Fueling Business Process Management with the Automation Engine that Can!

Strategy Driven

Rapid-action, agile automation engines have emerged as the only resource for businesses to become fully functional, integrated, robotic enterprises that can adapt with the dynamic economy, consumer demand, internal logistics, business goals, and social landscape.

Fighting the Fears that Block Creativity

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries Adventure Series of GE scanners “Fighting the Fears that Block Creativity” Currency/Doubleday Donald W. Whittier Professor in Mechanical Engineering Doug Dietz GE Healthcare's magnetic resonance-imaging (MRI) equipment IDEO Stanford's Hasso Plassner Institute of Design ("d.school") The Ten Faces of Innovation the University of Tokyo Tom Kelley David Kelley HBR Blog NetworkHBR email alerts

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Seven Rules for Managing Creative-But-Difficult People

First Friday Book Synopsis

most Google engineers are utterly disinterested in management New York University Only involve them in meaningful work Seven Rules for Managing Creative-But-Difficult People Sheryl Sandberg Spoil them and let them fail Steve Jobs had better relationships with gadgets than people Surround them by semi-boring people Tomas Chamorro Premuzic University College London (UCL

Creative Thinkering: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Creative Thinkering: Putting Your Imagination to Work Michael Michalko New World Library (2011) How and why conceptual blending of dissimilar subjects, ideas, and concepts is the most important factor in creative thinking Those who have read any of Michael Michalko’s previously published books, notably Cracking Creativity and Thinkertoys, already know that he has a unique [.].

Creativity and Innovation Leadership: Connecting the Dots

Coaching Tip

Interwoven sentience is the path of innovation, creativity and sustainability for the organization. Leonardo da Vinci, the great Renaissance artist, engineer and scientist, is the prototype we as individuals and as entrepreneurs should emulate ; a platform that he developed within himself and would continue to develop within a range of directions throughout his life. A sentient person is one who has sense perception.

inGenius: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity Tina Seelig HarperOne/An imprint of HarperCollins (2012) How and why the tools and techniques of creative thinking are as essential to invention as the scientific method is to discovery There are six components that comprise what Tina Seelig characterizes as an “Innovation Engine.”

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The Subtle Stressors Making Women Want to Leave Engineering

Harvard Business Review

Female retention in engineering remains a persistent problem. To build a deeper understanding of these experiences and how women deal with them, we interviewed and surveyed more than 330 engineers in the U.S. (43% Our interviews with male engineers confirm these beliefs.

Integrating Design Theory & the Scientific Process

Mills Scofield

This is Hanna''s story of how she''s working to create a common language to integrate design thinking with science and engineering. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. Combining these two theories helps me personally make sense of my own analytical and creative brain.

100% Of Companies Have This Problem

N2Growth Blog

There are many who would say process stifles creativity and slows production, and while I would concur this statement is usually the case with bad process, nothing could be further from the truth as it relates to good process. By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth.

Bernard Roth: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Adams Professor of Engineering at Stanford University. His most recent activities have moved him more strongly into experiences that enhance peoples’ creative potential through the educational process. Bob's blog entries Albert Einstein Bernard Roth: An interview by Bob Morris Brooke Manville Creativity Workshop Doug Wilde Ferdinand Freudenstein Human Potential Movement Judgment Calls Lao-Tse Oscar Wilde Peter Drucker Rodney H. Bernie Roth is the Rodney H.

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Your Creative Brain Power - Imagine Your Desired Future

Building Personal Strength

This system was worked out years ago by creative-minded engineers. What actually happened is that engineers came up against a problem and used their imagination to think of ways to solve it. Brain Insights Dreams Memory Creativity Imagination Perception

How Innovation Is Completely Different in Established Organizations than in Startups

Leading Blog

It moved from a search engine to advertising to spawning off autonomous vehicle and health care companies that may turn into the new cores of the organization. Creativity & InnovationW E LIVE IN the age of the entrepreneur.

Listen for the Sound of Your Own Success

Great Leadership By Dan

Essentially, you must learn to be a “safety engineer.” Safety engineering simply assures that a critical system behaves as needed, even when components fail. Safety Engineering. trust Safety engineering culture authentic leadership listening Scott Weiss DARE

What Kind of Innovator Are You?

Leading Blog

DeGraff describes four basic worldviews or approaches to innovation : the Artist, the Engineer, the Athlete, and the Sage. The Engineer The Engineer constantly improves everything. Artists will give a young company a creative edge, while Athletes come up with a playbook.

