Think Create Share – Team Building and Innovation Activity

Mike Cardus

Time Frame: With a team of 10 people the activity is about 30 minutes. Ask people to get into teams of 3, if the numbers do not work out perfect a team of 2 or 4 is fine … 3 is ideal. In this team of 3 the team has 12 minutes to complete the following: Sort through their post-it note ideas. Identify 3 main concepts that are most useful & valuable based upon the two word phrase and the teams’ judgment. Keep each team to 3 minutes.

Innovation and Overcoming Organizational Stuckness

Mike Cardus

Innovation, change, the ability to notice patterns, and try unique or novel approaches will continue to be a differentiator in your organization , team, and self. Several years ago, while learning about TRIZ , I came across Nine Windows. Tune-up your team.


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Two Team Building & Leadership Success Stories

Mike Cardus

To read more success stories check out Team Building Stories and the Exponent Leadership Stories. Team Building & Leadership Success Stories. An Additional outcome of this process, that was determined through interviews with the staff and Management team, was increased trust in the competence and effectiveness of the organizations leadership. Interested in your organization or team having a success story? Below are two short success stories.

Dimension, Time, Cost Operator: Seeing Problems Differently

Mike Cardus

DTC operator continues to be one of my favorites for working with teams that feel stuck or just cannot move out of their own way to explore the system and problem in a different way. Could your team benefit from discovering and planning solutions while proactively working to increase efficiencies and profit? I have written about DTC Operator before here and here. Plus I just gave a talk about Innovation Tools and made the PowerPoint below.

Thinking Differently. Enabling Innovation

Mike Cardus

Hire Mike of Create-Learning to Think Differently & Enable Innovation within your company and team. MindSpin: Team Building Activity for Brainstorming and Solution-Finding. Competitive demands require quicker, more effective and innovative problem solving. Problem solvers are required to quickly provide solutions to increasingly complex problems, develop and design new and innovative products and processes – all while reducing research and development time and costs.

How to Think Differently to Drive Results–Creativity and Innovation Learning Series

Mike Cardus

That’s why we’ve teamed up with two of Western New York’s leading innovation idea creators to provide a unique and interactive learning experience where, Participants will spend 2 out of the 4 days at an onsite location in Western New York where innovation and creativity is happening in real-time. Buffalo NY Creativity Innovation Leadership Problem Solving Products Rochester NY Speaking Engagement Team Building Team Building New York Western New York buffalo museam of science.

What if the Miracle Question Worked with Corporate Teams?

Mike Cardus

A form of the Miracle Question: I tried a variation with a Project Team of Aircraft Engineers. The team and I had spent 3 days working through root-cause analysis and struggling to determine what was causing a certain screw to vibrate lose during flight. The engineers had statistics, charts, specifications for all sorts of things…and I was there to facilitate the team through Innovation Models to develop a solution to this vibrating screw.

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5 Whys; Kind-of Useful for Technical Problems. Trouble for Team Problems

Mike Cardus

I have found that it is easier and people on the team move with greater enthusiasm and collaboration when you ‘Start With What’ and determine the solution in the first step. Do you find the ‘5 Whys’ to be useful with your team? When working with your team, in what ways can reinforcing negative beliefs and problems be avoided…or should it be avoided? The 5 Whys is a question-asking technique used to explore the cause-and-effect relationships underlying a particular problem.

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Thinking Through Innovation With Canisius College

Mike Cardus

Buffalo NY College Corporate Team Building Creativity Innovation Leadership Management Multi-Generational Training Organization Development Problem Solving Products Rochester NY Speaking Engagement Team Building Team Building New York Team Training Western New York canisius college D. SChool design thinking innovation buffalo ny TRIZCanisius College’s Center for Professional Development and I are offering. Thinking Through Innovation.

Managerial Leadership Training Tool: Using DTC Operator Innovation Planning

Mike Cardus

Working with a team of 5 Executive Directors from a company that employs ~2000 people we identified a gap in the Managerial Leadership Training , Mentoring and coaching of employees prior to being promoted to a Manager Level within the company. Below is ONE Quality Tool commonly used in TRIZ that we used to begin in framing the context of our solution. With this team we used it to explore the challenge of Developing a Managerial Leadership Process.

Identifying the Solution 1st, Makes Things Easier

Mike Cardus

There is a problem solving methodology called TRIZ the theory of inventive problem solving that I have been using with organizations, teams, and mangers for 2 years now. Below is a generic model of how the TRIZ tools operate. You can read about this model at The TRIZ Journal. The team / I have a problem –> Who else has problems like ours?; How did we solve the similar problems? –> The team / I have a solution. Do you use TRIZ?

