Innovation at Work

55 Activities to Spark Your Team's Creativity

 Innovation at Work

Author: Richard Brynteson
Pub Date: September 2012
Print Edition: $34.95
Print ISBN: 9780814432341
Page Count: 288
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814432365

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An organization doesn’t have to be tech driven, run by the next Steve Jobs, or filled with budding Thomas Edisons and Leonardo da Vincis to benefit from a healthy dose of innovation. Developing new and better products and services, and creating efficient processes for delivering them, is what stands between any organization and its competition. In today’s ultra-competitive landscape, fostering a companywide spirit of creative thinking can make the difference between survival and failure. But you’ve got to train for it.

Packed with 55 fun, enlightening, and ready-to-go activities perfect for any office environment, Innovation at Work gives you the tools you need to promote outside-the-box thinking within any group of people. Useful for informal “lunch and learn” sessions, organization-wide training events, and everything in between, the enlightening, easily adaptable exercises collected here enable you to help participants:

• Cultivate a sense of curiosity and inquisitiveness

• Use images to spark ideas and connections

• Utilize methods of deep observation on an everyday basis

• Employ special “visioning” and “brainwriting” processes to achieve break­throughs

• Build networks for open source innovation and creative collaboration

• Develop effective and surprising techniques for problem-solving

• Spot coming trends and determine “the next step” for the organization

• Deal with failure successfully and productively l and much more!

It’s one thing to develop a lucrative, one-shot innovation. It’s another to build a culture that produces eye-popping ideas on a regular basis. Companies are past the point where they can rely on brilliant or creative individuals. A spirit of fluid, inventive thinking has to be organization-wide. But how do you coach for innovation? What can you do to encourage the kind of visionary leaps that will take a company to the next level?

Containing worksheets, questions, and case studies to inspire discussion, as well as assessments for determining managers’ openness to originality, Innovation at Work shows you how to build the creative muscle of individuals, groups, and organizations, and stimulate them to produce startlingly original ideas time and time again.

RICHARD BRYNTESON, PH.D., is an international innovation consultant and executive coach who helps his students and clients examine their own thinking, challenge their own assumptions, make changes in order to improve their productivity and quality of life, and innovate work processes and products to improve effectiveness and efficiency. His clients include Dell Computers, McCann Erickson, the Department of Defense, and various other government agen­cies in the U.S. and abroad. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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