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Improving Your Idea Generating Skills… by  Paul Williams

A hunch is your creativity trying to tell you something” – Unknown

So where do you find yourself and what are you doing when you get a great idea…or any idea?

I’ll bet that you said something close to one of these:

Cultivating Innovation When The Future Is Unknowable by Joe Brewer via Ralph-Ohr

Sometimes what we think we know is more consequential than what we actually know.  As we nestled into our beds on the night of September 10th, 2001 most of us did not know that we would awaken to a terrorist attack that would unleash a decade of global unrest.

Before You Decide Vision Is Passé: 8 Reasons Why Vision Matters by Jesse Lyn Stoner

Have you ever been part of a team that magically came together? -where everyone thoroughly enjoyed being part of the team, worked together in synchronicity, and where you were really proud of what you accomplished?

The Rise of Shared Value by Arie Goldshlager

The JWT’s trendspotters recently included The Rise of Shared Value in their Top Ten trends for 2012:

Large Organizations and the Business Model Canvas by Paul Hobcraft

Recently I was having a ‘conversation’ with Alexander Osterwalder concerning the limited adoption of the Business Model Canvas within large organizations. I was asking him if he agreed and if he had any thoughts on this.

                                                                                                                                                 How permission to innovate leads to accidental innovation by Jorge Barba

Two weeks ago I wrote about the four signs that show that you have a culture of innovation. Well here’s another one:

A good sign that you’re innovating is when employees don’t ask for permission to do so. They just do it.

Use Your Value Proposition to Avoid Fatal Business Models by Tim Kastelle

What do you think of when you think of Swiss Watches?

You probably think of high-end brands, that have been making well-crafted watches for many years. Brands like Rolex, or Patek Philippe, or George Clooney and his Omega:

2012 – The Year of the Interface by Greg Satell

Besides his impressive array of trysts, Captain Kirk had very little on today’s average Joe. Personal communicators are now old hat, tricorders are right around the corner and even teleportation no longer seems completely out of reach.

Reinventing Collaboratively by Deborah Mills-Scofield

After co-creating on Business Model Generation with author Alex Osterwalder, I received an invitation from Steve Denning to review a book he was writing on transforming management (The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management).

Are You Standing Out Today? By Nilofer Merchant

People buy two categories of things.

The distinct. And the generic.

The distinct items are the things that have a limited commodity, that are artisan in nature, that are worth paying a premium for. They stand out for some reason. The generic items are, well, the things you find on Amazon.

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Sorry, Marketing’s 4P framework is not dead.. by Wim Rampen

Why Do B-Schools Still Teach The Famed 4P’s Of Marketing, When Three Are Dead?That was the question raised by Jens Martin Skibsted and Rasmus Bech Hansen and it received some good traction. Skibsted and Hansen argue that the only P of the four alive is Product.

4 Roles for Your Innovation Team by Tim Kastelle

Here’s a persistent innovation management question: is it better to have a dedicated team responsible for innovation, or should this responsibility be distributed throughout your entire organisation? The best answer depends on your circumstances. But if you set up a dedicated team, it’s important to consider what role you want them to play. There are four different roles that a dedicated innovation team can fill.

Reward insight or reward ideas? Both and… by Jorge Barba

This is a tricky question.

First of all, insights are different from ideas. Insights are more important than ideas. Breakthrough businesses are build on insights, not ideas. Ideas come after the insight. Yet in innovation circles we constantly hear that we should reward people for coming up with ideas. What about rewarding people for insights?

The Ultimate Code by Greg Satell

Digeratti are an unusual bunch.  Branded with distinctive facial hair configurations and fueled by caffeine, they run around coding, pitching, inventing and envisioning a bold new future.

GEN Z IN THE WORKPLACE – THOUGHTS AFTER #TCHAT by Pam Ross

There was a great discussion, and at times, debate, on #TChat last week, all about Generation Z and the workplace.  It feels like we just learned about Gen Y and how to engage them in the workplace, and it’s already time to prepare for Gen Z!

What Do Workplace Pit Bulls Do to Accountability? By Kate Nasser

Leaders, do you appoint someone the workplace pit bull believing it will make everyone more responsible and accountable? Let’s considerwhat workplace pit bulls do to accountability.

Two Collaborative Care Case Studies by Arie Goldshlager

The Collaborative Chronic Care Network (C3N) is certainly a very inspiring case of Collaborative Care Networks:

“Americans receive only 50% of recommended care and typically perform only about half of the “self-management” procedures and behaviors necessary to keep them healthy.

