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Criticism Feeds Creativity
Criticism Feeds Creativity
Filed under: Creativity
It is a myth that criticism stifles creativity. In fact, criticism should inspire creativity. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...


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Want to Be Creative? Step Back into Your Comfort Zone
Filed under: Creativity
Great authors, artists and composers throughout history have done most of their work inside their comfort zones. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...


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Value+Innovation=Success
Filed under: Personal Innovation
The mistake a lot of creative would-be entrepreneurs make is that they believe they only need to have a good idea and the ability to realise it in order to launch a successful business. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...


employee fires CEO
How To Make Your Big Company Super-Innovative in One Easy Step
Filed under: Business Innovation
If a company really wants to become an innovation powerhouse, there is one simple action they can take: fire the CEO and hire a new one with a focused vision. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...


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How To Be Awesome In 7 Steps
Filed under: Personal Innovation
So, you want to be awesome? Or, perhaps you recognise that you are awesome already, but want the rest of the world to know about it. Here is how to do it! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...


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Not Being Creative Boosts Creativity
Filed under: Creativity
In spite of all the noise about the importance of creativity, it is ridiculous to think you need to be creative all the time. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...


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Happiness Is Overrated
Filed under: Personal Innovation
There is a lot of pressure on people to be happy these days. That is not necessarily a good thing. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...


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If You Cannot Find Your Passion, Create One
Filed under: Personal Innovation
A lot of people are desperately seeking a passion. Sometimes it is better to create one instead By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...


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Break Three Rules to Innovate
Filed under: Business Innovation
If you are a good guy or gal, one who follows the rules and toes the line, you probably are not innovating very well. So, it's time to be less good, more naughty and break a few rules. Here are the three you should break. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Mid-Life Career Change
Filed under: Personal Innovation
Making a big career change after you have passed your 40th birthday can be a real challenge. I offer some advice. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Why Innovation Must Respect Corporate Values
Filed under: Business Innovation
When innovation is not in line with corporate values, trouble is almost certain to ensue. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Innovate Yourself!
Filed under: Personal Innovation
Personal innovation is the act of making a change in your life with the aim of making your world a better one. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Got an Innovation Strategy Yet?
Filed under: Business Innovation
Why do you want to innovate? If you cannot give a good answer, you need to define an innovation strategy for your organisation. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Collecting Ideas Is Killing Your Innovation
Filed under: Business Innovation
If your innovation process is about capturing lots of ideas, you are making a serious mistake. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

How to Run a Successful Workshop
Filed under: Creativity
Everything you have ever needed to know about running a workshop, but were afraid to ask! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Your 2015 Innovation To Do List
Filed under: Business Innovation
Six Things You Really Need to Do in Your Company This Year By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Dare to Be Anticonventional
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
We live and work in cultures that encourage conventional behaviour, appearance and thinking. For the most part, that is fine and dandy. But when you want to be creative, you need to be less conventional. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Creativity Is Very Logical
Filed under: Creativity
There is a belief that creativity is all about emotions, spontenaity and illogical action. In truth, creativity is often very logical. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Seven Innovation Tips for 2015
Filed under: Business Innovation
With the new year upon us, here are my innovation suggestions for 2015. Follow them and I guarantee your organisation will be more innovative in 2015 than it was in 2014. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Do Not Think About Hamburgers
Filed under: Business Innovation
Do Not Think About Hamburgers and Other Essential Tips on Product Innovation By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Creativity and the Entrepreneur
Filed under: Creativity
Entrepreneurs need to be creative -- and not just in terms of having a great business idea. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Everyone Hates Your Brilliant Idea
Filed under: Creativity
Everyone Hates Your Brilliant Idea - at least at first. But persevere and one day everyone will adore it. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Bosses in Brainstorms
Filed under: Creativity
It is the nightmare of every brainstorm facilitator: the boss joins in and then criticises an idea. When this happens, most facilitators do the wrong thing. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Characteristics of Super-Creatives
Filed under: Creativity
Super-creative people are often different from ordinary creative people in more ways than you might think. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Five Things the CEO Can Do to Encourage Creativity
Filed under: Creativity
According to a survey by IBM, a vast majority of corporate CEOs say creativity is important to their companies. I suggest five actions those CEOs can take. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Don't Count on Customer Creativity
Filed under: Business Innovation
Asking your customers for ideas is a great way to catch up with your more innovative competitors. But it is a lousy way to innovate. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

