Killer Ideas

By Phil McKinney | A collection of killer (breakthrough - game-changing - rule-breaking) ideas that will unleash personal creativity.

Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams. The Most Successful Ones Shared These 5 Traits

Google spent years studying successful teams and discovered insights that could forever change how teams are assembled.<p>Over the years, Google has embarked on countless quests, collected endless amounts of data and spent millions trying to better understand its people. One of their most interesting …

Google

Articles about ingenuity on Dwell.com - Dwell

How do American companies maintain handcrafted detail while producing fast enough—and in large enough quantities—to satisfy...<p>With ingenuity and plenty of elbow grease, architect John Tong turned an old Toronto dairy into the ultimate family clubhouse.<p>A “tree house” of clean lines, ample glass, and …

Architecture

From Prototype to Production: 3 Things You Must Do

There's no substitute for research. Your success depends on knowing what it costs to create your product and finding the best way to build it.<p>Creating new hardware products is hard. No surprise there. Every step along the way has its own pitfalls: idea, proof of concept, functional prototype, …

Manufacturing

How to Inspire a Group of People to Do the Impossible

To achieve greatness, you need to be able to inspire excellence.<p>It was Andrew Carnegie who said, "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision, the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain …

Self-improvement

The 4 Types of Innovation and the Problems They Solve

One of the best innovation stories I’ve ever heard came to me from a senior executive at a leading tech firm. Apparently, his company had won a million-dollar contract to design a sensor that could detect pollutants at very small concentrations underwater. It was an unusually complex problem, so …

Innovation

Which industry will artificial intelligence disrupt next?

Machine learning is becoming more prevalent than ever before and is slowly integrating into our day–to–day lives. From maximizing efficiency in the workplace to better understanding how consumers emotionally connect to brands, services and products, the applications of artificial intelligence seem …

Intelligence

The Benefits of Taking a Slower Approach to Innovation

In our experience, managers tend to focus their innovation efforts on processes that are either large in scale (new products and business models ) or swift in development (hackathons, rapid prototyping, or emerging platforms). There’s nothing wrong with this, per se, as both approaches can pay huge …

Innovation

11 brutal truths about creativity that no one wants to talk about

Humanity has revered creativity throughout time, from the ancient Greeks to modern-day painters, poets, and web designers.<p>It’s one of those ineffable things that’s extremely hard to define but you absolutely know it when you see it. It’s also the driving force for so many of us, to the point where …

Creativity

When Innovation Moves Too Fast

We can adopt technologies early, but adaptation takes time Illustration: J.D. King Illustration: J.D. King <b>My go-to laptop</b> is out of storage space and …

John Maynard Keynes

How to Create When You’re Just Not Feeling It

It’s not uncommon in any field to find yourself in a creative rut at some point. In this 10-minute video, photographer Sean Tucker discusses how he …

Creativity

Shutting down part of our brain can make us more creative

<i>New research finds that switching off a specific area of our brain can significantly enhance creativity.</i><p>How does creativity work? And, more …

An Excellent Interactive Chart Featuring Daily Routines of Creative Minds

June 2, 2017 Here is an excellent interactive chart created by the folks in Podio highlighting the daily rituals of a number of inspiring and …

M-learning

You Can Boost Your Creativity by Imagining You're Someone Else

Break out of a rut by giving another persona a try.<p>Do you feel like you are creatively blocked? Well, we have a solution for you: psychological halloweenism.<p>No, you’re not going to wear orange and black, play <i>the Monster Mash</i> and try to figure out the Wolfman’s childhood trauma. Well, you could, but …

People with creative personalities really do see the world differently

What is it about a creative work such as a painting or piece of music that elicits our awe and admiration? Is it the thrill of being shown something …

What Drives Innovation [INFOGRAPHIC]

What drives innovation? That's a good question...<p>Innovation is essential as, without it, we simply wouldn't progress and evolve as a species. But …

25 Examples of A.I. That Will Seem Normal in 2027

From cooking to dating to art.<p>In the last ten years, artificial intelligence has changed the world in subtle but sweeping ways, but it’s got nothing …

Machine Learning

What China Can Teach the West About Innovation

China is fast transitioning from low-cost manufacturing to a higher value, innovation-led economy. This brief on this transition is based the recent book “Created in China”, which was released in Chinese (Citic, Beijing, February 2017). We look at the a) metrics of innovation and b) patterns …

7 Hacks For Maximizing Your Creativity In The Morning

Ah, that elusive creative spark. It often seems like just when you need it the most, it’s the hardest to find.<p>It can show up without warning (often …

Why Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin, Google, and a Harvard Expert Say Colleges and Universities Are Broken

They aren't just complaining. They're offering alternatives.<p>Malcolm Gladwell couldn't be more clear in his podcast about a school ranked by some as the number one liberal arts college:<p>There's only one solution. If you're looking at liberal arts colleges, don't go to Bowdoin. Don't let your kids go …

Education

Who needs brainstorming? Brainwriting gets way more ideas, this prof says

There’s a better way than a brainstorm to get creative thinking out of your team, says Leigh Thompson, professor at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She teaches teamwork and negotiation to aspiring company leaders and explains techniques that she says are scientifically …

7 Simple Ways To Nurture Your Children’s Creativity At Home

Creativity — using our imagination to come up with ideas or make something new — is one of the most valuable qualities human beings can have. …

Creativity

Questions & Empathy Card Deck: Part game, part self-reflection tool, this set aims to make individuals and groups see things from another angle

After launching their "Applied Empathy" speaker series in spring of 2016, the team at Sub Rosa found themselves being asked by attendees if the cards used to guide the discussions were available for purchase. These items, now known as Questions & Empathy cards, break down the seven archetypes of …

20 Positive Thinking Quotes to Help You Deal With the Sunday Night Blues

What does your Sunday evening routine look like?<p>If you’re like most people, it involves savouring the last relaxing hours before dreading the Monday …

Why Some People Are More Creative Than Others

Would you label yourself a creative person? Do you think creativity is something we are born with? Creativity is more than the simple left versus …

Creativity

4 Innovation Lessons From Albert Einstein

Einstein was truly a genius, but he was also much more.<p>When we think of Albert Einstein, we inevitably conjure up images of the icon rather than the man. We see Einstein with his wild hair and his tongue sticking out or Einstein as a playful old man, riding a bicycle. We remember his cheerful …

How a Decision Journal Changed the Way I make Decisions (Template Included)

People often ask me how they can improve their ability to make decisions over time. This question makes a lot of sense. After all, in most knowledge …

25+ Online Art Classes to Take Your Creativity to New Heights This Week

If you’re looking to boost your creativity and learn new skills, then instructor-led classes are a great way to do so. Learning a completely new medium, for instance, can alter your artistic path in ways you never thought possible. Or, by becoming acquainted with software, you can streamline parts …

3 Things Smart Parents Do to Raise Really Creative Kids

American creativity and IQ scores have consistently declined since 1990. It's time to do something about that.<p>These days, creativity seems to be all that counts. With every industry turning towards more creative, innovative approaches and more "thinking outside the box," it makes sense that parents …

Creativity