Quick & Dirty Innovation by Gregg Fraley

Quick & Dirty Innovation by Gregg Fraley

Regret can be a motivator — this is the time of year I often get a call from organizations that are anxious to get something done by year end. It’s possible. Quick & Dirty Innovation — QDI — is the answer we’ve developed based on experience to kick-start efforts — even if it is late September and you really should be back in school.

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When Novel Ideas Make People Gag: What to do when "hidden criteria" surface

"When we propose a novel concept that disrupts cherished assumptions and tacit expectations, we need to expect hidden criteria to surface. Hidden criteria are the crutches decision-makers lean on as they attempt to block something truly disruptive because it is frightening or destabilising." 

In this article, Kate Hammer explores why novel ideas provoke negative reactions and how these negative reactions often bring to light the "hidden criteria" managers and decision-makers use to evaluate new ideas. She points to the gap between a leader's stated agenda or values, and the practical values underscored by the actions s/he takes when faced with creative ideas. In the face of negative reactions, Kate identifies how to build a "matrix of support" for creative people, so that they can continue to work in what could well be a hostile environment.

The article draws together ideas from Brene Brown and Howard Gardner with findings about the bias against creativity from a recent psychological study by Jennifer Mueller, synthesising them into an article that aims to be both realistic and reassuring to creative people working in organisations.

Creative Problem Solving Reading List

Creative Problem Solving Reading List

If you've got some time by the fire this Christmas - or on a warm beach - consider reading up on Creative Problem Solving (CPS). The Osborn-Parnes framework is tried, tested and effective. 

Here's a list of articles, books and practice resources to prime you for 2014...

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An Outsider's View Can Drive Innovation

An Outsider's View Can Drive Innovation

Why, when I bring up interesting and potentially lucrative market adjacencies most of the folks I talk to in the industry reject these potential opportunities with barely a pause in the conversation? It's strange...

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Six Reasons Not to FIre Steve Jobs by Gregg Fraley

Six Reasons Not to FIre Steve Jobs by Gregg Fraley

Ask John Sculley, the man who fired Steve Jobs — would he do it again? Probably. As Michael Corleone once said about a fellow mobster taking sides against him just as he took power — “it’s the smart play.” MBA’s are trained to manage, and that usually doesn’t mean disrupt.

Let’s be frank, people who think different (high innovators on the KAI scale, a measure of cognitive style) are a pain in the ass. Even those who are very self-aware and have trained themselves in social graces eventually show their true colours in classic corporate settings. They can’t help it. They are less problem solvers than they are problem finders.

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If Steve Jobs Worked For You, You'd Probably Fire Him by Gregg Fraley

If Steve Jobs Worked For You, You'd Probably Fire Him by Gregg Fraley

There is a great deal being said and written about the late, great, Steve Jobs. He was a remarkable innovation leader — and a complex personality. Apple’s tagline of “Think Different” could easily be applied to its charismatic leader. Folks often overlook the personality and thinking style piece and focus on the leadership. After reading another article about his leadership style, it got me thinking –

What if Steve Jobs Worked for You?

- See more at: http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2012/07/04/if-steve-jobs-worked-for-you-youd-probably-fire-him/#comment-28737

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