The Process Innovator

By Craig Paxson | A magazine dedicated to process improvement, innovation and creativity.

Evaluating ideas you’ve brainstormed? Here are 6 questions to ask

Innovations can be analyzed so you can evaluate whether they will work at your organization. Here are some questions to ask when you are in the first …

Proof That Design Is Good For Business, In 8 Statistics

Design is being severely underutilized by manufacturers, according to the National Endowment for the Arts.<p>This week, the National Endowment for the Arts released a report on the importance of industrial design to the United States’ economic health. While it covers everything from Apple’s influence …

Steal These 5 Exercises From Innovation Consultants to Come up With More Creative Ideas

Think like an innovation consultant to come up with your best new product, service and marketing ideas.<p>Getting a job as an innovation consultant requires equal measures of creative thinking and strategic rigor. And while the scope of the role encompasses everything from redesigning a stage gate …

Creativity

7 Questions That Lead to an 'Aha Moment', According to Research

Breakthrough thinking isn't magic, it's science.<p>At the heart of any successful business is a great idea. But how do some entrepreneurs dream up game-changing idea after game-changing idea while others fade into mediocrity?<p>Cracking the code on "aha moments" and creative epiphanies is a topic …

Creativity

You Don’t Need to Choose a Methodology to Innovate

Which method do you choose? Design Thinking? Agile? Lean Startup? Answer: All? None? Who cares?!<p>I am a big believer in process and method. Without a …

Mindset? Process? Method? A Comprehensive Descriptive Model for Design Thinking

Design thinking has become crucial for many activities in the business world as well as in other contexts. However, design thinking is still a rather …

Thinking Differently Is the Greatest Thing You Can Do For Your Business

It’s nearly impossible to mention Elon Musk, cofounder of PayPal and current CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, without thinking about innovation. Musk …

Success

7 Ways to Help Your Employees Become Better Problem-Solvers

Your employees are the ones who will carry your business to success. So, follow these steps to enable them to tackle problems on their own.<p>As an entrepreneur, you're the visionary and leader of your company, but your employees are the ones who will carry your business to success. They're carrying …

This Is the No. 1 Soft Skill You Need to Develop

It can't be replaced by automation.<p>It's been heartening to see heightened interest in soft skills in response to rising automation and the shrinking half-life of hard or technical skills. I'm among those who believe soft skills and continuous learning will be what lift some careers while others …

Leadership

5 Simple Things the Most Incredibly Respected Bosses Do (Every. Single. Day.)

Often overlooked aspects of what it really takes to be a truly great boss.<p>We can all rattle off qualities we absolutely hated in our old bosses quicker than we can the good ones. Like it or not, those awful bosses brought us where we are now.<p>Whether you have three employees or 300 doesn't matter. …

Leadership

Why Cultivate Innovation Agility?

by Janet Sernack<p>I was at a committee meeting recently and one of the guiding principles adopted by the team was <i>“agile decision making – the 80:20</i> …

How to Educate Yourself for the Future

by Saga Briggs<p>Here’s a scenario that will set your head spinning: In less time than it takes for a student to go through K-12 schooling, Uber created …

Why You Need a Personal Innovation Strategy

by Robert B Tucker<p>It’s not too early to polish up your personal strategic plan. Recently, I delivered the keynote address to 500 credit union …

5 Ingredients for a Successful Work Environment

Happy employees take care of their customers. And happy customers who are well taken care of refer new clients. Think about it.<p>As the founder and CEO of a company that has grown from its modest beginnings in my spare bedroom at home to a successful business with more than 50 employees in two states …

Employment

Why Powerful People Fail to Stop Bad Behaviors in Their Organizations

Imagine you were recently promoted at work. You now command a higher salary, lead more people and control more of the organization’s resources. As …

Leadership

5 Ways Business Leaders Unintentionally Kill Collaboration and Creativity

The good news is that most of the reasons business leaders kill collaboration are easily fixable.<p>In 1861, Abraham Lincoln formed his Cabinet with his defeated opponents in the election of 1860. His “Team of Rivals” saved the Union, won the Civil War and passed the 13th Amendment ending slavery. He …

Leadership

The "Jack of All Trades" Might Just Be a Master of Big-Picture Thinking

Effective leaders don't have all the answers. They know how to put the right pieces together.<p>The old saying "jack of all trades, master of none," is almost always used with negative connotations. It usually means a person lacks the focus needed to stick with anything long enough to become truly …

Success

If You Do These Things Every Day, You’ll Become Smarter

This curated column is authored by Thomas Oppong, Founding Editor at Alltopstartups<p>https://unsplash.com/?photo=asct7UP3YDE<p><b>“A mind that is stretched</b> …

Ideas and how to find them – two tools you can use

Creativity tools help stimulate new lines of thought, sometimes taking you away from your original problem to head off on a mental detour to bring a …

Creativity

Creativity is a Real Superpower. This is Why Most People are Secretly Threatened by It

Creativity is highly prized in Western society—much touted by cultures that claim to value individualism and the entrepreneurial spirit. But scratch …

Creativity

How to Hack your Brain to Explode Creativity

• Articles<br>• No comments<p>Are you creative? Of course you are.<p>Our brains are wired to survive and – to survive – you must be creative.<p>Although you might not …

How to Use Design Strategies to Build a Life You Love

“Life’s ambiguous, you don’t always know what’s going to come next—design thinking is a nice framework for this.”<p><b>Leah Weiss</b> is a professor at the …

12 Podcasts That Will Make You a Better Leader

Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better.<p>Podcasts continue to grow in popularity as a convenient way to stay on top of all kinds of topics. As a result, the field is becoming steadily more crowded--a recent check of iTunes showed more than 100 podcasts with the word <i>leadership</i> in …

Leadership

Great Ideas Require a Willingness to Be Wrong

Creative risks and great ideas often require a willingness to be wrong. Unfortunately, throughout our lives, we’re conditioned to be afraid of being …

Storytelling for Product Management and Innovation

by Chad McAllister<p>Who doesn’t love a good story? Apparently, most of us do as they are the heart of any effective marketing message. A good example …

Change Management and the Structure of Innovation

by Daniel Lock<p>Often innovation is cast in the minds as a pure product related process. Apple’s iPod to iPhone to iPad, for example, is, perhaps, a …

The Eight Attributes of Bottom-Up Innovation Leaders

Everyone in the innovation blogosphere recognizes that innovation proceeds through two complementary modes: top down and bottom up.<p>Top-down …

Robbert Dijkgraaf on The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge

A forty-year tightening of funding for scientific research has meant that resources are increasingly directed toward applied or practical outcomes, …

Albert Einstein’s Unique Approach to Thinking

Written by Taylor Pipes on January 11, 2017. Originally published on the Evernote blog.<p><i>“I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process</i> …