Do Not Create Alone: How to Develop a Title Using 2 Question Surveys

I am finishing a book based on my dissertation research of high quality leadership programs. The purpose of the book is to help people innovate their own leadership programs and teach leadership in a way that works with how people learn and develop as a leader. I spent a lot of time thinking about titles…

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Advice for Conference Speakers on their Presentations

This advice holds true for both the speaker and the conference organizer advising the speakers on their presentations. A killer presentation is like a killer product. It takes some time to develop and involves many prototypes and iterations. If the presenter is giving their speech or facilitating their program for the first time, it will…

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Communicate like a Yoga Instructor

Do you ever find yourself needing to communicate an important new idea or concept so that it is understood quickly? Yoga instructors are the best at communicating complex ideas. They use all of the tools in the toolbox. You have to get it. If not, you might get hurt. Yoga instructors try to communicate a…

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Recommended Creative Thinking Books on Generating Ideas or “Thinking Tools”

During the past five years I have been immersed in creative thinking resources and reviewed many books on tools for generating ideas. I’ve synthesized and adapted some of the best practice tools that are out there and create some new ones as well. We have tried this system of ideation tools out with brainstormers and…

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Out-innovate, outeducate, and outbuild: Obama’s call for a focus on education & innovation

“We need to out-innovate, outeducate and outbuild the rest of the world.” This was President Obama’s memorable quote from the 2011 State of the Union Address that summed up what we need to do as a country. Innovation is critical. It is at the center of the radar. But first, we need to teach people…

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Change behavior, choice, and the interaction: Innovation for the purposes of fun

This great fun theory video shows us the results of innovating for the purposes of making something more fun. Many of us want to change behavior, the decisions people make, and how they interact or engage with our product, service, program or message. One idea…make it more fun. A key question to ask in your…

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Visualizing, Storyboarding, Whiteboarding, & Showing How Great Ideas Happen

This is a great example of an emerging way to explain something by visualizing it on a whiteboard. Taking notes like this is so much more engaging for the brain to remember and connect with what was spoken or read. This is one of the best visualizations or animations of a book talk that I…

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New “3 Cs” Innovation Learning Workshop Program at the University of Wisconsin

I’ve been developing a lot of online workshops and webinars over the past few years but nothing is better for innovating than a LIVE group of people. Many organization know innovation systems and processes but they need to increase innovation soft skills. This new interactive and inventive program I’ve been developing is launching at the…

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How to Encourage Creative Thinking: Developing experiential training activities to teach the innovator’s DNA

My favorite innovation articles are those that focus on which capacities we need to cultivate to become better innovators personally. Innovation processes and systems are excellent but learning how to develop our own innovation skills is truly compelling because it is personal. Plus, much of the innovation chatter in organizations now is shifting from adopting…

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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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Teach Creativity, Not Memorization & The Creative Campus

 The Chronicle of Higher Education has done what many other publications have been doing. They are publishing articles that are shining the light on the need to teach creativity and innovation to students in our educational system. This October 2010 issue featured two articles raising attention to our need for creativity to teach creativity and…

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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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