typical ideas, that almost anyone who is asked to come up and typically lack any novelty or creativity. In order to reach the creative and novel ideas, we need to push through our comfort level of coming with the easiest & the simplest idea. Once you are able to come up with some creative idea, it is much easier to modify, add/subtract something to/from that idea and come up with a lot more ideas.

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. Don’t criticise – it will dampen peoples’ enthusiasm and kill their creativity. Welcome unusual ideas – it’s important to break out of your usual mindset and consider wild and wacky ideas if you want to be really creative. Maybe that’s a bit much to take onto your plate as a 5-person team….

Quest for the elusive Innovation Framework

Rmukesh Gupta

We do this in the hope that they can find their passions and build their lives around these passions. We try and create the right environment, help build the right practices, employ the right frameworks, bring in external experts to help our teams. We send our teams to conferences, to workshops and creative retreats, all in the hope that they learn something and can come up with interesting breakthroughs. Innovation Leadership innovation and parenting team

8 Successfactors of Organizing a Global Hackathon


From the Facilitators’ point of view What does it take for a team to win? Distributed teams were formed by like-minded people from different backgrounds across Asia (279 teams), Americas (88 teams) and Europe (106 teams) bringing in various viewpoints about their future products.

WELCOME: Brian Paul Allison!

Idea Champions

Idea Champions is thrilled to welcome a fantastic, new member of our team , Brian Paul Allison. Brian plays two inter-related roles in what some past and present clients refer to as our "boutique consulting and training company": Sales Director and Creative Thinking Facilitator. Brian is also the former Creative Director for The Adventure Game Theater , a wildly popular experiential curriculum of play, theater, and team building, featured on PBS.

Key Motivational Ideas For Your Team

The Human Factor

Motivation is a key building block for success in an office setting and if you want to find success in your work place this year you will need to motivate everyone in your team effortlessly. Today we want to share some of the best tips we have for motivating your team this year.

The marketer’s guide to innovation with hackathons


So here I am, having concluded a hackathon with a team of 25 marketers at HackerEarth , ready to share an honest case with all growth hackers and marketers to determine if hackathons are worthy a tool to explore and what problems they can really solve with it. And this in turn breeds “creativity and purpose.”. This is because the objective of a hackathon is to build something within a short duration. Team collaboration was at its best. Build the brand Hackerearth.

6 ways to grow your curiosity

Rmukesh Gupta

Holding a curious mindset is a great starting point when you’re leading your team or organization. Your team won’t either. And how can you help your teams build this ability? These questions enable us to use our imagination to come up with situations and get curious and creative at the same time. What this means is that in order to come up with creative output, we need creative input. Share this with all your team mates.

Strategic Thinking – 16 Ideas for Creating an Entrepreneurial Environment Inside Your Company


Her experience has uncovered multiple ideas for how to create newness and build an entrepreneurial culture and spirit within an established parent organization. Building the Team. The first step in team building is identifying the rights tasks requiring entrepreneurism.

The marketer’s guide to innovation with hackathons


So here I am, having concluded a hackathon with a team of 25 marketers at HackerEarth , ready to share an honest case with all growth hackers and marketers to determine if hackathons are worthy a tool to explore and what problems they can really solve with it. Build the brand Hackerearth.

The Evolution Of Project Management — Trends For 2018


Arvind Rongala , head of global training delivery at Invensis, explains that the waterfall methodology is more of an assembly-line focused methodology, with a phase-based approach and minimal communication between individuals and teams.

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.

Tips for Project Managers: Overcoming Obstacles and Completing Projects on Time


As Alaine Karoleff , PMP, CSM notes, if the project manager does not understand the goals of a project, then they are unable to communicate them to the team, which translates into an unsatisfied customer whose needs were not met. 2: Invest in Tools That Keep Global Teams on the Same Page.

User Research With Small Business Owners: Best Practices and Considerations

Boxes and Arrows

What is motivating is providing small business owners and their employees with information and tips on how to run the business successfully: things like offering free accounting software, coaching on social media best practices, and personal access to a member of the support team for assistance.

Tips 73

How to Ensure that Your Next Conference Will Be a Big Success

Idea Champions

A well-crafted conference design that ensures maximum engagement, teamwork, creativity, networking, commitment, fun, and follow-up. Our Project Manager will work closely with your conference team to make sure that all of the puzzle pieces fit together and that nothing falls through the cracks.

Are Design Patterns an Anti-pattern?

Boxes and Arrows

Should your team invest time in making a pattern library as a training tool, or just change the way they work? “ Should your team invest time in making a pattern library as a training tool, or just hire more experienced staff? Build off of the current running projects.

A Dream: Learner-Centered Professional Development for Growth

Boxes and Arrows

Maybe some coding classes and a "team-building class." If we did this, I think we'd have more Sachas in the world and more Steves, having more creative ideas and making greater contributions, both to their organizations and to the larger societal benefit of all of us.

Using Wikis to Document UI Specifications

Boxes and Arrows

Introduction The role of the interaction designer is to specify the interface’s behaviors and elements, so that engineers know what to build and how the product should operate. As designers, we often find ourselves working with teams that are using agile processes.

Agile 83

Great Teams: An Interview with Don Yaeger

Michael Roberto

His newest book is titled, Great Teams: 16 Things High Performing Organizations Do Differently. You focus in the book on the notion that great sports teams build a strong high-performance culture. In considering how the word specifically applies to a team setting, I came up with two possible definitions: 1) the conditions within the organization that promote either growth or failure and 2) the shared understanding of what to do in adverse situations.

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.