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Don’t be afraid of the open space. Don’t worry about being bored. When you are bored, your imagination kicks in, and your brain goes to a creative place.
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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...
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.
Every year we host a holiday party at my house. We invite clients, friends, students and interesting people that have become friends. Al comes to our party. Find out why.
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...
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?
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”.
On Saturday May 13, as part of SUNY Buffalo State’s graduation ceremonies, I was honored to present the Firestien Family Creative Achievement Award to Jocelyn Tejeda and Najja Bouldin.
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...
The sure-fire way to get new ideas is by using Forced Connections. Forced Connections is the essence of creativity; the practice of combining ideas that don’t appear to be related in a new way. This method helps you get those ideas flowing when you are stuck.
This study investigated differences between communication behaviors of small groups trained in Creative Problem-Solving and groups not trained in creative problem-solving. Communication behaviors investigated were: amount of participation; verbal indications of criticism; verbal indications of support; verbal indications of humor; and nonverbal indications of humor. Groups were also evaluated on the quantity of ideas generated. Results indicated that groups trained in creative problem-solving participated more, criticized ideas less, supported ideas more, exhibited more verbal and nonverbal indications of humor, and produced significantly more ideas than untrained groups.
His quote was not, “The survival of the fittest.”
Darwin actually used the words, “The survival of the best fit.”
by Cher Ravenell “The ideas that come out of most brainstorming sessions are usually superficial, trivial, and not very original. They are rarely useful. The process however, seems to make uncreative people feel that they are making innovative contributions.” A....
Creativity is a strategic business weapon. The companies that will survive and thrive will not be the ones with the deepest pockets, but the ones that can utilize the creativity of their workforce. This article explores a model for unleashing creativity in organizations, illustrates the vital link between quality and creativity, and introduces creative problem-solving, a method to help individuals and organizations become deliberately creative. It also illustrates the benefits of successfully applying creative problem-solving in organizations and provides recommendations for those who want to embark on any type of change program.
Buffalo Rising did a great piece about the i4 Studio at the Innovation Center. In case you missed the Launch Party on Tuesday, you still have opportunities to come check out Buffalo’s Idea Lab. Let me know if you would like to come by and take a look.
Albert Einstein was once asked, “If some imminent disaster threatened the world and you had one hour in which you knew you could save it, how would you spend your time?” Einstein replied, “I would spend the first fifty-five minutes identifying the problem and the last five minutes solving it.
A music director once told me that when he rehearsed, he preferred the musicians to make mistakes confidently. He wanted the mistakes to be big and loud so he would notice them quickly, provide coaching and help the ensemble improve. In the end, the concert audience would only hear the orchestra at their best.
The classic view of creativity is that an idea comes to us after we have been working on a problem for a long time, have made little or no progress and then we step away from the problem and INCUBATE. After a period of incubation – a time when you are not consciously working on the problem. Eureka. The idea hits you!
Hey gang! Did you happen to see the i4 Studio piece in The Buffalo News this week? There's a nice article that talks about how the i4 Studio is the first "idea lab" of it's kind in Buffalo, and includes information about upcoming events. Take a few moments to read...
“Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” —Helen Keller Some of the most notable creative people in the world share one hallmark. They are risk takers. But, the problem with taking risks is the naysayers that surround them....
A major focus within the field of creativity has been on the development of methodologies aimed at deliberately nurturing creative thinking. These methodologies have attempted to mirror the creative process in ways that allow individuals and groups to explicitly call...