Explained: Why We Don’t Like Change by Heidi Grant Halvorson via Ralp-Ohr

Thinking about trying to shake things up at work? Brimming with new ideas and strategies? Hoping to get your organization to try a new way of doing things, or maybe just get your family to alter their holiday traditions a bit? Good for you.

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Can consumers discover what they want in products and services by designing them? By Arie Goldshlager

“It is in design that people find what they want. Furthermore, consumer involvement in product/service design almost always gets creative results.

 

How to Pay People by Dan Ariely

Most of the time, when you hire people you don’t want to specify exactly what they are to do and how much they would get paid—you don’t want to say if you do X you will get this much, and if you do Y you will get that much.

 

What is Intelligence? By Greg Satell

We know intelligence when we see it.  Witty repartee at a cocktail party. Outstanding results on standardized tests.  Winning the big prize on a quiz show.

 

The T-Model and Strategies for Hiring IA Practitioners: Part 1 by Nathaniel Davis

In 2004, UX design professional Peter Boersma suggested that information architecture was one of the many disciplines that come together to shape the multidisciplinary practice of user experience design for the Web.

Making the Most of Analogies by Peter Lloyd via Ralph-Ohr

It has happened to me. I know it has happened to you. You’re making a point in a political, philosophical, or personal argument. A brilliant analogy pops into your head and you use it, confident you will make your point.

Clay Shirky Says Good Collaboration is Structured Fighting by

Joe Brockmeier

Companies and projects focusing on large-scale collaboration might want to start thinking about collaboration in a new way. Clay Shirky, author of  Here Comes Everybody closed out the second day ofLinuxCon North America 2011 with a contrarian look at collaboration. While many treat collaboration as a “love fest” or harmonious interaction, Shirky put forward the idea that productive methods of fighting are the most successful, particularly in open source.

3 Fascinating Facts About Our Brilliant Brains by Margarita Tarrakovsky

Our brains do a lot of work behind the scenes to help us function and thrive. But we largely know this already.

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The Finnish Awesomeness and Entrepreneurship by Riitta Raesmaa

Something exceptional is happening here in Finland. However I think that the foundation for that has existed a long time, only to wait its time to come. And it seems that the time is here and now. Let me explain.

Who’s Next – A spotlight on innovative thinkers who are changing the future of business. FastCompany via Ralph-Ohr

We’re helping people make decisions faster and in a better way,” says Christy Liu, cofounder and director of marketing at Wanderfly. “We’re also getting people to travel more. The whole idea of the site is about inspriation, so what we hope to do and what we are already doing is is getting people sort of off their bums and traveling the world.

The Customer Is Always Wrong by Wim Rampen

I think the Customer is wrong many more times than she’s right..

Customers don’t fill out (online) forms like they should, they don’t read the terms and conditions when they buy, they are wrong about what they thought they read (somewhere), about how to use your product and how to maintain it..

 

Co-Creating Business Models by Deborah Mills-Scofield

In 2009,  I was privileged to co-create an awesome book, Business Model Generation, with Alex Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur.     Co-creating the book with Alex was an amazing experience, created some lasting friendships with other co-creators, and of course Alex.  After Angela Dunn‘s monthly twitter-chat, #ideachat, I decided to ask Alex what made him decide to do co-create this book:

Your Customers’ Big Irritation is a Big Opportunity by Arie Goldshlager

I found this Don Sull  “top 10” field guide to clues for hidden breakthrough opportunities article packed full of instructive observations. Please note particularly:

 

Let’s Be A Little More Creative About Creativity. And What Does Collective Creativiry Means? By Idris Mootee

Scholarly interest in creativity ranges widely: Topics to which it is relevant include the relationship between creativity and general intelligence; the mental and neurological processes associated with creative activity; the relationship between personality type and creative ability; the relationship between creativity and mental health;

The Fat File by Patti Blackstaffe

Do you keep a file that holds all of the awards, recognition and comments made to you about your performance?  I do.  I keep everything written about my performance by the companies for whom I have worked in addition to the customers and clients I have served and I call it my Fat File.

How to Perform Under Pressure by Greg Satell

Okay, it’s your big day.  Everything is on the line.  All of your blood and sweat has led up to this point and now it really matters.  What happens next is up to you.

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Creative thinking is not a one time activity by Jorge Barba

Late last year, in response to an article that stated that you need to stifle your creativity in order to get promoted, I argued that you needed to become a credible innovator to cut through the smoke and keep those objections at bay.

