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Better Teamwork Through Better Workplace Design

Better Teamwork Through Better Workplace Design | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

"Team collaboration is challenging enough without needing to attend to underperforming workspace. Companies like Skype, Cisco, and Pixar have already deployed cleverly designed work environments to best enable new value creation through collaboration. It's time to align the physical with the strategic."

 

One suggestion: "Give project teams a dedicated space. The concept of 'distributed cognition' suggests that thinking processes are embedded in the physical work environment. A team room can provide "cognitive space" to hold ideas and experiences." The shared space "can help teammates maintain a shared project mindset, sharpening their focus and speeding up the collaborative process."

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Can Innovative Thinking Be Learned? - Forbes

Disruptive innovators possess a suite of skills that enable them to connect dots that the rest of us don't usually perceive. But can these skills be learned?

 

In this Forbes article, Hal Gregersen, co-author of the "Innovator's DNA" says yes.

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A Virtual Peek Inside Stanford’s Creativity Course

A Virtual Peek Inside Stanford’s Creativity Course | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
Many people believe creativity cannot be taught. If that's true, then why is Dr. Tina Seelig's course on creativity and innovation one of the most popular classes at Stanford University's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, aka the "d.school"?

 

In the book inGenius: A Crash Course in Creativity, Ms. Seelig "has neatly distilled her over 12 years of teaching creativity at Stanford into a compelling framework she calls the Innovation Engine." The Innovation Engine explains how creativity is generated on the inside (knowledge, imagination, attitude) and how it is influenced by the outside world (resources, habitats, and culture).

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When Gaming Is Good for You

When Gaming Is Good for You | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Videogames can change a person's brain and, as researchers are finding, often that change is for the better.

 

A growing body of university research suggests that gaming improves creativity, decision-making and perception. The specific benefits are wide ranging, from improved hand-eye coordination in surgeons to vision changes that boost night driving ability.

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Dominic Wlliams's curator insight, March 15, 2013 9:51 AM

The most important thing about this article is that research suggests that playing video games improves creativity, decision-making and perception

donald william riden's comment, March 18, 2013 10:09 AM
that is very true dominic
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DesignTAXI - Creativity and Innovation Daily

DesignTAXI - Creativity and Innovation Daily | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

A site with articles on creativity and innovation. "We talk about Design, Art, Photography, Advertising, Architecture, Style, Culture, Technology, and Social Media."

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It's Not Quite Funny Or Die, But Improv Works To Fuel Powerful Innovation

It's Not Quite Funny Or Die, But Improv Works To Fuel Powerful Innovation | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

How Ask.com used improv techniques to invigorate its team and increase innovation and creativity.

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Are Two Heads Really Better Than One? - Forbes

Are Two Heads Really Better Than One? - Forbes | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Are two heads better than one?

 

A recent study published in the journal Psychological Science found that two people may actually produce worse judgments, not because together they aren’t capable of making a good decision – but precisely because they are so confident that they can.

 

Psychologist Julie Minson, co-lead of the study, says these findings don’t negate the value of group decision-making, but they do highlight a need for caution. “If people become aware that collaboration leads to an increase in overconfidence, you can set up ways to mitigate it. Teams could be urged to consider and process each others’ inputs more thoroughly.”

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The Neuroscience of Creativity: Why Daydreaming Matters | Matthew E. May

The Neuroscience of Creativity: Why Daydreaming Matters | Matthew E. May | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

When we need moments of insight, when we need to find far-reaching connections between seemingly unrelated ideas, when we’ve really hit the wall…that’s when we need to relax, to stop thinking about work, because the answer will only arrive when we stop looking for it.

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Uh-Oh: Science Says Creativity And Dishonesty Go Hand In Hand

Uh-Oh: Science Says Creativity And Dishonesty Go Hand In Hand | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
Great scam artists are often described as “creative.” Jeffrey Skilling was a virtuoso of “creative accounting.” Bernie Madoff pulled off a “creative reinvention” of the old Ponzi scheme.

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Desks, Where Creativity Goes To Die | Fast Company

Desks, Where Creativity Goes To Die | Fast Company | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Along with many thousands of others, I attended SXSW this month. And while there, I learned some important lessons...

 

Initially, I tried to attend talks or panels directly related to my industry and clients, but each time the information felt like things I already knew, and instead of feeling inspired, I just felt tired.


But as soon as I stepped outside my little world, everything changed. ... By seeking information and experiences that had nothing to do with my day-to-day, the conference became far more worthwhile. I was stretching my brain in new ways. I felt intellectually stimulated and energized. And guess what? It ended up inspiring me to think about my own work differently.

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The originality of the species

The originality of the species | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

A frenzied desire to be first inspired Darwin and Einstein to bursts of creativity. Like writers and artists, scientists strive to have their names attached to a work of brilliance, but any breakthrough depends on the efforts of countless predecessors. Ian McEwan reflects on originality and collaboration

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What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do

Are you frustrated? We know we are. Most of us prepared hard for the future we expected, and yet things aren't working out as we had planned.

 

When the future is unknowable ... how we traditionally reason is extremely limited in predicting what will happen. You need a different approach -"entrepreneurial thought and action." We use a simple shorthand and call it "Act, Learn, Build, Repeat."

 

Put simply, in the face of an unknown future, entrepreneurs act. They deal with uncertainty not by trying to analyze it, or planning for every contingency, or predicting what the outcomes will be. Instead, they act, learn from what they find, and act again.

