Sharing is Caring – So Share Your Idea!

graphic of sharing ideas and why teams are important

One of the biggest mistakes we make in life is convincing ourselves that our ideas are unique and ours alone. We rationalize keeping our ideas to ourselves because we are afraid that others will steal them, or worst—we believe our ideas aren’t good enough. Our ideas are precious, but they aren’t that unique nor that […]

Don’t Play Follow The Leader With Your Career

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Why do so many people believe they can become successful simply by copying what successful people do? Identifying a role model and then playing follow the leader is an age-old habit of looking for “shortcuts” to success. Why? Are They Smarter?   Many people believe their role models are successful because they are smarter. Research shows […]

Problems In Need Of Solving: Where To Start?

problems are opportunities that need solving

Why do innovators focus time and energy on developing solutions before they’ve identified the problem? Innovation starts by spending time to understand the problem before solving the problem. What Are Problems?  The dictionary defines the word problem as a state of discord or disharmony involving doubt, uncertainty, or difficulty. A problem is a question that […]

I’m Bored!!

Boredom is key to subconscious serendipity that leads to creativity

Why are we so afraid of being bored — to have that time of stillness? We feel compelled to fill that silence with something. We fill it with screen time or with emails or with phone calls or cat videos. Those moments of silence can be unnerving, but our brains need that solitude for the […]

The Best Creative Thinking Tool You Probably Haven’t Tried

creative thinking from humor

I’m sure you’ve met a humorless person before. They’re those people that take everything far too seriously and never find humor in life or other people. If you want to be creative, then it’s important to learn how to laugh at yourself and not take things so seriously all the time! But if you meet […]

The False Theory of Idea Scarcity

one idea out of many

“The world has a limited amount of resources.” While there are many resources that are finite, some believe there is a finite number of ideas. But, in reality, this theory of idea scarcity is a myth. When an idea creates the spark that leads to something new being created, it takes the place of something […]

How To Create Resilient Innovation Processes That Don’t Fail When Stressed

resilient innovation that doesn't break

It’s times of stress that really test the strength or weakness of your organization. During stressful times, you learn what the people in your organization are made of—but also whether the systems, functions, and processes you’ve put in place are resilient to withstand the crises that inevitably come your way. Industry shifts, market downturns, unexpected competitors: […]

How To Overcome Cognitive Bias And Habits ..

cognitive bias based on habit

When faced with a problem, what tools to we humans use to solve it? We might tap into past experience, prevailing trends, our perceptions of what would be safest or easiest, and gut-level instincts, to name a few. These are cognitive biases—and while they’re good tools in the right situations, they often work against us […]