10 Ways to Solve Problems
Filed under: Creativity
Got a problem? Here are ten different methods you can use to solve it. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Saving the Killer Idea
Filed under: Business Innovation
Imagine one of your colleagues has a killer idea. What can she do with it? If you cannot answer, you should read this article! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Innovate What Your Customers Buy
Filed under: Business Innovation
What you think you sell and what your customers buy from you are two different things. Innovation should focus on what your customers buy. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Idea Management Heroes
Filed under: Business Innovation
The best reason to use idea management software is not to collect lots of ideas, but to identify your idea management heroes. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Prohibited Ideas Lead to Creative Ideas
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
Stuck for creative ideas? Here's a new method for you: be creative by not being uncreative. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Seven Deadly Consequences of Uncreativity
Filed under: Creativity
Creativity is promoted as a good thing for any organisation. In fact, it is much more than that. It is essential to any business's survival. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Got a Problem? Dance!
Filed under: Creativity
Dynamic problem solving is a new approach to understanding and solving problems, especially problems involving several individuals. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Glorious Mistakes
Filed under: Business Innovation
How does your company deal with mistakes? If continuous learning from your employees, innovation and even breakthrough innovation are important to you, it is critical you embrace mistakes – at least as sources for learning and invention. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

My anticonventional thinking talk at TEDx
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
I spoke about anticonventional thinking at TEDxULB. Here is the video. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Giving Your Business Personality Is Good Business
Filed under: Business Innovation
A quick, illustrated introduction to anthropomorphic analysis -- a new concept for giving personality to your business. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Humanise Your Business
Filed under: Business Innovation
Big data is the big thing in big business -- but at a cost of humanness. Learn why having a human face to your company is in your interests By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Ugly Creativity - Why People Dislike Innovation
Filed under: Business Innovation
People say they love innovation, but they often hate the innovations themselves. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

The Innovation Manager's Dilemma
Filed under: Business Innovation
If you have been made innovation manager in your firm, you have to decide how you want to approach your job. Here are three suggestions. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Imaginativefulness
Filed under: Creativity
Surely, you have heard about mindfulness. Now learn about imaginativefulness, a creative way of looking at the world around you. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Consultant, Innovate Thyself
Filed under: Business Innovation
Seven things every creativity & innovation consultant should do to innovate their businesses. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Creative Dishonesty
Filed under: Creativity
Creative people tend to be dishonest and dishonesty can boost creativity. What are the implications? By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Podcast Interview
Filed under: Creativity
I Speak with Mukesh Gupta about Creativity, Innovation and Anticonventional Thinking By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

ACT 3.0 White Paper
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
A new, updated white paper on anticonventional thinking (ACT). Download link. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Creativity and Booze
Filed under: Creativity
Probably the easiest way to boost your creativity is also the least talked about method: have a few drinks. Learn more. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Visualise It
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
Most business idea generation initiatives use language. I suggest you visualise situations to be truly creative By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Realistic Expectation of Implementation
Filed under: Business Innovation
If you or one of your colleagues proposes a very creative, relevant and viable idea, can you reasonably expect the idea to be implemented in your organisation? If not, there is no hope for your innovation initiative. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

ACT vs Brainstorming
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
A brief comparison between anticonventional thinking (ACT) and brainstorming. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Stop Talking Innovation
Filed under: Business Innovation
One way to boost innovation in your organisation might be to use the word innovation less. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Are You Being Taken Seriously?
Filed under: Business Innovation
The greatest danger to any corporate innovation initiative and the team in charge is not being taken seriously by colleagues and especially management. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Anticonventional Questions
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
Most creative thinking methodologies start by asking questions about a situation where you want to have creative ideas. Anticonventional thinking (ACT) takes this even further! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

The Power of Compliments
Filed under: Personal Innovation
As a manager, you have an incredibly powerful motivational tool at your disposal. Best of all, it requires almost no resources, yet is as powerful as cash payouts: compliments By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

A Dangerous Obsession with Ideas
Filed under: Business Innovation
The world of innovation has an unhealthy love for large quantities of ideas and this is bad for innovation By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Why Your Colleagues Put Their Own Innovation First
Filed under: Business Innovation
Your more creative employees are continually looking for ideas relevant to their work. This distracts them from corporate innovation initiatives. But you should still help them. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Rewards Headaches
Filed under: Business Innovation
Rewards in an innovation initiative are more complicated than many people realise. Worse, if you get them wrong, you discourage idea sharing. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Creative Risk
Filed under: Creativity
How crazy can you and your colleagues safely go before you run the risk of being thought crazy, unbusinesslike or worse? The answer to this question is important to your innovation potential. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

