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Proof Creativity Training Works:  More Fun and More Productive

Proof Creativity Training Works: More Fun and More Productive

While pursuing my doctorate, I became very interested in the effects of Creative Problem Solving training on the communication behaviors that occur in small groups. In organizations, it is in the small group where new ideas are born and, in many cases, where new ideas die.

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Innovation In Medicine with Dr. Robert Gatewood

Innovation In Medicine with Dr. Robert Gatewood

Meet Dr. Robert Gatewood. Robert is board certified in Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo; author of more than 50 presentations and co-author of two books. Dr. Gatewood took one of my Creativity courses at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State.

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Want to get creative? Then practice.

Want to get creative? Then practice.

Great sport teams practice. Great symphony orchestras practice. Fire departments practice. They practice so that when they must perform at peak effectiveness under extremely stressful conditions, they can execute extremely well.

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Don’t be a slug.  Read weird stuff.

Don’t be a slug. Read weird stuff.

  A number of years ago, Dr. Donna Hamlin at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute did a study on the reading habits of scientists. She grouped the scientists into three categories. The first group was labeled “innovative”; these scientists exhibited the highest...

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VIDEO: DISRUPT HR – Buffalo New York – Roger Firestien

VIDEO: DISRUPT HR – Buffalo New York – Roger Firestien

This program took the audience of the Disrupt HR community on a five-minute innovation “excursion” that was designed to help them come up with new ideas for solving a problem that was confronting them. Try it. Watch the video and take a five-minute creativity...

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Igniting Creativity Around the World

Igniting Creativity Around the World

I was honored to be able to provide the voice-over for the 50th-anniversary celebration animation video for the International Center for Studies in Creativity that debuted at the Creativity Expert Exchange conference at SUNY Buffalo State, October 13-15. Watch this...

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Fort Collins Innovates

Fort Collins Innovates

As a native Coloradan, it was my honor to deliver the keynote address and facilitate an innovation session for the City of Fort Collins, Colorado on September 28. The group generated thousands of ideas for dealing with issues of affordability and growth in Fort...

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The Power of the PPC

The Power of the PPC

After you have generated lots of ideas and then selected the best ideas for solving a problem, how do you evaluate those ideas to build the idea instead of destroying it in the process of evaluation? The method that I have used for years, and invented with my...

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Watch out for Gunslingers when hiring an Innovation Consultant

Watch out for Gunslingers when hiring an Innovation Consultant

An Innovation Consultant applies a process that is designed to help an organization increase its innovation output. Put another way, an Innovation Consultant helps you solve the toughest challenges facing your organization. So, what is innovation output? It depends on...

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Roles in a Creative Problem Solving Session

Roles in a Creative Problem Solving Session

Clearly defined roles are one of the most important aspects when applying Creative Problem Solving in a group, just as clearly defined roles are essential for a rescue squad or a sports team. There are three essential roles for an effective CPS session: client, facilitator, and resource group.

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The 4 P’s of Creativity; or a working definition of Creativity

The 4 P’s of Creativity; or a working definition of Creativity

There have been many attempts to define creativity. In 1961, a researcher named Mel Rhodes set out to find the single unifying definition of creativity. He couldn’t do it, and that’s probably a good thing. Otherwise, we would continually judge ourselves against one...

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The Biggest Gambler in the World is… A Farmer.

The Biggest Gambler in the World is… A Farmer.

I spent the first 22 years of my life on this land. It was the place where I learned to drive tractors and trucks, irrigate corn and spread manure for fertilizer.
What did you do when you were growing up that helped you to be creative now?

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Hanging Upside Down on My Medicine Ball

Hanging Upside Down on My Medicine Ball

Where are you when you get your best ideas? I will bet you one-hundred dollars that you don’t get your best ideas at work. Michelle’s answer is: “Hanging Upside Down on My Medicine Ball”.

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Find Your Creative Space

Find Your Creative Space

If you want to be creative, you need to find your creative space. Have you ever walked into a place, rubbed your hands together and said to yourself, “I could really do some great work here?” Artists and musicians have studios, craftsmen have workshops, professors and...

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