How is your idea generation routine generating ideas?

Jason Womack

Are you on the path to make your best better? If you are, in fact, how far along are you in that process? If you're starting, or halfway there, or thinking you've made it.try this out: Lay out a blank piece of paper, get a pen, and set a timer for 12 minutes. Yeah, just 12. I coordinated this activity 6 times in the past week, here in New York City, for audiences as small as 20 and as large as 37.

Re-Inventing Brainstorming – Ten Tenets for Better Idea Generation

Kevin Eikenberry

Brainstorming – the creation of new or possible ideas – is a critical part of any problem solving or creative process. We know that we must have ideas in order find solutions to problems. We even know that the more ideas we find, the better chance we’ll have of creating the [.]. Creativity Leadership Solving Problems brainstorming ideas possible solution


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Rethinking Idea Generation

Management Excellence

Idea generation is core to everything we do in our organizations. It's too bad that we've been going about it all wrong! Fresh Voices Innovation Making Decisions Management Education Management Innovation Strategy Your Professional Development "To Do" List

The Power of Serendipitous Encounters – Samsung is Building to Create People Collisions for Idea Generation

First Friday Book Synopsis

Such organizational structure, and such architectural structure, are detrimental to idea creation. Ideas are created by lots of cross-interest interaction. Isolated silos, where people only interact with folks within their silos, are so yesterday. And you can’t quite always “schedule” or “mandate” such interactions. But you can make space for these to happen. A lot […]. Randy''s blog entries

Leaders: Are You Coaching Your Teams for Creativity?

Management Excellence

There's little doubt creativity is vital in the workplace, and that idea generation is the enabler of creative problem solving and innovation. The better our teams and colleagues are at generating ideas, the better the odds of surviving and thriving in our topsy-turvy world.

Leaders: Are You Coaching Your Teams for Creativity?

Management Excellence

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Do I Have to Come up With All The Great Ideas!? Why this belief means you suck as a manager.

Mike Cardus

I’ve seen this happen many times: Employee to Manager: I’ve got a great idea and think that by doing x we will get y,z and extra outcomes. Of course the manager has a better idea! The manager’s idea was triggered by the employees initial idea. When one person starts the conversation with an idea people grab and build new perhaps better ideas. The ideas they come up with are short-sighted and I seem to always be pointing out better alternatives.

It’s Not Science Fiction—How an Idea Lab Might Just Create an Alternate Timeline for Your Firm

Management Excellence

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* 6 Ideas About Creating Organizations That Value Ideas

You're Not the Boss of Me

John Cage once said, “ I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. This notion kind of struck me while I was watching a movie about Charles Darwin who had, and developed, one of the world’s biggest ideas, one that, even now, creates much spirited conversation. After all, Darwin’s big idea was one that challenged people to rethink their whole existence. Some companies will say they have processes in place that encourage people to offer their ideas.

Learn How to Think Different(ly)

First Friday Book Synopsis

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6 Ideas About Creating Organizations That Value Ideas

You're Not the Boss of Me

John Cage once said, “ I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. This notion kind of struck me while I was watching a movie about Charles Darwin who had, and developed, one of the world’s biggest ideas, one that, even now, creates much spirited conversation. After all, Darwin’s big idea was one that challenged people to rethink their whole existence. Some companies will say they have processes in place that encourage people to offer their ideas.

Brainstorming technique for innovation, creativity and problem solving – a business strategy

Rapid BI

Brainstorming as an approach can be an effective way of generating lots of ideas on a specific issue which can then be filtered and reviewed to determine which idea or approach is the most appropriate. Management boardblast Brainstorming business strategy Creativity idea generation Innovation problemsolving rules Strategy technique

A time and a place for brainstorming techniques

Rapid BI

New research shines a new light on the value of brainstorming however, especially a bit later in the creative process when ideas have already been generated. Management Brainstorming brainstorming research business strategy Chartered Management Institute collaboration guest idea generation techniqueBrainstorming often gets a bad press, with the popular belief being that it fosters groupthink and generally hinders the creative process.