An Introduction to Anticonventional Thinking
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
Anticonventional thinking (ACT) is a thinking technique that you can use to analyse situations and build creative visions in response to those situations. ACT is purposefully rejecting conventional thinking and pursuing unconventional ideas. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Your Most Dangerous Competitors
Filed under: Business Innovation
You probably think your most dangerous competitor is one of those companies producing products like yours. You are wrong. It is a start up with an idea for a disruptive innovation. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Idealess Ideation
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
Most business innovation actions result in lots of ideas and little implementation. Try these techniques to generate visions that are ready to implement. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

How to Get Great Ideas from Your Team
Filed under: Creativity
Brainstorms, ideas campaigns and other corporate ideation activities are artificial processes designed to induce creativity. There is a better way... By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

International & Multicultural Teams
Filed under: Business Innovation
Diverse teams are creative teams and since creativity feeds innovation, diverse teams are also great for innovation. Leading a team with people from other countries and cultures is a fantastic way to add diversity. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Living Overseas Boosts Creativity
Filed under: Creativity
If you want a quick and easy way to boost creativity, go away! Go live abroad, to be precise By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

An Anticonventional Presentation Story
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
Learn how a business owner uses anticonventional thinking to make a winning presentation and win a big contract By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Conventional Is Too Conventional
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
This may seem obvious, but the problem with conventional thinking is that it does not lead to truly new ideas, creativity or innovation. For these, you need to flush conventional thinking down the toilet and be unconventional. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Pimp Your Suggestion Scheme
Filed under: Business Innovation
If your business has an idea management system in place, I have some suggestions on how to get better results with it. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Packaging
Filed under: Business Innovation
Packaging innovation is an important part of product innovation. Find out why. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Inner-Mind Creativity Introduction
Filed under: Creativity
Inner mind creativity, also known as Cosmic Creativity, teaches you to use the most powerful creativity tool on the planet: your mind! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Seven Things the Competent Innovation Manager Should Know
Filed under: Business Innovation
If you have been promoted (or perhaps demoted) to the position of Innovation Manager, do not panic! Read this article instead! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

How to Implement Your Creative Vision
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
Having ideas is easy. Having creative visions is harder. Turning them into innovations is most challenging of all. But never fear, I have a method for you! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

The Danger of Voting for Ideas
Filed under: Business Innovation
Why voting in suggestion schemes does not successfully identify creative ideas By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Storycreation
Filed under: Business Innovation
Storycreation uses storytelling as a tool for visualising the implementation of an idea from conception to implementation. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

The Buzzword Problem
Filed under: Creativity
Every business has its buzzwords -- and they serve a purpose. But they are bad for creativity. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Your Unlikable Creative Idea
Filed under: Creativity
If you want to generate really creative ideas, you need to stop trying to please and focus on maybe being stupid. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Don’t Be Surprised By Your Customers
Filed under: Business Innovation
Companies should stop being surprised by their customers, as often this is not good news. Rather they should understand their customer experience needs. By Jagan Nemani -- Read the article...

It's All About Profit
Filed under: Business Innovation
Ultimately, every business's goal is to make a profit. Innovation must contribute to that profit in order to be worth doing. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Sexy Goals
Filed under: Personal Innovation
As an individual, if you want to achieve great things in life, ordinary goals are not enough. You need sexy goals. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Too Much Talk -- Insufficient Action
Filed under: Business Innovation
Creativity and innovation can easily get bogged down in lots of talk and no action. Learn from children. Shut up and play! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Video: Creativity & Beer: Innovation vs. Vision
Filed under: Business Innovation
Learn why the world's most innovative companies do not focus on innovation. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Every Company Is Innovative
Filed under: Business Innovation
Just like everybody is creative, every company is innovative. But the good news is, there is unlimited scope to boost the innovativeness of your company. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Video: Creativity & Beer: Brainstorming vs. Anticonventional Thinking
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
Over a beer, Jeffrey talks about creativity, brainstorming and anticonventional thinking. And he gets shot at! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Innovative Feelings
Filed under: Business Innovation
When it comes to feelings, business innovation gets it all wrong. It takes into account feelings when it should not and then ignore feelings when it should take them into serious consideration. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Strategy and Innovation
Filed under: Business Innovation
Leading innovators know that innovation is merely a tool for achieving strategic goals. Learn more! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Brainstorming Is Not Very Creative
Filed under: Creativity
Traditional brainstorming is not a very good way to generate ideas. Learn why By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Anticonventional Thinking (ACT) Infographic & Poster
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
Anticonventional Thinking (ACT) Infographic: check it out; buy the poster¬ By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Archived Introduction to Anticonventional Thinking
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
Anticonventional Thinking (ACT) is a new science based approach to individual and collaborative creative thinking. If you've been disappointed with brainstorming, you'll appreciate ACT's logical, proven approach to developing creative ideas. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Creative Event Generates THREE Ideas!
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
Discover why Jeffrey is excited about generating three ideas when many brainstorms and crowdsourcing events generate 100s and 1000s of ideas. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Where Do You Put the Creativity?
Filed under: Creativity
If you want creative ideas, do not focus your creativity on the idea generation. Focus it on the goal statment By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Implement Big Ideas with Baby Steps
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
Personal development planning can teach innovators a thing or two about implementing creative ideas and change. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

