INNOVATION & CREATIVITY BLOG

Innov8rs vs the Organization Thursday December 12, 2019

Innov8rs vs the Organization Thursday December 12, 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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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...

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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...

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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...

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I work on an R&D Team

You’re finding that more and more of your success is dependent on your ability to workacross functions. And it’s painful. Everyone looks at the problem you’retackling from a different perspective and few people see the value of lookingbeyond next quarter’s results. ...

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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

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...

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How to Facilitate Effective Meetings

How to Facilitate Effective Meetings

This creative thinking workshop will help you harness your creativity to find innovative solutions to business challenges. Every business focuses on solving problems for clients, but we also need new solutions within our own businesses. What would you like to see...

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What Kind of Organizational Culture Supports Innovation?

What Kind of Organizational Culture Supports Innovation?

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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How to Bring Innovation to a Company

How to Bring Innovation to a Company

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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Answering the Challenge of How to Measure Innovation

Answering the Challenge of How to Measure Innovation

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

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

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 Be an Innovator: Four Actions You Can Take Now

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

You’re finding that more and more of your success is dependent on your ability to workacross functions. And it’s painful. Everyone looks at the problem you’retackling from a different perspective and few people see the value of lookingbeyond next quarter’s results. ...

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How to Facilitate a Meeting

How to Facilitate a Meeting

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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How to Be Innovative at Work

How to Be Innovative at Work

The question of how to bring innovation to a company is certainly something I spend a lot of time exploring through research and with clients. With our partner FourSight, we sponsored the Innov8rs Conference for intrapreneurs, conducted global research to answer the...

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Why Is Innovation Important for Society?

Why Is Innovation Important for Society?

As an adult educator and organizational development/change consultant with a Master’s of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership, I’m fascinated by how people in organizations learn to be more innovative. Indeed, much of my work over the past twenty years has...

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How to Develop Innovation Skills

How to Develop Innovation Skills

This Thanksgiving, I'm travelling to work on an innovation project with the Israeli government. (For readers outside of Canada, Thanksgiving Day is the first Monday of October.) As I'm landing in Tel Aviv, the Thanksgiving turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie...

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How to Develop a Culture of Innovation

How to Develop a Culture of Innovation

As an adult educator and organizational development/change consultant with a Master’s of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership, I’m fascinated by how people in organizations learn to be more innovative. Indeed, much of my work over the past twenty years has...

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How to Develop Innovative Ideas

How to Develop Innovative Ideas

This Thanksgiving, I'm travelling to work on an innovation project with the Israeli government. (For readers outside of Canada, Thanksgiving Day is the first Monday of October.) As I'm landing in Tel Aviv, the Thanksgiving turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie...

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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 Funny thing about ideas: within organizations, there seems to be a large interest in asking for ideas and little thought put into how to develop innovative ideas. This...

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What Is the Global Innovation Index?

What Is the Global Innovation Index?

If your organization is struggling with how to develop an innovation strategy, know that you aren’t alone. Leaders in most organizations typically agree that innovation is a good idea, so they set innovation as a key organizational strategy and then neglect to define...

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Why Innovation Is Necessary

Why Innovation Is Necessary

By Janice Francisco, CEO, Principal Innovation Consultant, Facilitator and Coach, BridgePoint Effect Funny thing about ideas: within organizations, there seems to be a large interest in asking for ideas and little thought put into how to develop innovative ideas. This...

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How to Facilitate a Community Meeting

How to Facilitate a Community Meeting

If your organization is struggling with how to develop an innovation strategy, know that you aren’t alone. Leaders in most organizations typically agree that innovation is a good idea, so they set innovation as a key organizational strategy and then neglect to define...

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How to Think Creatively and Innovatively

How to Think Creatively and Innovatively

Community meetings are often held to engage community members, hear more voices and get more viewpoints. The question is, how to facilitate a community meeting so that these goals are achieved? What Is a Community? Before we answer that question, let’s step back and...

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How to Be a Good Meeting Facilitator

How to Be a Good Meeting Facilitator

Guest post by the Innov8rs Team. How to Think Creatively and Innovatively was originally published as The Innovative Team: Recognizing and Developing Your Innovators on the Innov8rs blog. Creativity is in high demand. According to studies done by Adobe and IBM, 94% of...

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How to Create Innovative Ideas

How to Create Innovative Ideas

Community meetings are often held to engage community members, hear more voices and get more viewpoints. The question is, how to facilitate a community meeting so that these goals are achieved? What Is a Community? Before we answer that question, let’s step back and...

