What a cat can teach us about learning to innovate again

I was thinking about people who work in very traditional or bureaucratic organizations. I was thinking about how they can develop the skill to be more innovative and entrepreneurial. It is a different world to be given the “right way” to do something, and to do it again and again like a modern factory worker…

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5 Elements from Startup Entrepreneurship Programs for Fostering Effective Learning Environments

Have you ever learned about a successful product, only to complain that you had that idea several years earlier? Have you ever looked back after several months only to wonder where the time has gone and why you didn’t make progress on some idea or goal? There are many reasons this happens to us, but…

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Innovation Skills for the Future: Insights from Research Reports

There are five prominent research studies whose findings highlight the most important 21st century job skills needed for the future (and the future is now) of work and organizations. In sum, employees at all levels need to develop their innovation skills. These include competencies like creativity, critical thinking, communication, strategic thinking, and problem solving to…

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The Instructional Power of Creativity, Design and Empathy in High School Curriculum

Written by Charles James It is time to connect our classrooms and students with the world. Food for the Soul When you walk into the large basement of the church and look at the faces and ages of the group, you are looking at the reality of homelessness in Washington, D.C. Each person’s story and…

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Five Challenges to Awaken your Creativity Infographic

This infographic features five interesting things you can do to keep exercising your creative muscle. Mindmapping has long been a favorite of mine and many of my workshops include that activity. I thought the age 5 to age 44 comparison was interesting…especially the aspect of it that shared quantitative data for how many times creative…

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Innovation Workshop in Action

Here are picture posts shared on social media by our clients from different innovation workshops and events we’ve designed, developed and facilitated. The highly interactive design thinking and innovation events events feature very little lecture and high collaboration. The focus is on the participants, their collaboration, creativity, and communication. Take a look at what some…

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Innovation Quotes: Inspirational & Motivational Quotes for an Innovation Mindset

Here are 50 of my favorite innovation quotes to help get you into an innovation mindset. Use these quotes to build motivation to be innovative, respond to change, and take action on your new ideas! Just click through the slideshow below. This collection of quotes is a part of my new eBook and my Innovation Mindset…

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Design Thinking Course from Stanford D School

Stanford Design Thinking Course Stanford Design School shares their “crash course in design thinking” to be used by everyone. It’s a short and fast-paced 90 minute workshop with an overview of how the design thinking process is facilitated with activities. I use and recommend this workshop which also comes with worksheets for participants to use and…

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Online Tools for Innovation

Innovative resources for webinars, communicating, & collaborating I did a 4 part online workshop series with a group of 50 educators and entrepreneurs on online tools for communication. We got people started on how to use the tools to create your own online program, webinar, webpage, video collection, or website. Here is the collection of my…

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Shaping the Future: Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World

Description of Duke School of Business Video: Watch the event sponsored by Duke Executive Education during 2011 Advanced Management Program Reunion weekend. “Shaping the Future: Leadership Skills for a VUCA World” is presented by Rick Voirin, Adjunct Professor and Orchestrator for the Advanced Management Program.

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