The Innovation Blog

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

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

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

Defining Innovation

Posted by Creative Realities on January 7, 2011

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

Exploring Innovation's Other Side

Posted by Creative Realities on September 11, 2010

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Topics: Jay Terwilliger, Innovation, leadership, strategic innovation, strategy, growth, implementation