Constraint Kick Starts Creativity

Lead Change Blog

There are many externals that we naturally think of as constraints, boundaries on our ability to achieve, to get ahead, to succeed. Consider that these constraints are but a catalyst for becoming more creative about the possibilities sitting before you. In fact, I contend, almost every innovation or breakthrough comes because of a constraint, forcing you to think in different ways. Here are four steps when confronting constraints that “appear” to limit your possibilities.

A Beautiful Constraint

Leading Blog

Typically we look at a constraint as a negative. But what if a constraint was the gift that opened up previously unimagined possibilities? What if a constraint was the gift that took you to the next level? Authors Adam Morgan and Mark Barden remind us in A Beautiful Constraint that Google’s home page is as simple as it is because that was the limit of Larry Page’s coding ability at the time. Not in spite of the constraint, but because of it.”

Why Creativity Thrives Under Constraints

Tanveer Naseer

Instead, it typically comes to a predictable end when we hit something inevitable: constraints. We run into constraints around people, the market, the interests of stakeholders, and more. Just about every influence on our once new and exciting project also brings a constraint. We start to push back against the constraints, claiming we need more time or more budget money. While trying to ease up on the constraints isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Constraints, Creativity, and the No. 2 Highest Paid Dead Celebrity

Leadership Freak

The highest paid dead celebrity of 2020 was Michael Jackson. 2 on the list is the children’s author, Dr. Seuss. He died in 1990. According to the Associated Press, Seuss earned $33,000,000.00… Continue reading → creativity Innovation

The Hidden Constraint Capping Your Consulting Firm (and How to Lift the Limit)

David A Fields

The post The Hidden Constraint Capping Your Consulting Firm (and How to Lift the Limit) appeared first on David A. The driver and limiter of your consulting firm’s size are the same: a single variable simultaneously fuels your growth and resists expansion.

EBM: Constraints


Theory of Constraints (TOC) is an overall management philosophy introduced by Dr. Eliyahu M. The theory contends that any manageable system is limited in achieving more of its goal by a very small number of constraints and that there is always at least one constraint. A constraint is anything that prevents the system from achieving more of its goal. Identify the constraint. Decide how to exploit the constraint. Elevate the constraint.

Add Constraints to Processes Carefully

Curious Cat

Take great care in adding constraints to processes to avoid doing so needlessly. Occasionally a required field is a sensible constraint on an online form but so often they add unnecessary constraints. Constraints on creating a secure password are a frequent failure of web sites for the last 10 years. Frequently I see unnecessary constraints creating the edge case excuse. First, don’t add constraints without good reason.

Innovation Starts with Defining the Right Constraints

Harvard Business

Why limiting time and outcomes — instead of budget and risk — inspires teams to think big. Innovation Managing organizations Creativity Technology Digital Article

An Effective Leader Leads by Influence, not Authority

Lead on Purpose

Leadership #prodmgmt Continue reading → Leadership Product Management clarity constraints data discussion influence motivate vision whyA successful leader leads by influence, not by wielding authority.

New Years is an Artificial Constraint

Mills Scofield

Seriously ! Thank you Switch & Shift for hosting my (anti)-New Year''s post! "Ah, Ah, New Years hype! New resolutions, habits, goals, priorities. We make it so grand and complicated that we set ourselves up for failure. Seriously, what’s the difference between December 31st and January 1st? Is it really different than June 30th and July 1st or October 31st and November 1st? And really, January 1st as the New Year is a bit artificial". read on.

Photo Inquiry Friday: Can Autonomy Exist Within Organizational Constraints?

Mike Cardus

On to the Inquiry: Can autonomy exist within organizational constraints? The tension between individual autonomy and organizational structure/constraints can play out weird and interesting ways…What behavior do you notice when people feel that the organizational constraints get in the way? image is from ‘ making progress motivates workers ’ presentation.

Constraints Don’t Have to Be Constraining

Harvard Business

What would you do if you only had $5 in startup funding? Entrepreneurship Innovation Digital Article

How to Succeed With Limited Resources

Let's Grow Leaders

I believe these companies were successful not in spite of, but because of their constraints. When constraints became tighter and competition stiffer, it became critical to make smarter choices at every stage of the game. Whitney explains: “Including constraints allows you to make a faster, more accurate prediction of the consequences of your actions, letting you determine which course of action will likely give you the best results.”

Why Constraints Are Good for Innovation

Harvard Business

What 145 empirical studies conclude. Innovation Experimentation Product development Digital Article

A Bold and Blatant Disregard for Normal Constraints

Steve Farber

The most common and insidious “normal constraints&# are the ones that are imposed on you by others. Whenever you see a better way to do things or better things to do, make a list of all the “normal constraints&# that seem to be holding you back. Every “normal constraint&# in the proverbial book will tell you that this question is unrealistic and a waste of time.