Thinking Differently. Enabling Innovation. :: Buffalo Business First Event

Mike Cardus

Join us as Michael Cardus, founder of Create-Learning Team Building & Leadership Inc. Buffalo NY Corporate Team Building Creativity Innovation Problem Solving Speaking Engagement Western New York buffalo business first organization development TRIZ I am really excited to be offering this workshop through Buffalo Business First and Canisius Center for Professional Development. Thinking Differently. Enabling Innovation.

Thinking Differently Enabling Innovation Workshop Slides and Feedback

Mike Cardus

Buffalo NY Creativity Images Innovation Power Point Problem Solving Products Speaking Engagement Team Building New York Western New York innovation training innovation training buffalo ny Innovatoin consulting michael cardus speakers in buffalo ny TRIZ Thinking Differently. Enabling Innovation – Buffalo Business First Event from Michael Cardus. Slides from my talk on ‘ Thinking Differently Enabling Innovation ’ in partnership with Buffalo Business First.

Quality Tools to Discover Solutions: Nine Windows

Mike Cardus

Nine windows is often used in TRIZ (The theory of inventive problem solving) to explore solutions to a problem in a context of past present and future. Nine-Windows in human system i.e. team building & leadership, can be used as a planning tool. Once the nine windows plan is made the team can then plan and explore solutions to increase customer satisfaction with client support specialists. Contact Mike … to make your team better.

Blocks to Creativity and Innovation. Tools to Release Creativity and Innovation

Mike Cardus

Creativity Innovation Leadership Leadership Coaching Management Manager Training Power Point Problem Solving Team Building Team Training creative problem solving innovation blocks innovation workshop TRIZ trainingBlocks to Creativity and Innovation. Tools to Release Creativity and Innovation from Michael Cardus. When you face a challenge , and have to solve a problem you need to figure out how to fix-it.

8 Routine Causes of Psychological Constipation

Mike Cardus

When brought into a team, a team construct is developed. The team creates a systems of practices, prejudices, experiences and beliefs ; that are reinforced through time and experience with your-self and the team. We subconsciously impose our own restrictions ; rules and assumption – This constipation of imposition spreads outside of individual to teams to eventually creating organizational folkloric constructs of practice. DEFINITION OF PSYCHOLOGICAL INERTIA.

The Team / I have a Problem to The Team / I Have a Solution

Mike Cardus

We all have problems , every team has problems, every organization has problems I have yet to meet a manager yet who doesn’t have problems…. Working to overcome the psychological inertia stuckness where you feel that you are on the only one or team that has this specific problem is often all you need to work to find that one small step closer to your solution. The two teams met and both shared results.

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Creativity To Innovation: Implementing Inventive Solutions

Mike Cardus

Presentation from a workshop Creativity To Innovation ; Outcomes of Create-Learning Innovation Programs: Develop a culture of innovation that engages team member creativity and energy. Corporate Team Building Speaking Engagement creativity innovation problem solving creativity problem solving innovation workshop Process mapping TRIZ trainingCreativity to Innovation. View more presentations from michael cardus.

Photo Inquiry Friday: Main Useful Function?

Mike Cardus

innovation problem solving leaderhship coaching team building & leadership TRIZ trainingMain Useful Function is the purpose or purposes for which the system was made. For example the main useful function of scissors is to cut paper, the main useful function of a freezer is to cool food, the main useful function of a broom is to move dirt. Defining main useful functions for objects can be challenging.

Executive Managerial Leadership Coaching: Case Study

Mike Cardus

Contact me to make your leaders & teams better. Creating a renewed focus for each person to be working for shared values and commitment to the organization, teams, the community, stake holders, and each other. Building Capacity for Effectiveness. Developed, trained, applied methods in TRIZ (the theory of inventive problem solving) for enhanced ability to innovate and utilize existing, new, and breakthrough methods to solve problems in team based methods.

Favorites of 2011: Photos of Teams

Mike Cardus

Here is the schedule it may change; 12/27/11 – Photos of Teams. 12/29/11 – Team Building & Leadership activity (simulation). Perhaps the most kick-ass corporate team building photo I have ever seen! From a series of Team Development and Leadership workshops I led for the Simon School, University of Rochester. From a workshop on TRIZ Innovation that I led for Syracuse University. This is from the Western NY Critical Incident Stress Team.