Category Archives: new ideas

Looking for new ideas? Check out Futurists top 10 forecasts

Need a little spark to your thinking? Take a look at the following top ten trends from the World Future Society’s Outlook report for what’s on the innovation horizon.  Factoring even just one these into your idea generating practice will … Continue reading

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Insights into Your Creativity – Life in a Day

There’s a great opportunity to take part in a global creativity event and plant idea seeds for your World Creativity and Innovation Week celebrations April 15 – 21, happening in nine months. How serendipitous that this door is opening now, … Continue reading

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Looking for new solutions? Ask new questions. Here’s how.

When new questions are asked, new solutions often result because what hadn’t been thought of becomes the focus of attention. Challenging assumptions to ask new questions is one of many techniques used to crack open new thinking. An easy way … Continue reading

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Tired of pushing buttons? Why not tap your palms?

Carnegie Melon PhD Candidate Chris Harrison and team developed a technology so you don’t have to write with ink on your palm to remember phone numbers, or to find your digital device to place a call. Skinput works by tapping … Continue reading

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Idea generating intelligence lacking…study

Smartstorming, another creativity consulting firm, released study findings showing their network of contacts are unfamiliar with techniques used for idea generating. InnovationTools author Chuck Frey reports on in like this: Respondents agreed with the idea that “knowing and using different … Continue reading

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Challenging assumptions: Getting beyond-the-usual ideas

Need some fresh thinking? Distractions can prevent new ideas from bubbling to the surface.  Pressures from taking care of business, or the kids, second-guessing what others would think or how to influence important people to say yes impacts people’s willingness … Continue reading

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Creative Process Map – the truth inside the experience

Many creative processes are represented in simple ways (see Which Creative Problem Solving Model do you use). This map by Viruscomix shows more of the life inside the experience, including the self-doubt, the rework, the critics, etc. To see a … Continue reading

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Did You Know…why creativity is important for leaders and managers

Organizations that win/create the future are rebels and subversives. They break rules, they cheat. (Gary Hamel, Competing for the Future, 1994). They use creative thinking processes and behaviors to invent exciting futures that are not extrapolations from the past. These … Continue reading

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Do incentives work to motivate creativity? Dan Pink says no.

Are you a manager or leader for innovation? Pay heed. The world of working is changing in another brand new way. Dan Pink provides researched evidence that shows incentives demotivate rather than encourage new thinking. So, how might you engage … Continue reading

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In-flight toilet tax, vertical seats. More airline innovations.

In the old days checking in, going through security and boarding flights took less than an hour.  We could keep our shoes and belts on. We used real silverware during in-flight meals that were served at no extra cost beyond … Continue reading

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