Customer Case: Engaging large groups for idea generation


Customer Case: Engaging large groups for idea generation

Nominal Group Technique Training

Learn about this group problem-solving and solution generating approach. Teams that struggle to be productive and efficient in brainstorming and problem-solving sessions may be interested in the nominal group technique (NGT). What is nominal group technique (NGT)?


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


Colruyt Group is a great case in point. 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. Although the name Colruyt has historically been synonymous with the popular supermarkets chain, today that is only one component of the multifaceted Colruyt Group. About Colruyt Group.

How to Create the Maximum Major Innovative Solutions Using the Four Elements of Quantum Idea Generation 2.0.

Innovate2Grow Experts

Here is a brief review of quantum idea generation. Quantum idea generation produces at least 12 times more ideas than brainstorming. To generate these powerful results you need to use four elements – diversity, stimulus, brain type, and eliminate fear and have fun. Today we’re going to dive deep into the topic of how to pull coordinate the four elements of Quantum Idea Generation 2.0. In each group make sure that there is diversity.

Measuring Innovation Performance

led to the number of novel ideas generated per 100 employees or the. 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.

The 10 Commandments of Effective Brainstorming

Gregg Fraley

The Sins That Ruin Idea Generation. ” Well, you bother because you need ideas. The original guidelines of brainstorming (defer judgment, quantity of ideas, build on ideas, combine, etc.) Remember, half of any group is likely to be somewhat introverted.

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


A group of blind villagers are informed that an Elephant has been captured. Each is invited to feel a separate part of the creature to get an idea of its shape. It’s important to remember that often the best ideas emerge from the most unlikely sources.

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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Get More Creativity Now

Gregg Fraley

This leads to better ideas. Get better at generating ideas. Learn how to refine and enhance ideas. Big ideas need tamed to be workable, small ideas need to be amped up to be meaningful. Private Facebook group to share thinking and results.

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. Of course, you might need more than one flip chart depending on the size of the group and what you have planned. A bell, a gong, a chime, or a train whistle to get the groups attention. Oil pastels — this may seem overly artsy but these chunky crayons are great for group large graphic creations, like Mind-Maps, or Process Maps.

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Creativity Is Where Innovation Starts

Gregg Fraley

How can an idea be useful if it’s not in play? I suppose if an idea is potentially useful it can be deemed creative without actually implementing. Innovation, according to the dictionary, is a “new method, idea, or product.” It does take work, but anyone (or group) can improve their creative effectiveness. In my experience it’s the smaller group that gets creativity right and achieves big results. Build Innovation From The Ground Up.

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.

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

Gregg Fraley

Qualitative Consumer Verbatims Lead Directly to New and Improved Ideas. The term “Focus Groups” really doesn’t do the method justice, it’s more sophisticated than that. ” That would lead to ideas for training, or more tellers, or efficiency processes, essentially improvement ideas. ” These higher order problem frames could lead to an idea like the ATM, a disruptive innovation.

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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.

Seven Facilitation Fails

Gregg Fraley

Neutrality allows a group to be fully expressed within a structure, a plan. What happens, for instance, when someone is dominating a group? A professional facilitator has ways to stop the behaviour — and make people think it was their idea. You’re more likely to get better results if you try new things, and those might be uncomfortable for the group.

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. Brainstorming is all group work. Even in group work, some of it should be silent or quiet, that gets to better planning, see #3. They’re not neutral, they’re not process focused, and you need their head in the idea game.

Got a Great Idea? Don't Take Credit For It

Innovation in Practice

We want to resist the temptation of judging ideas depending on where it came from. If we like the person, we tend to like their idea. And what this means for you in practice is that you have to find a way to strip ideas of their identity. You can boost the creative out put of your team just by making sure these ideas don't get thrown out prematurely. That keeps the ideas anonymous. It helps them eliminate that natural tendency to have a bias to that idea.

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.

Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation

Gregg Fraley

They think, “that’s for R&D to do,” or, “that’s the innovation group.” Even in groups and teams that are nominally about innovation, a leader has to make sure the team is not faced with continuous stumbling blocks. 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. Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation.

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.

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. Teams and work groups don’t know how to be collaborative. The research that says brainstorming doesn’t work studied groups with no training and no facilitator. Training the teams, having a skilled facilitator in-house, and frequent practice of divergent thinking are essential to effective idea generation sessions.

Empower Operational Employees to Innovate

Gregg Fraley

Don’t this large group of employees deserve a Brown Bag Innovation Training? Training in innovation benefits employees who work for: non-profits, economic development groups, associations, and governmental entitites. For more on types of innovation, see The Doblin Group work. When asked to support innovation, or integrate new ideas from an innovation team, they resist — because they are being paid to execute, not experiment.

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. The research that says brainstorming doesn’t work studied groups with no training and no facilitator. Do You Wish To Accelerate Innovation? Get Training! What I also often find is inexperience.

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. When Mash-Ups are presented to groups who are unfamiliar with the technique many people just don’t get it. In any given group, the tools and approach I describe are not fool proof for all participating. Mash-Ups are a bigger idea than musical creations. The idea of a scanned, or traced field on a cathode ray tube came to him when he was plowing a field. Elaborate the ideas.

Economic Development Teams Need Innovation Training

Gregg Fraley

I’m watching South Bend, Indiana develop an amazing start-up culture at the Idea Center connected to Notre Dame. It isn’t prepared for with research, reflection and brainstorming alone — before group work. Economic Development and the “Home Run” Complex. Amazon has finally made a decision about it’s new HQ.

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. All that said, simple more straightforward ideas for play in day-to-day behavior are harder to come by. Here are Nine Ways to play at work — in which you might do a better job of playing with concepts, challenges, ideas, and solutions. Now, this is best done by yourself or with a group who shares your fear. Or, to hell with em, do it anway, with the group, offend!

