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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.

5 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Generating Ideas

5 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Generating Ideas

All organizations need to generate ideas to drive their business forward. They generate ideas in a brainstorm. Brainstorming, when done well can catalyze dormant ideas. But it can result in wasted time and resources when done wrong. How can you execute a better brainstorming session and make sure it doesn’t result in wasted time and resources?

How Do You Fight Cognitive Bias So That You Can Be Open To All Avenues Of The Future?

what you know limits what you can imagineEvery once in a while I get emails from business people and students asking for advice on all types of challenges they’re facing. A recent one has to do with brainstorming for innovation, specifically how to fight cognitive bias so the group can be open to all avenues of the future.

Innovation must reads of the week: Why trends are for suckers

Innovation must reads of the week: Why trends are for suckers

Storified by Jorge Barba · Sat, Jul 07 2012 22:51:01

New blog post: Are You Entering a Market or Building One? It’s a very important distinction http://bit.ly/NjqC4S #innovationTim Kastelle

When you’re launching a new innovation, you must think carefully about the type of market that you are in. If you are building a market, the main objective needs to be learning. In that case, you can launch something that looks like the Apple I. In fact, you’re probably better off launching something like that fast, because that will accelerate the learning.

When you’re building markets, you need to be building dynamic business models that evolve. That’s why the Apple I looks so different from what we see now from Apple. More than anything else, it’s because they were operating in a very different type of market then.

Great angle on "ambidextrous" organizations by @Grant27: Every Company Should Build a Second Corporation – http://s.hbr.org/NsIgFA #strategyRalph-Christian Ohr
Everyone knows that we live in a world of tremendous change. But our response has been what Andy Grove calls building a better fire house. We are committing to getting faster and more agile. But there’s an absolute limit to have fast we can get. Many corporations run pretty good fire houses as it is. They can’t get a lot faster. The world doesn’t care. It’s going to get much, much faster. Time to rebuild the fire house. Time to rethink firefighting.
Confronting the Pain of Innovation http://s.hbr.org/MAj8AqHarvard Biz Review
If your organization doesn’t talk openly and frankly about its “innovation pain” as it pushes to create new value in new ways, you’re guaranteed to misdiagnose and misunderstand critical elements of your innovation culture. What would you think of a doctor who discussed everything about a disease and its treatment except the pain that they cause? 
Why Trends are for Suckers – http://su.pr/2n57bO – Greg Satell – #innovation #sm #technology #consumers #mgmt #trendsStefan Lindegaard
So don’t get taken in.  No matter how many people are talking about the hot trend, unless it is creating true value by solving real problems it will die out soon enough.
"Be reverent about the process and good ideas will emerge." RT @natwhitlock On Learning from Improv http://risd.cc/M5k9KNjohnmaeda
Here are seven tactics to help spur uninhibited expression. With any luck, it’ll be raining innovative ideas in no time.
Cause & Effect http://www.avc.com/a_vc/2012/07/cause-effect.htmlFred Wilson
Read Sci-Fi to be cutting-edge
Great, You’re Inspired: Now Begin The Nitty-Gritty Of Idea Implementation http://bit.ly/O9nOsB by @ChrisGrivas & @pucciogjCo.Lead
For successful implementation, involving others in the development process is a key part of managing the change. Such involvement not only provides you the skill sets needed to improve your idea, but also increases the sense of ownership of the solution. With that buy-in and increased expertise, your innovative solution stands more of chance of succeeding.

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Innovation must reads of the week: How to think about the future

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10 Most Popular Innovation Posts of 2011

2011 is over. Lots of blog posts were written this year, lots of new and interesting friends were made, lots of ideas were crystallized and lots of value was created.

It was fun looking through the archives to find those posts everyone liked the most. It was fun to revisit them and re-read the comments you left. I still feel like it was just yesterday that I wrote them. Man time goes by very fast!

Here then are the 10 most popular posts of 2011 (+ 2 more) in no particular order.

Thank you for sticking around and I look forward to learning more from you in the next year.

Happy 2012 🙂

Innovation posts of the week: 10 innovation myths

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