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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

Three Simple Decision-Making Tools

We make decisions all the time. Big ones, small ones, easy and challenging. Making the right choice can be obvious, and sometimes it requires time invested in thought. Luckily we have simple tools to help. (1) Pro & Con First, the [...]

Three Simple Decision-Making Tools

Taking Action: 8 Ways to Classify Ideas

A fair amount of writing about brainstorming emphasizes not judging ideas too soon. A plethora of criticism about brainstorming argues it isn't critical enough. No matter how you think-up ideas, eventually they must prove themselves worthy of helping you meet your [...]

Taking Action: 8 Ways to Classify Ideas

Top Posts of 2013

Happy New Year! As we look forward to creating new content in 2014, it's fun and helpful to look back and see which posts from 2013 you found most interesting. Check out the top 8 most-read posts below! 1. Branding vs. [...]

Top Posts of 2013

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 [...]

Get Quality Ideas From a Quantity Of Options

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 [...]

Hitting Your Innovation Target With A Diagram

Decision Making, Like A Fighter Pilot

When operating a company, to stay innovative requires constant observation of your industry, competition, and your own company. When you're a fighter pilot, to stay alive requires constant observation of what is happening around you as well as with your own [...]

Decision Making, Like A Fighter Pilot

10 Steps To Take Brainstorming From Good To Wicked Good

Sand for Your Inbox How many brainstorming sessions, filled with potentially brilliant ideas, have ended up as rolled up flip charts under someone's desk? Taking ideas to the next step post-brainstorming can be a challenge. When I get near the end [...]

10 Steps To Take Brainstorming From Good To Wicked Good

Making Decisions With A Coin Toss

While it may be a nice way to choose who gets the last cupcake or which side of the field your team starts on, the coin flip can seem like a pretty flimsy way to make important decisions. But, what do [...]

Making Decisions With A Coin Toss

Nothing Worse Than The Wrong Problem Solved Properly

"There's nothing worse than bad coffee brewed properly." That's a quote by Tim Kern. He was a coffee guru at Starbucks Coffee. A long-time employee who was caught a the lay-off sweep a couple of years ago. The artwork is from [...]

Nothing Worse Than The Wrong Problem Solved Properly
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