7 Secrets for Supercharging Your Brainstorms

7 Secrets for Supercharging Your Brainstorms 1.Preplan your sessions to boost yield of ideas 2.Get your group off to a fast start 3.Proactively manage and balance personalities 4.Engage the silent thinkers 5.Keep the energy high and ideas flowing 6.Use proven idea-generation techniques (like Idea Sprinting) 7.Never select ideas without pre-determined criteria To learn more about how to supercharge your brainstorms, REGISTER HERE to receive a free copy of the SmartStorming 7-Step Pre-Session Planner, including instructions for the powerful Idea Sprinting ideation technique. © 2010 SmartStorming LLC – All rights reserved…

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The Inner Game of Creativity: Embracing Your Creative Genius

The Inner Game of Creativity: Embracing Your Creative GeniusRecently, the founder and CEO of a highly innovative marketing company confided in us that he wished, “…somebody would invent a new word to replace ‘creativity.’” He went on to share numerous stories about how misunderstood, intimidating and at times, paralyzing the “C-word” had become in his organization. And apparently he and his staff are not alone. The same phenomenon seems to be occurring in organizations everywhere.What our CEO was verbalizing is an emerging zeitgeist in business today, a condition we call, CTPA (Creative Thinking Performance Anxiety). CTPA is a particularly nasty variety of unexpressed stress and dis-ease experienced by individuals and teams when they are put on the spot to think “outside-the-box” and deliver fresh, new ideas.And these days, who isn’t being pressed hard to think more creatively?Over the last decade, creativity (the driving force behind innovation) has emerged as the single most important competitive edge for success—a fact recently reconfirmed by IBM’s much-publicized 2010 CEO Study.…

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7 Secrets for Supercharging Your Brainstorms – Webinar – Sept 14, 2010

7 Secrets for Supercharging Your Brainstorms - Webinar - Sept 14, 2010 Register today! SPECIAL: Get $100 OFF the regular webinar price! Simply join our free Innovation Inner Circle (signup in right-hand column) and receive a special discount code! Discover why most brainstorms fail to produce fresh ideas, and how
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"7 Secrets for Supercharging Your Brainstorms" SmartStorming Webinar Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
Do your brainstorm sessions deliver the results you really want? Group brainstorming is the most widely used process for generating new ideas. But really, how effective is the typical brainstorm session in practice?…

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Innovation Spotlight – Voicefield: What if Twitter Could Talk???

Innovation Spotlight - Voicefield: What if Twitter Could Talk??? Social networking is all about building and strengthening relationships by establishing online communities of individuals with shared interests. According to Wikipedia, social networking sites “allow users to share ideas, activities, events, and interests within their individual networks.” Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, MySpace and a few other well-known social networking icons come to mind. Now think back for a moment to a time, not so long ago, when your primary means of building and strengthening your relationships wasn’t text-based (or in the case of YouTube, video). When you preferred getting together with your “network” (a.k.a.…

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What’s So Hard About “Thinking Outside the Box?”

What's So Hard About "Thinking Outside the Box?"In today’s warp-speed, innovation-driven economy, it is a little surprising how often one still hears that well-worn cliché, “We have to think outside the box!”Or, perhaps not. With so much pressure on organizations to create ever better, faster, more efficient, more cost effective products and services, maybe that elusive area beyond the box is just that much more elusive.Whatever the case, these words, or variations with similar meaning, still echo the hallways in organizations of every size, in every area of industry, education and government, and at every level of responsibility.If you asked what makes it so difficult for these organizations to “think outside the box,” chances are you would get an earful about how impossibly challenging it is for people to simply sit down together and effective develop fresh, new ideas.The typical list of roadblocks range from “We just keep recycling the same old ideas,” “We’ve tried everything before” and “We don’t have the __________ we need to succeed” to “It’s impossible to make bold changes here” and “The boss/our customer will never go for it!” As one listens to the litany of obstacles, one can’t help but imagine that significantly more creative effort is being exerted in reinforcing limitations than in actually seeking innovative solutions.So what really is the big problem?…

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