INNOVATION & CREATIVITY BLOG

Innov8rs vs the Organization Thursday December 12, 2019

Innov8rs vs the Organization Thursday December 12, 2019

The Ultimate Creative Thinking Workshop! – February 21, 2020 in Ottawa – Kanata 10:00 am – 1:00 pm In every business, there’s always a dilemma that needs a better solution.  These are the solutions that benefit from creative thinking. The challenge is, for the...

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ALL ABOUT INSPIRATION TORONTO, NOVEMBER 22, 2019

ALL ABOUT INSPIRATION TORONTO, NOVEMBER 22, 2019

Free Webinar  Innovators vs. the Organization: A New Study on Cognitive Differences That Make Innovation Hard Trending Topic Talk and Q&A with Sarah Thurber & Janice Francisco Thursday December 12, 2019  13:00 – 14:00 EST Innovators love wild ideas....

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I work on an Innovation Team

Call it Creative Problem Solving, Integrative Thinking or Epiphanies, it's ALL ABOUT INSPIRATION Host Dave Boyle will lead a panel of experts as they discuss how to get more inspiration to tackle complex challenges. Panel Members: Amanda Small, Director of People...

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My team is facing Change, Uncertainty, and Constraints

You’ve been asked to work on an innovation team with a diverse group of people. They’ve been hand-picked from across the organization and you’ve likely not worked with any of them before. Your work is split off from the core business and it’s not what you’ve been...

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I work on a Distributed, Dispersed or Virtual Team

You’ve been asked to lead change in your organization and you’re concerned about your team. You’re feeling pressured to deliver more value to the organization, and what you’ve done in the past might not serve you as well in the future. You and your team have been...

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I work on a Technology Team

Call it what you want-- distributed, dispersed or virtual--these kinds of teams are made up of individuals who are geographically dispersed, work across time, space, organizational boundaries and rely on communication and technology to get things done. Team members...

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I work on an Engineering or Product Development Team

You’re being asked to create value and deliver innovation. Your team is excited about the possibilities of new technologies, but when you bring a solution to the organization, you get a whole bunch of grief. You’re doing your best to follow sound project management...

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I work on an R&D Team

You’ve been asked to work on an innovation team with a diverse group of people. They’ve been hand-picked from across the organization and you’ve likely not worked with any of them before. Your work is split off from the core business and it’s not what you’ve been...

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I work on a Project Team

Your team has been asked to lead or contribute innovation, and research and develop new products and opportunities critical to the success of the organization. But you’re finding more and more of your success is dependent upon your ability to work across functions....

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I work on an Operations Team

Your project is expected to deliver change to the organization. You’re doing your best to follow sound project management principles but your efforts at working across functions are frustrating. Getting stakeholders involved and interested in doing the work needed to...

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THE ULTIMATE CREATIVE THINKING WORKSHOP!

THE ULTIMATE CREATIVE THINKING WORKSHOP!

The Ultimate Creative Thinking Workshop! – February 20, 2020 in Toronto 9:30 am – 12:30 pm In every business, there’s always a dilemma that needs a better solution.  These are the solutions that benefit from creative thinking. The challenge is, for the most part,...

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How to Facilitate Effective Meetings

How to Facilitate Effective Meetings

The Ultimate Creative Thinking Workshop! – February 21, 2020 in Ottawa – Kanata 10:00 am – 1:00 pm In every business, there’s always a dilemma that needs a better solution.  These are the solutions that benefit from creative thinking. The challenge is, for the...

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What Kind of Organizational Culture Supports Innovation?

What Kind of Organizational Culture Supports Innovation?

Think Outside the Box – January 18, 2020 in Toronto  There’s a little-known secret to thinking outside the box. It’s knowing how, when faced with a challenge, you engage in the universal creative process. Every one of us has unique thinking preferences for moving...

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How to Bring Innovation to a Company

How to Bring Innovation to a Company

Description Get tools and training to lead yourself and others to new ways of thinking Embrace Diversity | Enhance Effectiveness | Maximize Results Feeling boxed in by your thinking and looking for a way out? Curious about what doesn't feel right? What bugs you that...

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Answering the Challenge of How to Measure Innovation

Answering the Challenge of How to Measure Innovation

Call it what you want-- distributed, dispersed or virtual--these kinds of teams are made up of individuals who are geographically dispersed, work across time, space, organizational boundaries and rely on communication and technology to get things done. Team members...

