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It's Time To Break Up With Break-Out Groups

It's Time To Break Up With Break-Out Groups | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
Does anyone actually enjoy break-out groups? It's a serious question.

 

From the article: "Break-out groups are intended to break up the monotony of a long meeting and get people talking to each other on key topics. These are worthy goals; break-out groups are just lousy at realizing them.

 

"What could work better? I think time slots devoted to mini 'unconferences'would. ... At an unconference time slots and meeting rooms are predetermined, but nothing else is. Using whiteboards or sticky notes, people propose sessions that they want to lead / facilitate, and also decide (by looking at the whiteboards or sticky notes) which ones they want to attend."

 

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Innovation Is About Arguing, Not Brainstorming. Here’s How To Argue Productively

Innovation Is About Arguing, Not Brainstorming. Here’s How To Argue Productively | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Continuum uses an innovation process approach - deliberative discourse - that they fondly call “Argue. Discuss. Argue. Discuss.”

 

From the article: "It refers to participative and collaborative (but not critique-free) communication. Multiple positions and views are expressed with a shared understanding that everyone is focused on a common goal. There is no hierarchy. It’s not debate because there are no opposing sides trying to “win.” Rather, it’s about working together to solve a problem and create new ideas."

 

What are the rules? (1) No hierarchy. (2) Say "No, because". (3) Diverse perspectives. (4) Focus on a common goal. (5) Keep it fun.

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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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5 Lessons For Using Open Innovation To Maximize The Wisdom Of The Crowd

5 Lessons For Using Open Innovation To Maximize The Wisdom Of The Crowd | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
Whether you like it or not, competition today is fierce. And it’s only going to get fiercer. Where the old battleground was price and efficiency, the new one will be innovation and time to market.

 

Katherine Stevens: I like this quote: "You have to create alongside your customers, because you can’t rely on a robust outcome of your in-house innovation process"

 

"...you invite your community into the innovation process. You listen, observe, engage, discuss, and ultimately create together. ... You suddenly have a deep talent pool and you get significantly more initial approaches."

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In Innovation Today, The Smartest Companies Collaborate With Enemies

In Innovation Today, The Smartest Companies Collaborate With Enemies | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

"[T]he brands that will have the greatest impact on all our lives are those that see themselves not as citadels that need defending but as causes that need joining. The most important, most effective, most impactful brands are those that have put petty competition behind them and embraced collaboration as an operating principle--it is their core DNA. These brands are clear about their ambitions and are not shy about seeking out others who share those ambitions.

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The originality of the species

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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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