Five Questions to rattle your cage.
Smart companies and organizations keep asking themselves the important core questions. What business are we really in? Who are our customers? How might we become more innovative? How do we grow our business?
The challenge is when the answers don’t change. What was new and insightful becomes numbingly familiar. There’s no return on questions. Chances are it’s time to ask some cage-rattling questions.
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How to warm up your creative brain
You’ve just been to a meeting where Excel spreadsheets are projected on a screen. Next, you’re invited to participate in another meeting for a brainstorming session.
Chances are you need a mental reset button.
So how do you warm up your creative, divergent thinking brain? I call them Inotivities – any activity that’s a catalyst for innovation and creativity. One I use often is called Impossible Thinking.
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Don’t own your problem, pass it on.
One of my favorite writers and thinkers is Dan Pink. This Summer, Dan has sequestered
himself in a office somewhere in Virginia –steadily working on his new book: To Sell is Human:
The Surprising Truth about Moving Others.
Recently, Dan wrote Flip — 16 Counter Intuitive Ideas About Motivation, Innovation and Leadership. At the end of this blog, I will show you how you can get a copy from Dan’s Website.
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Stuck? Download free Inotivity card deck.
Ideo does it. Apple does it. Innovative companies from around the world do it.
They get unstuck by finding and using the right tools. At IDEO, it may be simply asking “Why?” Then, again “Why?” And then three more “Whys” until you get the core of a problem.
The great Dick Orkin used to begin radio creativity sessions by letting everyone tell a story related to the client’s problem or product. The stories became fodder for radio commercials.
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It’s time to rethink groupthink.
Recently, I spoke at the IFCA (Insurance and Financial Communicators Association) in Nashville. I put up a large slide that had a single word: Groupthink.
I asked the audience what they thought of this word. Was it positive or negative? Like most groups, they agreed that it was negative. Then, I boldly said, “my mission to help you begin to see Groupthink as a positive.”
It’s not speaker’s hyperbole.
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The One Million Dollar Question
Imagine for a moment that you are standing center stage and you can win $1,000,000 if you answer a single question correctly. Here is the question:
A new chief executive, one of the youngest in his nation’s history, is being sworn into office on a bleak, cold cloudy day in January. Standing beside him is his predecessor, a military leader who has led the nation through a world war. The new chief executive was raised as a catholic and rose to ...Continue Reading ?
Inotivity Survey reveals lack of awareness of ideation techniques
Imagine opening a new store, stocking the shelves full of a hundreds of products and discovering that consumers buy only one of your products.
The savvy entrepreneur would probably toss most of the shelf-hogging SKUs and let the rainmaker product reign supreme.
And that’s precisely what’s happening in the idea generation field. In a national survey, conducted by Inotivity, there is a surprising lack of awareness of different ideation techniques. This echoes the results our colleagues at SmartStorming received in a 2010 survey.
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