When Brainstorming Works
Filed under: Creativity
Brainstorming has righly come under a lot of criticism lately. But it does have its uses... By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Optimism and Innovation
Filed under: Business Innovation
Optimism is a key ingredient to Innovation. Fernando de Sousa explains why. By de Sousa Fernando Cardosa -- Read the article...

Loss Aversion and Idea Implementation
Filed under: Business Innovation
Loss aversion can effect whether or not an innovative idea is implemented. Learn why this happens and what you can do about it. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

The Creative Idea
Filed under: Creativity
What is a creative idea, how do they come to us and why do some people have lots of creative ideas while others struggle to have just one creative idea? Find out! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

How Status Quo Bias Can Kill Innovation
Filed under: Business Innovation
Status quo bias is an irrational cognitive bias to avoid change. We all have it. But it can be bad news for your innovation initiative. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Hiring Creative Employees
Filed under: Business Innovation
Business leaders say they want more creative employees. This is not reflected in job advertising. Learn more about how to find and hire creative people. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Job Pressure, Priority and Innovation
Filed under: Business Innovation
Employees complain that they do not have time to innovate. This because they fail to prioritise innovation. Learn why in this article. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Characteristics of Highly Creative People
Filed under: Creativity
Here is my take on the characteristics of highly creative people. I have looked at how creative people think -- based on my understanding of the latest research -- and applied it behaviour. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

7 Essential Characteristics of Innovative Companies
Filed under: Business Innovation
Learn what are the seven essential characteristics of innovative companies. Hint: none of them are directly about innovation! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

No UK companies in Top 100 Global Innovators List?
Filed under: Business Innovation
No UK companies in Top 100 Global Innovators List? Then, It Is Time to take a long look at your Innovation Eco-Systems By Simon Evans -- Read the article...

Boring Ideas and Boring Dinner Guests
Filed under: Creativity
Brainstorming and other creative thinking approaches require you generate a lot of conventional ideas in order to start finding creative ideas. Jeffrey disagrees. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Training in CPS Without A Training Session?
Filed under: Creativity
Training in CPS Without A Training Session? The fourth in a series of articles by Fernando de Sousa on Creative Problem Solving. By de Sousa Fernando Cardosa -- Read the article...

The Fuzzy Back End of Innovation
Filed under: Business Innovation
Most companies have set up a fuzzy front end to their innovation process; but not a fuzzy back end. The result is detrimental to innovation. Learn why! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Anticonventional Thinking and Implementation
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
Anticonventional thinking (ACT) makes implementation easy, in part because it focuses on developing a big idea to achieve a goal. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

The Two Meanings of Brainstorming
Filed under: Creativity
The word brainstorming has two meanings. It is important to know the difference. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Best Ideas Are Never Very Creative
Filed under: Creativity
A truly creative idea, the kind of idea that has the potential to become a breakthrough innovation is seldom the best solution to the problem or the best path to achieving a goal. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Video: A Quick Introduction to ACT
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
Video: A quick, two minute introdction to anticonventional thinking (ACT) By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

A Simple Anticonventional Thinking (ACT) Exercise
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
A variation on a traditional creative thinking exercise helps you try out ACT By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

At Last, Make It Happen!
Filed under: Creativity
A different approach to creative problem solving, whose main characteristic is supposed to be its emphasis in committing the team to comply with action plan requirements. By Fernando Cardoso de Sousa -- Read the article...

