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How to Suck Great Ideas out of Your Head
How to use creative thinking to build your business, grow your organisation and strengthen your own position as a talented, influential expert. My interest in this topic relates to my work in Australia as a Lateral Thinking Facilitator, Creative Director, Corporate Comedian, Hoax Speaker, Master of Ceremonies and Writer: http://bit.ly/qoSo
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Free Yourself from Conventional Thinking

Free Yourself from Conventional Thinking | How to Suck Great Ideas out of Your Head | Scoop.it
The first step in sparking breakthrough creativity is to nix the status quo.
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Isn't the human mind a strange thing?

 

An excerpt from this article reads: 'A compelling study from the University of Michigan verifies that people often refuse to relinquish their deep-seated beliefs even when presented with overwhelming evidence to contradict those beliefs.'

 

We're talking here about experienced, supposedly intelligent senior managers, and yet the irrational gremlins still have the power to dominate. My question is: do they occasionally dominate your own decision-making?

 

In my own work as a creativity facilitator, challenging current beliefs and assumptions is a prime focus. Now read on ......

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Conversation with Dan Roam - Creative Process

Dan Roam schools me on creative process using his new book, BLAH BLAH BLAH. amzn.to/wF0DNS
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A great chance here to eavesdrop on two communication gurus, Dan Roam and Nancy Duarte, as they discuss what works for them when trying to suck great ideas out of their head and develop a message or write a book.

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Free eBook · Creative Innovation 2012

Free eBook · Creative Innovation 2012 | How to Suck Great Ideas out of Your Head | Scoop.it

This is a great free eBook which provides tips from the world’s leading thinkers, innovators & experts who are connected with the Ci Global Community.

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SpeedLinks: Free Online Speed Thinking Software

SpeedLinks: Free Online Speed Thinking Software | How to Suck Great Ideas out of Your Head | Scoop.it
Dr Ken Hudson came up with the concept of Speed Thinking. This website is dedicated to the process, and on the page I'm directing you to there's free online software that will let you try it out yourself.
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The Manager as Idea Coach

The Manager as Idea Coach | How to Suck Great Ideas out of Your Head | Scoop.it
If you're a manager, this is well worth a look, and if you're part of a management team, the essence of this article could form an important discussion topic for one of your meetings. Here's an excerpt: 'You, as a manager, want to increase the number of new ideas being pitched to you. It's that simple. You want to create an environment where new ideas are popping all the time. If you do, old problems and ineffective ways of doing things will begin dissolving. Spontaneously. This, you see, is the hallmark of an empowered organization - a place where everyone is encouraged and empowered to think creatively. Within this kind of environment managers become coaches, not gatekeepers.'
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WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM. (Engaging freehand presentation technique, too)

In this video, with its quirky visual style, popular thinker, Steven Johnson, tackles this key question: Where do good ideas come from?
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How to Get Your Ideas Heard.

How to Get Your Ideas Heard. | How to Suck Great Ideas out of Your Head | Scoop.it
New ideas have a tough time being heard. How can you speak up in such a way that the idea is given a chance to influence the organization and be acted upon? To be effectively heard, you need to recognize the context, plan your approach, and adjust your style to communicate ideas that will connect with the needs of the business. This article from Harvard Business Review outlines six useful techniques.
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Encouraging a Culture of Creativity and Innovation

Encouraging a Culture of Creativity and Innovation | How to Suck Great Ideas out of Your Head | Scoop.it
Organisations often pay lip service to the need for creativity and innovation. There's some sound advice in this 'Innovation Manifesto' for embedding attitudes, behaviours and proceses within organisational culture.
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The 6 Myths Of Creativity

The 6 Myths Of Creativity | How to Suck Great Ideas out of Your Head | Scoop.it
This article from Fast Company summarises the results of a Harvard Business School study that explodes various myths about creativity.
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How to Inspire Creativity in Your Business.

How to Inspire Creativity in Your Business. | How to Suck Great Ideas out of Your Head | Scoop.it
In this article from SUCCESS magazine, three experts offer strategies to inspire creativity and innovation, and involve more people in the creative process. There are also tips on hiring creative people.
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Using Creativity when Presenting and Communicating

Using Creativity when Presenting and Communicating | How to Suck Great Ideas out of Your Head | Scoop.it
One of the main uses for creativity in business is when you are trying to get a message across; eg motivating employees, persuading customers, explaining complex concepts. Online, offline, on-stage, off-stage, it all gets down to communicating in a way that cuts through the clutter and gets heads nodding. Crafting and delivering creative, engaging presentations is the aim of this website: Creative Presentation Skills. It's my sister Scoop.it site to this one, and will point you towards numerous free resources that focus on presenting, communication, storytelling, persuasion, etc.
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A Very Powerful Tool --> The Six Thinking Hats

