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10 Simple Ways to Turn Your Creative Spark into a Flame

Creativity and innovation begin with the spark of an idea. But for so many, the process ends there with no plan to manifest. Understanding simple ways to turn your ideas into action will give you the edge to turn that spark to a flame and rise as a leader...

A short story on brand

An engaging view of the importance of branding

A Theory about Genius ( Part One )

Academics also tried to measure the links between intelligence and genius. But intelligence is not enough to warrant genius.

A Theory about Genius ( Part Two )

Following are thumbnail descriptions of strategies that are common to the thinking styles of creative geniuses in science, art, and industry throughout history.

Achieving Radical Innovation

Innovation is the lifeblood of companies large and small. Innovation allows a company to grow and improve, to compress cycle time, to speed distribution, to reduce manufacturing defects, to improve product quality, and to increase customer satisfaction....

Break down Internal Barriers

The leader has to tear down the internal fences, punish internal politics and reward co-operation. This sometimes calls for drastic or innovative actions.

Can Bad Attitudes Lead to Good Business Innovation ?

I give workshops on creative leadership for major organisations around the world. I always ask delegates, ‘What is impeding innovation in your business ?’ The answers often involve cultural issues such as aversion to risk, complacency or lack of...

CBI Journal 5 : Connected Economy

Innovation in the Connected Economy - A conversation with Clayton Christensen

CBI Journal 7 : Valuing Intangibles

The Invisible Advantage: getting a grip on intangible assets

CBI Journal 8: Connected Innovation

Connectivity reinvents the rules of invention

Create Marketplace Disruption - How to Stay Ahead of the Competition

The old ways lead businesses to sink beneath the marketplace waves, another company dragged under by locked-in anchors. The new approach keeps your ship upright, and able to ride the waves of shifting marketplace storms.

Creating the Best Practice of Tomorrow

The best way to create value is to innovate your way ahead of the competition. You need to create temporary monopolies where yours is the only show in town.

Creating a climate of Empowerment

How can leaders become more receptive, more open to challenging ideas? How can we create a climate that empowers people, allows risk-taking and encourages innovation ?

Creating an Environment for Innovation

Once your company has made a conscious decision to encourage innovation, where and how should you start? How do you encourage people in every part of the company to innovate? In this article, one assumes that one has agreed on a consistent definition...

Creativity and Change equals Innovation

Collins’s story holds lessons for integrating creativity into the workplace. Each of us has the capacity to scale our business challenges creatively. Creativity is a skill that can be taught and learned.

Demystifying Innovation

Find out what makes innovation and how a company can identify components of innovation and assess their effectiveness.

Don't Imitate, Innovate

Competition in all industries will intensify as we enter the new millennium. It is therefore more important than ever to focus on innovation and creatively applying technology to differentiate yourself from the competition.

Entrepreneurs on the Inside

Are you a champion of innovation ?

Fostering Innovation In Small and Mid-Size Companies

They say that, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Have you ever thought deeply about that old saw and its implications ?

How can you build an innovative culture ?

Imagine that you are the newly installed CEO at a company which has done well in the past but is now complacent, stodgy and risk averse. Agile competitors are threatening and you have identified that you need to change the culture to be more adventurous,...

How Unusual Combinations Lead to Breakthrough Ideas

Think outside of the box to improve your business

Idea Receptiveness Survey

This survey was carried out over the internet in 2006 and early 2007 to assess attitudes towards receptiveness to new ideas within organizations. The results indicate that most people consider themselves to be much more receptive to new ideas than their...

In Search of the New Age CEO

As technology continues to transform the nature of doing business in the 21st century, leadership assumes an ever larger and more critical role in the mobilizing of human and other resources around an organization, a product, a competitive challenge....

Innovation Calls For Leadership

Seizing the opportunities of tomorrow calls for leadership. It means taking off the blinders of what is in order to see what could be.

Innovation Means Relying on Everyone's Creativity

Innovation has always been a primary challenge of leadership. Today we live in an era of such rapid change and evolution that leaders must work constantly to develop the capacity for continuous change and frequent adaptation, while ensuring that identity...

Innovation Through Accidents and Controlled Chaos

The innovation paradox: Random, chaotic, and unpredictable innovations need a stable management system and process to nurture the growth and development of "lucky breaks."

Innovative Learning in the Workplace

Lee Kwok Hoong looks at the renewed focus on learning and its impact on overall economic performance.

Innovative Measures

Are your profits getting pounded because of pricing pressures ? No matter how you cut it, continued SUCCESS in virtually any business TAKES REAL INNOVATION.

Leadership in a Creative Organization

Creative talent is fiercely independent, aloof, rejects any form of training or discipline, temperamental, egotistical and completely selfish.

Leadership's Most Vital T-A-S-K

How to lead your organization towards greater innovation in today’s chaotic business world.

Leading by creating value

In a more efficient organization, value creation can only result from nurturing creativity.

Maximising Performance, Unleashing Potential

Maximising performance and competence is high on the agenda of any organisation. So how do we encourage each and every individual to maximise their own potential and build their competence ?

Put Your Best People on Innovation

Many businesses make the mistake of giving innovation projects to junior executives. It seems natural to hand innovation opportunities to enthusiastic and promising upstarts. But generally it is the experienced heavyweights who can overcome all the...

Quality and Creativity - Enemies or Allies ?

Can quality and creativity cohabit in the same house or are they natural enemies ? Can a quality process be applied to innovation?

Seeking Initiative and Innovation ? Reward Failure

If you want to increase initiative and innovation, you have to encourage and embrace failure. A culture that punishes less-than-ideal risk-related outcomes will stifle both initiative and innovation

Selling to the Value Driven Buyer

Your customers are demanding more, yet looking for ways to pay less. You're facing new and hungrier competitors. You're being challenged as never before to differentiate your firm's products in a "commodity" market. And you're not alone.

Siemens Find an Unlimited Source of Ideas

Does your business have an effective employee suggestions scheme ?

Successful Failures

Key characteristic of learning leaders; they refuse to be trapped by "conventional wisdom" or what others say is or isn't possible. Highly effective leaders go against the odds – or just ignore them.

Ten Top Tips for the Innovative Leader

You cannot expect your team to be innovative if they do not know the direction in which they are headed. Innovation has to have a purpose.

The 7 Secrets of Big Picture Thinkers

Now there is a way for you to connect with your larger vision and see it through to success. You can bring out the creative thinker in you by following these 7 success tips. Whatever direction you’re headed, these strategies will help you move forward...

The Invisible Advantage of Innovation

An excerpt from "Invisible Advantage: How Intangibles Are Driving Business Performance" shows how today innovation needs to take place throughout a company, not simply in the research division.

The Man Behind the Microchip

Bob Noyce took me under his wing," Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs explains. "I was young, in my twenties. He was in his early fifties. He tried to give me the lay of the land, give me a perspective that I could only partially understand." Jobs continues,...

True Value of Unworkable Ideas

We often think of unworkable ideas as a waste of time and effort. But unworkable ideas often lead to good ones. This happens so frequently that it's worth reconsidering how we handle ideas before we know they are unworkable, and how we handle their authors...
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