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What is Intelligence? By Greg Sattel

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.


Why Most Meetings Suck by Ellen Weber

When Tom Hansen said most meetings suck, he hit on a rampant waste of human talent today.

That problem begs the question: How do you engage talents, considering that:


Innovation When All You Have is a Noodle by Tim Kastelle

Most of the inspirational innovation stories that we hear are about technology firms like Google, Amazon and Apple. This sometimes makes it difficult to help people find the connections to their work if they are in less sexy industries, like mining, education or government.


Diagnose and Cure Team Drift by  Jesse Lyn Stoner

One of the most common complaints I hear from managers is, “I want to re-energize our team. We used to be cohesive and enjoy working together.


The Science of Irrationality by Jonah Lehrer via Ralph Ohr

Here’s a simple arithmetic question: “A bat and ball cost $1.10. The bat costs $1 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?”

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A few weeks ago, I was driving by an abandoned Ford plant in Lorain, OH.   The plant, a key regional employer closed in 2005.  What struck me were the parking lots.  Some of them had become fields!


Is innovation really going to save the economy? By Jorge Barba

First of all, I’m not even sure what we want out of innovation. If we take what we see out there as a signal, then we sure aren’t innovating anything.


Creativity in Business: My Interview with Bill Smith, PhD by Michelle James

Interview # 31 in our Creativity in Business Thought Leader Series is with 
Bill Smith, PhD, President of  ODII. Bill is an innovative thinker and practitioner in the field of leadership, organization and social development.


Service Design: The Most Important Term You Haven’t Heard Of by Darren Weiss

James Rock, the managing director and chief business designer for Cultivar Consulting Limited, a business and services design consultancy, talks about service design, its benefits and why it’s important for your business.

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The Art of Impossibility  by Umair Haque

Here’s a thought to chew on while you’re considering your new year’s resolution: if it’s not laughably impossible, hopelessly impractical, preposterously insurmountable—stop. Start over. You’re not doing it right.

The Neuroscience Of Music by John Lehrer

Why does music make us feel? On the one hand, music is a purely abstract art form, devoid of language or explicit ideas. The stories it tells are all subtlety and subtext. And yet, even though music says little, it still manages to touch us deep, to tickle some universal nerves.

Innovation – A New Match Between Need and Solution by Ralph-Christian Ohr

While revisiting some collected innovation readings, I recognized that it might be important to briefly emphasize again one “fundamental”: the distinction between needs and solutions.


A Rationale for Pursuing Open Innovation by Stefan Lindegaard

CoDev 2011 is coming up next week in Scottsdale, AZ. As part of the effort to build exciting for the event, for which serves as a media sponsor, they hosted a webinar last week entitled “Expanding Open Innovation Networks to Solve Difficult Technology Roadblocks.”


Passion and Plasticity – The Neurobiology of Passion by John Hagel

What if you could evolve and shape your brain in ways that help you to get better faster? What if you could unleash a virtuous cycle that connects passion, practice and performance? 

9 Practices for Cultivating Creative Aliveness by Michelle James

The following practices are not necessarily in a linear order, and you might go back and forth between them. It’s not as much about a sequence as it is about engaging and responding in the moment: sometimes listening receptively; others times creating it out actively.

Laser Focused Products Are More Emotional by Jorge Barba

This post isn’t about Steve Jobs, it’s about emotion and how to create it with your product.


Meetings and Bosshole Behavior: A Classic Case By Bob Sutton

One of the themes in Good Boss, Bad Boss, as well as some of my past academic research (see this old chapter on meetings as status contests), is that bosses and other participants use meetings to establish and retain prestige and power.


Powerful And Affordable Real Time Data Mining, Visualization And Interactions Are Powering Up A New Culture Act – And Enabling “Infovation”. By Idris Mootee

Just landed in Rhode Island and spendin the next 2 days in Providence, long working sessions ahead, expect to some productive knowledge exchange. The topic will be around where arts meets science, design meets technology.


The Chemistry of Storytelling Marguerite Granat

Stories are what make us human. I can’t think of an aspect of our lives that is not affected by them. We begin our young lives with lots of storytelling. I have fond memories of stories that I heard as a child, and I’m sure you do too.