A Mental Investment
Filed under: Creativity
State supported mental healthcare should be a priority for every country claiming it wants a creative and innovative population. Jeffrey Explains why. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Making sure your IP is protected
Filed under: Business Innovation
You've created an amazing product and you are ready to introduce it to the world. One of the most important considerations for an entrepreneur bringing a new product to market is intellectual property protection. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

The Anticonventional Thinking (ACT) Method (2.0)
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
Anticonventional thinking (ACT) is a new approach to achieving goals through creative thinking. Learn more! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Creativity, Innovation and Cake
Filed under: Creativity
People are confusing the terms By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Problem-Free, Idea-Free Creative Thinking
Filed under: Creativity
Think in an Anticonventional Way: Stop Searching for the “Idea” and the “Problem” as the Backbones of Team Creative Thinking By Fernando Cardoso de Sousa -- Read the article...

Anticonventional Decisions
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
Whenever you are faced with a decision you are, by definition, facing multiple choices. Jeffrey argues you should opt for the unconventional choices By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Going Against the Crowd
Filed under: Business Innovation
With the growing popularity of open innovation, crowdsourcing and web based suggestion schemes where the best ideas are decided by popular votes, many of us tend to forget a very simply truism: creative people do not follow the crowd By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Designing the Perfect Ideas Competition
Filed under: Business Innovation
If you want to run an innovation competition in your company, this is the way to do it. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

What if you change IWWMI into WASNT?
Filed under: Creativity
Traditional creative problem solving (CPS) tells you to formulate problem statements with By Fernando Cardoso de Sousa -- Read the article...

Goals Are Sexier than Problems
Filed under: Business Innovation
Creativity is oftern perceived to be about problem solving. However, I believe that we should make it more about attaining gaols. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Let’s Bounce a Few Ideas Off Each Other
Filed under: Creativity
The way that highly creative people generate ideas to solve problems or achieve goals is very different to brainstorming rules. But I also reckon the former is a better way. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Has Innovation Lost Its Meaning?
Filed under: Business Innovation
Has the word innovation become so overused that it no longer has any real meaning? I believe so. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Video: Core Tenets of Anticonventional Thinking No. 1
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
The first of a series of videos to be made on the core tenets of anticonventional thinking (ACT). This video provides a very quick introduction to ACT and the first core tenet. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Solving Personal Problems with Anticonventional Thinking
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
Anticonventional thinking is not just for business problems. You can also apply it to personal problems as this article demonstrates By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Defining Innovation
Filed under: Business Innovation
Looking at innovation with a new definition: Innovation = changing your world for the better By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

The Seven Core Tenets of Anticonventional Thinking
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
Anticonventional thinking is a new approach to creativity that is based on current research. Here are the seven core tenets to anticonventional thinking By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

World's Best Approach to Innovation
Filed under: Business Innovation
Forming small, autonomous teams and teaching them to use anticonventional thinking is the best approach big companies can take to innovation By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Creativity War
Filed under: Creativity
In case you haven’t noticed, there is a minor war raging among creativity professionals. On one side we have the creative problem solving enthusiasts – let’s call them the pro-brainstormers – and on the other side we have the anti-brainstormers. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

You Are the Problem
Filed under: Creativity
If you are part of the problem, you have a responsibility to solve the problem By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Become the Problem Innovation
Filed under: Creativity
When you want real insight into problems that you are trying to solve through creativity, try becoming the problem. It's fun and effective! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

The Creative Pursuit of Laziness
Filed under: Personal Innovation
The people who seem the laziest in your office are probably the most creative. Learn from them. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Anti-Science Threatens America’s Innovation
Filed under: Business Innovation
The biggest threat facing America today is not the economy, it is not the growing divide between the rich and the poor. It is the growing anti-science movement. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

The Importance of Vacations
Filed under: Personal Innovation
Physical and mental vacations are critical to your well being, productivity and creativity By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Conceptual Conversations
Filed under: Creativity
Sometimes, a simple conversation to thrash out ideas and develop solutions into concepts can be a far more effective approach to creativity and kicking off innovation. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Asking Favours -- and Getting Them
Filed under: Personal Innovation
If you want someone to do something for you, here is an easy, non-manipulative trick. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

