We live in a world of change. To survive and flourish in this new world we must adapt to these changes and find opportunities in them. This involves sharpening our creativity skills.
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- Einstein You’re Not—and Don’t Have to Be - HBS Working Knowledge - The authors of Why Not look to everyday ingenuity—not genius—to solve problems. Hey, who wouldn’t want round-the-clock hotel check-in?
- Time Pressure and Creativity: Why Time is Not on Your Side – HBS Working Knowledge -- Even as time pressures increase in corporate life, the need for creative thinking has never been greater.
- The Dance of Creativity - HBS Working Knowledge - Choreographer Mark Morris is famous for his boundless talent and versatility. But what can business leaders learn from him?
- Idea Listing Technique – University of Nevada Extension – A technique groups can use to facility discussions for generating ideas for addressing problems.
- Anonymous Brainstorming Technique – University of Nevada Extension – A mind expanding and creative brainstorming technique.
- Bright Ideas: The Creative Power of Groups – HBS Working Knowledge -- This summary of research outlines proven strategies for generating the group dynamics that lie at the heart of innovative thinking.
- Disruption: The Art of Framing – HBS Working Knowledge -- Your chief competitor creates a breakthrough technology. Should you frame that event inside your company as a threat or opportunity.
- Improvising Your Way out of Trouble – HBS Working Knowledge -- Resilient people know how to make do with what's at hand when turbulence arrives.
- The Secrets of Successful Idea People – HBS Working Knowledge -- Great ideas don’t execute themselves. Identify the “idea practitioners” in your company—the people who turn blue sky into green profit.
- What Steve Wozniak Learned From Failure – HBS Working Knowledge – The Apple II was a hit. The Cloud Nine universal remote was not. Here’s what Steve Wozniak learned about creativity, and what it means for his latest venture.
Creativity in Your Company
- Leadership: Fostering Systemic Creativity – HBS Working Knowledge -- Building a creative organization involves a combination of top-down, bottom-up, and brushfire approaches.
- The Creativity Maze – HBS Working Knowledge -- In today's knowledge economy, creativity is more important than ever. But in the pursuit of productivity, efficiency, and control — all worthy business imperatives — many companies unwittingly employ managerial practices that kill creativity. How? By crushing their employees' intrinsic motivation — the strong internal desire to do something based on interests and passions.
- Can You Predict the Unpredictable? – HBS Working Knowledge -- The study of so-called emergent phenomena can help you grapple with issues as difficult and squishy as motivating employees, predicting changes in corporate culture, and preventing small errors from snowballing into catastrophes.
- Knowledge Management: Four Obstacles to Overcome – HBS Working Knowledge -- There are four pitfalls to avoid in implementing a successful knowledge management program at your company.
- The Art of Appreciative Inquiry – HBS Working Knowledge -- The process of “appreciative inquiry” gives your company a boost by leveraging what you already do well. Read how the 4-D technique—discover, dream, design, and destiny—is working everywhere from a casino to a coffee roaster.
- Think You Manage Creativity? Here's Why You're Wrong – HBS Working Knowledge -- The rational rules of management don't apply when it comes to fostering creative types.