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Category: innovation and creativity

workplace courage

Manifesting ‘workplace courage’, an important but underrated skill

A recent situation prompted today’s blog post about workplace courage. “There is no hand sanitizer anywhere on the floor,” said an exasperated Sally on her first day on shift. “There hasn’t been any for three days,” responded one of her

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Disruptive innovation … do you know the warning signs?

Is it possible for a small young company to outperform an industry titan, for David to beat Goliath?  Yes.  Just ask Uber, Netflix and AirBnB.  Upstart Uber became one of the world’s largest taxi companies without owning a single taxi. 

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Use Cunningham’s Law to stimulate creativity

So have you ever found yourself struggling to get your team to contribute ideas or offer creative input to a situation or problem? Every so often, I offer up ideas on this blog about how to creativity problem-solve by changing

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A problem solving tool – the early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese

Recently, a conversation with a client reminded me of a blog post from several years ago in which I explained a team-building and problem solving tool I call How many hats? Not only is this exercise helpful in improving team

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The “red apron” – a great example of creative problem solving

Earlier last summer, I blogged about What lies at the root of innovation and creativity? and highlighted the two cognitive factors that contribute significantly to creativity – preparation and goal-setting. I have emphasized these two factors in many many blog

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Encourage innovation by deliberately becoming less risk-averse

“I want my staff to be more innovative” is a statement I hear from many leaders. And the question I always ask in response is “Is your culture risk-tolerant or risk-averse?” If you want to encourage more innovation, then your

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