The other day I was playing a board game with my kids and I honestly can say I had the time of my life. Later, I did some self-reflection that resulted in what I wouldn’t call a groundbreaking realization, but it definitely shook my understanding of how I want my life to be. Here it is – I am so much more creative and inspired when I am not at work! Ha! – told you, not earth shattering. But that also made me question myself – how come there is a difference between my work and play self, and more importantly – why should there be any?
3.Take a new view to gain an entirely new perspective.
While associative brainstorming and looking at other businesses helps you find entirely new paths, finding a new view works when you’re on the right track but just not able to nail it down.
Gaining an entirely new perspective technique 1: WHAT IF
It’s that feeling of being so close, but not quite there. “What if-ing” is an appreciative brainstorming technique used to expand on ideas. It can expand average ideas into excellent ones. It eliminates “yeah butting,” discourages filibustering, and other common tactics used to put ideas down. And, it can generate brilliant solutions for difficult problems.
In general people tend to brainstorm in groups. That particular method of generating ideas has become a standard solution for teams trying to solve problems.
However due to globalisation, organisational challenges, time and resources you see more and more companies organising idea campaigns in the cloud where participants are brainstorming and coming up with ideas on their own.
This article will change your innovation management vision for sure. At least for 20%.
Every now and then, I attend a management conference. Usually what I hear is the following: The current environment is characterized by rapid technological change, shortening product life cycles and globalizing. All organizations need to adapt to this dynamic environment and be more creative and innovative to survive, compete, grow and lead. To beat the new entrants, aka the startups, innovation is the key! Then startups enter stage. Wow, is the general word I hear from the audience, when the startup guy, usually in jeans and beard, explains his success story.
When it comes to art of provocation, getting it right (or in this case up) is where it’s at. Don’t think so? There are many benefits employing provocation and playfulness in an organization and the returns can be limitless. By playing on cultural taboos, organizations can unlock radical innovation, enhance thinking processes and tap into valuable opportunities. What is more, the role of provocation is an important element in humor-driven innovation (see this link). This article will enhance the art of provoking the other and getting away with it; results guaranteed.
Finally I am completely surrounded. I have that feeling of being somewhat overwhelmed, I can’t twist and turn anymore, it simply will not go away. Do I throw myself off the building or decide to listen a little longer? It really is forcing me to think.
Today it seems whenever I pick up a business book each chapter has a section on it. Also I seem not to be able to not fall over all the articles extolling its virtues, I mindlessly Google it and you can see your whole life flash before you, if you decided to investigate this seriously.
Wondering where good ideas come from is like asking: “What makes the world go round?” Everyone has an elaborate, and often charming, theory about it. This article in the Wall Street Journal, for example, amasses a collection of principles from some of the world’s most inspiring (and inspired) start-up mentors. Attacking practical problems, venturing into weird places, turning to history and not rushing the process are all valuable advice when attempting to light the creative spark for the next innovation project. In effect, good ideas for innovation can emerge from anywhere and it is usually a persistent (and unique) ambition that lies behind them.
In a previous post we looked at the importance of seed ideas, thinking in the future state, and ten tips for stimulating creativity. In this follow-up post let's take a look at four core competencies of creativity, and how they relate to online collaboration.
As an innovation manager you have the enviable task of stimulating creativity across the organization, and channeling it towards the strategic goals of the company - ultimately creating breakthrough innovations. Lots of techniques exist for small-group creativity workshops, but stimulating creativity in online environments is relatively new. Let’s look at some advice and see how it translates to this world.
The Winter 2014 special edition of Scientific American Mind is a treasure trove of insights on creativity. From why creative people often seem weirder than the rest of us, to how serious play makes us better adjusted, smarter, and less stressed. In particular though, several articles caught my attention in relation to innovation management and the practice of building an online community.