 

Pave the way for impact by striking a balance between the small and the big Jenny Comiskey via Ralph Ohr

Attempting to solve large-scale social challenges can be an overwhelming task. They are the domain of messy, interdependent, complicated issues, outdated models, and often mired in the status quo. It’s not unusual to face a paralysis in action or become stuck in endless debate when attempting change within this environment.

 

Iteration, Collaboration, and Innovation by Deborah Mills-Scofield

 “Even a brown box can be innovative when you think about supply chain, how you bring it to market,” Waite says. But that can only happen if you provide an atmosphere where your employees’ innovation can thrive.

 

Mind the Gap by Tim  Kastelle

I did a workshop last week with a group working on improving innovation within the Australian school system. I played my normal role of grenade-thrower, errr, thought-provoker on the topic of innovation, while working with eight other people that all have backgrounds in education.

 

Five Easy Ways To Tell If An Organization Is Really Values-Driven by Jesse Lyn Stoner

What do Zappos, Ben and Jerry’s, and Southwest Airlines have in common? They are all financially successful, values-driven companies.

 

How to Fix the System by Greg Satell

Pissed off at the system?  Most people are, as they should be. Systems suck.  Anybody who says he likes the system is either a liar, a fool or the guy who created it in the first place.

 

How NOT to Disrupt Yourself or The Pioneer-Maintainer’s Dilemna by Marion Chapsal

After read­ing @JohnsonWhitney’s excel­lent post on Har­vard Busi­ness Review, “Dis­rupt Your­self”, which encour­ages pio­neer and innovator’s val­ues, one of the com­ments caught my attention.

 

Towards Implementing Effective Employee-Driven Innovation Systems by Arie Goldshlager

This article outlines several of my key findings from a recent implementation of an Employee-Driven Innovation system.  The system facilitated generation, evaluation, development, promotion, and selection of employees’ ideas:

 

Ray Anderson: how to show the art of the possible by Mallen Baker

Ray Anderson has sadly lost his fight against cancer.
It’s worth reflecting on the example he gave, because it isn’t just that he was an inspirational figure who argued for a sustainable business model.

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Tackling Complexity and Wicked Problems with Design Thinking by Thierry de Baillon and Ralph-Ohr

The world we live in becomes increasingly complex. Complex systems in different areas of our life, such as business, environment, economy etc. involve ever larger numbers of interacting elements.

 

The Economics of Co-Creation. Can What Happened To Microbrewery Happens To The Auto Industry? By Idris Mootee

A lot of talk and interest around the concept of co-creation. It is no question that this is going to have asting implications of how products and experiences are designed, developed and marketed.

 

Is the customer always [or rarely] right? By Arie Goldshlager

This quote from Charlie Trotter was recently featured as a metacool Thought of the Day on Diego Rodriguez’s blog:

 

Innovation: The Age of the Heretic by Deb Mills-Scofield

For some reason, I’ve always been fascinated with the word “heretic”.  Perhaps it’s the Devil’s Advocate in me (oh! What a pun!).  Perhaps its because I love being ‘heretical.’ Perhaps its because being heretical is key to innovating.  And this word has been around for millennia! 

 

Design thinking The new office by John Hagel and John Seely Brown

From exercising with Wii to staying at boutique hotels, we are increasingly immersed in designed experiences. Our expectations grow. Even previously prosaic objects become better-designed set pieces in the scenes of our life, mimicking what the media show us we can have. From soap dishes to store signage, what is mundane we pass over for the more elegant alternative. 

 

Become A Critical Thinker by Karen Christensen

It is of course important to recognize that many people are working hard to create a better world – animal rights groups such as PETA, the Farm Sanctuary, the Humane Society, groups like Amnesty International and environmental groups trying to curb destruction of the planet are a few that come to mind. But what is missing is a conversation about what is at the root of all the problems these groups and other advocacy groups are attempting to address:

 

Innovation’s Nine Critical Success Factors by Vijay Govindarajan

Your organization won’t innovate productively unless some underlying factors are in good shape. If “10” is outstanding and “1” is poor, how do you rate your organization on each of these?

 

Innovation Lessons from Orson Welles by Tim Kastelle

I’m still in Italy, where one of the topics of conversation is the recent special issue of The Economist, which discussed some of the problems that the economy here has experienced during the Berlusconi years (the special articles are summarised and linked here).

