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  • Drifting Goals & What To Do When You’re Not Where You Want To Be

    Recently, I was watching the viral video that Will Smith posted regarding failure, and I began thinking about goals; specifically, drifting goals. In a culture that places a high value on achievement, there is a noticeable tension between setting big-hairy goals and setting goals that you can reasonably attain, given your current situation. On the one hand, goals are supposed…

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  • The Dramatic Pause : Sometimes, You Gotta Let It Simmer

    Effort is overrated. Have you ever noticed someone putting forth tremendous effort to improve a situation yet still failing to advance? It’s easy to believe that failure is a result of not enough effort, however, sometimes failure is a result of too much effort or a lack of understanding regarding how things “work.”

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  • Global Awareness : Finding Common Ground with Unplugged Innovation

    Unplugged activities are performed without a computer. They are particularly useful in global training programs held in locations where technology resources may not always be available or updated. Here we demonstrate how teaching programming concepts without the crutch of computers tends to result in a deeper understanding of the concept. It is also a great way to find common ground…

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  • The Mindset for Innovation : Everything is an Experiment

    When most people think of innovation, they think of the execution phase. This is the phase where you’re actually building and executing your innovative idea. Very few people consider this developmental phase to be experimental; for many the innovation process begins with the idea and moves very quickly into the development phase, ending with a big product launch and millions…

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  • Identify Areas of Highest Leverage (airport scenario)

    There is a system thinking principle that states that small changes can produce big results, however, these changes are often the least obvious. These small, impactful changes are commonly referred to as the areas of highest leverage. Always look for opportunities to make a small change that will produce a big result. Win-win. Identify the Problem – Airport Security Chaos…

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  • Your Innovation Team : 5 Critical Roles

    Who’s on your team? All great ideas require an execution team; the individuals that will work together to take your idea from conception to reality. Identifying the people that are not only trained but compelled to “do the work” will ensure better solutions and ultimately better results in the areas that matter. In recruiting people to support your project, think…

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  • Value Proposition & The 16 Basic Desires Theory

    Understanding value proposition is important in thinking through problems and designing solutions that meet the needs of your intended audience. Delivering value that is compelling improves your ability to connect authentically and establishes a cohesive and strong foundation upon which your decisions and actions are built. Customer discovery is the process of collecting stories from your target audience, not a…

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  • Embracing Brainstorming Personalities via Brainwriting

    Team brainstorming sessions are often scheduled to provide everyone with a time & place to huddle and generate ideas. A dynamic and productive session should lead to a diversity of ideas from all participants. However, not all brainstorming sessions are productive and the barriers can often be attributed to a less than ideal mix of personalities. Including, but not limited to the following:…

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  • Using Pseudocode to Solve Complex Problems

    The art of successfully executing great ideas involves becoming better at problem solving, listening & communicating. Pseudo-coding is often used by programmers. Writing a program in pseudocode is a program language-agnostic technique that involves describing the function to be written in a high level, plain-English (natural language).Pseudocode is not just for novice programmers, It is an excellent problem solving tool,…

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