Monthly Archives: September 2015

Measuring Human Interactions at Work: The Sociometer

What if there were a way to measure real-time human interactions at work, for example in teams and even whole companies? Not just a self-report questionnaire, or observations, but a technology that tracks people’s behaviors, movements, and speech patterns? And what if that data could be used to gauge group effectiveness? Perhaps we could actually […]
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Leadership Positions in the Robotic Age:
Where’s the Job Security?

Exactly how secure are leadership positions in this emerging Robotic Age? Are you absolutely sure your job can never be replaced by computers? Think about it. Computers are developing skills fast, including those usually thought of as uniquely human. In April 2015, I posted on this blog about how robots were increasingly being used in […]
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Human Interactions:
The Key to Successful Innovations

Don’t overlook the value of simple human interactions and social relations in your company if you want your people to innovate. Successful innovations are novel, non-obvious, and useful — all commonsense criteria and requirements for a patent. To stimulate new thinking, you need to foster intuitions and insights, as I’ve been posting about. The more […]
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6 Ways to Stimulate Creative Insights

What practical things can we do to stimulate fresh ideas, creative insights and new thinking? This is key to managers and leaders who must be prepared for rapidly changing marketplace demands. “You are more likely to have creative insights and valid intuitions when your brain is in a general state characterized by remote associations, broad […]
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Creative Insights: People and Places Influence the Mind

In my attempt to understand how we can improve our abilities to be innovative and adopt a creative mindset, I’ve been reading and posting about creative insights. What practical things can we do to stimulate new thinking? This is key to managers and leaders who must be prepared for all the rapidly changing marketplace demands. […]
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How We Obstruct Insights and
Creative Thinking: Fixations

Of course if insights and creative thinking were easy, then everybody would be doing it. But the thing to be aware of is that often we obstruct it, albeit unwittingly. Organizations all say they need fresh ideas and innovations to sustain profits. But they aren’t making it easy for people to have ideas, or to […]
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7 Places to Hunt for Creative Insights

I’ve been reading about innovations and the creative insights that have sparked many of today’s bright new ideas. Several Fortune 500 companies have been founded on a single insight about what customers want. Starbucks brought a little bit of Italy to coffee shops. Home Depot gave do-it-yourselfers access to professional supplies. The Body Shop was […]
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How Creative Insights Differ from Intuitions & Why It Matters

What’s the difference between intuitive thinking and creative insights? Both can lead to breakthrough ideas. But there’s a difference. In my previous posts about intuitive thinking, I described how intuition uses our experience to guide us to recognize patterns and apply them in new ways to solve other problems. Understanding this helps take the mystery […]
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Want Great Performance?
Have More Creative Insights

How can leaders improve their ability to have creative insights and breakthrough ideas that drive performance improvements? In 2001, Peter Drucker wrote in The Economist that “businesspeople stand on the threshold of the knowledge society. In this society, a company’s competitive advantage will come from an historically underdeveloped asset: the ability to capture and apply […]
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