June 30, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Impostor Syndrome

Why is it that some incredibly talented individuals feel like they do not deserve their success? Especially women? This might down to a bias known as Impostor Syndrome or the Impostor Phenomenon. Someone suffering from Impostor Syndrome may not believe that they deserve success which comes their way, and are constantly afraid of being found […]

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June 29, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Is everyone creative?

Yes. Everyone is creative. The challenge is that not everyone feels creative. Maybe you fall into this camp. Because a lot of people do. Often when I am giving keynote speeches or workshops, I will ask the very simple question: Are you creative? And I am always amazed that a large proportion of people respond […]

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June 28, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Using a “budget pool” to reduce the cost of innovation

We have previously spoken about the value of using an innovation pipeline as part of of your innovation strategy. This way, more projects can be tested at lower costs, with only the ones with validated potential getting further funding to continue. But how do you actually reduce the costs of the projects in the first […]

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June 27, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

creating new knowledge eyes a better future

Most of what you are reading on the internet, day in, day out, is a regurgitation of the past. There is “nothing new under the sun.” Many content creators – no matter the content – will tell you that there are no “new&#822…

June 25, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

This weird fat is what makes you smarter, but less creative (Myelin)

Why is it that it sometimes feels so hard to be creative? Well, it is because your brain is actually incredibly lazy! But don’t blame yourself. Blame evolution. You see, the brain is one of the most energy-hungry organs in your body, regularly demanding around 20% of the calories your body uses. And in the […]

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June 24, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Five Questions to Answer Before Crowdsourcing

As the director of the IdeaScale Crowd community, I recently had the opportunity to share some insights and best practices for innovators who are new to crowdsourcing, and may not have conducted their first campaign yet. We discussed five questions to …

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June 23, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Which colours should you paint your office to be more creative?

We know that our surroundings can impact our creative performance and ability to innovate. So how can we adjust our surroundings to help us to achieve our best work possible? Well, several pieces of research have looked at how colour around you affects your creative performance. And it turns out that different colours can help […]

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June 23, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why People Buy Innovation Management Software

Every year, IdeaScale analyzes our system and customer data and releases a report on crowdsourced innovation trends and benchmarks. You can find this year’s report here, but one of the questions that we pay a lot of attention to is why people are looki…

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June 22, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why every innovation plan will fail when it hits the market

The boxer Mike Tyson once famously said: Everybody has a plan before they get punched in the mouth! While the original quote from 1987 was actually “Everybody has plans until they get hit for the first time.”, the sentiment also applies to innovation projects. Companies often create elaborate plans for what their projects are supposed […]

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June 21, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Online Brainstorm Facilitation Training for the Time-Crunched

Idea Champions is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new offering — an elegant way for its time-crunched, innovation-leaning clients to upgrade the impact of their (on-site) brainstorming sessions — just in time, as some of our clients,…

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June 21, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

16 scientifically proven ways to enhance your creativity

People often think that science and creativity are not related. In fact, over the past few decades, a huge amount of research has begun showing us exactly what causes our creativity, what reduces it, and even what enhances it. In this article, I want to highlight some of my favourite examples of scientific research which […]

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June 20, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

don’t buy an electric car today, invent clean power generation tomorrow

Having a Tesla is all the rage around here – yes, I myself even put down a deposit on a Cybertruck – less for the fact that it’s electric and more for the fact that it looks great. If you ask me, most car manufacturers make extremely …

June 19, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

101 CreativiTeas for Innovators

No matter how many times I tell people there’s no such thing as a “magic innovation pill,” every one keeps asking.

This just in: I don’t have the magic pill. But I DO have something even better — a virtual potion that has the potential to liberate …

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June 18, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Podcast Renaissance: How Podcasts Boost Creativity and Inspire Audiences

Podcasts have become a familiar aspect of our cultural landscape. When they first emerged in the early 2000s, they were considered to be a niche concept and unlikely to compete with radio. However, a recent study found that 32% of Americans now listen to a podcast at least once a month. As a result, it […]

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June 17, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

20 Qualities of an Innovator

The word “innovate” can be traced all the way back to 1440. It comes from the Middle French word “innovacyon,” meaning “renewal” or “new way of doing things”.

Exactly what innovations actually happened in 1440 (rounder oxcart wheels?) is anybody’s…

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June 16, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How to set a strategy using the cascade of choices framework

Most companies think they have a clear strategy. However, what they think is a strategy is usually nothing more than a set of goals. A real strategy requires clarity on not only what you want to achieve, but how you will choose to focus on achieving this, as well as what you choose not to […]

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June 16, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Who Are the Creators Among Us?

For a long time, the prevailing theory was that the creators, ideators, or innovators among us were a special type of person that had an innate gift for inspiration. The idea that creativity could be taught was much debated, but it is also one of the m…

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June 15, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

A list of all of the biases which affect creativity and innovation performance

One of the least-understood reasons why ideas are often not successful is the impact of biases. Biases in the scientific sense are mental shortcuts which our brains take, often because this is easier and more energy efficient. However, they can also very often result in the brain making the wrong decisions, or preferring answers and […]

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June 14, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

use foresight to stop cold the disaster of unintended consequences

Our world is rife with many examples of unintended consequences. Is it really possible that most people don’t think about the far-reaching effects of their actions and only focus on the short-term benefits? Not so surprising when you realize that…

June 14, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Writer’s Block is a myth

Plumbers do not suffer from plumber’s block Surgeons do not suffer from surgeon’s block. Swimmers do not suffer from swimmer’s block. In all of their cases, even if they do not feel inspired, they will get on with their work and just do it. So why do so many creative people feel like they are […]

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June 14, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Building an Imagination Machine: Exclusive Interview with Martin Reeves and Jack Fuller

Imagination is one of the least understood but most crucial ingredients of success. It’s what makes the difference between an incremental change and the kinds of pivots and paradigm shifts that are essential to transformation — especially during a cris…

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June 11, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Macronumerical summing code

Macronumerical summing code can compress binary codes to infinity levels with the multiple compression techniques and you can decode it back without data loss. The process or the technique is in the incipient stage and we need to develop to its advance…

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June 11, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Is your market large enough?

Scalpels for left-handed surgeons. Energy bars for vegan ultra-marathon runners. Lightweight, customised harness belts for speed-climbers. Replicas of the world’s most famous buildings for tropical fish aquariums. A social network for billionaires. All of the ideas above might be possible high-quality products, which would be extremely sought-after by the target market. They might perform better […]

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June 10, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

20 Reasons Why People Get Their Best Ideas in the Shower

During the past 25 years, I’ve asked more than 10,000 people where and when they get their best ideas. I get all kinds of answers, but the one that has always fascinated me is “the shower” — maybe because I also get so many of my good ideas there. …

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June 10, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How to Jump Start Organizational Innovation During Covid-19

Covid-19 hasn’t just disrupted businesses around the world, it has also disrupted their ability to innovate. And one of the biggest reasons WHY can be traced to one simple factor: isolation.

With most people working from home and scrambling to s…

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June 9, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Creative Cliff Illusion

When do you have your best ideas: Right at the beginning of creative work, or later on when you are exhausted? Interesting new research sheds a light on how you might be wrong about your own creative process. Brian J. Lucas and Loran F. Nordgren wanted to study at what point people expected to be […]

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June 9, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

SWICH – The Six Week Innovation Challenge

The Six Week Innovation Challenge is becoming the method of choice in corporates. And it’s not only innovators who love the sprint – leaders embrace it just as much.
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June 8, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

An innovation pipeline should not be an innovation pipe

One aspect of any successful innovation portfolio is the way you manage your pipeline of new ideas. Using a pipeline, you can take a large number of ideas you want to test, and quickly and cheaply prioritise those which are showing the most promise and progress. If you want to visualise it, it should look […]

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June 8, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Leveraging Alien Thinking: Exclusive Interview with Cyril Bouquet, Jean-Louis Barsoux, and Michael Wade

For the past decade, Cyril Bouquet, Jean-Louis Barsoux, and Michael Wade, professors of innovation and strategy at IMD Business School, have studied inventors, scientists, doctors, entrepreneurs, and artists. These people, or “aliens,” as the authors c…

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June 7, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Not all ideas are good ideas

While this statement may seem like the most obvious thing in the world, it is amazing how often we don’t think through it rationally. The vast majority of ideas are actually not very good. And most of them are quite bad. This is especially true at the very beginning of ideas, when they are not […]

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