Having Engaged Employees is an Essential Part of Innovation

It is hard to imagine that a company can be truly successful if its employees are not adequately motivated and engaged. When you have engaged employees, they take a personal interest in the success of their company. Otherwise, they are likely to do what is expected but lack the motivation to go much beyond that. Without motivation, there […]

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5 Steps to Avoid Burnout and Complete Your Project

As much as we may eagerly anticipate the completion of a project, we would probably be lying if we did not admit to some burnout or fatigue along the way. Even in the event of a killer thesis, a dynamite business proposal, or a practical play-by-play game plan, there still remains the actual work required […]

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Two views of what it means to be an innovator. Where do you fit in?

What is it that makes an individual an innovator? Brenna Sniderman, who writes for Forbes Insights decided to check this out for herself for her article,The Five Personalities of Innovators: Which One Are You? She states “it is not that “ah ha” moment, it’s about the nitty-gritty work that comes after the idea:  getting it accepted and implemented.” […]

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Innovation Coach: 4 Questions You Should Ask Before Selecting One

The emergence of the innovation coach is the newest hot topic in the innovation community. While executive coaching is a well-accepted tool to improve overall organizational and personal performance, can the same be said about innovation coaches? The impact of executive coaching is proven to have an impact.  The Economic Times reports “Coaching resulted in an […]

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How to Find Your Free Range Muse: A Cruelty-Free Guide to Cultivating Inspiration

For millennia, a muse  – those mythic goddesses of inspiration – existed only in the wild.  High-strung, fragile, and more than a little skittish around humans, the wild muse resisted domestication with a fierce and unbreakable spirit. Though no one has succeeded yet in taming the wild muse, over the past few centuries many have learned to cultivate a […]

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4 Reasons Why You Should Break The Rules And Go Stealth For Your Next Innovation

You’ve got a great idea but you know from experience that the C-Suite isn’t tolerant of radical innovations without reams of back-up data.  The Catch-22 is that to fund the proof of concept, you need C-Suite approval to work on improving the idea.  What to do? Break the rules. The answer might lie in stealth innovation, as […]

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Personal Creativity and the Aging Brain

Is it possible to maintain personal creativity as we age, or is creativity destined to decline along with muscle mass, memory, or cardiovascular capacity? Evidence points to the fact that exercising personal creativity can actually help the brain age successfully and keep the mind in top condition. According to a scientific study by psychologists Anne […]

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How protocol, bureaucracy and turf wars block innovation

Innovation, to the extent that it includes change in the status quo, is commonly perceived as a threat. People and organizations resist change and can call on their corporate antibodies to both slow and block innovation. All that is further compounded by turf considerations that tend to align supporters and detractors on either side of the issue, depending […]

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How Does Creativity Benefit the Economy?

Creativity produces fresh ideas, which are the basis for progress in today’s economy.  Why should we value creativity in the 21st century?  With an uncertain global economy and a need not just for progress, but for innovative progress that creates jobs and benefits the global society, emphasizing creativity is more important than ever.  A creative economy is […]

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