The elements of Innovation

January 10, 2006

Trust: to make people comfortable about sharing their ideas with the organization. They need to feel they can make mistakes without suffering undue consequences.

Management buy-in: Management must demonstrate their commitment to innovation through internal and external communications media. Management must also demonstrate being creative themselves; as well as a willingness to try out creative, yet risky ideas.

Budget: is necessary to implement highly creative or disruptive ideas, which by nature are more risky than less creative ideas. Money must also be found for investing for tools (see below) that facilitate idea sharing and development and training in the use of those tools.

Tools: such as an idea management tool for soliciting, capturing and evaluating ideas from the employees. Used well, an idea management tool is the best on-going tool for idea capture. Also useful are creative project teams, brainstorming sessions, mind-mapping tools and other items which facilitate creative thinking and collaboration.

Evaluation methods: are necessary for evaluating ideas generated by the tools. Many tools, such as idea management systems, include evaluation components.

Facilities: including meeting rooms, other spaces where people can meet and share ideas, white boards, post-its, pens and other things which facilitate creative meetings and brainstorming.

Rewards: Whether recognition, small gifts or granting special privileges, some kind of fair reward scheme motivates people to share their creative ideas with the organization.

Time: Employees need time to be creative.

How all of these components come together will vary from firm to firm. What is important is that these components exist, that there is flexibility.

Yahoo Think Tank explores the limits of online creativity

November 9, 2005

Yahoo Australia is sponsoring a two-week experiment in online creativity called the Yahoo! Think Tank. Rotating teams of creative people from ad agencies in Australia and New Zealand are living and working in a "transparent," fully-functioning creative studio, complete with a desk, PC and whiteboards. Six webcams enable people from around the world to watch these creatives at work, 24/7. It's quite interactive: You can submit creative briefs (concepts you'd like them to brainstorm on) via an online form and submit messages to be displayed on a plasma screen in their "think tank." You can also view a gallery of previously submitted briefs and the ideas the teams came up with. The Yahoo! Think Tank will be operational through November 17th.

What is creativity?

October 27, 2005

Creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and other.

Three reasons why people are motivated to be creative:

1. Need for novel, varied, and complex stimulation
2. Need to communicate ideas and values
3. Need to solve problems

So now the question comes what you need/require to be creative or how to be creative?

In order to be creative

you need to be able to view things in new ways or from a different perspective.
you need to be able to generate new possibilities or new alternatives.
you need the ability to generate alternatives
you need to see things uniquely
you need to have more fundamental qualities of thinking, such as

    tolerance of ambiguity
    and the enjoyment of things heretofore unknown.

Creative Tools & Techniques

September 7, 2005

"You cannot teach a man anything;
you can only help him to find it within himself"

The creative process is an ongoing exercise. Everything you do that is not habit is creative.The educational system is poor at teaching children how to retain their inherent creative talents. So much emphasis is should be put on, cultivating the imagination.

Some useful techniques to enhance the creative process are listed below now you have choose among them which increases creative potential among you.


What a Creativity

August 30, 2005

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Difference between creative and uncreative is –

August 29, 2005

Often the only difference between creative and uncreative people is self-perception. Creative people see themselves as creative and give themselves the freedom to create. Uncreative people do not think about creativity and do not give themselves the opportunity to create anything new.

Other important attitude-shift is to view problems as opportunities for improvement.Whenever you solve a problem, you have a better product or service to offer afterwards.

How do I know if I am, or could be, creative?

August 25, 2005

Every living, breathing human being has the potential to be creative. Each of us is a unique individual capable of creating…it comes with the human territory. We are, simply, quite a creative species.

All people can be creative but those who are recognized as being creative have an awareness that others don't. Creative people seem to be able to tune in more to their thought patterns and glean great ideas. People who do not use their creative potential don't know how to do this or aren't even aware it is possible. More Here