The Innovation Blog

Buyer Beware: In Innovation, One Size Does Not Fit All

Posted by Creative Realities on March 23, 2011

Mashable came out with an article yesterday titled, "Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid on your Company Blog", and listed Making it All About You as number two . So naturally after seeing this I second guessed myself on whether or not I should post the following video of Clay Maxwell, a Business Innovationist and frequent contributor to this blog, illustrating why Creative Realities is not your average consulting firm. However, in thinking about the video and its message, I do believe that at its core it's less about us as a company tooting our own horn and more about what you as the audience can take away from watching and learning from it.

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Topics: Clay Maxwell, Amanda Hines, Innovation, Collaboration, Management

The Silos Effect (a.k.a. Collaboration's Kryptonite)

Posted by Creative Realities on February 1, 2011

 Over the last 22 years we have worked with hundreds of clients in over 35 different industries. This is important to establish because we know the following topic is a factor in any industry.

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Topics: information silos, departmental silos, Mark Sebell, Innovation, Collaboration, Cross Functional Teams, Management, Creating an Innovation agenda

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

What Makes Us Different?

Posted by Creative Realities on December 16, 2010

We are often asked what makes us different from other innovation consulting firms.  Here are a few of the things we say.
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Topics: Innovative Culture, WildCards, Future Pull, Thought Leaders, Innovation, humorous bazooka, Management

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

Incremental vs. Game-Changing Innovation

Posted by Creative Realities on November 7, 2010

This past week I got sucked into what I thought was a pretty weak online debate. The question posed was, "Is Incremental innovation the enemy of Breakthrough Innovation?"

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Topics: Mark Sebell, Innovation, innovation consulting, breakthrough innovation, Championed Teamwork, leadership, strategic innovation, strategy, growth, Strategic Goals, criteria for innovation, decision-making, breakthrough, new product development, Essentials for Innovation, Risk, Management

Innovation Motivation

Posted by Creative Realities on October 21, 2010

On Day 2 of the PDMA2010 innovation conference Dan Pink gave a fascinating talk about motivation in the workplace.  Pink is the best-selling author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.  Coincidentally, he is also a man with an understated sense of humor and tone that is vaguely reminiscent of Kevin Nealon.  Unfortunately, he did not do any Weekend Update style under-his-breath uttering of his inner thoughts, however he did offer several counterintuitive insights on motivation.

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Topics: Chris Dolan, Motivation, Passion, Innovation, leadership, Management