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Innovation Communication Styles - "Brainstorming"

It’s not only what tools you use, but how you use them

When you work with a team on an innovation project case, what matters is not only what kind of thinking tool you use when in the innovation process. To do sound thinking and produce adequate outputs, it also matters how exactly you use the tool — or in other words: how you communicate and interact […]

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Harnessing the Yin Yang flow of innovation

Two weeks ago, we discussed how to embrace the Yin Yang concept of Chinese philosophy as a simple but effective way to talk about creativity and innovation, especially here in Asia where Thinkergy has its home base. We learned that to build a creative company, we need to focus on boosting its creative Yin energy: hire […]

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How to become a more fluent creative thinker (Part 2)

Two weeks ago, we discussed how your inner critic prevents you from being a fluent creative thinker, leading you to produce only a few, typically ordinary ideas in an Ideation effort. This is because your inner voice of judgment dismisses any uncommon or wild ideas, thus stopping you from producing a lot of ideas. Today, […]

Tools for Creative Process Stage Ideation + Development

Why using one creative process stage leads to dull ideas

When you “brainstorm” for ideas with a team, do you typically deliver conventional ideas that —if you’re honest— you could have got without dedicating extra time? Well, the reason you ended up with these ordinary low-hanging fruits doesn’t mean that you and your teammates are not creative. Rather, it means that you used an ineffective […]

Innovation Project Dos and Don’ts

Dos and Don’ts for a successful innovation project

At the beginning of a new year, many businesses consider doing innovation initiatives to refresh their products and services, or the ways they promote and deliver them. Planning and successfully running an innovation project is both a science and an art. Today, I share with you eight dos and don’ts of conducting a successful innovation project. Beware of the […]

Year of the Sheep

Creativity in the Year of the Sheep

Kung Hai Fat Choy, Happy Chinese New Year! Today is the start of the Year of the Sheep — or maybe of the Goat, or of the Ram. A ram is just a male sheep, but goats are as different from sheep as lions are from tigers. Goats have beards while sheep have manes. Sheep […]

What is your innovation style?

What is your innovation style?

While facilitating over a hundred innovation projects over nearly a decade, I noticed that different people have very distinct innovation styles. While working out Thinkergy’s innovation people profiling method TIPS, I developed a scheme to capture and systematize these personal innovation styles of different people. Thereby, I blended central aspects of a well-known innovation theory […]

Secrets of Idea Development

The well-kept secrets of idea development

In the last column, we discussed the five levels of creativity (and the related types of creativity tools) necessary to produce outstanding innovation. One of those levels is Idea Development. Unfortunately, few people know that this level even exists, and even fewer know how to master it. Why? The inner workings of Idea Development have […]

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More meeting types, better meetings (Part 2)

What can you do to make meetings more productive? How to get better outcomes and tangible results out of your meetings? Meetings don’t follow a one size-fits-all logic. It’s rather that different situations require different types of meetings.