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The Neuroscience of Imagination | Psychology Today

Aerobic exercise clears the cobwebs from your mind and gives you access to insights that are out of reach when you are sedentary. On the complete flip side, rapid eye movement (REM) sleep (when we are dreaming) is probably the most creative state of mind we experience daily.

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To innovate, experiment - Fortune Tech

To innovate, experiment - Fortune Tech | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

"Business model innovation is all about experimentation. It is about combining and recombining capabilities from across silos until something clicks and value is delivered in a new way."

 

"Innovation is never about silver bullets. It's about experimentation and doing whatever it takes, even if it means trying 1,000 things, to deliver value. "

 

"Business model innovation requires a lot more experimentation than we are comfortable with today."

 

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A Crash Course In Creative Breakthroughs | Fast Company

A Crash Course In Creative Breakthroughs | Fast Company | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

As director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, "InGenius" author Tina Seelig has devoted herself to shaping--and sometimes breaking--entrepreneurs' ways of thinking. 

 


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Conceptual Conversations

Conceptual Conversations | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Sometimes, a simple conversation with a small group of people to thrash out ideas and develop solutions into concepts is a more effective approach than brainstorming or other structured ideation events. 

 

Does this mean you should stop brainstorms in favour of conceptual conversations? Not at all. Conceptual conversations are better when you need to develop solutions or need to solve complex problems.

 

Brainstorming and crowdsourcing are better suited when you need a number of ideas, most likely incremental improvement ideas. For example, if you are looking for product improvement ideas, you probably do not want a single concept but rather a number of suggestions which can be implemented.

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7 Things You Didn’t Know Steve Jobs Taught You About Ideation

7 Things You Didn’t Know Steve Jobs Taught You About Ideation | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

#3 Surround yourself with amazing people. 
 

#6 Understand your customers. "Most of Jobs’ success can be attributed to the fact that he really understood his customer and their values. Jobs and Apple truly owned the idea of “user-friendly”, ensuring ease and efficiency in the lives of their customers. Your customers really don’t care about your product, but they do care about themselves and how your product can makes their life better."

 

 #7 Love what you do. "As Jobs once said, “People with passion can change the world for the better”.

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Imagination Is The Root Of Innovation - DesignTAXI.com

Imagination Is The Root Of Innovation - DesignTAXI.com | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

"Imagination is the realm of the mind where you see things that do not yet exist in this world, but which one day might. It is an under-appreciated, yet critical element of creativity and innovation."

 

"In business, imagination is much less used and possibly even looked down upon ... which is ironic as strategic vision can only occur in the mind of someone with a tremendous imagination."

 

Katherine Stevens: The article provides suggestions on how to truly let your imagination run wild creating an opportunity to develop ideas that can become breakthrough innovations.

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Inspiring workplace creativity « archetypal leadership

Inspiring workplace creativity « archetypal leadership | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
Creativity begins with a good story. Stories have a pattern and the person who understands the pattern has the ability to motivate people, lead them and foster their growth. To have a creative workplace you need to create the ...
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The One Innovation Personality You Must Have On Board - Forbes

The One Innovation Personality You Must Have On Board - Forbes | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
Are there really five innovation personalities? "Last week Forbes released an Insights study that documented five innovation types ... Biggest problem for me? It overlooks one vitally important personality, the one you must have on board, the one for whom you would jettison all the other five.

 

I’m going to call this type: The “Reframer”, someone who has the capability to reframe a problem, reframe an explanation, reframe a theory or proof...

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Artistry At Work: Grounding The Dream | Matthew E. May

Artistry At Work: Grounding The Dream | Matthew E. May | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

"Grounded ambition ... is really creativity in motion, and (ironically) a loftier concept than the conventional definition, which in business is almost always related to wealth, influence, or distinction. This new notion allows us to rethink ambition. Ambition is gaining by making, not gaining by getting, and is defined here through a simple mantra:

 

Significant Ideas, Responsible Action.

 

This simple phrase represents and requires the whole of human creative intellect, as each principle plays to the strengths of one of the four mindsets: significance is the domain of the Peacekeeper in each of us; ideas are the domain of the Thoughtstarter in each of us; responsibility is the domain of Taskmaster in each of us; action is the domain of the Playmaker in each of us."

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10 Steps To Stealing Your Way To Creative Success

10 Steps To Stealing Your Way To Creative Success | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

A chat with author Austin Kleon, author of the book "Steal Like an Artist", who argues that poaching ideas is an essential step toward developing original ones.

 

“If we’re free from the burden of trying to be completely original, we can stop trying to make something out of nothing, and we can embrace influence instead of running from it,” he writes...

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Creative Thinking for Brand Extension Ideas | The Brainzooming Group

Creative Thinking for Brand Extension Ideas | The Brainzooming Group | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Using a "Change Your Character" creative thinking exercise to generate brand extension ideas in a college marketing class.

 

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The Cost Of Creativity

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Jonah Lehrer's answer to a question from a 4th-grader: "What is the downside of creativity? Isn’t it possible that humans are too creative?”

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Making Decisions in Groups

Podcast - Intereview with Tom Davenport, Babson College professor and coauthor of "Judgment Calls: Twelve Stories of Big Decisions and the Teams That Got Them Right."...

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