Category Archives: Creative Problem-solving

Resourceful Innovation from Inside the Box

There are so many clichés around innovation but the one that causes me the most grief is this idea of “thinking outside the box”. ‘Ever asked someone to show you how you actually go about thinking outside the box? I have...More times than not, they’re not really sure what to do with it.

Lessons from Monet: Impressions of Innovation

I did not set out to chronicle the innovative characteristics of the great painters (my previous writing was on Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings), yet somehow I ended up following precisely that path as I read a new book by Ross King on Claude Monet’s famous Water Lilies. In Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of ...

The State of Crowdsourcing in 2016

Based on an updated 2015 dataset, the eYeka report provides an analysis of the latest evolutions of how the world’s largest companies are leveraging creative crowdsourcing. The report looks into which sectors, companies, and brands are the most active users of crowdsourcing for marketing and innovation, with a specific focus on FMCG. It also analyses ...

The Value of an Innovator Mindset

The Value of an Innovator Mindset - Innovation ExcellenceWhen it comes to driving innovation, the single most important consideration is mindset—the mindset of those attempting to achieve innovation, and the mindset of those they encounter. This is not speculation. In my peer-reviewed research, I have measured mindset and compared it to value creation, and it makes a huge difference in innovation success. Continue reading

World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21

World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 - 21 - Innovation ExcellenceWorld Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 - 21 is a dedicated time worldwide to inspire new action, create novel ideas, make new decisions; solve problems in new ways, do something new, support new thinking, partner with new people, hold new conversations, use a new pair of eyes. It's is a global launch pad for new ideas, new decisions and new actions. Continue reading

How the Impossible Becomes Possible

How the Impossible Becomes Possible - Innovation ExcellenceArthur C. Clark insisted that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Yet most of us have to live in a world of practicalities. Growing up means that fantasies must give way to realities. We learn to favor probabilities over possibilities. Continue reading

Are you a creative problem solver? Take the “Mad Men” challenge!

shutterstock_124144213 - mad man paidAs Head of Creative, you've been asked to deliver an ad campaign to increase the popularity of print media. The digital revolution has significantly eroded newspaper circulation. Pitch a solution. What will you propose? Continue reading