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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 [...]

Tips To Be More Creative And Better At Problem Solving

Want Better Meetings? Try Taking Them OFFSITE

The three secrets to being more innovative and hosting better meetings are to... involve the right PEOPLE, choose and use the right PROCESS, and hold your meeting in the right PLACE. 99% of the time, hosting your meeting at your offices [...]

Want Better Meetings? Try Taking Them OFFSITE

Cupful of QR Genius From Guinness

Some years ago, I enthusiastically reported on the optical illusion coasters created by BBDO New York for Guinness brand beer. They were a low-tech way to create conversation and engagement with the product. Here we are again with a product-activated higher-tech [...]

Cupful of QR Genius From Guinness

Keep Moving Forward: Five Tips To Turn Defeat Into Victory

Lewis, the child inventor, waited while his invention warmed up. It was a peanut butter and jelly dispenser, designed to portion evenly onto bread. The switch clicked ON, followed by a hiss of compressed air. At first, it didn't seem like [...]

Keep Moving Forward: Five Tips To Turn Defeat Into Victory

Compartmentalize: Brainstorm Like a School Lunch Tray

Most brainstorm sessions start with the meeting lead proclaiming, “Okay guys… think out of the box and remember, there are no bad ideas!” We say “there are no bad ideas” before we brainstorm the same way we say “bless you” after someone [...]

Compartmentalize: Brainstorm Like a School Lunch Tray

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 [...]

Drive Innovation: Suggest Ideas, Don’t Propose Them

Brainstorming Sessions: Managing Expectations

It is no surprise; there is more bad brainstorming than good. As someone who leads brainstorm sessions, you're going to face jaded audiences—folks with rock bottom expectations. In addition to the ideas and solutions generated during the meeting, the way you [...]

Brainstorming Sessions: Managing Expectations

Illustrator Job Available

Shannon (my wife) and I are looking for an illustrator to create the drawings for a series of children's books we're writing. The series is called KeeKee's Big Adventures. It is about our cat, KeeKee, who travels the world - seeking [...]

Illustrator Job Available

Magic Of Thinking Big

A few months ago a friend had asked for some tips about creativity. I put together the diagram you see below. [click image for much larger view] It includes bits-and-pieces I've picked up over the years... Including stuff from the book [...]

Magic Of Thinking Big

Four Stages In The Vintage Creative Thought Process

When the German physiologist and physicist Hermann Helmholtz was seventy years old [in 1898], he was asked at his birthday party to analyze his thought processes. Later, Graham Wallas, in his [1926] book The Art of Thought, formulated Helmholtz's ideas into [...]

Four Stages In The Vintage Creative Thought Process
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