Random Entry (or Random Input) Edward de Bono's Lateral Thinking tool, Random Entry, uses a randomly chosen word, picture, sound, or other stimulus to open new lines of thinking. This tool plays into the power of the human mind to find connections between seemingly unrelated things. First, the person or group lists all the alternatives that they can think of without using the tool, Then they select a random word or other random stimulus.
How to Think Creatively - Tony Schwartz by Tony Schwartz | 8:00 AM November 14, 2011 I grew up hungry to do something creative, to set myself apart. I also believed creativity was magical and genetically encoded. As early as the age of 8, I began sampling the arts, one after another, to see if I’d inherited some gift. Eventually, I became a journalist. For many years, I told other people’s stories. Introduction to Robert's Rules of Order What Is Parliamentary Procedure? It is a set of rules for conduct at meetings, that allows everyone to be heard and to make decisions without confusion. Why is Parliamentary Procedure Important? Because it's a time tested method of conducting business at meetings and public gatherings. It can be adapted to fit the needs of any organization. Best Lean Books to Get you Started It can be a bit bewildering trying to work out where to start with lean. One good way to get an understanding of what lean is all about and to get a few ideas that you can apply in your business yourself is by reading about it. However there are now literally hundreds of books on the subject, and not all of them are particularly useful. Based on our experience at TXM, here are some of the best books to get you started on understanding lean and the Toyota Production System (TPS)
"Be a beginner So much of what we want in life relies on our ability to start. If you want to be a writer, you have to start writing. If you want to be a painter, you must start painting. You get the idea. Being is a matter of doing. And yet there’s no time when you’ll look like a bigger fool than at the beginning of something. 12 Innovation games The phrase innovation game refers to a form of primary market research developed by Luke Hohmann where customers play a set of directed games as a means of generating feedback about a product or service. The research is primary because the data collected is gathered directly from customers or prospects and is intended to answer a specific research question. (Secondary research is data collected previously by others, usually through primary research, that may or may not address a specific research question.) “Customers” who play innovation games are commonly direct recipients or consumers of a specific product or service.
7 Strategies for Generating Ideas How do organizations come up with new ideas? And how do they use those ideas to create successful new products, services, businesses, and solutions? To answer these questions, a team of researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York spent time observing radical innovation projects such as IBM’s silicon-germanium devices, GE’s digital X-ray, GM’s hybrid vehicles, and DuPont’s biodegradable plastics. Their key finding?
Four Simple Rules of Parliamentary Procedure Four Simple Rules of Parliamentary Procedure By A. Gregory Wonderwheel, M.A., J.D. Many people are intimidated by the words "parliamentary procedure" and by Robert's Rules of Order, both by the book's imposing number of pages and its complex cross referenced rules. Human beings are very complex too, but that doesn't prevent them from being our friends. Similarly, parliamentary rules should be the member's friend, and all the complexity of the rules should be made friendly by an understanding of their common sense relationships to each other. Searching for Superman – why CI/Lean initiatives often fail (Part 2) « theleansubmariner Failure is not an option… but most of the time it is assured One common set of factors that can affect success or failure for a Continuous Improvement/Lean Initiative is the recruitment, selection process, and use of a CI/Lean leader. Leadership at all levels has an impact on every initiative but this becomes more critical during a cultural change initiative like CI/Lean. Selecting the wrong CI/Lean leader can set the organization up for failure.
inspiration monday i love to letter quotes in my art journal, but this past weekend i was inspired to do something a little different.....instead of writing the quote in my book, i decided to create a little book just for the quote! i started with two 3" x 6" pieces of torn watercolor paper and randomly painted a few splotches on both sides using watercolors. then i folded each piece of paper in half and started lettering and drawing on the pages. once i had everything the way i wanted...... i sewed the pages together using linen thread...... and voila.....a dreamy little book..... "you've got to have a dream, if you want to have a dream come true"
The Matrix Analysis Purpose To generate solutions using the Exploring Innovation Style Duration 15 - 25 minutes Instructions Briefly describe a problem for which you need a creative solution; Select the two key variables that impact this problem; On a piece of paper, make a two-dimensional matrix, and label one axis with the first variable and the other axis with the second variable; Along each axis, write all the possible sub-variables for each variable; Draw lines from each axis so that "squares" are formed, representing the combination of one sub-variable from each axis; Brainstorm ideas for each square combination, for those squares that seem most promising, or for random squares in order to spur out-of-box solutions.
How firms fail to act on a disruption and fall as a result: the case of AT&T in 2005 « Silberzahn & Jones A central tenet of innovation research is that firms often fail to act on a disruption that threatens their business, and falter as a result. A case in point is AT&T, the 120 year-old subsidiary of Bell Telephone Company, child of Alexander Graham Bell, an American icon. In 2005, AT&T was sold to SBC Communications. It was in a way a family story, as SBC Communications started in the mid-eighties as the smallest of the seven “baby bells”, the companies created after the regulator ordered the AT&T break-up. But what a story !