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How the Wine Industry Conspires to Make You Look Like an Idiot

Posted by Creative Realities on June 8, 2011

Paddy Miller told the audience at the World Innovation Forum that one of the keys to innovation is correctly framing the problem before you search for the solution. Consider Miller's amusing example:  

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Topics: Chris Dolan, Learning From Failure, creative thinking, creative problem solving

5 Personalities That Ruin the Social Media Party

Posted by Creative Realities on May 18, 2011

Social media is a giant cocktail party. I am not the first person to point this out, as the existence of this book would suggest (I haven't read it but since the author's title confirms my opinion, I am inclined to believe it's brilliant).  I recently attended an interesting presentation at the Business Innovation Factory by Francois Gossieaux, author of The Hyper-Social Organization: Eclipse Your Competition by Leveraging Social Media. His main theme was that in order to successfully leverage web 2.0, you need to understand human 1.0. According to Gossieaux, businesses should worry less about what the latest and greatest technology can do and think more about the fundamental human behavior it can facilitate. He argues that humans are instinctively social creatures and the same basic principles apply online as they do in face-to-face interactions. I could not agree more. Yet so many social media marketing efforts ignore common courtesy and exhibit behavior you couldn't get away with at a cocktail party. I must admit I am guilty of committing some of these sins myself, but hey, we are all still learning the best way to play in the world of social media, aren't we? Here are 5 personality types that are sure to ruin the party.

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Topics: Chris Dolan, Social Media, strategy

Top 10 Innovation Tweets from April 2011

Posted by Creative Realities on May 18, 2011

In case you missed them, here are our picks for the Top 10 Tweets for the month of April (a slight twist on Top 10 Retweets, but isn't that what innovation is about, change?)

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Topics: Chris Dolan, Clay Maxwell, Ideas, Amanda Hines, David Culton, Twitter, Innovation

Creative Problem Solving Lessons From "Old School"

Posted by Creative Realities on May 12, 2011

Flipping through the channels over the weekend, I came across one of my favorite movies of all time: Old School. Like the subject of this clever Onion article, I ended up neglecting my plans and re-watching this comedy classic in its entirety. I saw the movie from a whole new perspective, a business innovation perspective. The movie is fundamentally about a group of guys implementing a seemingly absurd idea that breaks the mold. They are creative problem solving geniuses.  Believe it or not, this comedy can teach us all a few things about business opportunities, innovation initiatives, and creative problem solving skills. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from this hilarious movie and the serious insights they contain.

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Topics: Chris Dolan, open-minded evaluation, Innovation, creative problem solving skills

How Genius Works: Quotes on the Creative Process

Posted by Creative Realities on April 25, 2011

It seems that every magazine article I have picked up lately has related directly to creativity and innovation. The trend continued this morning, when I discovered the The Atlantic's special culture report on How Genius Works. In Project: First Drafts, the magazine asks some of the world's most creative and famous artists to explain their process of turning inspiration into art.  Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the feature.

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Topics: Chris Dolan, creativity, creative problem solving, creative problem solving skills

Weekend Reading: Neuroscience, Time, and Innovation

Posted by Creative Realities on April 23, 2011

In The Possibilian, a riveting New Yorker profile of the neuroscience and Renaissance man Dr. David Eagleman, Burkhard Bilger explores our understanding of time. Eagleman is obsessed with understanding how the human brain processes time and whether that perception is influenced by one's mental state.  For example, does fear make time slow down?  This is just one of the many topics that interest Eagleman.  The article is well worth a close read, and I also recommend checking out the transcript of the chat Bilger and Ealgeman hosted.  Here, I would like to highlight three key takeaways that relate to innovation and creative problem solving.
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Topics: Chris Dolan, creative problem solving, creative problem solving skills

Happy April Fools' Day

Posted by Creative Realities on April 1, 2011

Here's a quote we would like to share with you on this one day of the year when we are all allowed to have some fun and be a little "foolish:"

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Topics: Chris Dolan, Clay Maxwell, Jay Terwilliger, Amanda Hines, David Culton, Absurdity, Tamara Wickramasinghe, April Fools', Innovation

Stop! in the Name of Innovation

Posted by Creative Realities on March 11, 2011

A client recently impressed me with their willingness to use a powerful word that is rarely allowed to enter into the pursuit of innovation: the word "STOP."  So often, innovation efforts are focused exclusively around invention sessions that lay out all sorts of potential new possibilities and opportunities. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement and wonder of it all. Invention is the fun part. 

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Topics: Chris Dolan, Stop innovation, Resource Allocation, Saying No, implementation

IBM's Watson: the Ultimate Brainstorming Resource?

Posted by Creative Realities on February 17, 2011

Last night on Jeopardy, a machine beat two humans in a game that requires the kind of contextual understanding once thought impossible for computers.  IBM's supercomputer Watson beat two of Jeopardy's all-time greatest champions, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.  How significant of a milestone is this?  In his final Jeopardy answer, Jennings jokingly wrote "I for one welcome our new computer overlords."  That might be jumping the gun, but what does this historic Jeopardy victory say about the future of innovation?  

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Topics: Chris Dolan, Watson, Jeopardy, IBM Watson wins Jeopardy, creative problem solving, brainstorming

Top 10 January Innovation Retweets

Posted by Creative Realities on February 15, 2011

Here are the best innovation-related articles I read in January and found worthy of sharing on Twitter.

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Topics: Chris Dolan, creativity, Business Model, Healthcare, Army, Entrepreneurial, Innovation, Obama