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People are Biased against Creative Ideas, Research Studies Find

People are Biased against Creative Ideas, Research Studies Find | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

The next time your great idea at work elicits silence or eye rolls, you might just pity those co-workers.

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"How is it that people say they want creativity but in reality often reject it?"
 

- Jack Goncalo, ILR School assistant professor of organizational behavior 

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Fresh research (at the time - this is a post from 2011) indicates they don't even know what a creative idea looks like and that creativity, hailed as a positive change agent, actually makes people squirm.

    

"How is it that people say they want creativity but in reality often reject it?" said Jack Goncalo, ILR School assistant professor of organizational behavior and co-author of research to be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science.

   

The paper reports on two 2010 experiments at the University of Pennsylvania involving more than 200 people.

     

The studies' findings include:

  • Creative ideas are by definition novel, and novelty can trigger feelings of uncertainty that make most people uncomfortable.
  • People dismiss creative ideas in favor of ideas that are purely practical -- tried and true.
  • Objective evidence shoring up the validity of a creative proposal does not motivate people to accept it.
  • Anti-creativity bias is so subtle that people are unaware of it, which can interfere with their ability to recognize a creative idea.



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    My original post on this topic migrated away with the shut-down of Posterous as of April 2013.   This is still important research to remember in 2013 >   Creativity can be hard to live with, work with, yet absolutely essential to assist change and innovation.


    "Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things."  ~  Ray Bradbury

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    Leading Continuous Innovation INFOGRAPHIC: Culture, Fringe Experiments, Customer Immersion

    Leading Continuous Innovation INFOGRAPHIC: Culture, Fringe Experiments, Customer Immersion | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

    How can change leaders support high performance, innovative teams? The infographic below cites 10 innovation strategies.  This is close.  There will be more of these process charts and innovation graphics.  


    This one features:


    Step 2:  Working at the organization's edges, the fringe & close to customers I've heard Dr. Jeff DeGraff talk about fringe teams this year at the Michigan Ross School of Business.


    Step 3:  Culture that  supports experimentation, failure.  This is ubiquitous in mention, scarce in after-the-fact reporting.  Better known examples, 3M (Post-Its) and Google (Google Lab: Buzz, Wave, etc.)


    Step 6: Customer immersion, pain points


    Step 10:  Metrics, measures

     

    Sources include:  Christensen & Raynor, The Innovator's Solution: Creating & Sustaining Successful Growth, 2003  


    Note the continuous improvement language, adjusted slightly, a 'la W. Edwards Deming:  Ready, Aim, Fire, Adjust.  Like Plan, Do, Check, Act.


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    Universities should be innovative, academic says

    Universities should be innovative, academic says | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it
    ‘Meeting the needs of society is crucial'...

    "Universities have to work and stitch around the community's needs. Otherwise we will continue to be seen as ivory towers."

    Research incubators
    Universities also have to move from the realm of research to commercial business opportunities, said Gabriel, and this means taking ideas beyond the laboratory.

    Ways to do this include technology transfer offices and seeking funding to build research incubators but these activities need to have the end user in mind.

    Gabriel said Abu Dhabi and the UAE, which has seen new institutions and companies established, are in a position to do things and think about who benefits from teaching and research.

    According to Gabriel, universities can achieve economic success by having:

    * Specialisation and differentiation — recognising true institutional excellence
    Focused graduate programme expansions that feed into priority areas

    * New approach to faculty contract length and compensation to attract and retain top-notch researchers and scientists

    * Incorporate intellectual property approaches that maximise economic benefit and encourage entrepreneurs.
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    Simple solution innovations that saved infant lives in Mumbai ~ including Bubble Wrap | Kinsey

    Simple solution innovations that saved infant lives in Mumbai ~ including Bubble Wrap | Kinsey | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

    From Kinsey:  There's no doubt that groundbreaking inventions and discoveries have moved the world forward, but sometimes, a small innovation can be just as powerful.

    Simple, low-cost innovations can yield dramatic gains. Instead of expensive technology, these solutions require only a deep understanding of the problem, a strong desire to create change, and a lot of common sense.


    Using this kind of thinking, Armida Fernandez cut infant mortality almost in half at a Mumbai hospital that serves the city’s poorest residents.


    Click on the title to read the full story.

     

    Photo credit:  mollypop via Flickr CC

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    Useful perspective that the technology tools may be the problem, and solving it with bubble wrap.

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    Innovation, Impact, Change Words: Enough Talk, More Do | The Nonprofit Quarterly

    Innovation, Impact, Change Words: Enough Talk, More Do | The Nonprofit Quarterly | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

    This matches my current experience.  Does it match yours in the fields of innovation and change leadership?

