7 Idea Generation Hacks to Spur Innovation


Where do you get your ideas?” Here are a few idea generation hacks to help with your approach. List Out Assumptions It is incredibly easy to get lost in your own assumptions, so take a breath and write out the assumptions that are driving any idea. Change The Medium Instead of writing out ideas, try diagramming them on paper, or begin drawing to express your approach. To learn more, join our newsletter ! Sometimes you need to smash your usual lightbulb.

Idea Generation Process: The Various Approaches to Gathering & Implementing Employee Ideas


Employee ideas are the backbone of any corporate innovation initiative, and therefore a strong idea generation process that can be scaled across your organization is key. This is where your employees will submit their ideas and kick off the innovation process.


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What is Idea Generation? – Definition, Techniques and Success Factors


Ideas are the key to innovation. Because execution is the key to learning, new ideas are necessary for making any kind of improvement. Idea Management Idea Generation IdeationWithout them, there isn't much you can execute.

Idea Generation Process: The Various Approaches to Gathering & Implementing Employee Ideas


Employee ideas are the backbone of any corporate innovation initiative, and therefore a strong idea generation process that can be scaled across your organization is key. This is where your employees will submit their ideas and kick off the innovation process.

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 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. We form the ‘Centre of Excellence’ for idea management at the company. We also run workshops offline to generate new ideas for company improvements, as well as enrich them.

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.

Why Your Employees Are the Key to Recovery


In this article, we will look at how to identify and understand employee contributions, and learn how to work with idea generators, evaluators, and activators.

Accelerate Innovation — With Experiential Learning

Gregg Fraley

Experiential Learning Accelerates Innovation. New Study: Drawing is the Fastest, Most Effective Way to Learn. I read with interest an article stating that drawing accelerates learning. Using experiential learning tools like drawing isn’t really new in innovation process. Sunni Brown , Dave Gray , Dan Roam, and yours truly all use experiential learning tools in innovation projects. They don’t know how to scaffold a learning experience.

How to Build Knowledge-Based Companies?


Knowledge management improves organizational processes through a variety of different practices, and enhances learning, which can increase both follower engagement and personal development.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”


Idea Generation Employee CultureBenjamin Franklin had it mostly right - for all the talk about employee engagement "secret sauce", we see time and again that involvement is a key ingredient. I'd only add that when you involve ME, WE all have a chance to benefit.

Announcing Momentum Creative Problem Solving (MCPS)

Gregg Fraley

MCPS is a three-phase structured process of exploration, ideas, and action. As you learn more MCPS thinking tools, creative power grows. Big improvements and more effective solutions are available to anyone willing to learn and use MCPS.”

Learn To Embrace The Future


I look at the ideas generated during our ideation sessions, whether they are in the short term – where we are trying to develop products and services we could launch soon, developing ideas for the… The post Learn To Embrace The Future appeared first on hellofuture.

Best Practices for Internal Crowdsourcing: Lessons Learned from NASA


Learn innovation and crowdsourcing strategy from NASA. NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation — a crowdsourcing platform — unveiled their best practices for approaches to problem-solving on a recent webinar in a move to share what they’ve learned to help others. NASA@Work, the space program’s internal crowdsourcing program, is charged with promoting knowledge-sharing and idea generation. They must comment on the ideas offered.

If You Want To Learn Problem Solving, Learn From Designers


He wanted to know my thoughts on the best way to learn how to solve problems. My response: If you want to learn about problem solving, learn from designers. This is why I believe you should learn from designers if you want to learn problem solving. It covers everyting from identification of needs, to problem definition, to idea generation, to prototyping from the perspective of designing physical objects.

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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

Learn How to Apply Creativity to All Your Projects. Join the Creative Flow Challenge, unblock your creativity, learn, and establish the creative habit. This leads to better ideas. Get better at generating ideas. Learn how to brainstorm alone.

70% of Business Transformation Fails. Learn 4 Reasons Why Corporate Innovators Fail to Cross the Chasm.

Business Innovation Design

60% of companies take more than 1 year to go from idea to market. CB Insights) Executing on innovation remains mostly ad hoc and unstructured, where the majority don’t have processes for idea generation and design / development phases. As a result, 72% missed crucial growth opportunities and 60% struggling to learn from past mistakes and the market. Innovation is the main strength of 81% of market leaders that have transformed with digital. (

Innovation Strategy – 4 Ways to Celebrate Risk Taking


The innovation strategy options include cultivating company culture, celebrating failures with parties and awards, and making sure they are failing as fast as possible with sufficient learnings. 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.

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.

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. They’re not neutral, they’re not process focused, and you need their head in the idea game.

The One Question Innovation Culture Assessment

Gregg Fraley

If you listen, without judgment, you’ll learn. If you want to learn more about your innovation culture, look for evidence of a culture of humor. Are You Having Fun? Innovation Should Be Fun, Joyful, and About Playing With Concepts. The One Question Innovation Culture Assessment. A lot of fuss is made over innovation culture. I get it — it’s probably the most important fundamental to put in place if you actually want innovation to happen.

GFi Innovation — Fall Training Course Schedule

Gregg Fraley

Join us at Catalyst Ranch, a truly fun place to learn! Participants learn how to avoid classic pitfalls and adopt emerging advanced practices. The course covers management mandates, project cycles, resourcing, idea management systems, idea generation tools, concept development, prototyping, and pitch presentations. Experienced innovation professionals will learn new methods, tools, and concepts. It’s fall and it’s time to go back to school.

