June 27, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

GETTING THE MONKEY OFF YOUR BACK: Asking the Right Question

“There are no right answers to wrong questions.” — Ursula Le Guin

Effective team leaders sometimes suffer from the “monkey on the back syndrome” — taking on other people’s problems when, in fact, they need to be helping those other people solve th…

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June 27, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What Is Idea Management?

Traditional innovation can only take your business so far, and without an evolution of processes, you might find it harder than ever to move new ideas forward. Introducing structures and systems to formulate, organize, and act upon new ideas is one of …

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June 16, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Combo Mambo

If you only had two minutes to live and wanted to know the secret of innovation, this is what I would tell you: “It’s the elegant synthesis of two or more seemingly disparate elements that are perceived as useful by some cross section of humanity.”

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June 13, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Taking a break

Hi, I wanted to share with you all a quick update, that I will be taking a short, well deserved break from writing and podcasts. Everything is going well, but I am taking some time off in the summer to spend time with the family, and during this time I will significantly slow down the […]

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June 10, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Idea Brahmacharaya

In India, spiritual adepts who give up sex to pursue God are known as “brahmacharyas.” They believe that their vital power (i.e. kundalini) needs to be completely intact in order for them to have the ultimate experience.

What does this have to do …

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June 10, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Would you trust a colleague who stole your ideas?

What is worse? A colleague who steals money? Or a colleague who steals other people’s ideas and pretends they came up with them? According to new research by Lilien Ellis just published in June 2022, it seems like stealing other people’s ideas is seen as being much worse. Through a series of experiments, Ellis investigated […]

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June 9, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Start small and build momentum

Developing a practice of consistently creating requires dedication and grit. After all, professional creatives get on with the act of creating. But if you are just starting out, this can seem overwhelming. Going from not creating and publishing anything, to feeling the pressure of doing this consistently can scare many people off. Especially if they […]

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June 8, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Zen vs. Zoom: Is Person-to-Person Interaction Better for Innovation?

The author draws upon the theory of “emptiness” and other principles of Zen Buddhism to evaluate the desirability of remote vs. person-to-person interaction during the course of innovation, especially new idea development. This evaluation is pursued wi…

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June 8, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The more people are in your company, the more administrative effort it takes

If you were at a party, and wanted to shake hands with everyone, how many handshakes would it take? Simple: it would be the total number of people at the party, minus one (yourself). That grows with the total number of people involved. But how many total handshakes take place, and how long would it […]

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June 6, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Rosy Retrospective: Why we think the “good old times” were better

Nostalgia can be a powerful force preventing innovation in companies. After all, people often would rather keep the status quo than run the risk of changing something while being unsure that the change will make things better. It also seems to imply that people often think of the past more fondly than the present, as […]

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June 2, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The simple (and advanced) tools i use to run an online business on auto-pilot

One of the most common questions I am asked is what tools I use to manage my successful online business. Considering I am constantly giving advice on the ways that companies can improve their innovativeness, and people can come up with new business models and business ideas based on their creativity. So, I wanted to […]

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June 1, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

When does it make sense to automate?

Innovation teams often see a problem and think that the most effective thing to do is to create a solution for it. Often, this involves developing a solution that automates a task that previously had to be done manually by someone, or at least makes the activity significantly more efficient. However, sometimes the time, effort […]

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