Tag Archives: X-IDEA

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]