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How to Prepare for a Brainstorming Session

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 08.21.2014 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

The few days before a brainstorm session begins -- the "incubation time" -- is often the difference between brilliance and boredom. Unfortunately, most companies don't get this.

In Defense of Brainstorming

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 04.27.2014 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

I'm all for people thinking on their own in their dorm room... or Starbucks... or the zoo. That's a good thing. But as a replacement for a well-run brainstorming session? Why the either/or syndrome? Why not both?

Ideas are the Easy Part: 10 Concrete Steps to Eliminating Fear as an Obstacle to Successful Innovation

Amy Radin | Posted 02.12.2014 | Business
Amy Radin

Established organizations are in the paradoxical position of acknowledging the need for innovation, while at the same time remaining conditioned to the familiar.

Why Leaders Shouldn't Lead Brainstorming Sessions

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

Here's one of the dirty little secrets of corporate brainstorm sessions: When they are led by upper management, department heads, or project leaders, they usually get manipulated.

The Six Sides of the So-Called Box

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 11.18.2013 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

What is this so-called thing that keeps us so contained, confined, caged, trapped, contorted, claustrophobic, and otherwise unable to succeed?

A Design Thinking Retrospective: How History's Biggest Mishaps Could Have Been Averted

Patricia Morizio | Posted 10.30.2013 | Technology
Patricia Morizio

Design thinking, also known as human-centered design, has been the hot topic as of late, at least among the forward-thinking tech and business scenes.

The Daily Innovator: Using Value Constellations to Map New Business Models

Daryl Twitchell | Posted 09.30.2013 | Business
Daryl Twitchell

How does the Daily Innovator take the glimmer of an idea, a gut instinct and build a compelling business case around it to rally support? A good start is to map its value constellation.

Stuck in a Rut? Try These Innovation Catalysts at Your Workplace

Amanda Schneider | Posted 09.21.2013 | Business
Amanda Schneider

The key to overcoming a creative rut is to keep focused, but in new ways. Churn and fight until you are back on your feet and do not be afraid of trying new things, working with new people and otherwise getting out of your comfort zone.

Cleaning the Blackboard

Wendy Adams Mendenhall | Posted 08.18.2013 | Impact
Wendy Adams Mendenhall

First in a series of 12 - Education Unplugged 101 "What do you see on a {clean} surface? Nothing, I replied. ...

20 Ways to Spark Innovation in Others

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 08.11.2013 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

Many forward-thinking organizations, these days, are launching all kinds of initiatives to crank up innovation. Their intention is a good one, but their execution is often not.

Inspiration, or More Perspiration in Problem Solving?

Bill Donius | Posted 07.10.2013 | Business
Bill Donius

Inspiration and imagination are part of what Einstein called the "sacred gift." Without it, an individual can go through life much like a robot or dro...

100 Ways to Be More Creative at Work

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 07.01.2013 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

Psychologists agree that human beings are most creative at the age of five. After that, it's a slow and steady decline -- especially in the workplace. But wait! It doesn't have to be that way .

The Brilliant Complaint Department

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 06.17.2013 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

While there are many reasons why most people don't get their best ideas at work, there are at least as many why organizations don't get their best ideas a work -- the main one being their tendency to rely on what I like to refer to as the "creative elite."

If Ideas Are the Seeds of Innovation...

Robert F. Brands | Posted 03.24.2013 | Business
Robert F. Brands

If ideas are the seeds of innovation, idea management is the formalization of the processes involved in gathering, sharing, analyzing and executing the ideas generated within an organization and its collaborative networks.

How to Create an Idea Factory

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 12.05.2012 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

One of the reasons why most "big ideas" go nowhere is because the idea originators do not have a team of collaborators on board to help develop and execute their ideas. Bottom line, it's easier to conceive than it is to deliver the baby.

100 Reasons Why You Don't Get Your Best Ideas at Work

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 11.26.2012 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

Since 1986, I've asked more than 10,000 people where and when they get their best ideas. Less than 2% have said "the workplace." Based on my 25 years of working with a ton of innovation-seeking organizations, here's my take on why.

20 Reasons Why So Many People Get Their Best Ideas in the Shower

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 11.17.2012 | Small Business
Mitch Ditkoff

During the past 25 years, I've asked more than 10,000 people where and when they get their best ideas. I get all kinds of answers, but the one that has fascinated me the most is "the shower" -- maybe because I also get so many of my best ideas there.

20 Reasons Why Creative People Like to Go to Cafes to Work

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 11.13.2012 | Arts
Mitch Ditkoff

I love working in cafes. I never really thought much about it until a few days ago when a baffled friend of mine asked why I was so into it. His assumption? That working in a cafe would be a distraction. A distraction? Dude, quite the opposite.

Keyword Research Is Fast, Free Brand Strategy Research that Helps Smart Companies Grow

Christian Moritz | Posted 10.06.2012 | Business
Christian Moritz

IBM's famous commercial showed two-dozen employees lying on mats trying to come up with good business ideas. Thanks to keyword research opportunities, today's small business can harness the same kind of power -- but without an IBM-sized payroll.

Can Innovation Be a Structured Repeatable Process?

Robert F. Brands | Posted 09.23.2012 | Business
Robert F. Brands

When innovation comes to mind, the first thing people may think of is creativity, spontaneity, or a momentary stroke of genius. But can innovation occur out of a structured, repeatable process? The answer, in short, is yes.

The Next Generation of Charity Execs Are Social Entrepreneurs

Joel John Roberts | Posted 06.04.2011 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

I was blown away by the entrepreneurs, who could be hocking the next alternative to iPads or hybrid vehicles, but instead are determined to sell technology that will change the world.

Is Your Idea Pipeline Being Filled and Maintained?

Robert F. Brands | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert F. Brands

If even 1 percent of new ideas succeed, it can lead to a huge payoff. A steady stream of ideas is what fuels Innovation, so one of Robert's Rules of I...