The Innovation Blog

Innovation at Ground Zero

Posted by Creative Realities on August 26, 2011

Last night I watched the amazing Discovery Channel documentary Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero chronicling the reconstruction of the World Trade Center after the tragedy of 9/11. The show is an awe inspiring mix of engineering marvels, construction complexity, and a healing nation. The documentary, directed by Steven Spielberg, chronicles the entire span of the project, from the initial visions of the architects, to the planning and coordination of the supervisors, to the steel, concrete, and iron workers erecting the skyscraper at jaw-dropping heights.  The new World Trade center is designed to be both a memorial honoring the past, and a beacon of hope looking toward America's future. No matter what project you are working on, there are some impressive takeaways you can apply to your own work.      

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Topics: Design, Chris Dolan, culture, Innovation, implementation, execution

Defining Innovation

Posted by Creative Realities on January 7, 2011

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Topics: creativity, Clay Maxwell, Ideas, Innovation, implementation, execution

Business Model Mapping (1 of 3)

Posted by Creative Realities on December 20, 2010

The world is constantly changing. As it does, business models and business processes, need to be reviewed holistically in order to ensure they are optimized for the current state of the world. In spite of this obvious need most business models either remain static until dramatic change is needed, or they evolve piecemeal, with elements bolted on to serve some particular need of the moment. Over time, business models can become cumbersome, inefficient and laden with redundant costs and/or aspects that add cost, but that no longer add value. When seeking to become more competitive or to reduce costs while maintaining value for the customer and consumer, the business model needs to be re-examined. A visual map helps to clarify the individual elements, the process flow and the value chain of a business.

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Topics: business model mapping, Jay Terwilliger, Innovation, developmental thinking, execution

The Art of Championed Teamwork

Posted by Creative Realities on November 23, 2010

Even though ours is a team-based model for creative problem-solving, we also know that team-based, consensus-oriented decision-making results in lowest-common-denominator creative ideas. At the same time, autocracy doesn’t work either. Instead, a paradoxical kind of decision-making is needed to insure that creative new ideas get implemented.
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Topics: Amanda Hines, leadership, decision-making, Management, execution

The Lighter Side of Innovation

Posted by Creative Realities on November 16, 2010

Here at Creative Realities, Inc., we like to have fun. It's our mantra ("You get what you play for"), our cabinets are chock full of toys and pipe cleaners, and anyone who has ever worked with us knows what we mean when we say "bazooka".

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Topics: Amanda Hines, Creating an Innovation Team, Innovation, growth, breakthrough, Management, execution

Ideas are great...then there's that darn thing called execution...

Posted by David Culton on September 14, 2010

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Topics: David Culton, convergent thinking, Innovation, growth, implementation, execution