Getting Innovations Approved By Your Boss

Unsolicited ideas are unsolicited Innovation means doing something different. Different from what was done before. Different from what you were asked for. Different from your job description. Imagine you are sitting at your desk, feeling comfortable. Somebody walks in and turns the thermostat up a degree. Or down a degree. Different from the current temperature.…

Unclench Your Mind – Creative Change

In her book, Creative Change, social psychologist Jennifer Mueller asks why we resist change, and how we can embrace it. It is a clich√© that individuals and organizations must innovate to thrive in today’s environment of fast change, and yet we often reflexively resist new ideas when presented with them, to our detriment. “The irony…

When Innovation Happens to You

Good news, everyone! Your boss announced a workshop on creative thinking. Creative thinking about your job. The end result of this creative thinking will be innovation! What will this innovation achieve? Only one of three outcomes is possible: More work. Yay? The same work. So what’s the point? Less work. So you might get laid…

Enter The Creative Age

Machine competition Machines of our own creation have already rid the world of enormous amounts of physical labour. Our newest machines are poised to rid the world of enormous amounts of work that, until now, required human skill. As recently as 1790, 90% of the US labour force worked the farm. Imagine if food had…

Want to be more creative? Go for a walk

Getting the creative juices flowing In this blog I have so far focused on the use of the 40 Principles as a systematic method of inspiring inventive problem solutions. There are many, including Marily Oppezzo, is a postdoctoral research fellow in cardiovascular disease at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, who has examined the issue from another…

Steve Jobs: Copying and Stealing

“The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting. ¬†The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament.” Steve Jobs The innovation already exists Steve Jobs was a strong advocate for innovation and the contribution a broad set of life experiences could make to creativity. Jobs’s view is supported by Genrich Altshuller‘s…