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How to Develop Creativity and Innovation: Dedicate One Day

How to Develop Creativity and Innovation: Dedicate One Day

Guest post by the Innov8rs Team. How to Think Creatively and Innovatively was originally published as The Innovative Team: Recognizing and Developing Your Innovators on the Innov8rs blog. Creativity is in high demand. According to studies done by Adobe and IBM, 94% of...

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How to Generate Innovative Ideas

How to Generate Innovative Ideas

World Creativity and Innovation Week (WCIW) April 15 – 21 and World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 (WCID) advocates solving problems in new ways an annual event. The overall purpose is to free up, encourage and remind people to use their creativity...

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Acknowledging Inconvenient Truths

Acknowledging Inconvenient Truths

How to Generate Innovative Ideas: Guest post by Helen Cahen When I work with a team on the question of how to generate innovative ideas, I often ask team members, “Are you creative?” Depending upon the group, I usually get between one and four hands raised. I once...

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How to Become an Innovative Company

How to Become an Innovative Company

World Creativity and Innovation Week (WCIW) April 15 – 21 and World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 (WCID) advocates solving problems in new ways an annual event. The overall purpose is to free up, encourage and remind people to use their creativity...

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How Does Innovation Increase Productivity?

How Does Innovation Increase Productivity?

How to Generate Innovative Ideas: Guest post by Helen Cahen When I work with a team on the question of how to generate innovative ideas, I often ask team members, “Are you creative?” Depending upon the group, I usually get between one and four hands raised. I once...

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How to Encourage Innovation in a Team

How to Encourage Innovation in a Team

This past week in New York City, my colleague Helene Cahen and I had the honour of attending a joint meeting of the Conference Board of US Innovation Leadership Council and the Conference Board of Canada Council of Innovation and Commercialization, of which I am the...

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Taking the Risk on Innovation: The Video

Taking the Risk on Innovation: The Video

This past week in New York City, my colleague Helene Cahen and I had the honour of attending a joint meeting of the Conference Board of US Innovation Leadership Council and the Conference Board of Canada Council of Innovation and Commercialization, of which I am the...

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Reading for Creativity

Reading for Creativity

How to Encourage Innovation in a Team, by Janice Francisco I’ve been working with a team over the past eighteen months that had volunteered to address challenges management in the client organization saw on the horizon. These challenges had resulted from recent and...

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The Innovation Skills You and Your Team Need

The Innovation Skills You and Your Team Need

78% of college-educated workers over 25 wish they had more creative ability. 94% of hiring managers consider creativity when hiring job candidates. Creative applicants are preferred, 5-to-1. CEOs identify creativity as the #1 leadership quality needed for...

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The Trouble with Canada’s Innovation Policy

The Trouble with Canada’s Innovation Policy

How to Generate Innovative Ideas: Guest post by Helen Cahen When I work with a team on the question of how to generate innovative ideas, I often ask team members, “Are you creative?” Depending upon the group, I usually get between one and four hands raised. I once...

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An Innovation Christmas Carol

An Innovation Christmas Carol

Community meetings are often held to engage community members, hear more voices and get more viewpoints. The question is, how to facilitate a community meeting so that these goals are achieved? What Is a Community? Before we answer that question, let’s step back and...

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Three Ways Your Organization Can Do Innovation Better

Three Ways Your Organization Can Do Innovation Better

78% of college-educated workers over 25 wish they had more creative ability. 94% of hiring managers consider creativity when hiring job candidates. Creative applicants are preferred, 5-to-1. CEOs identify creativity as the #1 leadership quality needed for...

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Intrapreneurship and Why it’s Essential for Innovation

Intrapreneurship and Why it’s Essential for Innovation

As I mentioned in my last blog post, earlier in November I spent three days at the Intrapreneurship Conference in Toronto. The line-up of speakers on Day One included CEOs Larry Keeley of Doblin Group (Deloitte), Idris Mootee of Idea Couture, my colleague Ken Tencer...

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How to Wire Your Organization’s DNA for Innovation

How to Wire Your Organization’s DNA for Innovation

78% of college-educated workers over 25 wish they had more creative ability. 94% of hiring managers consider creativity when hiring job candidates. Creative applicants are preferred, 5-to-1. CEOs identify creativity as the #1 leadership quality needed for...

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Is Collaboration Dressed Up as Consensus in Your Organization?

Is Collaboration Dressed Up as Consensus in Your Organization?

You may or may not be familiar with the term “intrapreneurship.” If you are, congratulations! If you aren’t—and especially if you work in an organization that isn’t a start-up—then it’s time to get up to speed or risk being left behind. Last week I spent three days at...

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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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