Last week I gave a presentation to a group about Everyday Innovation. I think it's a good idea to make innovation part of everyone's job. The corollary is that ideas get a hearing. Not every idea will be God's special snowflake but they at least deserve attention and a response. And sometimes the wackiest ideas [...]
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I've been a BIG fan of Teresa Amabile for years. Dr. Amabile is currently the Director of Research at Harvard University and has written extensively about creativity--what helps it and what hinders it. She's just published a jewel of a book called The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement and Creativity at [...]
A few years ago I had the opportunity to work with a large unit in a state-wide government agency that was feeling completely downtrodden. They had been confronted with numerous challenges including the adoption of new technology that had resulted in scandalous cost overruns and negative attention in the press. Through it all, the individual [...]
Barbara Strauch belongs to a book club. She remembered that she needed to order the next book and, so, got online and ordered The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. A week later she ran into her friend, a neurologist, who is also in the book club (smart book club!) and he mentioned that he'd picked up [...]
One of the myths of the creative process is the Eureka Moment. The lone genius, working away in the lab, is gifted with a sudden insight. Eureka! I have found it! Steven Johnson, in Where Good Ideas Come From, The Natural History of Innovation, examined innovations throughout history to discern patterns. Previously, Mr. Johnson has written [...]