Category Archives: Creativity

Collaborative Brainstorming: Harnessing the Power of Group Dynamics

Group brainstorming, how effective is it? The WSJ’s article “Cancel That Brainstorm. There’s a Better Way to Spur Good Ideas” argues that traditional brainstorming sessions are a waste of time and that there are better ways to generate ideas. The author cites research that shows that brainstorming sessions often lead to fewer ideas than if people worked independently. Additionally, brainstorming sessions can be dominated by a few people, and introverts may be reluctant to share their ideas. The author suggests that a better way to generate ideas is to have people work independently and then come together to share their ideas. This approach is more likely to generate a wider range of ideas and to give everyone a chance to participate.

Does Remote Work Lead To Less Innovation?

How does innovation happen? How do great ideas spread? One way to accelerate it is the random collision of unusual suspects; that is people who don’t know each other colliding with each other. New ideas, perspectives, and value-creating opportunities are in the gray areas between unusual suspects. It seems so obvious and yet we spend most of our time with the usual suspects in our respective silos. We need to get out of our silos more.

A leader’s Most Important Job? Creating a Culture That Values Talent But Celebrates Growth

Creating a culture of learning and growth is a leader’s most important job. Doing so drives employee engagement, attracts and retains talent, and pushes the business forward; this is how leaders lead for growth. But, how many leaders lead their organizations this way?

What’s The Best Way to Foster Innovation and Creativity Within a Team?

Companies live and die by their ability to both execute their core business and find the next revolution. Both need innovation, because not doing so results in stagnation, irrelevance, and finally failure. Innovation is the responsibility of the CEO, but the task itself resides in project leaders and their teams.

Small Giants: Business Lessons from Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big

In the world of business, the common goal is often to grow as large as possible. However, the book Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big by Bo Burlingham explores an alternative approach that some companies have taken: choosing to be great instead of big. These “small giants” are companies that prioritize factors such as purpose, community, and quality over sheer size and expansion.

7 Deadly Sins of Mediocrity

“The Slayer of Mediocrity.” That’s what I called myself when I first started posting stuff online. Eventually, people on Twitter started calling me Innovation Insurgent, and it stuck. My belief is that humans have inherent attitudes and beliefs that drive us toward mediocrity; I started taking an interest in how to combat these attitudes and beliefs.