December 2018 Leadership Development Carnival: A Year in Review

Lead Change Blog

We’re excited to share our leadership experts’ favorite posts from 2018 on the topics of communication, creativity/inspiration, development, engagement, productivity, and more. Creativity/Inspiration. This post offers several techniques for unlocking creativity, focusing on what matters most to your customers, and moving forward quickly as you bring your idea to life. Shelley Row provided The Check Engine Light: Are You Looking Under Your Hood?



Craftsman spirit is visible when someone engineers an experience, writes elegant code, builds a new business model, writes a piece that moves us, teaches in a way that changes people, sells in a way that creates win:win and connects in a meaningful way.

Why Entrepreneurship Programs for Engineers Fail

Harvard Business Review

Entrepreneurs are known for their creativity and risk tolerance; engineers, mathematicians, and health care workers typically aren’t. Consider, for example, the ideal attributes of a civil engineer building an interstate bridge near your home. Do you picture a risk-tolerant engineer who is highly comfortable with uncertainty, or one who tends to prefer mathematical certainly? Jeffrey Coolidge/Getty Images.

From Yurt to Beer Cooler: Adventures with Duct Tape

Mills Scofield

describing the collaborative creative process - iterations, failures and successes. In true Brown fashion, we had an astrophysicist, a philosopher, two biomedical engineers, and an international development major (me). Two weeks ago, a few of us adults got to play!

Creating Innovators: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World Tony Wagner Scribner/A Simon & Schuster Imprint (2012) Why and how to nurture the creativity of all children As Tony Wagner explains, “This book is about how we can develop the capacities of many more young people to be creative and entrepreneurial.

This Is 'Out Of The Box' Thinking.

Rich Gee Group

Apple engineer rebuilds an ancient Greek mechanism — the oldest known computer – known as The Antikythera Mechanism. This work by Rich Gee is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0

The Great Reset: A book review by Bob Morris

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The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity Richard Florida Harper (2010) With each reconfiguration of the economic landscape, there’s “good news&# and “bad news In the first chapter, Richard Florida explains that peaks and valleys are part of the lifecycle of any society as “obsolete and dysfunctional systems and [.].

Great Digital Companies Build Great Recommendation Engines

Harvard Business Review

Recommendation engines (or recommenders ) force organizations to fundamentally rethink how to get greater value from their data while creating greater value for their customers. “Build real recommendation engines fast” is my mission-critical recommendation to companies aspiring — or struggling — to creatively cross the digital divide. Laura Schneider for HBR.

Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 5/20/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS Breaking Out: How to Build Influence in a World of Competing Ideas John Butman What You’re Really Meant to Do: A Roadmap for Reaching Your Unique Potential Robert Steven Kaplan The UnStoppables: Tapping Your Entrepreneurial […].

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Are We Too Busy Competing to do Anything New?

Leading Blog

Creative monopolists give customers more choices by adding entirely new categories of abundance to the world.” The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Creativity & Innovation

Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris: Week of 11/19/12

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries "10 Reasons Why Employees Resign" "10 TED Talks About Being [More] Creative" "Grow Your Company as Big as Zappos.com: 7 Tips From Tony Hsieh" "How and why bowling has become the chameleon of contemporary metaphors" "How to Energize Your Network" "How to get the donkey out of the well?"

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A Lesson In Innovation From The Red Planet

Tanveer Naseer

It was a wonderful moment for the normally staid engineering team. Landing on Mars is a huge engineering challenge. But to the young engineers it was simply a challenge to be bested. Unfortunately, much of the engineering data and expertise was long gone.

Tips On Honing A Culture Of Winning Through Focus by Martin Zwilling

In the CEO Afterlife

Good examples of startup focus before success include Google with their search engine, Facebook with friends networking, and Apple with personal computers. Intuitively, many entrepreneurs and businesses believe that the key to faster growth and success is more products, features, and markets.

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Big-Project Engineers Have to Deal with Too Much Red Tape

Harvard Business Review

Nineteen days later, as rescue crews grew desperate, a 24-year-old field engineer named Igor Proestakis decided to travel to the site with what he hoped was a breakthrough idea: using a particular drilling technology, called cluster hammers, to cut through the collapsed rock. HBR STAFF.

Set the Conditions for Anyone on Your Team to Be Creative

Harvard Business Review

One of the most damaging myths about creativity is that there is a specific “creative personality” that some people have and others don’t. Yet in decades of creativity research, no such trait has ever been identified. Thinking Creatively.

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Would they work for you again?


