Developing Creative Competency

Creativity Expert, Alan Black, Ph.D. posed some provocative questions to me, “What are you doing to increase your creative skills, traits, and abilities?  What are the tools you use (mental, physical, emotional, social) to increase your creative thinking?  How do you increase your creative skills?” After some reflection I developed these responses and realized that this […]

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Trend Watch – Creativity Scores Headed Downward for U.S. #innovation

Have you ever thought about whether creativity could be measured?  It seems that in 1958 E. Paul Torrance designed a series of creativity tasks to measure creativity.  He administered his test to 400 children in Minneapolis.  I would question how accurate this creativity index would be in predicting creativity for adults.  I read a recent Newsweek […]

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Create Innovative Choices For Your Future with Divergent Thinking!

I am reading Tim Brown’s book, Change by Design, How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation.  IDEO is ranked among the ten most innovative companies in the world.  Tim is the CEO of IDEO.  I was intrigued by the concepts of divergent and convergent thinking.  To experience design thinking, you must understand the difference […]

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Thank you Sabrina Gibson, Creative Connie Went From Novice to Professional Guest Blogger at Front End of Innovation Europe 2010 Within Six Months!

When I first began blogging I had no idea that my journey would take me to Amsterdam within six months as a guest blogger for the Front End of Innovation Europe 2010, an event sponsored by the (IIR) International Institute of Research. Although I had vast experience selling emerging technologies and I represented internationally renowned […]

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HILTI passionately creates enthusiastic customers to build a better future! #FEIEUROPE

By Connie Harryman, Applied Concepts Creativity Guest Blogger IIR USA LIVE Front End of Innovation Europe 2010 Speaker: Dr. Andreas Bong, Senior Vice President, HILTI Topic: Customer Orientation Throughout the Innovation Process The focus is on the front end of innovation. Agenda: • HILTI • Innovation management • Customer integration o Fuzzy front end o […]

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Management was not invented to innovate! #FEIEUROPE

By Connie Harryman, Applied Concepts Creativity Guest Blogger IIR USA Do you ever wonder if our current business models are serving our need to innovate? One of the keynote speakers at the Front End of Innovation Europe is Josephine Green, Senior Director of Trends and Strategy, Philips Design, Royal Philips Electronics. Her background includes international […]

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Unleash your creativity and prepare yourself for innovation. Culture and art are economic drivers for our national recovery!

How do you unleash your creativity and prepare yourself for innovation?   First Lady, Michelle Obama said, “ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things when given the proper tools.”   What tools do you need to promote the development of a creative economy?  Why do we even want a creative economy?   Think about our economic slowdown, our failed […]

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Either understand your ROI for Creative Thinking in a Multicultural Context or Plan on Losing Your Next International Multimillion Dollar Business Deal!

Author: Kirpal Singh Back in the 1950’s, when I grew up in a tiny rural community in Texas we pretended we were all one skin color, we all spoke English and we all went to the local Christian church on Sunday.  Ours was a society that valued homogeneity. Our world has changed dramatically since then. […]

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