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Creative Problem Solving

Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Creative problem solving (CPS) is the strategic process to find answers to problems and ways to take advantage of opportunities. Key steps in the process include: identifying a problem, generating alternative solutions, and [...]

Creative Problem Solving

How To Be The Champion

As my high school history teacher Tom "Moto" Pile used to challenge we students: He used to goad... Do you have what it takes? Do you have MOX....ie?! Are you gonna suck it up, or are you too LA...zy!? You gotta [...]

How To Be The Champion

The Five Stages Of Idea Acceptance

The book What A Great Idea! 2.0 by Chic Thompson is chock full o' bits of wisdom that help with creativity and creating new ideas. One bit Chic writes about, is how new ideas are often struck down with "killer phrases." [...]

The Five Stages Of Idea Acceptance

Getting Innovation Done, Being The Champion

Bringing to life programs and ideas that create innovation often requires persuasion. New ideas can be perceived as risky, dangerous, and create the "unknown." Seth Godin, offers a recommendation to help get the lever pulled that helps to create the change [...]

Getting Innovation Done, Being The Champion

Ideas Are As Fragile As The Backbones Behind Them

This cartoon by amazing marketing cartoonist Tom Fishburne and my headline - a quote from Jason Fox @LeeClowsBeard sums up why many companies are failing at innovation. It is amazing to see the solutions teams think-up in brainstorming/strategy sessions. The team [...]

Ideas Are As Fragile As The Backbones Behind Them

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 [...]

Innovation Is A Phenomenon, Not A Strategy

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 [...]

Innovation Requires Both Ideas And Action

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 [...]

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

Lead Jade-Less Brainstorming Sessions

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 [...]

Lead Jade-Less Brainstorming Sessions

Seth Godin’s Five Step Plan For Everyone And Everything

Seth Godin posted these five steps on his blog today. As always with Seth, you can't get any cleaner or to the point than the way he puts it. Go, make something happen. Do work you're proud of. Treat people with [...]

Seth Godin’s Five Step Plan For Everyone And Everything
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