Dance Your Challenge

Gregg Fraley

Real World Example: I had a group developing cleaning products get on the floor in fetal position. I had built trust with this group! We stopped the music and jammed ideas for cleaning products, and wow, did the ideas fly. Shake Your Booty. 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.

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Colorado Innovation Training

Gregg Fraley

It’s a course for innovation project managers, consultants, intrapreneurs, and entrepreneurs who want to have more productive strategy, idea generation, and innovation action plans. If you’re with a non-profit you might find that this training is the perfect thing for creating better services and experiences for your support bases — and how about better ideas for fund-raising?

Get a Grip on Innovation — 10 Questions, 20 Minutes

Gregg Fraley

Were there any ideas or projects that seemed interesting but weren’t done due to perceived risk? Were there ideas or projects that seemed interesting but weren’t done due to lack of resources? By cycle I mean conceiving of a project to innovate, forming a team, creating something new or different, and putting the idea into a queue for actual implementation. Review the data the questions generated. Get a Grip on Innovation — 10 Questions, 20 Minutes.

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).

Banking Insights and Identifying Post-Recession Opportunities

Innovation Leader

“Being seen as a group that is purely visionary and focused on idea generation can make your group vulnerable to cuts,” writes Michael Perman, a former innovation and marketing leader at Gap Inc.

Brainstorming Rules (What are the Rules for Brainstorming Sessions?)

“Brainstorming” as a concept was originally devised by Alex Osborn as a group ideation activity. Today, many people just consider individual idea generating (or thinking) as brainstorming – when it was originally meant to be a group experience…a brainstorming session.

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Gregg Fraley

The focus is on the front-end-of-innovation, where challenges are identified, ideas are generated, refined, and pitched to management for further development and resourcing. The course includes extensive take home materials, including: a shell innovation cycle and innovation mandate documents, idea development templates, post-session coaching, and strategy and ideation session design consultation (after the course). Tools and techniques for generating ideas.

Three principles to help you generate better ideas

Jeffrey Phillips

Recently I've stumbled upon another historical artifact that illuminates idea generation. The booklet is entitled A Technique for Producing Ideas , and it offers great philosophical insight into how to improve your skill at generating ideas. First, he suggests that every new idea is simply a combination of existing elements. This is why expertise can be dangerous when generating ideas.

How to Get More and Better Ideas From Both Left and Right Brain People for Any Innovation Need.

Innovate2Grow Experts

This blog addresses how you can get the best innovative ideas from both groups for any need, at any time, for any kind of business. Quantum idea generation – overview. Here is a brief review of Quantum Idea Generation 2.0. In the previous blogs I have covered the following: Quantum idea generation produces at least 12 times more ideas than brainstorming. I will now share an actual left and right brain idea generating exercise.

Unleashing Wild and Wacky Ideas To Get Big Breakthrough Innovations.

Innovate2Grow Experts

While wild and wacky ideas might not be the winning ideas coming out of a Quantum Idea Generation 2.0 Creative Session you may not get those winning ideas unless they start as wild and wacky ideas. Here is a brief review of Quantum Idea Generation 2.0 Quantum idea generation produces at least 12 times more ideas than brainstorming. First, I want to define what I mean by having fear in an idea generating session.

Putting Brainstorming in its place

Jeffrey Phillips

The Purpose of Brainstorming Brainstorming is a technique that allows individuals or small groups to generate ideas. Brainstorming resides in an activity or phase that we call Idea Generation, which in turn sits in the larger context of innovation. Conducting idea generation without these leading activities is like assembling an IKEA desk without the instructions or those crazy little Allen wrenches. It is not the only idea generation technique.

The Most Important Secret to Successful Innovation


In our practise at Ideanote, we saw time and again that the best organizational home for such initiatives is an idea management platform. In fact, when it comes to innovating, idea management is a helpful tool in each phase of the innovation process. Innovating with an idea management platform An idea management platform is a digitalized tool that assists your company from idea generation to implementation. And then we are back at Idea Generation.

Get Better Ideas with this Starter Exercise

Destination Innovation

The people in the first group with the fluid movements scored 24% higher in their creativity scores. So before your next idea generation session try this exercise. They then make gestures following your instructions as follows: “We will be open to ideas.” “We want big ideas.” ” People stretch out their arms as far as they can. “We want many ideas.” ” Everyone laughs out loud. “We want wild ideas.”

Strategies for Maximizing Government Employees for City Crowdsourcing


The best source of innovation and new ideas often comes from internally. These leaders who are interested and committed to innovative, new ideas for the city will prove to be instrumental in improving cities. Identifying those who are involved and participate in generating and contributing ideas is crucial. The platform for idea generation and discussion must foster open communication among all groups.

Brainwriting Template

6-3-5 Brainwriting is a group-structured brainstorming technique that is a highly collaborative way to generate as many ideas as possible in groups within a short period of time. They can also create three new ideas based on what has already been written down.

Creating Innovation Connections as the Customer Advocate


These insights can become the inspiration sparks of your group’s creative thinking. Bring the “voice of the customer” into the decision making and idea generation. On-site gatherings: Invite customers and prospects to your site to test new products, provide feedback on existing products, and for idea generation. User groups : Hold user group meetings where ideas are shared and feedback is welcomed.

Open innovation resurgence during COVID. Why?

Jeffrey Phillips

First, some definitions Open innovation has traditionally meant getting ideas or technologies from individuals or teams outside your company. To my knowledge, the phrase "closed innovation" hasn't ever been a thing, but if it was, it would define doing idea generation entirely within a company, with no input from the outside world. Most innovators will say that "open" innovation involves receiving ideas or technologies from individuals or companies outside your organization.