The Innovation Blog

3 Keys to Avoiding Groupthink When Collaborating

Posted by Jay Terwilliger on May 30, 2012

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Topics: Jay Terwilliger, groupthink, creative thinking, Collaboration, Championed Teamwork, brainstorming

Remembering Steve Jobs

Posted by Creative Realities on November 2, 2011

Innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we've been thinking about a problem. 

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Topics: creativity, Alignment, creative thinking, Innovation, creative problem solving skills

Book Review: Little Bets, Big Insights

Posted by Creative Realities on October 5, 2011

In Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries, a fantastic book about the creative process, Peter Sims builds a compelling case for why breakthrough ideas come about as the result of lots of little experiments. Drawing on everything from Chris Rock's method of developing stand up comedy, to the production process of the animation teams at Pixar, to the "HP Way" corporate culture inspired by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, to Frank Gehry's unconventional architecture designs, Sims advocates for a creative process that defies the common understanding of creativity. Sims slays the myth of the creative genius who gets hit with a bolt of inspiration out of nowhere like lightning. Sims argues that, instead, most people who are highly creative achieve success through a constant, deliberate cycle of experimenting, failing, adapting, and fine-tuning.  Here are a few of Sims key insights.

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Topics: Chris Dolan, creativity, Entrepreneurial, creative thinking, breakthrough, creative problem solving skills, creative thinking skills, approximate thinking, developmental thinking, implementation

Why is the sky blue? -- three tips for innovation

Posted by Creative Realities on June 26, 2011

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Topics: Jay Terwilliger, Relaxed Concentration, creative thinking, Innovation, Collaboration, 9 Critical Success Factors, breakthrough innovation, Essentials for Innovation, brainstorming, creative thinking skills, changing the game, connection making

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

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

An UnBirthday Tribute

Posted by Creative Realities on March 10, 2011

Today is Shel Silverstein's unbirthday and to celebrate I am dedicating today's post to him.

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Topics: Amanda Hines, WildCards, creative thinking, Collaboration, brainstorming

Business Model Mapping (3 of 3)

Posted by Creative Realities on December 23, 2010

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Topics: business model mapping, Jay Terwilliger, creative thinking, Innovation, strategy, Management

Visual Brainstorming

Posted by Creative Realities on December 22, 2010

In order to think differently, you must approach things differently! One of the many ways we do this at Creative Realities is by utilizing visual brainstorming techniques with our clients.  

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Topics: Design, visual, Sarah Feloney, creative thinking, Innovation, brainstorming

Top 5 Reasons Brainstorming Sessions Fail

Posted by Creative Realities on December 1, 2010

1. No one knows why they’re there

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Topics: facilitation, Clay Maxwell, Ideas, creative thinking, Innovation, brainstorming