My Message to Teenage Girls
Filed under: Personal Innovation
I recently read a blog post of a message to teenage girls. It was so disappointing, it made me want to cry! So, I wrote my own message. Here it is. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Start From Scratch Conceptually
Filed under: Business Innovation
Government, business and people can easily become bogged down by procedures and processes that harm efficiency and kill innovation. The obvious solution is to start from scratch. Learn how. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

How to Be Incredible
Filed under: Personal Innovation
You are a very special person. But if you want more. If you want to be incredible. Then read on... By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

People Think Creative Ideas Are Like Vomit!
Filed under: Creativity
Here is a surprising fact for you. Most people do not like creative ideas and can even compare them to vomit. Really. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Inspiring Creativity in Others
Filed under: Creativity
If you want to push others – such as colleagues, team members, children, students, sweethearts or friends – to be more creative, there are a few simple things you can do. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Feel Good Pseudo-Innovation
Filed under: Business Innovation
Some innovation initiatives are more about making people feel good than they are about innovation. But that is ok! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Five More Suggestions for Raising Creative Kids
Filed under: Personal Innovation
If you are keen on creativity, you are doubtless even keener to raise creative children! Here are five more steps on how to do it! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Relationship Goals
Filed under: Personal Innovation
Long term shared goals keep a relationship alive. If you lack goals, a little creativity can help you identify them. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Five Suggestions for Raising Creative Kids
Filed under: Personal Innovation
If you are keen on creativity and innovation, you surely want your children to be creative as well. If so, the sooner you act, the better. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Imagination Is the Root of Innovation
Filed under: Creativity
Imagination is the realm of the mind where you see things that do not yet exist in this world, but which one day might. It is an under-appreciated yet critical element of creativity and innovation. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Nine Rules of Creative Leadership
Filed under: Business Innovation
The nine principals rules of creative leadership: what every creative leader needs to know! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Threatstorming
Filed under: Business Innovation
Threatstorming is a creative approach to identifying potential threats and risks to your business. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

The Value of DIY Parents and Creative Children
Filed under: Personal Innovation
Clayton Christensen claims that there seems to be one factor highly creative people have in common: their parents were big on DIY By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Go On, Let Your Kids Make Mistakes
Filed under: Personal Innovation
Help your kids learn better and learn to think creatively by encouraging them to make mistakes! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

The Meeting and the Wrong Problem
Filed under: Business Innovation
A very short story about Jeffrey helping a client find the right problem By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

What's Your Value Proposition?
Filed under: Personal Innovation
What is your value proposition? How do you create value for the people who give you money, whether they be your customers, your employers or your victims. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

You Cannot Radically Change Someone's Opinion
Filed under: Personal Innovation
As opinions in religion, politics and more are becoming increasingly polarised, many people think a simple argument can radically change another person's opinion. The truth is: that will never happen. Read why this is true. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Designer Goals 1: Introduction
Filed under: Personal Innovation
Designer goals is a method you can use to define your unique goals and develop a personal and creative step-by-step plan for achieving those goals. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Download Free eBooklet on Anticonventional Thinking
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
Download the 17 page eBooklet on anticonventional thinking and learn more about this powerful idea generation and development process. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Video Interview: Innovation vs. Vision
Filed under: Business Innovation
Margaret Manson, Chief Inspirator of Innofuture, interviews Jeffrey Baumgartner about innovation vs. vision, his book and more. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Video: Creativity and Leadership: The 3Cs
Filed under: Business Innovation
The 3Cs is a simple, yet powerful technique that you can use to motivate people on your team to share and develop creative ideas. Learn more by watching this video! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Video: Boring Problems
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Video: Let's Get Creative: Boring Problems. Jeffrey Baumgartner talks about why boring problem statements in brainstorms lead to boring ideas and explains how you can get better results with provocative probelms/challenge statements By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Interview with Jeffrey (in Portuguese)
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Jeffrey Baumgartner is interviewed on National Portuguese radio on matters relating to creativity, innovation and improving the Algarve region. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Innovation vs. Vision
Filed under: Business Innovation
Truly innovative companies do not focus on innovation, rather they focus on relentlessly chasing their strategy By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Your Future Depends on Creativity
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The world is changing your future, and your children's future, depends on your creativity! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Jeffrey on Anticonventional Thinking
Filed under: Anticonventional Thinking
Jeffrey Baumgartner talks briefly about anti conventional thinking following the 2011 European Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Faro, Portugal By Baumgartner Jeffrey -- Read the article...

