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The Immediacy of Climate

How well do you understand how your team is working as a group? Do you have a person on your team that others don’t want to run into when making a cup of coffee? Is there someone on your team that when they start speaking in a meeting, people skype a snarky remark to a colleague? Do people have nicknames for others on your team...

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Climate: the Unarticulated Need in Your Organization

  By Joseph Giordano As a team, organization, or even individual, to achieve innovative outcomes you must have three distinct components that come together: Climate—the way we treat each others and ourselves. Thinking—thinking differently, not harder, about our problems and solutions. Action—a process to follow that is iterative and replicable. We express this as a formula: Innovation (is a function of) = Climate X Thinking...

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On Curiosity

By Paul D. Roberts I am curious about curiosity. Can it be taught? It is such a crucial element of innovation. A team without curiosity is going to lack the proactive tendency to explore uncharted areas, and there is so much serendipity that comes from pure wondering in the act of exploring (it is why Steve Jobs put the bathrooms in a central place). For...

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To Change the Culture, Change the Climate

By Connie Williams   If your company looks similar to a competitor on paper, yet your business results are markedly different, the mostly likely source of that difference is the organization’s climate. Climate’s intangible nature leads many executives to believe it is unquantifiable or worse, fanciful. The truth is, climate is highly measurable in terms of impact on productivity, creativity, innovation and ultimately employee engagement,...

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The Power of Strategy Innovation

Bob Johnston, a former Synector, collaborates with Synecticsworld on projects on the intersection of Innovation and Strategy. Bob is the author of a book, The Power of Strategy Innovation, which outlines his process. We recommend reading Bob’s book to anyone who is looking to build powerful strategies (and if you are a fan of Synectics).  You will appreciate the synergies between Bob’s Strategy Innovation approach...

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Lasting Impact of Synectics

Bill Teague reflects on working on a project with Synecticsworld–and how the experience continues to affect his professional life more than a decade later. Read his article Focus group? I learned more from the facilitator on LinkedIn.

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Three Articles Concerning Healthcare

  By Leo Boudreau   I have recently read some very interesting articles about the intersection of creativity/innovation and the healthcare industry that I thought would be of interest to many of you. Oscar The first article is from the New York Times describes an emerging new firm in the healthcare field – Oscar. Strictly competing in the NY market right now, Oscar comes at...

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How does your business kill innovation?

By Chipp Norcross If there is one common thread that weaves together my experience in the field of innovation, it is hearing on a weekly basis, how frustrated people are about how their organizations kill innovative solutions. Innovation murder doesn’t happen on purpose. Typically the perpetrators believe they are helping innovation, not hindering it. They are innocent in spirit, if not in action.  The proverbial...

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A New Kind of Health Plan

By Connie Williams There’s a great new benefit area to consider adding to your health care plan. It’s reasonably priced and pays a lifetime of benefits. It contributes to better wellbeing overall. People sleep better. They feel like they have better control over their lives. They have hope and self-reliance. What is this magical elixir for which you’ve never seen an infomercial? It’s called creativity....

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Incubation: Bridging The Gap Between Idea and Implementation

By Chipp Norcross I’ve noticed, over the last few years, that the old adage, “I wish I’d thought of that!” is increasingly being replaced by, “I thought of that! I wish I had done something with that idea!” This shift has largely been missed in the corporate boardroom, however. Most companies seem to still focus only on the pursuit of new ideas, when they should...

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Crafting a More Productive R&D & Marketing Innovation Partnership

By Connie Williams This article first appeared on PreScouter. Does your organization’s innovation feel like “In this corner, Marketing, in this corner, R&D”? If it does, that’s because R&D and Marketing work in very different ways, often seeing the world and opportunities very differently. The old, traditional way of working, with R&D and Marketing in their separate corners working on innovation opportunities, has to be...

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How To Assemble Your Team For Innovation

  By Leo Boudreau One of the most crucial tasks related to a successful innovation effort is assembling the appropriate team.  A team focused on innovation has very different requirements from a team with an operational focus and a number of different factors need to be taken into consideration and different qualities and characteristics are sought after.  The first question you need to answer is...

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Beyond the Survey: Small (Data) is Beautiful

By Connie Williams Big Data is the rage. Consulting companies are advising left and right on how to get amazing results; new start-ups are leveraging the power of Big Data to bring new products and services to market, especially in technology. If not leveraging truly Big Data, led by advancements in massive computing power, then data analytics or data science is key to today’s business...

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What does Collaboration REALLY Mean?

By Connie Williams Collaboration is a hot topic these days.  CEO’s are talking about it.  Schools are emphasizing collaboration skills.  Social media and intranet technologies are described as a foundation for collaboration.  “The Collaborative Economy” is a term Jeremiah Owyang and others are using to describe innovations involving sharing of goods and services from Zip Car to Uber to Airbnb.  Time magazine entitled it “Today’s...

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5 Creative Ways to Leverage Big Data

By Connie Williams Big Data is one of the top business terms of the last couple of years. Of course, it refers to data that is too big to fit on single servers or spread sheets that is beyond the reach of conventional analytics. It has become the province of a new breed of “data scientists” and big consulting firms have jumped on the bandwagon....

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Alignment is not the same as Buy-in.

By Paul D. Roberts One of the consistently destructive forces we witness at all levels of the organization is the concept of buy-in masquerading as alignment.   What is the difference?  Buy-in is trying to convince someone that your idea is what they should do i.e. they should green-light what you see as the needed change; cast in stone and not open to change.  It is the...