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Diversity, complexity, chaos and working smarter by Harold Jarche via Ralp-Ohr

Here are some of the things I learned via Twitter this past week.

What Diversity Really Means by Alicia Arenas

There was a pretty fantastic Twitter conversation happening last week on #TChat; it was about diversity. Be sure to check out the preview on MonsterThinking and the #TChat recap.

 

SOMETHING NEW: MEASURING TEAM IQ by Karsten Jonsen via Arie Goldshlager

Teams have intelligence just like individual people do. But the intelligence factor of human groups is not simply the average of its members, in fact that has only little to do with it.

This Space Intentionally Left White by Sabina Nawaz

Looking for an edge over your competition? Searching for an untapped market? Try slowing down to see more, two hours at a time.

 

 

Value Co-Creation Canvas by Wim Rampen

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6 Ways to Spot Liars and Fools by Greg Sattel

Some people are dishonest, some are just plain stupid and lots write articles and provide commentary.  Inevitably there’s going to be some intersection between the three sets.

Random Thoughts On Muggles, Magic And Design Thinking by Idris Mootee

For those of you who are not familiar with Muggles, they are people who are incapable of magic, and who are usually unaware of the wizarding world. Design Thinking is sort of like wizardries, it takes certain type of people with the certain type of training, Hogwarts or Harvard.

Laughter sets your mind free by Jorge Barba

A few days ago I was part of a brainstorming session for a client who recently opened a new restaurant in Mexico. The goal of the brainstorming session was to come up with ideas on how to create an experience that would make customers talk about it to their friends.

Picking the Big Idea by Nilofer Merchant

Most of us make things happen, get results, and deliver. But ask us if we’re focused on building our vision, on our big goals or if we even know what our big goal is, and what will likely follow is some combination of this: a big pause, or a look down at the carpeted floor, or talk of corporate handcuffs, or a nervous laugh, or a sudden change of subject.

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Creating ‘Places of Possibility’ by Rotman via Ralph-Ohr

With the analogue generation still in control of the organization and the digital generation performing the daily work, clashes are imminent and inevitable.

 

Make Little Bets for Innovation Success by Tim kastelle

To succeed at innovation, you need to be making a lot of little bets. What are little bets? According to Peter Sims in his excellent book called Little Bets, they are:

 

Caffeine: It Undermines Performance on Collaborative Tasks for Men, Enhances It For Women by Bob Sutton

I can’t believe that I missed this study reported by BPS research last January.  Way cool.  It compared the performance of men working in pairs to women working pairs.

 

Three Ways to Get the Most Out of Each Moment by Jesse Lyn Stoner

Learn from the past, plan for the future, and live in the present.

How can you have a vision and live in the present? Don’t you live for the future?

 

Rockstart Studios knows how to innovate by Jorge Barba

Yesterday I wrote about how innovation requires courage. It takes guts and vision to do something that is so remarkable, that it changes everything. Here then, is a great example.

 

The Surplus Society by Luke Williams

If you’re seeking disruptive innovation with a team—or even if you’re doing it alone—you need to identify the assumptions that seem to influence the way insiders (and often outsiders) think about your industry, segment, or category.

 

Going flat? Creating the freedom to succeed by Dov Seidman via Arie Goldshlager

What if leaders of flat organisations invested as much effort in inspiring people to build cultures without “boxes” by constructing a new mindset for the behaviour they want as they invest in deconstructing the vertical and functional restraints that limit space in hierarchical structures?

 

Design Thinking, Business Transformation And The Creative Enterprise. By Idris Mootee

It is time to take a look at the report card of our design for business organization, management and strategy. After half a century of quality movement, brand management, marketing and catefory management, globalization, customer service automation and organizational design fine-tuning, we should have a pretty good of idea of what is working and what is not.

 

What Are You Telling the World? By Kare Anderson

How do others perceive you? How well do you anticipate another person’s discomfort before the person freezes up and becomes paralyzed, withdrawn, or even destructive in a situation.

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P&G: A Very Early Open Innovation Adopter by Deb Mills-Scofield

(This post ends the summary of fabulous stories and interactions at the 3rd Open Innovation (OI) Summit at BW’s Center for Innovation & Growth: Practical Challenges of Global Open Innovation featuring P&G on April 21st.)

 

Innovation Myth: Ideas Spread Quickly by Tim Kastelle

When scientists first started talking about Artificial Intelligence in the 1950s and 1960s, a lot of the discussion centred around how to best create AI that would think like people do. This view of AI has dominated our imagination ever since.

