Productive Thinking in Groups

There’s a mandate in the corporate world that’s been called the Innovation Imperative. In just about any major organization, people hear it several times a day: Innovate or Die.

It’s assumed that people will know what being innovative actually means. And how to do it.

So employees are routinely herded into innovation sessions, where they’re […]

Will, Skill, Drill

Being more creative is all about will, skill and drill.

First, you have to want to. That’s the will. You have to have the attitude that there’s always a better way. You have to be dissatisfied.

What that means is that every itch is an opportunity. You don’t have to look far to find […]

Entraining Part 3: Language

In the early days of TV, there was a popular afternoon program called Queen for a Day. It took ordinary American housewives, often in unfortunate circumstances, and made them feel special — with attention, gifts, and tiaras. Very touching. Of course, once they went home, these women faced the same realities they had the day […]

Amazon Products Visualization

A friend sent this link the other day. Somebody has worked out how to create a Mindmap of Amazon products. Check it out here.

Entraining Part 2: Quick Wins

Last week, I wrote about the great corporate training myth — the misguided belief that you can get people to change their behaviors as a result of a one-day (if that!) “training” session:

What we do need are practical approaches that entrain new skills and new behaviors in people so they actually stick — and […]

The Training Hoax

How many emails do you get a week from organizations selling programs to train you or your people to ____________? (you fill in the blank)

Corporate training has become the Emperor’s New Clothes of modern business. It’s a hoax. We send people away to make them into better leaders, more creative thinkers, better team players. […]

The Limits of Vision

A couple of weeks ago I bought a pair of eyeglasses. They’re called SuperFocus. They’re the geekiest glasses I’ve ever seen. And the best I’ve ever seen through.

Like a lot of people my age, I need different strengths of glasses — for regular reading, computer reading, and road-sign reading. In my case I have […]

A Little on the Fence

Every September, ThinkX sponsors Mindcamp, a not-for-profit creativity retreat. We do it to offer other not-for-profits and individuals a plunge into the world of creativity. Most people come away from it with a renewed sense of themselves and their potential.

A few days ago, we received an email from a woman who was considering coming […]

The Safe Path

The safe path is the one you already know. It leads to where you’ve already been.

One of the things I notice as I work with organizations around the world is that the more expert people are – the better their reputations as knowledgeable doctors or lawyers or engineers or managers – the less likely […]

Three Tools to Help You Think Better

As someone who travels the world consulting with and training corporations in strategic, organizational, and innovation problem-solving, I’m often asked, “What are most common problems you see in the companies you work with?” It only takes a moment to answer. There are three:

One. Solving wrong problems. Almost everywhere I go, I see rooms full […]