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Innovators: Here’s What We Know About You (So Far)

Innovators: Here’s What We Know About You (So Far)

The Ultimate Creative Thinking Workshop! – February 21, 2020 in Ottawa – Kanata 10:00 am – 1:00 pm In every business, there’s always a dilemma that needs a better solution.  These are the solutions that benefit from creative thinking. The challenge is, for the...

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How to Be an Innovator: Four Actions You Can Take Now

How to Be an Innovator: Four Actions You Can Take Now

In this blog post we examine various aspects of how to facilitate effective meetings. It’s a topic clients ask us about a lot.  But why? Why Worry about Effective Meetings? Given trends around the future of work and an increasing need for innovation in...

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How to Facilitate a Meeting

How to Facilitate a Meeting

A common misconception about innovation is that it’s all about technology; it’s not.  So, if your job doesn’t have you occupied with developing or implementing the latest and greatest in bleeding edge technology, or if you’re in a job that’s operational in...

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How to Be Innovative at Work

How to Be Innovative at Work

In the spirit of Hallowe’en, we’re poking fun at scary meetings. As an extra treat, we’re sharing some tricks of the trade on how to facilitate a meeting that drives greater value from the time you ask people to spend in meetings.  Here’s to hoping that the...

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Why Is Innovation Important for Society?

Why Is Innovation Important for Society?

A common misconception about innovation is that it’s all about technology; it’s not.  So, if your job doesn’t have you occupied with developing or implementing the latest and greatest in bleeding edge technology, or if you’re in a job that’s operational in...

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How to Develop Innovation Skills

How to Develop Innovation Skills

In the spirit of Hallowe’en, we’re poking fun at scary meetings. As an extra treat, we’re sharing some tricks of the trade on how to facilitate a meeting that drives greater value from the time you ask people to spend in meetings.  Here’s to hoping that the...

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How to Develop a Culture of Innovation

How to Develop a Culture of Innovation

By Janice Francisco, CEO, Principal Innovation Consultant, Facilitator and Coach, BridgePoint Effect, and Chair and Advisor to the Conference Board of Canada’s Council on Commercialization and Innovation At the end of August, I was invited to Ottawa, Canada to help...

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How to Develop Innovative Ideas

How to Develop Innovative Ideas

By Janice Francisco, CEO, Principal Innovation Consultant, Facilitator and Coach, BridgePoint Effect Given that innovation is a leading indicator of an organization’s ability to sustain success, it’s understandable why so many organizations are focused on how to...

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How to Develop an Innovation Strategy

How to Develop an Innovation Strategy

By Janice Francisco, CEO, Principal Innovation Consultant, Facilitator and Coach, BridgePoint Effect, and Chair and Advisor to the Conference Board of Canada’s Council on Commercialization and Innovation At the end of August, I was invited to Ottawa, Canada to help...

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What Is the Global Innovation Index?

What Is the Global Innovation Index?

By Janice Francisco, CEO, Principal Innovation Consultant, Facilitator and Coach, BridgePoint Effect Given that innovation is a leading indicator of an organization’s ability to sustain success, it’s understandable why so many organizations are focused on how to...

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Why Innovation Is Necessary

Why Innovation Is Necessary

This week, on July 10, the 2018 Global Innovation Index was released. You may ask, “What is the Global Innovation Index?” The Global Innovation Index (GII) report is a leading indicator of a country’s ability to innovate, and is based on the premise that innovation is...

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How to Facilitate a Community Meeting

How to Facilitate a Community Meeting

The Conference Board of Canada defines innovation as a process through which economic or social value is extracted from knowledge—by creating, diffusing, and transforming ideas—to produce new or improved products, services and processes. In short, a key reason as to...

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How to Think Creatively and Innovatively

How to Think Creatively and Innovatively

This week, on July 10, the 2018 Global Innovation Index was released. You may ask, “What is the Global Innovation Index?” The Global Innovation Index (GII) report is a leading indicator of a country’s ability to innovate, and is based on the premise that innovation is...

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How to Be a Good Meeting Facilitator

How to Be a Good Meeting Facilitator

The Conference Board of Canada defines innovation as a process through which economic or social value is extracted from knowledge—by creating, diffusing, and transforming ideas—to produce new or improved products, services and processes. In short, a key reason as to...

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How to Create Innovative Ideas

How to Create Innovative Ideas

When we think about how to be a good meeting facilitator, we often focus on the time that we are in the meeting itself. However, the job of a good meeting facilitator starts well before meeting time and lasts long after it ends. Good meeting facilitators endeavour to...

