Tag Archives: convergent thinking

Yin Yang flow

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 […]

Analytical Thinking ("cognito ergo sum")

How analytical thinking complements creative thinking

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it”, said the American entrepreneur and inventor Henry Ford (founder of Ford Corporation), and IBM founder Thomas J Watson Sr. concurs: “All the problems of the world could be settled if people were only willing to think. The […]

IPO model of systematic innovation

The Input-Process-Output model of systematic innovation

All systems can be understood using an input-process-output (IPO) model, and the system we call “innovation” is no exception. This model is likely familiar to you from information technology and manufacturing — let’s see how it can help in systematic innovation. IPO in systematic innovation Your innovation projects will more reliably produce good results when […]

Levels of creativity

Playing on all five levels of creativity

How do you produce ideas when you need them? How many different levels of creativity do you use when doing this? There are five levels of creativity —with different types of creativity tools— that you should pass through when working on a project: idea preparation, idea generation, idea development, idea enhancement, and idea activation. Level […]

Yin Yang innovation

Understanding the Yin Yang of innovation

Look at how you like to work. Are you results-driven? Do you actively, even aggressively, push towards those results? Do you like to deal with numbers and facts? Do you base important decisions on that evidence? Are you strong-willed and decisive? If you said yes to most of those questions, congratulations. It’s likely that you’ve […]