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Creative & innovative thinking

Can project managers be innovative?

Can project managers be innovative?

This year’s Project Management Conference in Dallas focused on all things innovation. Given my long-standing background with both project management and innovation, I was delighted to be on a panel that explored how project managers, their teams, and their company cultures could be more innovative.

Creative Insights from Enchanting Marketing

We love discovering innovative people! We've been following Henneke at Enchanting Marketing for a while now and never cease to be amazed at her creativity. Here's a fun infographic that's full of insights. She even draws her own images. Hope you enjoy!

Are you leading with style?

Are you leading with style?

Rob Lauber, Chief Learning Officer at McDonald’s Corporation, has a competence he may not be conscious of – an “unconscious competence,” a phrase coined by Noel Burch, a learning expert at Gordon Training International in the 1970s.

4 Tips to turbo-charge your proposals

4 Tips to turbo-charge your proposals

New projects create change for the managers who approve them. New products create change for the customers who buy them. Whether you’re proposing a new project to your boss or a new product to your customer – either formally in a proposal, or informally – remember: they have their own ways of approaching innovation and change.

ATD 2016 conference attendees in Denver beat the odds

ATD 2016 conference attendees in Denver beat the odds

When we asked people who visited our ATD (Association for Talent Development) Expo booth this year in Denver, “What brought you to this conference?” they commonly answered that they were looking for “what’s next”… but for different reasons:

Innovation starts with a new idea - myth or fact?

Innovation starts with a new idea - myth or fact?

It’s often said, “Innovation starts with a new idea.” We beg to differ. To us, innovation has a breathing rhythm – an inhale and an exhale – and creative ideas are the beginning of the exhale. The question is, where did the air for the exhale come from? What precedes creative ideas?

Unify your team through change

Unify your team through change

When experiencing change, one of the biggest productivity hindrances is a team that is not unified. This can be for a number of reasons, ranging from conflicting viewpoints among team members to a lack of confidence in the change process itself. Most often this lack of unity is present when team members are not proactively encouraged to contribute to the change process.

4 Ways to increase your risk-taking, while lowering your risks

Increase your risk-taking, while lowering your risks

Risk taking is essential for the growth and success of any business. Without taking risks your organization can easily become outdated and left in a dwindling market.

You may be a visionary... but are you seeing the "whole" future?

You may be a visionary... but are you seeing the whole future?

Being a visionary means thinking about the future and taking action to make that future happen. Since every person thinks about the future, being a visionary is a natural skill every person possesses. So the question shifts from “Are you a visionary?” to “HOW are you a visionary?”

How to develop winning proposals

How to develop winning proposals using all four Innovation Styles®

I was speaking with a colleague whose client was preparing a proposal for an innovative initiative, to present to their company’s executive committee. At one point, we talked about where the resistance might come from – not based on the content of the proposal, but based on the kind of innovative thinking behind the content.

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