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Four Leadership Articles Worth Reading

  By Leo Boudreau We believe that organizations can only be great if they have great leaders.  People who can inspire their teams, empower their effort and unleash the potential of everyone within the organization.  We have identified several interesting articles in the past few weeks that give good perspectives on the topics. THE FOUR 1. First, to set the baseline, Gallup has conducted a...

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InnerCity Weightlifting Featured on ESPN Video

  By Joe Gammal There’s no greater reward than working with people that make a difference, and  helping them in some way to create the change they want.  Our Synecticsworld team had that pleasure to work with Jon Feinman and his InnerCity Weightlifting team in Spring 2012 through collaboration with the Harvard Social Innovation Club.  Check out this video on ESPN  to see the difference...

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5 Reasons Why Everyone is Creative

By Joe Giordano Over the past few months I have read countless articles, blog posts, tweets, etc. telling me all the reasons why we make mistakes in business, why we aren’t good at being creative, and why innovations fail.  Many times, authors aren’t offering the good with the bad: The Top 10 Startup Mistakes The Top 50 reasons Innovation Fail Why Aren’t People Creative? The...

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Living in the Question — The First Step to Finding Answers

By Joe Gammal How can I prepare my kids to thrive in a rapidly and ever-changing world? How can I better help my clients build a sustainably innovative company? How can I make the idea of Deliberate Synergy contagious? These were some of the questions I had on my mind as I arrived at this year’s  Creative Problem Solving Institute’s annual conference (CPSI) .  Each...

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Lessons in Team Dynamics from Despicable Me’s Minions

By Chipp Norcross A well functioning team can make work a joy.  A poorly functioning team can make work feel like drudgery.  The surprising thing for many teams is just how fine a line there is between the two. Why?  Although there are a myriad of possible reasons for team performance, the minute interactions that bounce between people while they work together often play an...

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Change begins with ideas. Are you an Idea Killer?

By Paul D. Roberts Every human change starts with an idea, ideally one that is truly new and uncertain that we have the courage to explore, and that can break our inertial-thinking.  Inertial-Thinking could be stated as a version of Newton’s first law of motion. First Law of Motion:  When viewed in an inertial reference frame, an object either is at rest or moves at...

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How to Plan for Your Company’s Future

By Connie Williams One of the biggest problems facing companies and other organizations is how to plan for the future. What to invest in? Where to place your bets? We don’t have the ability to perfectly predict the future; but we do have the creative thinking skills and behaviors to build an imaginative look at the future and to help companies create powerful future scenarios and plan appropriate implications create powerful future scenarios and plan...

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Discovering the Future Needs and Wants of your Marketplace

By Joe Giordano In 1998, as I was moving to Chicago for a new job, I picked up Tom Peters’ “Thriving on Chaos:  Handbook for Management Revolution.”  I was starting my first senior level job, taking over a senior operations role with corporate p&l responsibilities and departmental management.  I was looking for some inspiration—to do things a little differently than before. At the time, this...

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Creating an Innovative Mindset in I.T.

By Chipp Norcross & Joe Gammal Recently, we had the unique and special opportunity to present at the CIO Executive Summit in Seattle alongside Kirsten Simonitsch, CIO of Premera Blue Cross.  In Kirsten’s presentation, “Driving Customer Engagement Through Innovation”, she detailed her experience of leading her team to find a deep and meaningful understanding of what people want from health insurance companies, and how they have...

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Five Steps to Increase the COURAGE of Your Creativity

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By Kyle Hermans In my years of facilitating people, teams, and organizations around the world to new breakthroughs, I have learned that creativity is often born out of fear, or fueled by something that may appear fearful, a change driver that pushes our clients out of the safety of the operational world of certainty and routine into the experimental, messy, uncertain world of innovation. One...

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Deliberate Synergy

Deliberate Synergy: George’s Dream By Joe Gammal In December, 2008, George Prince, one of the founders of Synectics wrote: Dear Joe, …When I had to give up and retire I was working on a dream. How to get everyone to live the Synectics supportive way. I titled this dream Deliberate Synergy®. I did quite a bit of work on it and so you have a...

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Which 1 are you of the 4 Meeting Mindsets?

By Bryan Laychak We have all been there,  the off-site meeting where plates of bagels and muffins and the cups of coffee from the buffet are clinking and clattering as we settle into our seats to discuss how to build our business.  But aside from the quality of the catering, the success of the meeting will have much to do with everyone’s mindsets, and the...

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How Ron Johnson Could Have Avoided Catastrophe by Listening to JCPenney’s People

By Chipp Norcross The story of the rapid decline of JCPenney under Ron Johnson’s leadership is one of the most shocking business stories of recent years. Bringing in the genius behind Apple’s retail stores seemed like a no-brainer when he first arrived at JCPenney. He came in with a vision and exciting new ideas about how to turn around the struggling retailer. What I’m not...

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How to bring Right Livelihood into your next meeting – The Noble 8-Fold Path

By Joe Giordano This is the fifth article in this series (see links below), where we examine how the Noble 8-Fold Path of the historical Buddha can help you, your team, and your organization build growth by fostering collaboration and agility. I hope you are beginning to see the connection in my blog posts…what I feel is the biggest connection is that each of the...

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Take the Right Action to Build Collaboration: Fourth Path in the 8-Fold Path

By Joe Giordano In this article, the fourth in this series (see links below), we examine how Right Action can help you, your team, and your organization foster collaboration and agility. Right Action is part of the Fourth Path – Ethical Conduct – in the Noble 8-Fold Path of the teachings of the historical Buddha.  Ethical Conduct speaks to taking wholesome actions, because wholesome actions lead...

Keynote Speaker: Joe Giordano on the human dynamics of Creativity

Joe Giordano, a principal at Synecticsworld, shares Synectics tools and techniques with a diverse group at the Maine Center for Creativity,  part of a ‘velvet revolution’ that’s energizing the Maine’s economy.  Maine’s ‘creative economy’ is all about innovation and talent – and leveraging them as a vital economic resource for driving industry. Joe is working with organizations who are seeking breakthroughs by helping individuals and...