The wonderfully smart people who work for you deserve to have their creativity acknowledged and heard with your open mind and heart. creativity leadership teams trustRobert was a senior leader in a technical department of a large company, and a new client of mine.

Tech Comm Writers, Ensure Google Notices You: Capitalize on Organic SEO

Strategy Driven

How can technical communicators optimize their technical documentation search engine rankings and get noticed by Google? If there are webpages that describe who are considered to be beginner users, intermediate users, and advanced users, inserting hyperlinks to the keywords to and from the documents would effectively increase the number of internal links within your site and enhance Google’s indexing for search engine ranking.

Engaging in Alternative 'Creative Pursuit' to Be More Effective


Home Go to QAspire.com Guest Posts Disclaimer Engaging in Alternative ‘Creative Pursuit’ to Be More Effective Most people love to remain engaged in their ‘core’ area of expertise. In my experience, the key to remain innovative in your core area is to find an ‘alternative’ – a creative pursuit that you love, that is different from your normal work and where you spend at least a few hours in a week. Doing lots of things provides that engine more fuel.

The Most Overlooked Way of Stimulating Team Creativity

Harvard Business Review

Fostering a workplace environment that’s conducive to creativity is a top priority for many companies—and it’s no surprise why. Understanding the difference between the two is the first step in cultivating an environment of maximum creativity. Be Creative.

Seven Rules for Managing Creative People

Harvard Business Review

In fact, unless you learn to get the best out of your creative employees, you will sooner or later end up filing for bankruptcy. Suppressed creativity is a malign organizational tumour. So what are the keys to engaging and retaining creative employees? Creativity Managing peopl

What Creativity in Marketing Looks Like Today

Harvard Business Review

What makes marketing creative? Is a creative marketer more artist or entrepreneur? Historically, the term “marketing creative” has been associated with the words and pictures that go into ad campaigns. Do these changing roles require a new way of thinking about creativity in marketing? We asked them for examples of creativity in marketing that go beyond ad campaigns and deliver tangible value to the business. Bring creativity to measurement.

Breaking Away: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Breaking Away: How Great Leaders Create Innovation That Drives Sustainable Growth – and Why Others Fail Jane Stevenson and Bilal Kaafarani McGraw-Hill (2011) How and why to create a “magic mix” of innovation leadership with innovation processes Year after year, annual lists of the most highly creative organizations include “the usual suspects”: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, [.].

Lessons in Leadership to Last a Lifetime

Leading Blog

Back then, the vast majority of Akamai’s 100 engineering staff had been recruited directly from MIT and other top universities. He is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at MIT. A FTER 18 YEARS on the MIT faculty, I thought I knew a thing or two about leadership.

Your Brand Is the Exhaust Fume of the Engine of Your Life

Harvard Business Review

Your brand is the exhaust created by the engine of your life. In other words, even when distinct points of view turn out to be wrong , speaking them lets everyone think better, create more solutions, and improve creativity. "How do you manage your brand?"

Ideas Don't Equal Innovation | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

An idea is not synonymous with a competitive advantage, an idea is not necessarily a sign of creativity, an idea does not constitute innovation, and as much as some people wish it was so, an idea is certainly not a business. With your permission I will teach these concepts to my creative team.

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Creativity Lessons from Charles Dickens and Steve Jobs

Harvard Business Review

Creativity is the most essential skill for navigating an increasingly complex world — or so said 1,500 CEOs across 60 countries in a recent survey by IBM. And yet federally funded research and development — creativity, institutionalized — is down 20% as a share of America's GDP since the late 1980s. And that was just from one company's private R&D engine, Xerox's PARC. Stress affects our creativity. Creativity Personal effectiveness

Blockchain Could Help Artists Profit More from Their Creative Works

Harvard Business Review

Combine this powerful new technology with an artistic community that values inclusion; integrity; transparency in deal making; respect of rights; privacy; security; and fair exchange of value, and you’ve got yourself a new ecosystem for motion pictures, video games, and other creative pursuits. His vision is to decentralize the entertainment industry so that creative individuals can profit from the films, videos, games, and art they help to make.

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Marketers Don’t Need to Be More Creative

Harvard Business Review

Traditional “creatives” and disruptive “technologists” are locked in global conflict for bigger budgets and influence. “Ad Ad Creativity Takes Back Seat to Tech at Cannes,” The Wall Street Journal recently declared. Their creativity is measurable, trackable, and accountable.

M&A Without Buying the Company

N2Growth Blog

I want you to think about acquisitions from this perspective – anything that has been well engineered or properly developed has also been heavily invested in. By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth.