April 30, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Simple vs Easy

Just because something is simple does not mean that it is easy to do. Similarly, just because something is complex does not mean it needs to be hard. Complexity and ease are often confused in innovation, both in design and in problem finding stages. But they are two fundamentally different aspects of a solution which […]

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April 28, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

It is impossible to please everyone

Many creators think that the ultimate accolade is for their new idea, product or innovation to be universally loved. However, this is impossible. It is impossible to please everyone. Everyone is different. Everyone is human. And as a result, some people are going to have different opinions about what they like. Some people like pop […]

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April 27, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Don’t believe everything you read on the internet

There are at least 5 things wrong with this image. Can you spot all of them all? When it comes to spreading ideas, the internet can be a blessing and a curse. While it allows knowledge to be exchanged across borders, to billions of people and at the speed of light, the question also arises […]

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April 27, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

TESTIMONIALS FROM GRADUATES: The Year of Living Creatively

“Mitch is part creativity shaman, Muse whisperer, writing coach, and mad poet. He employs all of these characters in the service of helping participants launch and bring to fruition their cherished projects.” — Mira Rubenstein

“Creativity, I have d…

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April 25, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

how do you feel about taking risks?

After facing the future and feeling empowered to change yourself or your organization to design your ideal future, one of the next steps in my Foresight Leadership program is a risk assessment. Typically, most people and organizations are very risk-ave…

April 23, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

THIS JUST IN! The Year of Living Creatively Manifesto

The Year of Living Creatively is an eight-week, online course for anyone wanting a boost, jiggle, or jolt to help them turn their impulse to create into a reality. What follows is the essence of what the course is all about:

— Creativity is our bir…

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April 23, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Fascinating idea: Would we buy carbon-neutral products if they were 2% more expensive?

I just came across this fascinating TED video by Jens Burchardt, BCG’s global expert on climate impact and low-emissions technologies. In it, he shows how much more expensive it is to produce carbon-neutral commodities, like steel. However, he also shows how small changes in our spending habits could have a huge impact on the advancement […]

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April 22, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

VAL VADEBONCOEUR: Your Free the Genie Facilitator

Val Vadeboncoeur, Idea Champions’ Director of Training, is a highly accomplished brainstorm facilitator, creative thinking catalyst, innovation workshop leader, and co-author of Conducting Genius.

Since 1987, Val has been helping organizations in…

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April 21, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How big is your reject pile?

People are so obsessed with getting the “right” ideas. Instead, it is often much more effective to just have LOTS of ideas. This makes the likelihood that at least some of those ideas will be of high quality significantly more likely. A great example of this is professional artist Drew Dernavich, known for his numerous […]

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April 21, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Entering the Movie Theater of Your Own, Unique Creative Process

The creative process is a most mysterious one — the inner journey a person takes to transform an impulse, idea, or inspiration into a manifested form that other people can enjoy.

For most of us, the creative process begins with the undeniable re…

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April 20, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How this 1976 French wine tasting disrupted an entire industry

How sure are you that your products are better than the competition? How confident are you that your company will not be disrupted by a smaller competitor? This story shows how an entire industry was so convinced of their superiority that they weren’t even aware that they were being overtaken. It is about the French […]

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April 20, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What Are The Six Traits of Highly Innovative Organizations?

I love meeting innovators. You meet all types: some of them are blue sky thinkers, some of them are feasibility buffs, some of them are incredible networkers and presenters, and some of them are shy and fascinatingly deep thinkers.
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April 19, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why did Taylor Swift just re-record her chart-topping album?

Taylor Swift is one of the world’s biggest music stars, having sold over 200 million records and receiving 11 Grammy awards. She is also respected for being a highly creative songwriter and performer. So why did she just do potentially the most un-creative thing a musician can do: Re-record one of her previous albums, ‘Fearless’ […]

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April 19, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Who is THE YEAR OF LIVING CREATIVELY Really For?

Well, let’s start at the beginning. There is something calling you — a deep impulse to create, express, or manifest. This something has been calling you for quite a while and you know it, even if you have delayed, denied, or deflected it.