Public Innovation Training, NW Indiana

Gregg Fraley

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. Public Training Offering — Getting Innovation Started. Attention Michiana, NW Indiana, Chicago. Establish Fundamentals and Avoid Pitfalls. Gregg Fraley Innovation (GFi) and The Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest Collaborate on Public Training Seminar.

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? Is it a “pitch” culture where ideas for projects get a chance to be put into play? Is a failure truly viewed as a learning experience or as a career killer?

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. For those that learn and practice the science — it’s a competitive advantage. Do You Wish To Accelerate Innovation? Get Training! What I also often find is inexperience.

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. Does Any CEO Have the Luxury to Ignore Digital Transformation and Innovation? Gregg Fraley and Karen Kirby, copyright 2017. Innovation + Business + Technology = Digital Leadership. Turnover of CEOs is already high, about 14.9 % a year as of 2016*.

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 are a bigger idea than musical creations. Conceptual blending was brought to my attention by Michael Michalko in his fine book Creative Thinkering , but the idea of concept blending was first articulated by Arthur Koestler back in the 50’s. The idea of a scanned, or traced field on a cathode ray tube came to him when he was plowing a field. Breakthrough ideas are elusive.

Empower Operational Employees to Innovate

Gregg Fraley

Companies are investing in innovation training, mostly learning frameworks like Lean, Agile, or Design Thinking. When asked to support innovation, or integrate new ideas from an innovation team, they resist — because they are being paid to execute, not experiment. The “ideas” become complaints. Then there is usually not enough communication about what is done with the few ideas that do have merit. She submitted the idea the next day.

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. You’ll find that the images and ideas you get will flow better as your imagination faucet gets unclogged and the valve gets greased. You’ll need to learn how to use what your imagination is giving you.

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? It’s assumed that the team of idea people will just do combinations organically. You will see things, and ideas will pop up, that you would otherwise have missed. It’s deep idea exploration.

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. The work of Del Close , who shaped the serious play of long form Improv and Viola Spolin , who invented Improv as an art form — is really about using play to learn. All that said, simple more straightforward ideas for play in day-to-day behavior are harder to come by. DO NOT do this to an idea that’s just come out of someone’s mouth.

Dance Your Challenge

Gregg Fraley

Gary’s learning was that it all starts in the body. We stopped the music and jammed ideas for cleaning products, and wow, did the ideas fly. Give yourself a chance “ Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Creativity and Self-Expression Idea Generation Improvisation Inspirational body work Creativity dance Gary Schwartz Harry Wayne Casey improv Innovation KC and the Sunshine Band self-expression Viola SpolinShake Your Booty.

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Innovation 2015 or Five Lame Excuses?

Gregg Fraley

I don’t know how to do innovation — start a project and learn as you go! Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Humor Idea Generation Idea Management Innovation Inspirational Open Innovation CPS Creativity design thinking Five Lame Excuses to Delay Innovation Front End of Innovation Gregg Fraley Innovation 2015 innovation culture innovation methodolgy innovation planning Jimmy Olsen Jimmy Olsen''s Blues Kiln KILN''s FuseTrail Kryptonite Lean Lois Lane Spin Doctors Superman

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." by Todd Bookman (with permission). .

The Risk of Not Innovating

Gregg Fraley

Learn as you go! You won’t have a pipeline of ideas and nascent products and services. Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Entrepreneurial Guerilla Innovation Idea Generation Innovation Intrapreneurship assessments business growth Creativity culture Gibson Insurance Gregg Fraley innovation process innovation projects insurance riskI recently was a guest blogger for Gibson Insurance and I wrote this piece about the risk of Not Innovating.

Projects Are How Innovation Happens

Gregg Fraley

Having beers and kicking ideas around are not innovation. Idea Campaigns are not innovation. Learn as you go and use the lovely techniques and concepts that best fit your organization. If you want proof of this idea that it’s all about projects just see what Min Basadur , Edwards Demming , and Joseph Juran say about how to innovate and change and improvement in organizational culture. Projects, Projects, Projects.

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. 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? Review the data the questions generated.

Spigit’s 2018 Fall Product Release: Machine Learning, New Use Cases, and More


Boost efficiency with new machine learning capabilities for both ideators and administrators accelerating the idea generation process. Want to learn more about Spigit’s 2018 Fall Product Release? The post Spigit’s 2018 Fall Product Release: Machine Learning, New Use Cases, and More appeared first on Spigit. The wait is over. Spigit’s 2018 fall product release is here, complete with industry-first capabilities and exciting new enhancements!

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GFi Innovation Public Training Course

Gregg Fraley

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. Innovation team leaders and project managers learn what it takes to keep cycles spinning from year to year. More ideas, better ideas, and tools for amping and refining ideas.

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).

Focusing on Innovation for our Energy Transition we are all undertaking

Paul Hobcraft

We need to switch from fossil fuel into renewables, and the whole shift of significant invested assets for power generation and distribution have to accommodate an energy mix that provides us electricity certainty 24 x 7. Technological and systemic innovation is incredibly important to the end-user sectors of transport, industry, and buildings, as well as replacing and upgrading much of the overall system design and operation to generate increased electrification.

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MICRO-LEARNING for Innovators (in just 15 minutes per week)

Idea Champions

Which is precisely why my company, Idea Champions , is now offering Micro-Learning for Innovators , a cost-effective way to stir the innovation soup -- a virtual, self-organizing, just-in-time way to increase everyone's ability to be a proactive innovator on-the-job. TOPICS INCLUDE: Mindset, Culture of Innovation, Creative Thinking, Idea Generation, Brainstorm Facilitation, Storytelling, Leadership, Teamwork/Collaboration, Listening/Feedback, Problem Solving.