Fri.May 20, 2022

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Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking

Michael Michalko

Synopsis. Aspects of creative thinking that are not usually taught. 1. You are creative. The artist is not a special person, each one of us is a special kind of artist. Every one of us is born a creative, spontaneous thinker. The only difference between people who are creative and people who are not is a simple belief. Creative people believe they are creative.

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In Group Bias: Why we prefer people who are similar to ourselves

Idea to Value

More diverse teams have been shown to come up with better ideas than more homogeneous teams. They are also more likely to succeed at continuing to be creative in the long run. So then why is it that so many companies are full of similar-looking people? Especially when it comes to the more senior levels? Or why do we seem to like ideas which are similar to the status quo and comfortable, or why many people wait until they have seen someone they know use a new innovation before they would consider

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Empathy: The Currency of Human Connection—and Innovation.


Having worked with innovation teams from global companies like Visa, Colgate-Palmolive, Kimberly-Clark, Disney, Medtronic and many others, there’s one consistent success factor when it comes to innovation, no matter what you’re doing: it all starts with the customer. Companies spend oodles of time and money trying to understand customers.

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The best job to have in the near future - data strategist

Jeffrey Phillips

As you know if you follow my blog, I generally write about the intersection of strategy and innovation. Increasingly, however, we need to invite data into this mix. As more and more data is generated, it creates new opportunities in the strategy realm and in the innovation realm. This post will consider the importance of data in strategy development and execution, as well as in innovation.

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Why You Need to Use Case Studies in Sales and Marketing (and How to Start Now)

Case studies are proof of successful client relations and a verifiable product or service. They persuade buyers by highlighting your customers' experiences with your company and its solution. In sales, case studies are crucial pieces of content that can be tailored to prospects' pain points and used throughout the buyer's journey. In marketing, case studies are versatile assets for generating business, providing reusable elements for ad and social media content, website material, and marketing c

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What You Need to Know About How to Execute a Project 


In this post, we’re going to show you how to execute a project. You’ve initiated your project, created an in-depth plan, and secured stakeholder buy-in. Now it’s time to execute. Simple enough, right? Except that, as every PMO knows, project execution is the most challenging stage of the project life cycle, and it’s only gotten more difficult in a world of hybrid and remote work.

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Visibility Planning & Project Prioritization

Moves the Needle

In our last blog pos t we spoke about how the common understanding of Horizon Planning is broken. So, if the model is broken, how do we fix it? Visibility Planning. Unlike Horizon Planning where projects are prioritized based on “level of innovation” and “time to ROI”, Visibility Planning is based on evidence. In other words, we estimate the likelihood of achieving desired outcomes and when, based on market data and insights.

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The only strategic planning guide you need

Cascade Strategy

Strategies that strike fear in the competition’s heart (and uncontrollable increase in revenue) are not the result of luck.