WEadership Practice #4: Encourage Experimentation (and, of course, experiment yourself)

Lead Change Blog

Leadership Development boldness constraints experiment ideas incentives Innovation innovative lead Leadership management risk testingPosted in Leadership Development This post is the fourth in a series that began here summarizing the findings of a one-year study of workforce leadership. Through that process, we identified six practices next-generation leaders use to be effective; a new model of leadership we call WEadership, in a nod to its collaborative nature. The Speed of Life For [.]

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Systemically Non-Systemic: COVID-19 through the Deming Lens

Deming Institute

In his work on the “Theory of Constraints,” Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt describes a constraint as “the limiting factor that prevents a system from moving closer to achieving its goal.” Theory of Constraints Institute.

Leadership Biz Cafe Podcast #17 – Whitney Johnson On Using Disruptive Innovation To Drive Growth

Tanveer Naseer

Why constraints are actually beneficial and not a hindrance to our ability to disrupt ourselves, and our perception of what can be done and what opportunities are there to fuel our growth and success. business Recent Posts leadership communication innovation failure perception strengths success opportunities growth feedback learning disruptive innovation constraints

Why Innovators Love Constraints

Harvard Business Review

Nearly a decade later, I find myself almost a fan of constraints. Constraints lead to faster feedback. Whether they are limits on space, time, money or other resources, constraints can improve our agility and get our synapses firing at lightning speed. With a completed prototype in hand, Lit Motors has proven the power of financial constraints. Constraints can be an indispensable tool of creation. Paradoxically then, a constraint can become a tool of creation.

Boosting Creativity Through Constraints

Harvard Business Review

Conventional wisdom holds that the best way to boost a team''s creativity is to unshackle them from constraints. Some constraints are realities that must to be dealt with — laws of physics, or perhaps a budget. Other constraints may seem immovable but upon inspection are actually assumptions based on the past — your business model, or which customers and needs you serve, for example. The key to spurring creativity isn''t the removal of all constraints.

Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 2/11/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Lafley Adam Bryant Alan Bird Andy Jefferson “5 ways to find your team’s hidden talents” “Why Innovators Love Constraints” Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 2/11/13) BOB Bryan Neider Calhoun W. I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works A.G.

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Embrace Your Constraints to Create New Markets

Harvard Business Review

Add work time lost due to travel; cultural norms requiring that people travel together; the expense of transportation; and a general lack of awareness about the value of correcting eyesight problems, and the French eyeglass company Essilor was faced with a perfect storm of what we call external constraints. Smartly, Essilor realized that in order to problem solve, they would have to intentionally impose constraints on themselves.

Procedure Development Best Practice 1 – Integrated Development

Strategy Driven

Premium Procedure Development integrated procedures nathan ives procedure development procedure integration process constraints process impacts strategydrivenThe complexity of modern organizations necessitates a collage of policies, processes, and procedures to guide their operations. Some procedures guide the actions of personnel within a single workgroup while others govern interactions and handoffs between workgroups. Hi there!

The Accidental Mind: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries A lively explanation of the beneficial neural functions in that “cobbled-together mess” between our ears “Rube Goldberg contraption” “The Main Evolutionary Constraints on Brain Design” David J. The Accidental Mind: How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams, and God David J.

Surrounded by Geniuses: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Surrounded by Geniuses: Unlocking the Brilliance in Yourself, Your Colleagues, and Your Organization Alan S. Gregermnan Sourcebooks (2010) How and why winning in today’s competitive markets requires unlocking genius within us and in the world around us I deeply appreciated all that I learned in Alan Gregerman’s most recent book, The Necessity of Strangers: The […]. Bob''s blog entries Alan S.

The Myths of Creativity: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

As I worked my way through Burkus’ lively and eloquent narrative, I was also keenly interested in his discussion Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s insights relevant to incubation in Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention (1997): “Once the incubation stage has run its course, which could be a few days or several years, it should […].

How Intelligent Constraints Drive Creativity

Harvard Business Review

Not long ago, Teresa Amabile revealed in an HBR blog post that while she had spent much of her career as a research psychologist showing how constraints can undermine creativity, she had discovered that the right sort of constraints can in fact "stoke the innovation fire.". CEO Marissa Mayer offered the same opinion writing for Businessweek in 2006: "Constraints shape and focus problems, and provide clear challenges to overcome as well as inspiration.

