Upcoming Six Thinking Hats training

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A quick public service announcement: the next public Six Thinking Hats training session is scheduled for the week of September 24th, 2012.

This is part of de Bono Consulting’s “Innovation Week” program, with a variety of Edward de Bono’s courses on offer:

  • Six Thinking Hats – Tuesday, Sept. 25
  • Lateral Thinking – Wednesday, Sept. 26
  • Course in Creativity – Sept. 25-26 (a combined Six Hats + Lateral Thinking program)
  • Focus on Facilitation – Sept. 25-28
  • Trainer certification  – Sept. 25-28 (in Six Hats, Lateral, or any ...
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Practical Ways to Become More Creative

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In the latest issue of Pacific Standard, Paul Silvia reviews Roberta Ness’ new book, Innovation Generation: How to Produce Creative and Useful Scientific Ideas.

Full disclosure: I haven’t yet read the book, so my impressions are based entirely on Silvia’s review. It sounds like a useful (albeit imperfect) contribution the literature, and I look forward to getting hold of a copy.

Many innovation books fall into what I affectionately think of as the Platitude Pitfall: exhorting the reader to be ...

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2012 Global Innovation Index

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The 2012 Global Innovation Index is here! This report, developed jointly by the INSEAD business school and WIPO (a division of the United Nations), creates a league table of innovation and ranks every country in the world.

Before we look at the results, an obligatory word about the methodology. As with any ranking system, one can always take issue with the methodology and the relative weights of different variables. That doubtless holds true here, as well. In this case, the rankings ...

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Forbes has a nice interview with Tina Seelig, author of the new book inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity. I haven’t read the book (though it’s on my list), but the interview is worth a read.

Particularly intriguing is the fact that Seelig is a neuroscientist, so she approaches creativity from a very different perspective than most writers and thinkers. In the interview, Seelig states that creativity is both a natural characteristic and a learned skill, rather like musical ...

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Innovation @ Google

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Is Google still as innovative as it once was? Lately, this question has occupied the attention of the press and blogosphere.

The CSM lauds Google as an innovative company. The main thrust of the article is the race for innovation at the international level – how innovation varies in China vs. Europe vs. America. But the author implicitly endorses Google as being at the forefront of innovation.

James Whittaker, a former Google employee, thinks otherwise. He explains his decision to ...

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How to Be Creative

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Jonah Lehrer’s article, How to Be Creative, is spot-on. Whilst the media likes to lionize so-called “creative types,” the fact remains that creativity does not reside our genes. Rather, as Lehrer correctly observes, it is a skill that can be learned and developed like any other.

Regular readers of this blog will know that Lateral Thinking, invented by Dr. Edward de Bono, provides a set of techniques for spurring innovation. Moreover, anybody can learn these techniques with great success.

In this ...

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Innovation Week is Just Around the Corner!

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Join us at de Bono Consulting for our upcoming Innovation Week, March 20-23 in Des Moines, Iowa!

We’re holding end-user courses and trainer certifications in Edward de Bono’s powerful creativity systems, Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking.

Can’t make this session? Not a problem. We run Innovation Week periodically through the year – see our training calendar for full details.

  • May 8-11 in New York
  • June 12-15 in Des Moines
  • September 25-28 in Des Moines
  • November 13-16 in New York
  • December 4-7 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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How to Create a Culture of Innovation

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Today, few people would describe AT&T as a particularly innovative (or for that matter, particularly admired) company. But once upon a time, Bell Labs was a bastion of innovation.

In fact, Jon Gertner describes Bell Labs in its heyday as “the most innovative scientific organization in the world.” He points to a number of conscious decisions that fostered an innovative, collaborative environment:

1) Physical co-location – AT&T intentionally put various unrelated teams in the same place, which encouraged cross-disciplinary conversations. This interaction ...

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Innovation Week in New York City: Feb. 7-10

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It’s not too late to register for the upcoming Innovation Week in New York, Feb. 7-10!

We’re offering a variety of innovation programs, including Six Thinking Hats on Feb. 7, Lateral Thinking on Feb. 8, and the full Course in Creativity on Feb. 7-8, which covers both Six Hats and Lateral Thinking. This programs will give you a solid grasp of in Dr. de Bono’s tools, and you’ll receive plenty of practice with their application. You’ll leave ready to apply Six ...

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