A Very Powerful Tool --> The Six Thinking Hats | How to Suck Great Ideas out of Your Head | Scoop.it
The Six Thinking Hats tool enables you to manage the thinking process. It's especially useful in meetings, as It encourages collaboration rather than argument, and unbundles the many types of thinking that may be going on within a group at the one time. A favourite tool I use myself when facilitating creative thinking sessions, the method is outlined here in this article on Wikipedia.
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7 Tips for Staying Creative ~ Creative Market Blog

7 Tips for Staying Creative ~ Creative Market Blog | How to Suck Great Ideas out of Your Head | Scoop.it
Buy and sell handcrafted, mousemade design content like vector patterns, icons, photoshop brushes, fonts and more at Creative Market.
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If your creative edge has been dulled, you may find some inspiration here. By the way, lots of other folks' creative output available here.

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How to Inspire a Culture of Innovation

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Pepsi's first chief design officer, Mauro Porcini, encourages leaders to transform their approach to design thinking.
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Change the World or Change your Bank Balance: Websites that Solicit Ideas from the Public

Change the World or Change your Bank Balance: Websites that Solicit Ideas from the Public | How to Suck Great Ideas out of Your Head | Scoop.it
Got an idea that's all dressed up with nowhere to go? Perhaps you'll find a home for it via one of these websites that solicit ideas from the public. Some are after business ideas, while others seek ideas from people who want to make a real difference to our planet. (One of my own clients, KCI, for whom I ran a creativity workshop, is in there as well.) Even if you don't contribute any yourself, you may stumble across an idea you can adapt to your own business.
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37 Ways for New Product Ideas

This is a checklist and inspiration source for new product ideas. Based on successful innovations, the authors have extracted important trends, principles or evolutions. And here they are!
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29 WAYS TO STAY CREATIVE

Here's a creatively produced bunch of simple suggestions about staying creative, from 'Carry a Notebook everywhere' and 'Get away from the computer' to 'Quit beating yourself up.'
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Sometimes Nature Already has the Answer: Brightly Colored Feathers Inspire New Laser

Sometimes Nature Already has the Answer: Brightly Colored Feathers Inspire New Laser | How to Suck Great Ideas out of Your Head | Scoop.it
A new kind of laser captures light just like some colorful bird feathers. Nature has been solving problems and creating awesome 'products' for millions of years, like the stunning feathers of parrots and kingfishers. People studied how light was interacting with these feathers. Once they knew what was happening, they asked, "Can we use this to improve our lasers?" As a little bird once told me, always look outside your own field for ideas and inspiration.
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Don't Sacrifice Creative Thought on the Altar of Productivity.

Don't Sacrifice Creative Thought on the Altar of Productivity. | How to Suck Great Ideas out of Your Head | Scoop.it
In this article from Harvard Business Review, Todd Henry, CEO of Accidental Creative, suggests we get into a structured creative rhythm he calls F-R-E-S-H: Focus, Relationships, Energy, Stimuli, Hours. Following this practice will ensure that the most important business activity — creative thought — doesn't get sacrificed on the altar of short-term productivity.
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Great Ideas on Tap: Insights into Creative Thinking

Great Ideas on Tap: Insights into Creative Thinking | How to Suck Great Ideas out of Your Head | Scoop.it
What are some of the secrets to being creative? On this page on my own website, you'll find six audio clips giving tips on the skills and attitudes needed to think creatively, on dealing with people who stifle creativity, and on selling your ideas to others.
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A Truckload of Business Creativity Articles

A Truckload of Business Creativity Articles | How to Suck Great Ideas out of Your Head | Scoop.it
At the InnovationTools website, there are countless articles on creativity and innovation, even an article on creativity apps for your iPhone.
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Sir Ken Robinson On The Principles Of Creative Leadership

Sir Ken Robinson On The Principles Of Creative Leadership | How to Suck Great Ideas out of Your Head | Scoop.it
In this article from Fast Company, Sir Ken Robinson outlines the necessity for a creative leadership style in organisations, and the main features of that style.
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Shake up your Thinking <-- Articles Galore!

Here's a bucket list of creativity articles to read before you die, from Dr Ken Hudson. Apart from valuable insights into innovation and idea generation, there's also a focus on new product development and marketing.
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A Quick Introduction to Lateral Thinking

In my role as a Creative Thinking Facilitator, I often use de Bono's lateral thinking tools. This brief article on Wikipedia provides a painless introduction to the main methods.
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