Maybe …

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April 19, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Leadership Matters In More Ways Than One

No one is disputing the fact that leadership matters. In fact, there has never been a more critical time where leadership matters more than it does today.
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April 16, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How to Identify Your YEAR OF LIVING CREATIVELY Project

The Year of Living Creatively is a project-driven course. Each participant, before the course begins, identifies a meaningful goal, opportunity, or vision they want to breathe life into for the two months of the program. We’re talking “skin in the ga…

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April 15, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

how to discover the secrets of great new products: do the least you can do, fake it before you make it, and don’t be afraid of embarrassment

Many startup founders (or corporate innovators) have an issue with the concept of an MVP. The definition of a Minimum Viable Product varies greatly – but in the purest sense, it should be “the least you can do” For example, I co-found…

April 15, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Reaching Consumers Today

Innovationedge is hosting a live text-based Q&A session on our Facebook page. Join us on Monday, May 3rd from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm CDT on the Innovationedge Facebook page. Q&A Session participants will: Gain insight about your consumer’s needs Learn strategies to reach your target market Explore case studies to see what tactics have worked for

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April 15, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Helping Kids Foster and Keep Creativity

For most kids, being creative and imaginative is no problem. It seems to come naturally through play, exploration, and curiosity. You can probably even remember back to your own childhood and how effortless it seemed to come up with creative, fresh ideas no matter what you were doing. However, research has discovered that children may […]

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April 15, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Post-COVID Workplace: What to Expect Now and in the Future

As we start to think about a time when we can get back to the office and return to some sort of normalcy in the workplace, whether we are a startup or a well-established company, we will need to understand how we can best operate in a post-COVID workpl…

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April 14, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What Is the Real Value of “THE YEAR OF LIVING CREATIVELY”

There are two kinds of benefits you will receive from participating in The Year of Living Creatively. First, you’ll make major progress on a passionate project of yours that needs a major jolt. And second, you’ll develop the kind of skills, mindset…

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April 14, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

People never think of improving something by removing parts of it

When looking to improve something, it seems like people always want to add more. At least, this is what an interesting new piece of research by Adams et al suggests, just published in the journal Nature. This has major implications for innovators in all types of companies, trying to find ways to make their products […]

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April 13, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

An Invitation to Dive Deeper Into Your Own Creative Process

“The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.” — Julia Cameron

The creative process — the experience a human being enters into in service to their impulse to manifest something from nothing — is a mysterious one, even though it ha…

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April 13, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why physicists are excited about potentially being wrong

Usually, people are terrified about being wrong. But based on a breakthrough announcement in particle physics, thousands of scientists are thrilled about the prospect of some of our most deeply held beliefs being proved wrong last week. A team at Fermilab, a particle accelerator on the outskirts Chicago has recently announced new findings which hint […]

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April 13, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Try Double-Handed Innovation

Most new products and services are developments or combinations of existing offerings. But just adding features can lead to a product overloaded with ‘feature bloat’. Instead try giving with one hand and taking away with the other. Add something differ…

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April 12, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Art of Decision-making as an Innovation Leader

As we all know, innovating and creating something new is usually seen, for good reason, as an important, yet highly risky endeavor. As such, innovation leaders are constantly under a lot of pressure from many different directions. Now, when we talk about innovation, we often focus on the more practical side of things related to […]

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April 12, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Art Of Innovation | 10 Things To Learn From Guy Kawasaki

The agenda of our first management meeting in 2021 was ‘How can we innovate to thrive this year?’ We were clear that if we continue to do the same thing we did last year, there is no way we can bring any change in our growth. 
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April 12, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Is There Value in an Innovation Program for Your Company?

In my last article I wrote about the influences and themes that I see changing how large, mature and (often) incumbent organisations drive innovative growth and impact. In short, the innovation development professionals are (ironically) being disrupted…

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April 12, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

YEAR OF LIVING CREATIVELY: Breakthrough Buddies

Here at the International Headquarters of The Year of Living Creatively — my living room — we believe that every one on planet Earth is never more than a few seconds away from a breakthrough. Or, at the very least, a big idea, insight, or inspirati…

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April 10, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

punching the 10000 hour myth in the jaw

You’ve heard it. We’ve all heard it. Countless business books and life books have touted the “10,000 hours to mastery” rule. I think Malcolm Gladwell started it all – or maybe it was a study that he popularized. The thesis…