How to Create a Culture of Innovation

Posted by: posted on March 8, 2012

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

Posted by: posted on January 24, 2012

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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The Bias Against Creativity

Posted by: posted on November 4, 2011

Corporate creativity is a hot topic, and innovation determines whether a company lives or dies. So why do people reject creative ideas?

Jennifer Mueller, Shimul Melwani, and Jack Goncalo have a theory. In their new paper, The Bias Against Creativity: Why People Desire But Reject Creative Ideas, they explore the idea of covert biases, and they find that uncertainty produces a subconscious hostility towards creativity.

To quote the authors, “Because there is such a strong social norm to endorse creativity and ...

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Edward de Bono on BVO

Posted by: posted on October 28, 2011

Dr. de Bono was recently on BVO, the Business Voice. In this half-hour interview, he addresses the difference between innovation and creativity, why the business sector has been particularly quick to recognize the importance of thinking, what the internet age means for thinking, and more. Highly recommended.

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Meetings Don’t Have to Be a Waste of Time

Posted by: posted on June 29, 2011

I recently had dinner with a friend who wished the new company she works for would incorporate the de Bono thinking systems, specifically Six Thinking Hats, into all of their meetings. She has one weekly meeting in particular that lasts two hours or longer. The group inevitably gets derailed discussing details unrelated to the topic at hand. Arguments ensue and the group leaves frustrated, with no action steps laid out.

We hear this a lot.

Everyone has participated in meetings that are plagued by personal ...

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Use Six Thinking Hats for Success in Facilitating Virtual Meetings

Posted by: posted on March 29, 2011

Does your organization use virtual meetings to save time and money?

Recent research by CWT Travel Management Institute reveals that while the use of virtual meetings is on the rise, many people feel that virtual meetings cannot match the quality of face-to-face meetings in terms of attention and interaction between participants.

Using Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats® to facilitate meetings offers improvement in both of these areas.

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