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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 […]

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 […]

How ideas evolve in innovation

The typology of ideas, or how ideas are made

An idea is an idea, isn’t it? Well, ideas have more nuances than meet the eye at first glance. When businesspeople aim at producing new ideas for a challenge they face in their business, say developing a new product, they often talk about ideas in an undifferentiated fashion. In reality, ideas come in many different facades […]

Customer Experience

Escaping the commodity trap through customer experience design

Have you noticed that your profit margins are dropping? Is competitive pressure transforming your once-unique products and services into commodities? What can you do about this? General Electric’s CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt said, “Managing innovation better may be the only way out of the abyss called commodity hell.” Looking at the many different ways to […]

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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 […]

Commitment to innovation

Are you committed to innovation? (Part 2)

In the last column, we discussed the importance of innovation, and the five dimensions of organizational innovation: leadership at all levels; commitment; collaboration and communication; culture; and structure, systems and processes. Of these, commitment is the best indicator of a company’s innovative capacity. When my company, which helps other organizations innovate and achieve an innovation […]