Innovation Essentials Video Part 2: A Workable Definition of Innovation

Innovation Essentials Video Part 2: A Workable Definition of Innovation We all talk about innovation. We all want to do it. But do we really understand it? Before we can apply the innovation process and master the art of problem solving, we first have to understand just what is innovation. In fact, there really is no common, universally accepted definition of innovation. It's highly probable that everyone watching this video has his or her own... or even more likely, none at all. In this video SmartStorming partner and co-founder, Mitchell Rigie, reveals a simple, workable definition of innovation. One that is broad enough to apply to virtually every circumstance, while at the same time providing a "benchmark" by which to measure your innovation and creative problem solving efforts.…

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Innovation Essentials Video Part 1: Innovate or Perish

Innovation Essentials Video Part 1: Innovate or Perish It's been said that the New Darwinism in business is "Innovate or perish.” Simply meaning that if you don't have the willingness and ability to continuously generate innovative business ideas, to rethink and reinvent what you offer to the world, you run the very real risk of drifting into irrelevance. And today, irrelevance is pretty much the same thing as extinction. Like it or not, these days we all have to be effective innovators. In this video, SmartStorming partner and co-founder Keith Harmeyer discusses the vital importance of innovation to organizations, teams and individuals.…

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And May the Best Idea Win: 5 Proven Tips for Evaluating and Selecting Your Best Ideas

And May the Best Idea Win: 5 Proven Tips for Evaluating and Selecting Your Best Ideas (This article is excerpted from our book, SmartStorming: The Game-Changing Process for Generating Bigger, Better Ideas.) Every successful endeavor starts as an idea. So in today's unpredictable, often-chaotic, innovation-driven marketplace, where consumers expect something new (and better) every day, the ability to generate a continuous supply of ideas is critical. Whether you develop products, deliver services or streamline processes, these days if you're not continually rethinking and redoing, you risk slipping into irrelevance.
 
But if generating ideas is sometimes a challenging undertaking, evaluating and selecting the best ones to implement can be even more so.…

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The 3 Keys to Brainstorming Success (or Failure)

The 3 Keys to Brainstorming Success (or Failure) Over the years there’s been a growing debate between those who assert that brainstorming as a process is ineffective (and provide research to support their perspective), and a second group that champion seemingly conflicting studies that suggest brainstorming, when executed properly and employing certain best practices, works very well. So does brainstorming work, or not? Is it an effective process, or an empty promise? When you gather together a group of people to generate and develop ideas, are you just wasting everyone's time and efforts? And if brainstorming does, or at least can work, what does it take to increase your odds of success?…

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