July 30, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Inside/Out Innovation

If you work in an organization that wants to establish a sustainable culture of innovation — you have two basic choices: outside/in or inside/out.

Outside/in is the most common approach. It assumes that re-engineering systems or processes is the …

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July 29, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Create a Team of Master Problem Solvers

Problem-solving is an essential skill as an innovator. If problems stump your employees, how can your organization ever innovate for customers? Luckily, problem-solving skills can be learned, and as a leader you can create a team of master problem solv…

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July 28, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What is the New Model for Innovation Success?

In this series I’ve been critically examining the significant changes impacting the corporate innovation competency, which leads to how organisations drive future growth and impact.
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July 26, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

In Search of the Perfect Brainstorm: An Update of Collaborative Ideation

Imaginary scenario: you have been invited to a meeting to explore new approaches to a wicked problem. Loudmouth Number 1 describes his solution. Loudmouth Number 2 vehemently disagrees. A heated argument ensues. Some people take sides. Others remain si…

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July 22, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

THE CURE FOR THE CREATIVE BLUES: Self-Acknowledgment

If you’re a creative person working on a project that is unlikely to get results overnight, here’s a simple practice to save you from the all-too-familiar phenomenon of depressing yourself by focusing on the proverbial cup being half-empty.

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July 21, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What are the Challenges to Government Intrapreneurship?

Government innovators face specific challenges: regulations, compliance issues, cooperation with numerous other branches of government…but they also access some of the most technical and influential trends of our time.
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July 19, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Unleashing Virtual Creative Collaboration at The Sonophilia Foundation: What Can a Nonprofit Teach Us About Virtual Creative Collaboration

Does creativity suffer in our virtual world, or could working virtually actually lead to more collaborative environments, better ideation and heightened interaction? 
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July 18, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

the past: great risks led to great rewards. today, we take no risks. should we get any rewards?

Recently, the mask ban has been lifted in California for vaccinated people – yet still wherever you go and whoever you see – there is still a sizeable population still wearing masks. In addition, I still see a lot of people wearing masks wh…

July 16, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What is exponential growth in technology?

Some technology seems to improve gradually over time, and continuously get incrementally better through small steps. We call this incremental innovation. But what about technology which seems to be improving at incredibly fast rates? Well, this might be due to exponential growth, and is especially likely to happen with newer technologies. Exponential growth means that […]

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July 14, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The mere exposure effect bias: Why people like ideas they have seen before

What do you need to do to make someone like your idea? Get them to see it as many times as possible. One of the most powerful unconscious biases which we all suffer from is called the Mere Exposure Effect. It essentially says that the more often we see something, the more we will associate […]

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July 13, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

10 Ways to Help Left Brainers Tap Into Their Creativity

If your job requires you to lead meetings, brainstorming sessions, or problem solving gatherings of any kind, chances are good that most of the people you come in contact with are left-brain dominant: analytical, logical, linear folks with a passion …

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July 13, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The 6 core skills every innovator needs

In order to succeed as a professional innovation manager, you need a variety of skills. And these skills are only going to become more valuable in the coming decades as companies realise that they are required for future growth. From being able to manage bureaucracy to coming up with ideas in the first place, here […]

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July 12, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why mind wandering is good for your creativity

If you want to become more creative, one of the most effective things you can do is become more comfortable letting your mind wander. It sounds simple, but there is a wealth of research which shows the creative benefits of letting your thoughts flow freely. Mind wandering, or daydreaming, often occurs when you are not […]

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July 11, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

innovation versus profit: not zero sum

Recently, I had Jake Jorgovan of Lead Cookie and Content Allies on my show to discuss his business building framework. Jake is a serial entrepreneur who has built several businesses over time. I asked him on my show after sending a note to his newslett…

July 9, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Kill a stupid rule: an amazing way to reduce red tape

A few years ago I had a very interesting discussion with Lisa Bodell, CEO of Futurethink and bestselling author of innovation books Kill the Company and Why Simple Wins. She told me about how most employees waste far too much time in meetings and answering emails. They were too busy to get any real work […]

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July 7, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Delighting customers with less

Sometimes, less is more. I just had a wonderful experience which reminded me that in order to add value to your customers, you don’t always need to find new things to add and new features for everything. It is human nature to try and solve problems by adding more, rather than focusing on less. But […]

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July 7, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Is South Africa the Next Silicon Valley?

When you think of the most innovative places in the world, what do you picture? Silicon Valley and its array of tech startups? Tokyo, because it has the highest number of patents filed worldwide? London, where over 15% of the workforce is employed in t…

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July 6, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How to tell when it is the right time to walk away

It is one of the most painful things to do. But at the same time, one of the most important. Walking away from an idea or project which is just not working. In some cases this can mean literally moving on and walking away, to another team or project. But in most cases, walking away […]

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July 5, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

reality is non-binary: humans are more complex than you think

Have you ever noticed that almost everything in our world ends up in two camps? Democrat or Republican, Liberal or Conservative, Jeep or Bronco, Black or White, Male or female? For some reason, we tend to simplify things down to a binary choice –…

July 5, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Cells that fire together, wire together

It’s a phrase that if you are interested in creativity, it is worth remembering. As I described in my previous article about myelin, neuronal cells that have previously fired together in a network can have that network strengthened. As a result, the brain will find that network more effective than other networks which are not […]

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July 5, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Trending Questions

What is a trend, and other questions answered by Sébastien Van Laere, Co-founder of Superframe, an agency using insight and foresight to develop brand-, innovation- and business strategy for some of the biggest global brands.
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July 5, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Worlds’ First Free the Genie Poem All the Way from Australia

This just in from Mohammed Azim, Director of the English Department at Al Siraat College in Melbourne, Australia. Mohammed is a certified facilitator of Idea Champions’ online Free the Genie brainstorming tool and, in recognition of it’s value, has j…

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July 1, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The strongest trees grow against the wind

If you compare a houseplant which has grown indoors to a similar plant which has grown outside, you will see that the plant outside has a stronger stem. This is because while the indoor plants have been protected from the elements and grown up in calm, peaceful air, the plants outside have had to grow […]

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