Video: Jeffrey on Open Innovation
Filed under: Business Innovation
A short video of Jeffrey Baumgartner talking about open innovation for small and medium sized businesses. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Open Innovation for Small Companies
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Open innovation is not just for big companies with massive research budgets. Even small companies can benefit from open innovation. Learn how! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Beware the Cult of Ideas
Filed under: Business Innovation
The Cult of Ideas is a dangerous phenomenon in innovation, one that more and more companies fall prey to. What about your company? By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Your Five Year Plan
Filed under: Personal Innovation
The ultimate self-help action: draw up your own five year plan and achieve your dreams. Learn how creative thinking can help you better understand your goals and devise creative methods for accomplishing them. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Your Elevator Pitch
Filed under: Personal Innovation
Use creative thinking in order to devise a clever and original elevator pitch. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Creative Problem Solving (CPS)
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Everything you need to know about Creative Problem Solving (CPS) By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

The Three C's
Filed under: Business Innovation
Most organisations kill off new ideas before they have really been considered. Learn why and learn a simple technique you can use to encourage creative ideas! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Video - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us
Filed under: Business Innovation
A video clip on "Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us" By Dan Pink -- Read the article...

10 Steps to Boost Corporate Innovation
Filed under: Business Innovation
Ten quick steps that will lead your firm to corporate innovation. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

The Innovation Process
Filed under: Business Innovation
A description of the business innovation process complete with a cartoon illustration showing work flow in the process. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Metrics for Idea Generation
Filed under: Creativity
Metrics for Idea Generation discusses the selection of metrics for idea generation projects, and the management of the process given its’ inputs and outputs. By Dr. Brian Glassman -- Read the article...

Cost cutting idea management
Filed under: Business Innovation
How to use idea management to identify innovative means of reducing operational costs. This article could save you millions! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Innovation: Back to the Basics
Filed under: Business Innovation
A lack of common jargon is detrimental to the innovation business and the business of innovation! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

If at First You Don't Succeed, Learn!
Filed under: Business Innovation
Sometimes potentially great ideas do not work out. When this happens, it should not be seen as a failure. Rather it is an opportunity to learn and innovate! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Turning Problems into Innovation Challenges
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Whether you are planning a brainstorming session, an ideas campaign in an idea management system or innovation process management system or simply need innovative solutions to business problems, you need to start with an innovation challenge. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

A Dozen Ingredients for a Culture of Innovation
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A culture of innovation is very simply a workplace environment that constantly encourages people to think creatively and facilitates implementing creative ideas so that they may become innovations. Read about the key ingredients here. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Your Innovation Manifesto
Filed under: Business Innovation
If your firm is going to get serious about innovation, you probably need an innovation manifesto laying out changes. We've written one up for you. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Innovation Process Management
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Innovation Process Management is a comprehensive approach to running a sustainable innovation initiative in your organisation. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Innovation Strategies for a Recession
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Learn about the innovation strategies your firm should adopt in order to grow during the current economic downturn By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Downsizing Workforce Downsizes Innovation
Filed under: Business Innovation
Learn why mass lay-offs are deadly dangerous to your firm's innovation potential. You may be surprised! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Rewarding Innovation
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A reward scheme can make or kill an innovation initiative. Learn more about the theory and practice of sensible innovation rewards practice and learn what mistakes to avoid. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Visual Brainstorming
Filed under: Creativity
Traditional verbal brainstorming is being increasingly seen as ineffective. Visual brainstorming, that is brainstorming using objects, images and actions, is usually highly effective. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Free idea evaluator
Filed under: Creativity
An easy to use on-line tool that allows you to evaluate an idea using an evaluation matrix. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Creative Idea Implementation Plan
Filed under: Creativity
Implementing creative ideas can be more challenging than implementing other projects. The creative idea implementation plan is a easy to follow framework specifically designed to help you implement creative ideas effectively and profitably. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

KISS: Keep Innovation Simple, Sweetheart
Filed under: Business Innovation
There is a tendency today to innovate in order to make products and processes more complex. Often this can be a mistake. Read about the benefits of innovating for simplicity. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Are Your Ideas Audacious Enough?
Filed under: Business Innovation
In most business ideas, there is a direct correlation between how audacious and risky an idea is and its innovativeness and reward potential. Learn why the most innovative ideas are usually the most audacious. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