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How to Develop Creativity and Innovation: Dedicate One Day

How to Develop Creativity and Innovation: Dedicate One Day

Have you noticed – there’s a lot of interest in having “innovative Ideas” in our workplaces. Many people wonder about how to create innovative ideas, or worry if their ideas are “innovative enough.” What many don’t realize is that creativity is very important to the...

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How to Generate Innovative Ideas

How to Generate Innovative Ideas

When we think about how to be a good meeting facilitator, we often focus on the time that we are in the meeting itself. However, the job of a good meeting facilitator starts well before meeting time and lasts long after it ends. Good meeting facilitators endeavour to...

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Acknowledging Inconvenient Truths

Acknowledging Inconvenient Truths

Have you noticed – there’s a lot of interest in having “innovative Ideas” in our workplaces. Many people wonder about how to create innovative ideas, or worry if their ideas are “innovative enough.” What many don’t realize is that creativity is very important to the...

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How to Become an Innovative Company

How to Become an Innovative Company

Guest post by Dr. Brett Richards, Founder and President of Connective Intelligence, and author of Grow Through Disruption: Breakthrough Mindsets to Innovate, Change and Win with the O.G.I. The goal of organizations and the goals of innovation are most often the...

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How Does Innovation Increase Productivity?

How Does Innovation Increase Productivity?

How to become an innovative company is all about powering people to innovate. By situating your organization on the innovation map, equipping your team with the creativity and innovation skills they need, and giving them real-world practice on solving a problem for...

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How to Encourage Innovation in a Team

How to Encourage Innovation in a Team

Guest post by Dr. Brett Richards, Founder and President of Connective Intelligence, and author of Grow Through Disruption: Breakthrough Mindsets to Innovate, Change and Win with the O.G.I. The goal of organizations and the goals of innovation are most often the...

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Taking the Risk on Innovation: The Video

Taking the Risk on Innovation: The Video

Imagine a senior leadership team telling their entire department to “go take a risk.” Ginny Santos and I recently completed a four-month engagement with a client who told their department exactly that. Last summer, we got the call. Our client was looking for a way to...

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Reading for Creativity

Reading for Creativity

Have you noticed – there’s a lot of interest in having “innovative Ideas” in our workplaces. Many people wonder about how to create innovative ideas, or worry if their ideas are “innovative enough.” What many don’t realize is that creativity is very important to the...

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The Innovation Skills You and Your Team Need

The Innovation Skills You and Your Team Need

This week, on July 10, the 2018 Global Innovation Index was released. You may ask, “What is the Global Innovation Index?” The Global Innovation Index (GII) report is a leading indicator of a country’s ability to innovate, and is based on the premise that innovation is...

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The Trouble with Canada’s Innovation Policy

The Trouble with Canada’s Innovation Policy

Innovation Skills for Your Team When I was completing my Masters of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership, we had to take a course in Scientific Measures. This course was designed to help us assess the reliability and validity of scientific research; we were,...

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An Innovation Christmas Carol

An Innovation Christmas Carol

Imagine a senior leadership team telling their entire department to “go take a risk.” Ginny Santos and I recently completed a four-month engagement with a client who told their department exactly that. Last summer, we got the call. Our client was looking for a way to...

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Three Ways Your Organization Can Do Innovation Better

Three Ways Your Organization Can Do Innovation Better

Canada is innovation challenged. According to the 2015 Conference Board Report How Canada Performs, Canada gets a “C” grade and ranks ninth out of sixteen peer countries on innovation performance. I currently have the honour of chairing the Conference Board of...

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Intrapreneurship and Why it’s Essential for Innovation

Intrapreneurship and Why it’s Essential for Innovation

Imagine a senior leadership team telling their entire department to “go take a risk.” Ginny Santos and I recently completed a four-month engagement with a client who told their department exactly that. Last summer, we got the call. Our client was looking for a way to...

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How to Wire Your Organization’s DNA for Innovation

How to Wire Your Organization’s DNA for Innovation

“[FourSight is] a great tool for driving change where you need people to collaborate and get comfortable with the change—they become part of the solution.” BridgePoint Effect has been working with a national Information Technology organization since 2015. Last week...

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Playing with Fire: Innovation is Risky Business

Playing with Fire: Innovation is Risky Business

Do you find collaboration when innovating a bit scary? Are you haunted by consensus decision-making? Let me bring you some hope. As I’ve often said, innovation is a team sport. And like any sport, there are rules to follow and everyone has a role to play. Otherwise,...

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You don’t need to feel alone or stuck anymore

It’s time to stop feeling stuck and instead achieve amazing results as a team.