     

    Excerpt:  If you’re a nonprofit news junkie, you know it’s nearly impossible to go a day without reading or hearing the words “innovation” and “impact.

    "It’s little surprise, then, that collective eyes are beginning to roll when the terms innovation and impact are tossed around with little explication as to what they look like on the ground and within a more systematic framework. So, maybe it’s time to start putting our money where our mouths are and get serious about assessing what, exactly, is true innovation; and, most important, what are the kinds of innovation that lead to real impact—especially those that can be rigorously assessed and measured..."  Source:  @npquarterly 


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    Remodel Your Meetings To Create Internal Entrepreneurs | Fast Company

    Remodel Your Meetings To Create Internal Entrepreneurs | Fast Company | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it
    Imagine going to work on a Monday, only to find that everything in your work environment changed overnight. The corporate reception area is gone, along with the receptionist, who could barely be bothered to acknowledge the likes of you, anyway.

     

    In less than two hours, everything is radically transformed. Each new idea is nurtured, explored and tested rather than flatly rejected with one negative cliché after another. The glass is suddenly perceived as half-full rather than relegated to its usual half-empty status.  

     

    ...BlackBerries and iPhones are turned off. ...There are no emails. The focus is absolute.

     

    Good ideas are immediately locked in. People claim responsibility for tasks. Small groups are formed to set plans in motion.

     

    Deadlines are set for the next month, as opposed to the next year. After the meeting, everyone leaves with a one-page summary of all the decisions.

     

    Read on for some great inspiration and possibly, "it could happen here!"

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    P&G Success Formula > Culture: Improving Lives Through Innovation

    P&G Success Formula > Culture: Improving Lives Through Innovation | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

    McDonald Outlines P&G Success Formula: Improving Lives Through Innovation...

     

    Saying Procter and Gamble’s unrelenting focus on innovation is “at the heart of everything we do,” P&G Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Bob McDonald recently talked about the company’s keys to success during fiscal year 2011 in spite of the tough global economic conditions, presented at the company’s annual Shareholder’s Meeting in Cincinnati.


    “Innovation is the primary way we fulfill our Purpose,” he said. “It’s the driving force behind our strategy, as it always has been at P&G.

     

    >>>  Our experience has proven that promotions may win a quarter here and there, but innovation wins decades.”


    As he addressed the shareholders in attendance, Bob said the company entered Fiscal 2011 with three clear objectives:


    => Execute the company’s purpose-inspired growth strategy;
    =>Grow market share by growing organic sales one to two percentage points ahead of underlying market growth rates; and
    =>Grow core earnings per share in the range of 7% to 9%.

     

    And, in spite of significant business and economic challenges, Bob said the company managed to meet or exceed goals for each of the objectives.

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    The Cloud & Innovation: The Most Disruptive Companies in Tech, Infographic

    The Cloud & Innovation:  The Most Disruptive Companies in Tech, Infographic | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

    It should come as little surprise that many of the innovations are cloud-powered, or cloud-dependent.

     

    Consider the iPad... Apple’s the clear leader in the tablet market, and eating away at the traditional computing market. Apple owns more than 68% of the tablet market, and is replacing laptops, e-readers and handheld games.

     

    What’s that got to do with cloud? Plenty.

     

    The iPad depends on cloud services to power its most popular native apps, not to mention all the Webapps that users hit up on the iPad.

     

    Focus also highlights Netflix. Despite its recent PR and marketing blunders, Netflix has grown to a $9.1 billion market cap – in no small part due to its streaming service.

     

    They should pay attention to subscribers woes, though. According to Focus, they’ve lost 1.6 million subscribers since June.

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    Times Higher Education - Innovation strategy 'ignores' funding and visa concerns

    University strategies & policy:  Too little innovation?


    Excerpt:  Wendy Piatt, director-general of the Russell Group of large research-intensive universities, welcomed many of the measures in the newly announced innovation strategy, but was disappointed it did not address concerns about postgraduate funding, or adopt the Russell Group's proposal for a new bank loan scheme for postgraduates.


    She also called for more capital funding to be made available to universities, and for research to be exempted from the Freedom of Information Act.


    David Price, vice-provost for research at University College London, praised the government for "the stability of its commitment to the research base" in difficult times.


    He also said it was a pity the strategy's "fine words on the importance of mobile highly skilled people" had not translated into concessions regarding universities' continuing concerns about the government's new visa regulations.

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    Creative Disrupters: Working Outside The Business Norm | Fast Company

    Creative Disrupters: Working Outside The Business Norm | Fast Company | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

    Gotta love big company disruptors using positive weapons of creativity, not the Borg, Klingons types, heh.