 

The Contingent Effect of Absorptive Capacity: An Open Innovation Analysis by Andrew A. King and Karim R. Lakhani  

Does experience with adopting technology improve a person’s capacity for inventing better technology? On the other hand, does invention experience increase the capacity for adoption?

 

How to Create Fantastic Media User Experience by Greg Satell

An American jurist once famously remarked that, although he couldn’t define pornography, he knows it when he sees it.  In other words, porn looks like porn, seedy and crass (or so I’ve heard).  Nobody would mistake it for anything else.

 

The future is podular by Dave Gray

One of the most difficult challenges companies face today is how to be more flexible and adaptive in a dynamic, volatile business environment. How do you build a company that can identify and capitalize on opportunities, navigate around risks and other challenges, and respond quickly to changes in the environment? How do you embed that kind of agility into the DNA of your company?

 

Superstar Leadership: Workplace Damage Control by Meghan Biro

I’ve written lately about various aspects of workplace culture – People are always the number one consideration in my opinion. This topic always directly relates to recruitment and employee retention. It’s inescapable.

 

Presentation: Customer Service, Serious Business? By Wim Rampen

Early february I wrote a post titled: Because it is time you take Customer Service seriously. For my speaking engagement on the 2011 Dutch Customer Contact Days in Utrecht this week, I translated the post into a 30-minute presentation, I’d like to share with you here.

 

Stories From the Field: Insights for Intern Training and Mentoring by Danielle McCulloch

This Story from the Field is based on Fuentek’s real-world experience with training tech transfer interns at a major research university

 

A $300 idea that is priceless by Schumpeter via @ralph_ohr

Applying the world’s business brains to housing the poor

 

From Personalized to Empathetic Technologies by Bradley Kreit via @ariegoldshlager

 

There’s a lot to like about Eli Pariser’s recent TED talk about the ways in which algorithms designed to personalize our experiences of digital information, in effect, put us into information bubbles. In effect, he argues that as sites like Google and Facebook customize and increasingly large percentage of the content we see, we’ll naturally, and without our knowledge, be exposed to a progressively narrower range of new ideas and information.

 

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Design Thinking Is Failed Experiment? How Can That Be Because The Experiments Have Barely Started? Bruce, Not Too Fast! By Idris Mootee

This is my response to Bruce Nussbaum’s lastest Fast Company’s blog declaring “Design Thinking” is over and that he is moving on to something new. He is calling it “Creative Quotient” which is really his new book, I was wondering why he would make that statement.

 

Mental Bodybuilding for Knowledge Workers by Riitta Raesmaa

I stumbled upon a beautiful video about Michael Wolff, an acknowledged British graphic designer. I am not a part of the design professionals’ clan, but his message touched me. I think his way of thinking is applicable to all of us knowledge workers who are trying to cope with the changing work environment.

 

Is subtractive thinking the new normal? By Jorge barba

Apple is on everybody’s minds these days. Yesterday, along with my partner and new team member ( @dario_rivera), I was talking to a client about a few observations we had about some processes in their restaurant operation and how we think they are creating bottlenecks.

 

Innovation Without Entrepreneurship Doesn’t Make A Lucrative Business by Andrew Penny via @ralph_ohr

A lot has been said about creating an Innovative Culture. Research labs, government departments and agencies are all trying to figure out just how to make us innovate. The thought being that innovation equals wealth creation.

 

Understanding the Language of Innovation by H. James Wilson via @ariegoldshlager

We all know innovation has its own language conventions, rich with revolutions, evolutions, ecosystems, and more. This may seem like a harmless dialect that simply reflects the nature of the work.

 

Structure, Agency and Open Innovation by Greg Sattel

As a young student, Nobel laureate Eugene Wigner took up physics because he felt stupid in math class.  John von Neumann, his classmate at the Fasori Gimnázium and one of the great mathematical geniuses of the 20th century, was simply in another league.

 

The Antibodies Sitting in the Innovation Petri Dish by Paul Hobcraft

For many years I’ve been fascinated by these ‘Corporate Antibodies’ that we find in that classic management pathology that instinctively rejects and refuses to alter its ways, so as to protect itself.

 

The AIR Model (Action, Intention, Result)by Sinan Alhir

Human nature and every human endeavor can generally be explored as a Meaningfully-Purposeful Enterprise relative to two dimensions, a system dimension and a socio-cultural dimension, with hundreds if not thousands of perspectives/paradigms, models, bodies of knowledge, etc.

 

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