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The Innovation Blog

Escape from Brainstorm Island with Paddy Miller

Posted by Creative Realities on June 17, 2011

We tend to innovate by going off on an island, with lots of Post-its and flip charts, and we end up stuck on Brainstorm Island. How do we escape from Brainstorm Island?

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Topics: Chris Dolan, Thought Leaders, Corporate Innovation Group, critical ideation skills, Innovation, Innovation Strategy, brainstorming, Creating an Innovation agenda

When cars poop #2 -- Innovation skills

Posted by Creative Realities on March 23, 2011

Continuing the conversation about “When Cars Poop” from last week, my goal is to help people think differently, more innovatively, and to have some fun.  Along the way, we’ll introduce some innovation tools and skills.

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Topics: critical ideation skills, creative thinking, Innovation, strategic innovation, creative problem solving skills, brainstorming, creative thinking skills, approximate thinking, sustainability, technical innovation

Business Model Mapping (2 of 3)

Posted by Creative Realities on December 21, 2010

Here's Part Two in our three-part series on Business Model Mapping, with insights from Creative Realities' President, Jay Terwilliger:

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Topics: business model mapping, Jay Terwilliger, critical ideation skills, Innovation, strategy

Haikus for the Soul (the Innovative Soul that is) PART II

Posted by David Culton on September 24, 2010

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Topics: Amanda Hines, critical ideation skills, creative thinking, breakthrough innovation, creative problem solving skills, creative thinking skills, developmental thinking

Wake Up Your Creative Side: Skill #2 Developmental Thinking

Posted by Creative Realities on September 20, 2010

Skill #3: Developmental Thinking

Understanding what's working and what's not, to improve and refine your creative thinking and to solve problems. 

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Topics: critical ideation skills, creative problem solving skills, developmental thinking

Ideation Skills: Connection Making

Posted by Creative Realities on September 7, 2010

Making mental links between things that are not normally or have not previously been recognized as the source of a new idea

A core skill of brainstorming and creative-problem solving is learning how to make connections; those "a-ha" moments when two or more seemingly unrelated, even irrelevant signals in the brain suddenly come together to create a powerful new insight, idea, or conclusion.  Connections almost always require a lot of developmental work to make them real, but the core of the idea/solution is embedded in the connection.

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Topics: critical ideation skills, creative problem solving skills, connection making

Ideation Skills: Active Listening and Headlining

Posted by Creative Realities on August 26, 2010

In the last Ideation Skills post, we discussed Passive Listening, the problematic way people typically tend to listen in creative problem solving meetings.  Here I will outline two simple techniques to enhance your ability to listen, generate ideas, and communicate your ideas to the group.  These two skills will make you a creative problem solving meeting All-Star in no time.

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Topics: Chris Dolan, active listening, headlining, critical ideation skills, creative problem solving skills

Ideation Skills: The Trouble with Passive Listening

Posted by Creative Realities on August 24, 2010

Here at Creative Realities, we have identified some critical ideation skills that anyone can develop to become better at creative problem solving.  The first one I will discuss involves the way we listen. 

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Topics: Chris Dolan, passive listening, critical ideation skills, creative problem solving skills