Category Archives: Organizational Innovation

Organizational innovation

The Innovation & Collaboration Learning Cafe from UW MANIAC

The University of Wisconsin has a very interesting group that is advancing innovation learning on campus and in the Madison community. I first got involved as a speaker at one of the Innovation & Collaboration Learning Cafes and became hooked every since. The people are amazing, the activities engaging, and the learning is enriching. More…

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Innovating Healthcare: Motivating Speech from Patch Adams can inspire Medical Innovation

My friend returned from a healthcare conference really motivated from the keynote speaker, Patch Adams. You may remember the Robin Williams movie of the same name. Patch has been innovating healthcare for years in simple ways and his story is inspiring and can bring about new ideas for some our current healthcare problems. Problems equal…

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Innovation and Improvement of the Office by leaving it: Co-working at “Studio”

Work where the action is. Innovate and improve your workplace by leaving it one day a week.

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A+ TED Talks Video: Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From

This Ted Talk from Steven Johnson is one of the best. He is right on the money with educating people where the great ideas actually do come from…not eureka moments but rather collaborative ongoing processes. He also is expert at communicating his ideas with stories, metaphors, and visuals.

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The Jam Session: Innovating Networking to be more Facilitated

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Short & Quick Personal Brainstorm Example

I have been getting requests to show what a quick brainstorm could be like that an individual could do as a part of their normal work. If you have a short amount of time and just one question…what could you do? Opportunities for more ideas and personal brainstorming pop up all the time. We have…

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The IDEO Nightline Special: The most memorable innovation video ever.

Whenever I have described to people what it is that I do, I always expect them to ask me if I’ve seen a Nightline special about the shopping cart. It has happened time and time again. The Nightline Special these people are speaking of is this video about an organization in Silicon Valley called IDEO.…

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Kauffman Foundation program could help innovate learning and education at a grand scale

This press release speaks to an innovation in improving education at the national level. Foundation sponsored programs like this that provide training, knowledge, network, resources, and some founder salary could encourage new innovations to improve education.

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Innovate how you communicate text: Design a visual collection of words

How we communicate our ideas and concepts is an important opportunity for us to innovate. We want people to be engaged with and remember what we are communicating to them. We want to engage their mind. Typically we all have a series of words or text that describes our idea or concept that we want…

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Learning the Important Adaptive Leadership Skills: Education for Innovation & Creativity

It seems like the perfect storm has been approaching in regards to creativity & innovation education. Two major articles have hit the news. The first is a Fast Company article about an IBM study that identified creativity as the most important leadership skill for the future, a skill we need to cultivate in a wide…

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How to Stimulate Innovative Thinking in your Organization to Sustain your Innovation Pipeline for Growth

Authored by Darin J. Eich, Ph.D. If growth is a top priority, innovative thinking skills should be encouraged and developed at all levels of an organization. Sure, there should be a great emphasis on external or open innovation and many of innovative ideas can come from your customers or other subject matter experts. Nonetheless, it…

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Online Leadership Training Workshop: Strategies & techniques for memorably communicating your ideas and concepts

Online Leadership Training Workshop: Strategies & techniques for memorably communicating your ideas and concepts Do you have problems of your new ideas, concepts, and innovations not taking off internally in your organization or externally to your stakeholders and clients? Could it be a problem of communication? Did people learn, understand, and get engaged with your…

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Utilizing the Labyrinth for innovation and convergent thinking in the Conceptual Age

Authored by Darin Eich, Ph.D. A labyrinth is a reflective tool, a moving meditation if you will. It is a patterned path that you walk. While you walk, you think. You think very clearly. You gain insights. You think through things better. This is my experience walking labyrinths and utilizing them for my own personal…

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Owl Analysis: A Metaphor for a first round of analyzing ideas for innovation

Authored by Darin Eich, Ph. D., President, BrainReactions LLC The increasing emphasis on the need to innovate is leading organizations and individuals to collect more ideas to start down the innovation pipeline. The increase of brainstorming sessions, idea submissions, and contests to fuel ideas for innovation are leaving individuals with significant lists of ideas. Many…

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Help others Hear and See your Innovative New Concepts

Authored by Dr. Darin Eich I like this “cone of learning” visual. I understand and remember it more because it is something I see instead of just read. It is visual. This has relevance for innovators when they are trying to advance their creations by communicating them to others. When we are communicating our concepts…

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