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Can employees learn to be innovative?

There is a frenzy of discussion on the Front End Innovation LinkedIn group around the following question: can employees learn to be innovative? I think this a question many executives are asking themselves, and undoubtedly are looking for a silver bullet answer. My answer? First, let’s get a few things out of the way…

Ed Catmull’s thoughts for managing a creative culture

From Ed Catmull’s Creativity Inc., 28 ideas on how Pixar engineers and sustains a creative culture. A culture of innovation is a culture of creativity, enthusiasm and daring. Not a place where efficiency reigns and where mistakes are to be avoided. It also needs constant nurturing, it isn’t a “set-it-and-forget-it program” that consultants come in […]

Why some good ideas spread slowly

The main challenge for any innovator is idea adoption. So, it’s important to understand both how ideas spread and what motivates people to adopt those ideas. So, how does an innovation spread? For the first clue, last week I published a post where I referenced Alex Pentland’s work on how ideas spread. He rightfully says […]

Practice frame shifting to spot untapped innovation opportunities

Perception separates the innovator from the imitator. To see anew, learn to set aside preconceptions by exploring new perspectives. How might we shift our perspective and explore what we might be missing? This is a common question I ask myself all the time because I want to overcome our human tendency to bring our preconceived […]

Creativity Inc.: what it takes to build and sustain a culture of excellence

Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull is a humble look at what it takes to build and sustain a culture of excellence, one that embraces originality in its truest form.

What are the key ingredients necessary to accelerate innovation in any environment?

MIT’s Andy Pentland says the best decision-making environment for good ideas to spread is one with high levels of both “engagement” and “exploration. Via the NY Times: The best decision-making environment, Mr. Pentland says, is one with high levels of both “engagement” and “exploration.” Engagement is a measure of how often people in a group […]

New doesn’t equal innovation

Just because something is new doesn’t mean it should be touted as an innovation. What’s an innovation and what isn’t? Normally, people believe that just because they’ve never seen or heard about something that it’s new, and therefore innovative. In their heads, because it’s new, it also means that it will succeed. Of course, it […]