The Corporate Innovation Machine
Filed under: Business Innovation
The corporate innovation machine is a model for understanding how to implement an effective, idea management based innovation strategy in your firm. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Introduction to Idea Management (PDF file,475KB)
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An eight page, heavily illustrated booklet that explains in simple language the basic principles about idea management and idea flow in enterprises. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Communication and Innovation
Filed under: Business Innovation
Good communication is critical to good organisational innovation. Learn why. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

The risk of an idea
Filed under: Business Innovation
Why innovative people in your firm may not be sharing their best ideas By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Individual vs. organisational innovation
Filed under: Business Innovation
Organisational innovation is entirely different from individual innovation. It is important to understand why. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Big and little innovation
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Why incremental innovation is just as important as radical innovation By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Four Kinds of Corporate Innovation
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Learn about the four kinds of corporate innovation and how to promote each within your firm. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Idea Flow
Filed under: Business Innovation
Learn about the different kinds of idea flow in organisations and why four dimensional idea flow is best. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Destroy Your Assumptions
Filed under: Business Innovation
Learn why you may be making dangerous assumptions that limit your ability to innovate. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Evaluating ideas
Filed under: Creativity
Learn how to quickly determine whether an idea is likely to work By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Calculating the costs and returns on idea management
Filed under: Business Innovation
Find out how to calculate the costs of implementing idea management and what kind of return on investment you can expect. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Don't multitask - multithink instead
Filed under: Creativity
Multitasking is a highly inefficient way to get things done. Indeed, it often results in delayed completion of several projects. So, instead of multitasking, try multithinking! By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Organisational creativity - the top ten enablers (PDF document: 212kb)
Filed under: Business Innovation
As part of a masters degree research project Wayne Morris surveyed a range of New Zealand organisations with the intention of identifying the factors that enable organisational creativity. These are his top ten. By Wayne Morris -- Read the article...

The care and framing of strategic innovation challenges (PDF document: 338 kb)
Filed under: Creativity
Before you begin to brainstorm or launch an ideas campaign, be sure you frame your challenge in the right way. Learn how to frame challenges that bring in the best ideas. By Dr. Authur Van Gundy -- Read the article...

Review of the Main Principles of the Creative Process (PDF document: 202kb)
Filed under: Business Innovation
This article highlights the fundamental processes involved in creative thinking, including analysis, analogy, synthesis, and transition to initial causes or objectives, using clear illustrations and examples. By Dr. Stephen Sweid -- Read the article...

The Great Innovation Lie
Filed under: Business Innovation
A lot of expensive consultants are these days touting highly complicated innovation structures to firms like yours. However, highly structured innovation systems inevitably fail because they do not provide freedom to be creative. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Ideas: the Tip of the Iceberg (PDF document; 134kb)
Filed under: Business Innovation
Establishing a culture of innovation in a company results in so much more than just ideas. By Maren Baermann -- Read the article...

Creativity - Its Place in Education (PDF document; 120kb)
Filed under: Creativity
by Wayne Morris. Creative pupils lead richer lives and, in the longer term, make a valuable contribution to society. Surely then, it is worth the effort to provide children with creative thinking skills in their education. By Wayne Morris -- Read the article...

10 Creative Myths
Filed under: Creativity
People have a lot of misconceptions about creativity. This article tells you about typical bad assumptions people make about creativity and innovation. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Decision Maker
Filed under: Business Innovation
The Zda Decision maker is a fun shockwave animation that can help you make decisions. Enjoy By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Doodles creative exercises
Filed under: Creativity
Doodles are fun and effective creative thinking exercises. Try out our free doodles or download our Doodles e-book. (Note: this link will take you to a different part of the jpb.com web site.) By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

The Secret to Creativity
Filed under: Creativity
The secret to generating powerful creative ideas is not in the idea generation, but in the problem. Learn how to turn your problem into an inspiring creative challenge. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Idea management
Filed under: Business Innovation
A quick and dirty introduction to the basic principles idea management By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

Team role-play
Filed under: Business Innovation
Team role-playing is a fun, but effective means of getting your staff to take a more creative approach to typical problems and situations. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

BrainStorming
Filed under: Creativity
A quick, concise guide on how to run a traditional brainstorming session. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

10 Steps to boost your creativity
Filed under: Creativity
Ten quick steps to help you be more creative. This article was first written in 1996 and has remained on of the most popular pages on our web site. It has also been reprinted many times over in books, magazines and elsewhere. By Jeffrey Baumgartner -- Read the article...

 

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