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Avoid Problems By Preventing Them

An excellent way to solve problems is by not letting them happen in the first place, through prevention. Prevention is why we bring our cars in for maintenance, visit our doctor for an annual exam, and have a mid-year check-in with our boss. We want to avoid surprises and discover potential issues while they’re forming to prevent bigger problems in …

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Meetings Don’t Bore People…

We blame our meetings for lack of innovation and progress in our companies. It has been declared “brainstorming doesn’t work!” We spend our days sitting, wasting time, energy, and money in boring… tan… artifically-lit conference rooms. Accomplishing? Nothing. But, here’s the thing… Meetings don’t bore people. People do! That meeting wasn’t bad. Frank didn’t plan. Brainstorming isn’t dead. Francesco made …

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Why (And How) to Develop Great Ideas

To help make an idea great, it has got to have a “why” attached to it (the justification) and a “how” to make it possible (the logistics). Sometimes, when brainstorming, people become attached to certain ideas. Or maybe there is an idea they’ve brought in with them to the meeting. Or you’ll come across that “great idea” put upon the …

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Innovation Is A Phenomenon, Not A Strategy

Innovation isn’t something you do; it is something that happens – a result. To be “innovative”, you have to focus on the things that create that result, not the result itself. We can’t directly control what is considered innovative no more than a director can guarantee their movie will be Oscar Award-winning or an ad agency can get their video …

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Tips To Be More Creative And Better At Problem Solving

I hope your week is off to a great start. I thought you might like to read two recent interviews featuring Idea Sandbox and our approach to creativity and problem solving. They were conducted just a few weeks ago. I hope you’ll be able to take a few tips from these articles to put them to use yourself. The first …

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Get Quality Ideas From a Quantity Of Options

You’re in your neighborhood bookstore looking for a title about “social media.” Do you immediately buy the first book you see, on the first shelf of the business section? Probably not. You visit a new restaurant for a tasty dinner, do you only read the top menu item and order it – ignoring the rest of the menu? I don’t …

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Innovation Requires Both Ideas And Action

Ideas have been getting a bad rap lately. Some say the lack of innovation within organizations isn’t because of a lack of ideas, rather a lack of action. There are too many ideas and not enough implementors. But, ideas need champions to implement them. Just the same way seeds need farmers. A popular recommendation is: Stop generating ideas and start …

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Hitting Your Innovation Target With A Diagram

Compromise gets a bad rap in the United States. Departing with anything less than the biggest, the best, and the most reflects weakness. Yet, since most of us work in an environment where different people come from different backgrounds with differing approaches on how to reach a similar goal – compromise is a reality. There are times when you don’t …

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Innovation: Get Stand Out Ideas Approved By Showing How They Fit In

You have just completed two days of brainstorming. You have narrowed your ideas to the fewer, bigger, and better, and are eager to put them into action. Your next step is to share these ideas within your organization for approval to move forward. While implementation of these ideas may give your company a competitive advantage – position you as the …

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Drive Innovation: Suggest Ideas, Don’t Propose Them

How something is presented has an effect on how it is received. Rocket science!? No, it is common sense. Yet, we sometimes neglect the subtleties of presentation and persuasion… especially when we are excited about an idea or innovation. So many innovative ideas get quashed early – never making it off the whiteboard. Not because the ideas were bad, but …

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