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Human Interactions:
The Key to Successful Innovations

Don’t overlook the value of simple human interactions and social relations in your company if you want your people to innovate. Successful innovations are novel, non-obvious, and useful — all commonsense criteria and requirements for a patent. To stimulate new thinking, you need to foster intuitions and insights, as I’ve been posting about. The more […]
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6 Ways to Stimulate Creative Insights

What practical things can we do to stimulate fresh ideas, creative insights and new thinking? This is key to managers and leaders who must be prepared for rapidly changing marketplace demands. “You are more likely to have creative insights and valid intuitions when your brain is in a general state characterized by remote associations, broad […]
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Creative Insights: People and Places Influence the Mind

In my attempt to understand how we can improve our abilities to be innovative and adopt a creative mindset, I’ve been reading and posting about creative insights. What practical things can we do to stimulate new thinking? This is key to managers and leaders who must be prepared for all the rapidly changing marketplace demands. […]
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How We Obstruct Insights and
Creative Thinking: Fixations

Of course if insights and creative thinking were easy, then everybody would be doing it. But the thing to be aware of is that often we obstruct it, albeit unwittingly. Organizations all say they need fresh ideas and innovations to sustain profits. But they aren’t making it easy for people to have ideas, or to […]
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7 Places to Hunt for Creative Insights

I’ve been reading about innovations and the creative insights that have sparked many of today’s bright new ideas. Several Fortune 500 companies have been founded on a single insight about what customers want. Starbucks brought a little bit of Italy to coffee shops. Home Depot gave do-it-yourselfers access to professional supplies. The Body Shop was […]
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How Creative Insights Differ from Intuitions & Why It Matters

What’s the difference between intuitive thinking and creative insights? Both can lead to breakthrough ideas. But there’s a difference. In my previous posts about intuitive thinking, I described how intuition uses our experience to guide us to recognize patterns and apply them in new ways to solve other problems. Understanding this helps take the mystery […]
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Leadership Challenges: Changing the Way People Think

We can change the way we think. In fact, it’s not as hard as most of us assume. Changing a habit is hard, and there are many reasons for that. Mainly, the brain creates routines in order to conserve energy, so once a habit is established, it becomes embedded in our brain’s neural circuits. A […]
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Daydreaming Leads to Creative Insights

Apparently daydreaming and relaxation are key to finding creative insights to business problems. Think about that the next time you find yourself —or your employees — staring off into space. Jonathan Schooler, a UC Santa Barbara psychologist who studies insight, has been able to demonstrate that people who consistently engage in more daydreaming score significantly […]
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