Project Management Model – SQERT

Rapid BI

Management Add new tag constraints cost Leadership project management project management triangle quality sqert timeProject Management Model - SQERT - Scope, Quality, Effort, Risk, & Timing.

What's critical when virtualizing leadership development programs

The Regis Company

In the age of COVID-19, companies are being compelled to virtualize their leadership development programs, adapting quickly to new constraints in attempts to “lift and shift” their programs on tight budgets.

When — and How — to Build Hurdles into a Loyalty Program

Harvard Business Review

But the right constraints can actually help them get more value from their membership. Poorly designed programs can frustrate customers. Customer strategy Market segmentation Business models Consumer behavior Digital Article

Project Management – What is Critical Chain?

Strategy Driven

Premium Project Management critical chain Greg Gaskey project constraints strategydriven Successful project managers know that the success of their project hinges on the development of a solid plan, the diverse consideration of integration challenges, and the right evaluation of resources. However, is a good Gantt chart that is predicated on simply coordinating activities (steps) with the proper float and interdependencies adequate to ensure the successful execution phase of the project?

How to CRAFT a conversation that moves the needle

Rajesh Setty

Understand their weaknesses and constraints : Just like topics related to their strengths are where they will gravitate towards, topics related to their weaknesses are what they will want to avoid. Not only their weaknesses are against them but also the constraints (e.g.: currency, connections etc.) – it is your job to quickly identify both the weaknesses and constraints. Main Page action constraints conversation moving the needle possibilities strengths weaknesses

2018 Success Depends on You asking the Right Questions

N2Growth Blog

Constraints to Success. According to Adam Morgan and Mark Barden, there are four kinds of constraints most businesses face today. In their book, A Beautiful Constraint they list the major constraints in this way: There are four kinds of constraints most businesses face according to the brilliant read, A Beautiful Constraint by Adam Morgan & Mark Barden: 1) Constraint of foundation , where we lack something conventional and customary as a basic foundation for the industry.

Leading in a World of Resource Constraints and Extreme Weather

Harvard Business Review

Consider three critical mega-trends: resource constraints and rising commodity prices; climate change and extreme weather; and radical, technology-driven transparency. Resource constraints mean organizations have to use less stuff. My father worked at IBM for 35 years. He told me about the days, decades ago, when he first ran into a new breed of executive and thought, “What the heck is a CIO?”

Critical Thinking Tools: The Problem Statement

Thought Leaders LLC

Writing a problem statement helps you define your goals, boundaries, constraints, and assumptions when faced with a challenging project. . One of my favorite critical thinking and problem solving tools is a good problem statement.

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Leaders: Manage Job Loss During COVID-19 With Care

Leading in Context

There is a sense that their options are limited by the constraints of the situation and the business’s current economic challenges.

Constraints on Health Care Budgets Can Drive Quality

Harvard Business Review

From my experience heading Scotland’s National Health Service from 2010 until last August (and before as its director of health care policy and strategy), I know that such constraints can unleash innovations that will lead to better care — and better health — for communities. The constraints we operated within also required creativity, the formation of new partnerships, and an open-minded, outward-facing search for the best, most innovative models of care.

Lead Remote Meetings that Get Results and Build Relationships

Let's Grow Leaders

You’ve seen what can be done, despite constraints, as you worked to find creative, sometimes even Herculean solutions to serve your customers while keeping everyone safe. Even after social distancing ends, remote meetings are here to stay.

How to Deal with Unreasonable Contrarians

Leadership Freak

Constraint makes the river powerful. A river without banks drifts calmly into oblivion. Tell teams what they can’t do and where they can’t go and they’ll get further, faster. This applies to… Continue reading → Courage Innovation Taking others higher Teams Communication courageous leaders Leadership

The Long Game with Dorie Clark

Let's Grow Leaders

33:42 – Why recognizing your constraints is a vital driver of creativity and better decision-making. Do you feel rushed, overwhelmed, and perennially behind?

VUCA leadership patterns complexity and followership

Mike Cardus

We also talk about enabling and governing constraints, to seek patterns and from those patterns develop multiple concepts to amplify and dampen. I had a great time sharing with the The Mind Leadership Podcast.

Saving your Team from the Three Decision Traps

Lead Change Blog

Too often these decisions are derailed by faulty logic and false constraints. Conversations have consequences. Discussions lead to decisions that shape the future for individuals, families, companies, and nations.

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Early Movers’ Advantage Amid Ongoing Consolidation In Entertainment Industry

CEO Insider

The pandemic dealt a body blow to most businesses, with world cities reeling from lockdowns, subdued demand, supply constraints, and disruptions in cross-border trade. Opportunities can exist even during testing times.