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Conceptual Framework for Online Identity Roles by Venessa Miemis

I just wrapped up a final project for an aesthetics course this semester, the assignment being to create a “Database of the Self.” I chose to make the database as a representation of the roles we play in terms of how we interact with information online

Creativity in Business: My Interview with George Pór by Michelle James

Interview #22 in the Creativity in Business Thought Leader Series is with George Pór, co-founder of Community Intelligence Ltd, a London-based transformation agency, the hub of an international network of consultants collaborating on larger projects.

Le Petit Chaperon Rouge by Paula Thornton

Dear @pascal_venier

This is in lieu of an email. I had to write to thank you for your tweet last Friday.

While you offered it in jest, I was touched by it at the time…then it began to to haunt and taunt me. While showering that day (where I do my best deep thinking), I kept repeating “Petit Chaperon Rogue”.

9 Sept Innochat Framing – Setting The Culture For OI & Crowdsourcing by Gwen_Ishmael

Ah, April Fools’ Day – that 24-hour period when we can play harmless pranks and practical jokes on those who are near and dear to us.

R & D Tax Credits Mean Little to Businesses That Do Not Competently Manage Their Intangible Assets by Jackie Hutter

This week, President Obama will announce a $100 billion proposal to stimulate the economy, where much of the focus is to be placed in the area of R & D tax credits. In addition to making the R & D tax credit permanent, Obama will seek increasing one of the credits available from 14 to 17 percent.

Mentoring: Who really benefits more? By Deb Mills-Scofield

Last year, I volunteered to participate in Brown University’s Women’s Launchpad Program which pairs women alumni in industry (me) with senior women for mentoring in career and graduate school planning.  My mentee, Sarah, was a Mechanical Engineering major from the Boston area and leader on the Women’s Crew Team. Our love of Brown gave us an immediate common ground and we quickly found others. We talked/emailed/texted at least weekly for the academic year. 

The world needs all types of minds & Temple Grandin by Roisin Markham

Great TED Talk from Temple Grandin whose book Animals in Translation is a must read for anyone interested in people, creativity, diversity and special needs education, opportunities and parenting.
Mico Hassett who runs Kingfisher Tea lent me the book.

What would you choose if you had three futures? By Joanna Maxwell

I’ve been using a ‘3 futures’ exercise with some of my clients lately. It’s been fun – and productive – so I thought to share it with you.

Are You Asking the Right Questions? By Holly G. Green

As a business consultant, behavioral scientist, and keynote speaker, much of what I talk about runs counter-intuitive to conventional leadership thinking.

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Selecting the Best Idea is a Universal Innovation Problem by John Steen

 Tim and I write a lot about managing innovation as a process. This is important for a number of reasons, but the two main ones are that if we manage innovation this way then it isn’t dependent on any particular person and that it is proactive and constant rather than reacting to a crisis. In short, its about managing innovation as a sustainable contribution to the performance of the organization.

The Essence of Disruption by Tim Kastelle

Here’s Quincy Smith, who was the head of digital content at CBS at the time, talking about traditional media’s response to Google and the digital revolution (from Googled by Ken Auletta):

Metaphors Be With You! By Mitch Ditkoff

If you want to originate breakthrough business solutions, you will need to think differently than you usually do. In a phrase, you will need to “get out of the box.”

Creative communication is critical to success today, urges Sam Horn by Michelle James – Innovation Tools

 The Modern Corporation: It’s About People, People by Helen Walters

As turmoil continues to roil economies both large and small, as politicians struggle to figure out how to deal with the conditions of the 21st century, and as the United States and the West heads into what Paul Krugman describes as no less than “The Third Depression”, a new way of thinking about management and innovation is making the rounds.

How I learned to stop worrying and love idea collection by Jeffrey Phillips

If like me you are a film buff, you may be familiar with the Peter Sellers movie Dr. Strangelove.  The subtitle has always been my favorite:  How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb.  In case you haven’t seen it, I’d highly recommend it. 

Building Corporate Innovation Capability: Great Initiative from Statkraft by Stefan Lindegaard

I have been invited to work with Statkraft, Europe’s largest renewable energy company on their Innovation Agent Programme. This is the second year, I am involved in this programme and I am quite impressed by their efforts.

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