Seven Reasons Brainstorming Fails

Lead Change Blog

There are too many ideas generated and no criteria for culling out the ones that need further input. As we begin to hopefully move out of remote work and covid clutter, pivoting seems to be the mantra on many leaders’ lips. Certainly, it will not be “business as usual.” How many ways can we respond to customers and clients? What new offerings might we create?

The Keys to Fostering Sustainable Engagement

Lead Change Blog

If we want employees to be sustainably engaged they must be able to experience themselves as the real, pulsating, thinking, idea-generating, responsibility-taking assets. Posted in Leadership Development [link] Accountability is closely tied to employee engagement. Unfortunately, this critical and deeply personal relationship is too often overlooked.

WHOA! Are They Glad You’re in Their Lives?

Kevin Eikenberry

Sort of – there are 365 short snippets of encouragement, admonishment, support and idea generation. This is a book that defies categorization. Is it a book of tweets? Is it a devotional? Kinda – you could read one snippet each day as a part of your reflection and learning. It is a picture book? Yes [.]. Books Leadership Learning Personal Development Relationships growth

Going Wonka: 5 Steps To Building An Effective (and World Changing) Idea Factory

Terry Starbucker

He knew I needed something that I hadn’t tapped into for some time – it was that power of the imagination, and while it can create a magical (and admittedly sometimes scary) candy factory, it can also create a similarly wondrous “idea factory” that can drive leadership success, and long-term profitability. Ideas are the lifeblood of any organization, and how they are generated, harvested, and turned into action is critical to continuous improvement.

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What Approach Do You Use?

Lead Change Blog

These leaders introduce new ideas that have the power to change people and organizations. Some ideas even transform the world! Thought leaders stretch us by presenting ideas that help us see new opportunities and possibilities. Oliver Wendell Holmes, a 19th-century American poet, made a great point when he said, “ The human mind once stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimension.” . Other times, their ideas generate smaller, incremental changes.

August 2016 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

This month is filled with a wide variety of leadership topics including idea generation , power , delegation , compassion and more. The Lead Change Group is grateful to The Thought Board for hosting the August 2016 Leadership Development Carnival. Take some time out to learn from all the thoughtful contributions that make this edition so impressive. Please visit the full carnival post here to peruse all of this month’s posts.

Maybe We Have Enough Good Entrepreneurs Without Enough Good Managers

First Friday Book Synopsis

There are people who are idea generators. Get things done. Through others. Get folks organized — effectively. This is the essence of leadership. A good worker gets things done. A good leader gets things done through others. And that kind of leadership requires some pretty good managerial skills. There are people who are almost natural [.]. Randy's blog entries Uncategorized Esher Dyson The Real Job Creators: America should glorify entrepreneurs less and managers more

When disruption increases imbalance, what can you do?

Mike Cardus

types of systems and degrees of order and stability. Unplanned Chaos. covid19 caused a worldwide pandemic. You were forced, outside your control, to change how people work together, where they work, the tools they use to communicate, and how you get goods or services to your customers.

Great Leaders Attract Great Talent

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Susanna Camp and Jonathan Littman As a leader, you shape the ideas, provide the direction, set the goals. Step One: Start with the idea generators 1. It’s key that your team has someone with an aptitude at finding new ideas and opportunities.

5 Insights to Managing Chaordic Tension

Leading Blog

Idea people are more comfortable with risk. People who prefer to use the information to come up with ideas (generators and conceptualizers) are on the right side of the vertical axis. These individuals are comfortable with ideas, ambiguity, and keeping their options open. These folks tend to frustrate the idea people, but their logic and sense of urgency to perform help entrepreneurs accomplish their dreams. They tend to like imaginative ideas.

