The State of Create

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Adobe and consultancy StrategyOne have released an international creativity study, the State of Create Global Benchmark. Before we get to their conclusions, I have two quick caveats. One, yes, I’m late to party on this one. Mea culpa. Two, I have some concerns about their methodology. Specifically, the report offers little information about their methodology, and the some of the phrasing slants in one direction. Together, these two facts make me question the report’s objectivity. Regardless, I ...

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More on Six Thinking Hats: The (Non)-Musical

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Quick follow-up to my previous posts (here and here) on Asher Treleaven’s Six Thinking Hats stand-up comedy routine.

First, the Guardian reviews Edinburgh fringe. Of Treleaven’s show, they say, “Not many comics could get away with introducing their show as ‘like a comedy TED talk’, but Treleaven always walks a fine line between the intellectual and the physical – he sums up his show as ‘Daddy issues, juggling and ball cancer’. It’s a slick ...

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The Blind ‘I’ of DMAIC

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Shameless plug: there’s still time to register for our free, one-hour webinar, The Blind ‘I’ of DMAIC. This webinar explores the connection between innovation and process improvement. Our Master Trainer has decades of experience applying Edward de Bono’s thinking tools, Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking, to Lean Sigma programs at blue chip companies.

In his experience, most process improvement initiatives are extremely good at DMAC – in other words, at defining the situation, measuring variables, analyzing the data, and controlling ...

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Disney’s Top 10 Innovations

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Staten Island Live has a feature on Disney’s all-time greatest innovations. And no, I don’t see the connection between Staten Island and Walt Disney, but let’s just glide right past that question.

Anyway, it’s an interesting article. Several of these innovations have become so commonplace that I had no idea that Disney had invented them. Nor, for that matter, did I even consider them particularly innovative. But then, what’s that old chestnut? “Every great idea is obvious in ...

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How Edward de Bono Saved Olympic Swimming

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Again, I hyperbolize.  But Scientific American has a lengthy article about innovation in swimsuit technology. Following the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, officials banned a performance-enhancing swimsuit that was either credited or blamed (depending on one’s perspective) for breaking record after record.

In response, swimsuit maker Speedo had to rethink swimming technology. Amongst the techniques they employed? Six Thinking Hats

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How Edward de Bono Saved the Olympic Games

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Okay, okay, I confess: “saved the Olympics” is a bit melodramatic. But according to the Malta Independent, “Peter Ueberroth, who was in charge of the [1984 Los Angeles Olympic] Games, developed a new way of thinking about financing them and for the first time in history, the Games were profitable. Asked how he came up with these ideas, he attributed the results to Edward de Bono’s philosophy of lateral thinking.”

Is there any truth to this story? I have no idea. ...

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H+

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The Times of India has an article about Dr. de Bono’s book H+, a meditation on happiness, help, health, hope, and humor. Nominally a quasi-religious treatise, it sounds like the sort of easily digestible pop psychology that Alain de Botton has popularized.

But who knows? Dr. de Bono is certainly one of the world’s leading thinkers, and scholars have grappled for millenia with commingled questions of religion and philosophy. Perhaps someday the name “Edward of ...

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Obstacles to Innovation

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This article about obstacles to innovation recently caught my attention. I know nothing about the author or publication, but this particular essay is largely consistent with my understanding the brain’s approach to innovation.

For instance, Coker writes that “the first step in innovation is being able to make connections between unrelated things.” Edward de Bono would wholeheartedly agree with this statement; in fact, one of his Lateral Thinking techniques, Random Word, is expressly designed to accomplish this. This technique forces a ...

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