INNOVATION & CREATIVITY BLOG

INTRODUCING FOURSIGHT ONLINE: WEBINAR, SEPTEMBER 24, 2019

INTRODUCING FOURSIGHT ONLINE: WEBINAR, SEPTEMBER 24, 2019

Have you completed a FourSight Thinking Profile Assessment? Have you been trained in how to use the FourSight Thinking System™ or thinking about learning how to use it? This FREE webinar introduces the FourSight Online Application where we will show you how to: Access...

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I work on an Innovation 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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My team is facing Change, Uncertainty, and Constraints

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 Distributed, Dispersed or Virtual 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 a Technology 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 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

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

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THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX WORKSHOP: TORONTO, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX WORKSHOP: TORONTO, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019

Globally, creativity has been identified as a key leadership competency, and many organizations have identified innovation as a priority. Creativity and innovation are strongly linked because without creative thinking skills, you can’t drive the novelty necessary for...

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INNOV8RS VANCOUVER: OCTOBER 3 & 4, 2019

INNOV8RS VANCOUVER: OCTOBER 3 & 4, 2019

There is 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 through that process. These preferences act as an energy...

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How to Facilitate Effective Meetings

How to Facilitate Effective Meetings

Your team does pretty well the same things every day, but you’re being asked to think creatively, be more innovative, and find new and better ways of doing your work.  Cost savings and avoidance, continuous improvement to drive efficiency, effectiveness and...

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What Kind of Organizational Culture Supports Innovation?

What Kind of Organizational Culture Supports Innovation?

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 Bring Innovation to a Company

How to Bring Innovation to a Company

The kind of organizational culture that supports innovation is a “culture of innovation.” What are the defining features of a culture of innovation? At BridgePoint Effect we define it as: An environment that has the agility to respond to change and provides the...

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Answering the Challenge of How to Measure Innovation

Answering the Challenge of How to Measure Innovation

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

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

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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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 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 Be Innovative at Work

How to Be Innovative at Work

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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Why Is Innovation Important for Society?

Why Is Innovation Important for Society?

There is 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 through that process. These preferences act as an energy...

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How to Develop Innovation Skills

How to Develop Innovation Skills

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 Develop a Culture of Innovation

How to Develop a Culture of Innovation

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 nature, you...

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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 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

As we’ve had a number of inquiries about our Taking the Risk Out of Innovation course, we made a short video that shows the course content and experience, and we filmed the video from a participant’s point of view. Taking the Risk on Innovation is a highly interactive...

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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

As we’ve had a number of inquiries about our Taking the Risk Out of Innovation course, we made a short video that shows the course content and experience, and we filmed the video from a participant’s point of view. Taking the Risk on Innovation is a highly interactive...

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An Innovation Christmas Carol

An Innovation Christmas Carol

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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Three Ways Your Organization Can Do Innovation Better

Three Ways Your Organization Can Do Innovation Better

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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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

“[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

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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Why reflecting on progress is key to a culture of innovation

Why reflecting on progress is key to a culture of innovation

"Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of the things that May be only?"             - Scrooge to the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens) We had a lot of fun creating this year's Christmas card. We hope...

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