The Leader Sets the Bar for the Organization

Ron Edmondson

Are you leading with the idea that you are setting the bar for the people you are trying to lead? A leader who stifles idea generation puts a lid on creativity and eventually curtails growth and change. The leader sets the bar for the organization.

Why Are Businesses Ignoring Their Future – The Millennials?

Lead Change Blog

Millennials seem to be misunderstood and a feared generation for most businesses yet they will become 75% of the workforce in the next 10 years. Even with these companies as proof of what the Millennial Generation can achieve, only 7% of millennials work for Fortune 500 companies according to Millennial Branding, and 37% are unemployed (Pew Research Group). Millennials are nothing like the generations before them.

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Put Your Phone Away And Look Up

Lead Change Blog

Years ago, I read that an idea is two or more known pieces of information assembled in a new way. The more information I absorb, the more contexts I explore, the more fodder I have for idea generation. That’s what I wanted to say to several hundred people in Florida last week. They had paid to enjoy Universal Orlando, but their eyes were glued to tiny screens. Some visitors even had both hands occupied — tablet in one and selfie stick in the other.

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Eight Rules To Brilliant Brainstorming

Six Disciplines

Use brainstorming to combine and extend ideas, not just harvest them. Brainstorming sessions are worthless unless ideas lead to action. Brainstorming sessions can be used for more than just generating ideas. BOTTOMLINE: Brainstorming is just one of many idea-generating techniques that make a company creative. Bloomberg BusinessWeek brings us " Eight Rules To Brilliant Brainstorming ". Don't bother if people live in fear.

Are You a Candid Leader? 4 Ways to Build Clarity, Trust, and Competitive Advantage

Great Leadership By Dan

Here are four techniques that will help open the lines of communication with team members, and across your organization, to encourage valuable idea generation and information sharing: 1. Listen More – No Need to Get Defensive - As a leader, do you get defensive when someone disagrees with you, or are you open to other ideas and approaches? Guest post by Nancy K.

Innovation in Practice

Talent Anarchy

If a group of humans is going to explore new ideas, generate creative solutions, and leave the room on the same page, two basic things need to happen: divergent thinking on the way to convergent thinking. We often do not invite or seriously consider new ideas, and we continue to leave the room with very different levels of buy-in. If you want more diversity of input on the front end, invite people to think about and submit their own ideas prior to the meeting.

The Case for Crowdsourcing Projects as a Business

Strategy Driven

Is your business struggling to come up with a new idea or innovation to solve the latest industry challenge? If you’re not too proud to admit defeat and seek inspiration and ideas from elsewhere, you might find that crowdsourcing is a breakthrough concept that can help you to break new ground and potentially disrupt a market. In doing so, you’ll also maximize the number of options you have, rather than forging ahead with an idea just because it’s your only idea.

6 Ways for Entrepreneurs to Manage Their Ideas


Regulating the Idea Machine (Entrepreneur). Entrepreneurs are Idea Machines. They produce a terrific volume of ideas–some that are pure gold, some that aren’t. While generating ideas comes easily for entrepreneurs, discerning which ideas to implement and which to discard does not usually come as easily. CO 2 Partners specializes in working with entrepreneurs and helping them organize, sort, select, and manage their ideas.

Willy Wonka and the Leadership Idea Factory

Terry Starbucker

Home About Me About This Blog Starbucker’s Amazon Store Ramblings From a Glass Half Full Willy Wonka and the Leadership Idea Factory by Starbucker on August 8, 2010 “If you want to view paradise Simply look around and view it Anything you want to, do it Want to change the world? Ideas are the lifeblood of any organization, and how they are generated, harvested, and turned into action is critical to continuous improvement.

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The Best Leadership Books of 2019

Leading Blog

From idea generation to team building to knowing when it's time to let go, That Will Never Work is not only the ultimate follow-your-dreams parable, but also one of the most dramatic and insightful entrepreneurial stories of our time. L EADERSHIP development is a lifelong process.

