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Picturing The Beginner's Guide to Innovation

Picturing “The Beginner’s Guide to Innovation”

Happy anniversary, Creativity Un-Limited! It’s been 10 years since the column “Creativity Un-Limited” appeared first in the Bangkok Post, and then evolved into the Thinkergy Blog. Over the last decade, I’ve produced 257 articles on business creativity of innovation, totalling 240,000 words or enough for six books. So when my US business partner asked me if I could write an “airport” […]

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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 […]

Uncovering the innovation learner’s experience (1)

Uncovering the innovation learner’s experience

What’s going on in the minds of businesspeople who undergo training in business creativity and the use of a structured innovation method? What is their creative learning experience like? How do learners feel as they get trained in innovation? Together with my colleague Dr. Brian Hunt, I investigated these questions in a comprehensive research project […]

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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, […]

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How to become a more fluent creative thinker (Part 1)

How much of a fluent creative thinker are you? What is standing in your way to becoming a more fluent creative thinker? How can you boost your creative fluency? Let’s seek answers to these questions in today’s column as well as the next. Setting the scene: At Thinkergy, we draw upon four psychological parameters (that […]

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These creative laws govern innovation

Have you ever thought about creative laws that govern an innovation process? In the context of a particular domain, a law is a statement of fact, deducted from observation, that a particular natural or scientific phenomenon always occurs if certain conditions are present. It may also be a generalization based on a fact or event perceived […]

Stripping innovation down

Stripping innovation down to its essential core

Confucius said: “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Have you ever realized that succeeding in business in general and innovation in particular is just about three things? Today, let’s take a few steps back and look at business and innovation in the most simple, essential way. Let’s begin stripping innovation […]

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 […]

Innovate with a human touch

How to innovate with a human touch

What is the smallest common denominator that you, I and all other readers of this article have in common? We’re human. Being human means that we all share a set of human wants and need, values and emotions that represent the essence of humanness. Let’s discuss how we may create more meaningful innovations by playing […]

Innovators and marketers

The marketer’s vs. the innovator’s approach to innovation

“Business has only two functions — marketing and innovation”, said Peter Drucker, and he was right, although I would reverse the order, as innovation must create the products to be marketed. But helping marketers with innovation has shown me that marketers think like Drucker, with marketing being primary and innovation secondary. Although my company’s innovation […]

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