    This is a great series of posts on  risk takers and creativity in institutions.  For example:


    When Maryam Banikarim was a marketing SVP at NBC Universal, she helped organize a day to celebrate the merger with Comcast.


    "[My bosses] were like, 'We need a gift for employees." But I didn't want to give a meaningless tchotchke.


    So I came up with a purpose line--that NBC Universal is in the idea business--and a new gift to match it."


    All 30,000 employees got Moleskine notebooks that had sketches of great ideas:

    • the back of a napkin note that became SNL, 
    • the cable transponder that became Comcast's business. 

    The letter attached said, 'All great ideas were created by somebody,' and encouraged employees to submit their own.


    "People told me the project wouldn't get approved, that it was way too esoteric. But it was a huge hit."


    ~ MARYAM BANIKARIM > SVP AND CMO, GANNETT

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    Empathic Innovation | Looking Beyond What Is to What's Next

    Empathic Innovation | Looking Beyond What Is to What's Next | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

    Many innovations come from a deeper level of customer and market understanding. They go beyond what current customers say they need. They solve problems that customers either don't realize they have or didn’t know could be solved.

    Many new (or extended) products and services come from empathic innovation. These are innovations that flow from a deep empathy and understanding of the intended customers’ problems and aspirations.

    Innovation Pathways include:

    * Make sure the “voice of the market” pervades every part of your organization. Bring customers into your company offices and plants for visits, joint problem solving and planning sessions, celebrations, focus groups, conferences, barbecues, presentations, and the like. 

    * Don’t allow any managers or staff (such as accountants, marketers, or human resource staff) to participate in decisions unless they’re spending a minimum of 25% of their time with current or prospective customers and partners in the market.

    * Make your senior managers responsible for some business development and ongoing customer service. They should be spending 25 – 35 percent or more of their time with customers (the same amount of time should also be spent with external and internal partners).

    * Identify your leading-edge external customers and partners and bring them into your product and service development processes. 

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    What Managers can learn from Entrepreneurs, Principles of Corporate Effectuation, Video

    What managers can learn from expert entrepreneurs.   Corporate effectuation offers managers the possibility to be entrepreneurial in a corporate setting and still be in control.

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    Innovation is About Execution, Despite the Myths - Forbes

    Innovation is About Execution, Despite the Myths - Forbes | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

    Most people think innovation is all about ideas, when in fact it is more about delivery, people, and process.

     

    Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble, in their book “The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge” have done the best recent research on this subject.

     

    For example:  Myth:  Effective innovation leaders are subversives fighting the system.

     

    Fact:  Effective innovation leaders are not necessarily the biggest risk takers, mavericks, and rebels. The primary virtue of an effective innovation leader is humility. What you want is integration with real world operations.


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    Innovation and Effectuation. Are they siblings? | LinkedIn & Reveln

    Innovation and Effectuation.  Are they siblings? | LinkedIn & Reveln | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

    Know thyself: Saras D. Sarasvathy, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

    Additionally, you are only going to invest what you can afford to lose - no more.

     

    I'm very curious about Effetuation as a focus of a newly opened LinkedIn group because:

     

    1) Effectuation popped up in my curation screen, including this new open LinkedIn group,

     

    2) that "good fit" as described in this curation post is another angle to Effectuation that is news to me, and fits work that many of us do with leadership teams and leader development, and

     

    3) Innovation and Effectuation, if not married, seem to at least be relatives in the same close family.

     

    I'll post more about Effectuation in this ScoopIt curation stream as it connects to institutions and innovation as I'm able to see & share the linkages.   In the next few days, I have a new LinkedIn group to check out.

     

     ~ Deb (Reveln Consulting)

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    New Ventures: The Result is Rarely the Starting Point

    New Ventures: The Result is Rarely the Starting Point | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

    Have you ever thought of starting a company? Mark Moore (42) has. Four times. And with two acquisitions and an IPO behind him, expectations on his current venture, “One True Media” are high.

     

    So where do the ideas come from? How does Mark create that flash of brilliance which gives ignition to a company; a successful company?

     

    ...It’s never the big things
    In creating ventures, its little changes that really matter. One True Media had a terrific holiday season in 2005, but in Janauary 2006 the business went dark. Mark and his team kept changing.

     

    At the end of January, they had a breakthrough. People wanted to share. One True Media added a simple feature that let users put photos and video onto “myspace,” an Internet community site. All of a sudden users were doubling every two weeks. Less than a year and countless more changes later, One True Media has over 880,000 registered users and has created over a million videos.

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