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Finding The Success Sweet Spot: Where Ideas Meet Urgency

Terry Starbucker

“Great idea!” “But… ” “We’ll need to defer any talk about it until our next meeting, since we have too many other things to cover today” “OK then, next topic, controlling costs in the janitorial department…… ” Ah yes, another idea goes to what I call “ idea limbo “ A place where ideas typically expire, unexplored and under-appreciated. Ideas, meet urgency.

But Does Collaboration Really Work?

Lead Change Blog

Therefore, collaboration involving lots of idea generation from multiple sources does not work for many projects. The leadership team had done their best to generate solutions to our situation. The charge was to brainstorm ideas. Every idea was to be accepted –no judgment. Then they were asked to argue the ideas and each table come up with their best ideas. At the end of the day, each table turned in their best ideas.

15 Must Watch TED Talks

Joseph Lalonde

Devoted to making powerful ideas accessible and sparking conversation, innovation, and change, their global community welcomes some of the world’s most inspired thinkers to share their wealth of knowledge and motivate you to spread your greatest ideas. Their lecturers are thinkers, doers, and idea-generators! Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut? How do you usually come up with creative solutions? Maybe you get outside to recharge.

Leadership Caffeine Podcast-Free the Idea Monkey with G. Michael Maddock

Management Excellence

I'm excited to be on the air again and I'm excited about the great line-up of experts, authors and executives ready to share their big ideas! Speaking of big ideas, there's no one better to kick us off for this round of podcasts than G. Michael Maddock (Mike), the leader of the innovation agency Maddock-Douglas, author of multiple books, serial entrepreneur and someone who is a one-person idea generating machine.

What is Your Innovation Style?

Great Leadership By Dan

Rein in your tendency to express your critique at every fielded idea. Your strengths: Bringing the ideas to fruition and making them work. You contribute by generating ideas and taking the leap of faith when it is impossible to know everything in advance. To be at your innovative best, experiment with many ideas to see how they can be improved. Guest post from Shoya Zichy: Innovation is critical to an organization''s growth and competitive advantage.

10 Online Resources To Help You Write Like A Leader

Joseph Lalonde

Title Generating Tools. Once you get a general idea for the content you want to write, you will need to think of a catchy title that will seem professional, but attention grabbing at the same time. Portent’s Content Idea Generator. This is another tool that can generate cool titles for you. If you want to become a trusted influencer who motivates people with innovative ideas, you’ll need to work on your writing skills.

Management Excellence Toolkit-Part 3: How to Frame Your Decisions for Success

Management Excellence

This Management Excellence Toolkit Series will help you recognize the challenges and pitfalls of individual and group decision-making and offer ideas on improving performance for you and your co-workers. In this 3rd Part of an on-going series, we tackle the issue of properly framing issues to improve idea generation and decision development.

Thinking of Others Can Enhance Innovation


In another they asked participants to come up with gift ideas for themselves, someone close to them or someone they barely knew. Across the three experiments, Polman and Emich found that participants generate more creative ideas or better solutions when focused on someone else rather than themselves. Imagine you’re locked in a tower. Better yet, imagine someone else is locked in a tower.

Stacking Up Your Idea

Rajesh Setty

You and I both meet a lot of people with great ideas. Most people are professional idea generators who keep generating one idea after the other hoping that they will pick the “best” or the “most foolproof” idea and make that a blockbuster success. Since they are doing the same thing (idea generating) again and again in their mind, they also tend to think that they are pretty good at it.

To Be More Creative, Schedule Your Breaks

Harvard Business

Why is it the case that switching at your own volition, the approach most participants in our study took, may not generate the most creative outcomes? We find ourselves circling around the same ineffective ideas and don’t recognize when it’s time to move on. We once again randomly assigned participants to one of our three task-switching approaches and asked them to generate creative ideas for two different idea generation tasks.