Creativity

Utilize Six Thinking Hats To Better Solve Problems & Make Decisions

The Six Thinking Hats, co-designed in 1983 by Dr. Edward de Bono with Dr. Michael Hewitt-Gleeson and Eric Bienstock, was developed to improve creativity and lateral thinking.  It helps us overcome one of the biggest enemies of thinking which is complexity.  When thinking is clear and simple, it becomes more enjoyable and more effective. Unlike when I was growing up, very few people today wear...

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A Fascinating Story About Henry Ford And How Asking Why Opened Toyota’s Eyes

It’s universally recognized that Henry Ford was a pioneer in perfecting the automotive industry.  He knew in detail every material used in his vehicles and his knowledge was not superficial.  Ford thought flexibly about things without getting caught up in existing concepts. In his book, Toyota Production System, Beyond Large-Scale Production, Taiichi Ohno relates what Henry Ford talked...

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Preventing Bad Decisions: There’s No Such Thing as a No-Brainer

Making decisions is one of the hardest things most of us do as individuals, spouses, parents, leaders, and executives.  Bad decisions can damage a relationship, a business, and a career, sometimes irreparably.  So what causes bad decisions – the alternatives were not clearly defined, the right information was not collected, the costs and benefits were not thoroughly assessed.  But often...

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Are your improvement efforts being deceived by the average?

In his recent book, The 4-Hour Chef, Timothy Ferriss talks about the documentary, Objectified, where Dan Formosa, PhD, then with Smart Design’s research department, explained one of the first steps in its innovation process: “We have clients come to us and say, “Here is our average customer.”  For instance, “Female, she is 34 years old, she has 2.3 kids,” and...

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Asking Simple Questions Can Lead to Huge Benefits

Do you need to create change in your organization?  Having problems financially?  Instead of trying to hit a home run and get thousands of dollars in one project, another approach you can take is to ask simple questions.  If you were asked to save a million dollars in your organization, it would probably set off your brain’s alarm system and have a paralyzing effect on you.  However, if...

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Challenging Assumptions Is Key to Creativity

One of the major blocks to creativity is the assumption that things have to be a certain way because that is how they are now.  Improvement opportunities arise when this assumption is challenged.  All of us have mental assumptions about the way most systems are supposed to work.  As a result we have a mental assumption or paradigm about how we are to proceed to think when seeking to create...

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