October 30, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Challenge Creative People Face

Here is one of the biggest challenges creative people face: finding the right balance between spontaneity and planning.

Spontaneity, while a huge part of the creative process, can also be a huge curse. The intoxicating nature of spontaneity — and…

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October 30, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Build What Customers Love, And The Money Will Follow

Even though we talk about improving profitability and our customers benefit from the profitable new ideas we help them generate or generate for them, there are still a lot of creative ideas that, when they are first conceived, have nothing to do with p…

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October 30, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” A few weeks ago, I came across a fantastic quote on creativity in an interview Todd Henry’s podcast and Joey Cofone. They were talking about when to know whether something you are working on is “finished” and ready to be released, and Joey came out with this […]

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October 27, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Opportunity cost

Every choice you make comes with trade-offs. This is especially true when it comes to strategic decisions around innovation. If you choose to spend your time, focus, effort and money developing one idea or innovation, it means you cannot spend those same resources on other ideas. Therefore, you must give up the opportunity to do […]

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October 25, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The ladder of “No”

As companies grow, it is inevitable that more hierarchies will be created. This is because after a certain size, it is essentially impossible to keep track of the relationships between everyone and what everyone is working on. Contrary to popular belief, hierarchy is not always a negative. In fact, as Start-ups grow, they will eventually […]

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October 23, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Embrace Change And Conquer The Future

“I’m afraid the patient doesn’t have much longer to live,” the doctor said. There is a treatment, but it has some serious adverse effects. The patient responded, “I’ll take it!” What adverse reactions can I exp…

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October 21, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Scientific Management, Taylorism and how employees are prevented from innovating

The Harvard Business Review’s Podcast “HBR Ideacast” has recently started a series on four business ideas which changed the world. I already told you about their excellent episode on Disruptive Innovation. Today I want to highlight another great episode on a topic I learned a lot more about: Taylorism. What is Taylorism? In 1878, a […]

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October 20, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What Is an Innovation Manager?

Innovation is a sector in which companies are putting an increasing amount of effort into optimizing, and with this growth comes new opportunities. Some of the roles that have sprung out of an increased focus on innovation are Chief Innovation Officer,…

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October 17, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

HBR Podcast on Disruptive Innovation

Do you know what disruptive innovation is? No, I am not talking about every start-up trying to disrupt their industry. I am talking about the original theory of disruptive innovation, as outlined by Professor Clayton Christensen in his groundbreaking Harvard Business Review article in 1995. This was the theory which described how small upstart companies […]

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October 16, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

To Innovate, You Must Be Fearless

If you want to be innovative, you have to learn to overcome your fears. Did you know that most people consider the fear of public speaking even more severe than the fear of death? Indeed, some people would instead do almost anything else than stand in …

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October 13, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The availability bias: Why we overestimate the likelihood of scary but unlikely events

What is more likely to kill you: A shark? Or a cow? Most people would be much more afraid of a shark. After all, they are known to be an alpha predator, and many movies show how easily they will kill anyone that comes to close. Indeed, a 2010 survey conducted in the USA found […]

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October 11, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The pandemic has changed our personalities

If you have felt like being locked inside during the last 2+ years of the pandemic has made you less creative, you might just be right. New research from September 2022 has looked at how the Big 5 Personality traits of more than 7,109 people in the USA have changed over time, comparing their results […]

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October 9, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Attempting Amazing Products? You Get What You Promote For

Are you interested in bringing more innovation into your company? Put an end to the celebration of promotions. The world of business is an exciting and fascinating place. It was stuck in a hierarchical system for a very long period, with workers report…

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October 6, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The surprising downsides to being an Overachiever at work

If you want something done, give it to a busy person. I remember this quote from my childhood, and it is meant to show that people who work the hardest are likely to be the ones who are best able to complete additional hard tasks. Since then, there has been an explosion of the productivity […]

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October 4, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

People underestimate how much they might enjoy just “thinking”

How would you feel if someone told you that you needed to sit silently in a chair and not use your phone for 30 minutes? To just sit there and “think”? I expect that like many people, you would probably think that you would be bored out of your mind. Being bored has numerous benefits. […]

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October 2, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Scrabble champions from Thailand who speak no English

In order to win a game of Scrabble, you need to know a lot of words. Because you never know which combinations of 7 random letters of the alphabet you will get, the player with the largest vocabulary has more possible words, and more potentially longer and higher scoring words, to choose from. That is […]

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October 2, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How Are Those Long Range Scanners Working Out?

Are You Looking Far Enough Into The Future? Since our earliest days as primitive savannah wanderers, we humans have had a natural tendency to prioritize immediate gratification above achieving more far-reaching goals. Along with the capacity for though…

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