Tag Archives: systematic innovation


Play “The Dating Game” to find new growth

Discovering new meaning for an established product with a stagnant or negative revenue outlook is like re-entering the dating game. This metaphor underlies a new thinking tool called “The Dating Game” that I’ve created as a new addition to our X-IDEA Thinking Toolbox. Today, allow me to share with you how you may the dating analogy to find […]


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, […]


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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Business model innovation: It’s all about the money

Last month, I presented a research paper at the International Society of Professional Innovation Management’s Innovation Conference in Porto, Portugal. When looking at recent trends in innovation research, I discerned one popular topic at this year’s ISPIM conference: business model innovation. Today, let’s discuss what business model innovation means and why it’s valuable, then look […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Playing on all levels of business creativity

Playing on all levels of business creativity

“There are two types of creativity: the creativity of making zero to one, and the creativity of making one to a thousand,” noted Kazuhiko Nishi, a pioneering software entrepreneur who joined Microsoft in its early days and later became a leader of the ASCII Corporation. Mr. Nishi is right that in business, we can clearly […]

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 […]

The dark side of innovation

Don’t be afraid of the dark side of innovation

Creativity and innovation is not only my profession, but also my passion. In particular, I love thinking about new and better ways for people to systematically and reliably produce better ideas and innovation results. Unfortunately, my quest to create more effective innovation methods and thinking tools made me realize a related dilemma: What if someone […]

Open innovation: The good, the bad and the ugly

Open innovation: The good, the bad, and the ugly

While attending the International Society of Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) Innovation Conference in Budapest a few weeks ago, I noticed that open innovation was the hottest topics that was repeatedly featured in panel talks and academic papers. While listening to the various presentations and debates, it suddenly dawned upon me why I have always felt […]