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What Are You Missing?
Posted 10/3/2011 by New & Improved, LLC
What are you blind to in your environment? What are you missing?
Creative Thinking in-the-Box
Posted 9/27/2011 by New & Improved, LLC
“We don’t have time to change this!” “They will never give us the resources for that!” “They won’t approve that kind of idea.” “They never listen to us.” “We can’t do that here.” Sound familiar?
The Coming Innovation Backlash
Posted 9/1/2011 by New & Improved, LLC
Lots of people brag about their innovativeness, but few steadily produce it. If you can’t back up your boast now, no one will believe you in the future.
How to Create a Rabid Following the Counter-Intuitive Way
Posted 8/29/2011 by New & Improved, LLC
Last week the knife-sharpening guy was in our neighborhood. I love this guy. Great lessons in innovation fly off the sharpening stone that are worth sharing. He has no scheduled route, no website, and doesn't tweet his location. If you hear his bell, you run...
Step 1 on the path to innovation: Get your hands dirty (and avoid wrist injuries in the process)
Posted 8/1/2011 by New & Improved, LLC
If you get your hands, your lab jacket, your jeans, whatever, dirty up front, you're much less likely to worry about messing something else up along the line. As Edison famously said, "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." If you're already dressed for the job...
How to raise creative children: CNN's take (which is pretty accurate!)
Posted 7/19/2011 by New & Improved, LLC
CNN interviewed the parents of five "creative geniuses" (which they defined in the article as: "highly-talented, self-motivated kids," whose parents have encouraged a "thirst for knowledge, the love of a good challenge, and the idea that anything is possible if you put your mind to it." The conclusions of the article are worth taking into account as we walk the balance of trying to raise the best children we can, whether we're parents or adult role models...
The Dangerous Side of Praise and Positive Judgment
Posted 7/14/2011 by New & Improved, LLC
This simple illustration is informative when it comes to rewards and recognition programs that focus on finding a limited number of "winners," implying that everyone else is a "loser."
Creating a Culture of Innovation: Top 10 Mistakes on the Road to Innovation
Posted 7/8/2011 by New & Improved, LLC
Avoid common mistakes made attempting to build innovation cultures
Laughter Leads to Insight - Insight to Innovation - Innovation to Profit
Posted 7/5/2011 by New & Improved, LLC
fMRI studies show us why we should have fun at work to increase profit.Laugh your way to the bank!
Executive Leadership Article – Group Think
Posted 5/23/2011 by New & Improved, LLC
An interesting article on group think and teambuilding.
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