Ideation Techniques: We Like Them. We Just Don’t Know Them.

Ideation Techniques: We Like Them. We Just Don’t Know Them. Group brainstorming, as we know it today, has been around since the 1930s. For the most part, it hasn’t changed all that much in the past seventy-plus years, except in one respect: the development of new ideation techniques. Ideation techniques are, quite simply, novel thought-provoking exercises designed to help groups tackle challenges in ways they might not otherwise consider. Some make it easier for groups to view issues from fresh perspectives; others provide engaging processes to help stimulate imagination, overcome shyness, facilitate collaboration, and much more. In short, ideation techniques make it possible for groups to generate a greater breadth and depth of ideas (i.e., more, better ideas).…

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Creativity and the Future of Business: Why It’s No Surprise CEOs Rank Creativity as the #1 Leadership Quality

Creativity and the Future of Business:  Why It’s No Surprise CEOs Rank Creativity as the #1 Leadership Quality In a recent, much-referenced study conducted by IBM Global Business Services, a group of over 1,500 CEOs in 60 nations and 33 industries agreed that “creativity” is now the most important leadership quality for success in business. Not "global focus," not "integrity," not even much heralded "sustainability." But "creativity." Steven Tomasco, of IBM Global Business Services, found the result surprising, considering that we have just come out of (hopefully) an historic economic downturn the likes of which most of these CEOs have never experienced in their professional lives.…

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The BP Oil Spill: Could someone get NASA on the phone?

The BP Oil Spill: Could someone get NASA on the phone? June 16, 2010 On the evening of April 20, 2010, methane gas shot out of the drill column on one of BP’s offshore oil platforms, Deepwater Horizon. The gas quickly ignited into an explosive fireball. Thirty-six hours later the flaming platform sank a mile deep below the surface of the Gulf. The fiery demise of Deepwater Horizon was only the opening chapter of an ongoing disaster that continues to release an estimated 20,000–40,000 barrels of crude oil into the Gulf each day, resulting in a deadly oil slick that covers over 2500 miles of surface area… and is still spreading.…

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Ways to plug oil spill

Originally appeared on South Florida's SunSentinel.com - June 05, 2010 Ways to plug oil spill In many ways I was thrilled and encouraged by Bob LaMendola's story in the May 28 Sun Sentinel, "Inventors brainstorm ways to plug oil spill." As a native New Orleanian, and now a part-time resident of South Florida, it is gratifying to read about so many smart, engaged and concerned South Floridians employing their creativity in an effort to help reduce the impact of this terrible disaster that threatens to alter our lives for decades to come. That said, it is troubling to learn, not only here, but in virtually every report on BP's and the government's response to the spill, how slow, pondering and uncreative their efforts have been, especially in today's innovation-driven society.…

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