Does deferring judgment REALLY impact creativity? Or does immediate judgment save a lot of time and provide the hard-nosed focus that real-world innovation demands?

In a field experiment, 112 managers in a large international consumer goods corporation learned to apply a process of creative problem solving to their on the job problems. It was discovered that deliberately avoiding premature evaluation was the key to igniting big improvements in both idea creation and evaluation. This research now supports years of real world experience of the practical value of this simple skill in innovative thinking and decision making.

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Adaptability: The new competitive advantage

Have you ever had an “aha” moment, when everything suddenly seemed so crystal clear?
It happened to me in 1975 in a course at the University of Cincinnati. I suddenly realized how to explain to others what I already believed: that creativity is an essential part of organizational life and not just a “once in a while” extra activity.

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How might we, as leaders, build prosperity on a foundation of engagement and creative thinking?

Organizations around the globe are thirsting for a blueprint to follow to increase performance in these uncertain times. They are finding this a difficult task because things are not what they used to be. They are finding that how they provide value to consumers is no longer clear nor linear, but much more elusive and ambiguous. Many are turning their attention to attempting to become more innovative. One of the major challenges is to transition their business culture into one that engages employees at all levels in using their creative problem solving skills to making things better. The good news is that there is a proven and readily available method to enable this transition.

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How might we, as leaders, adopt a process of creative problem solving involving everyone, all the time, in everything we do?

Organizations must develop new ways of thinking and behaving in order to succeed in a turbulent world. While many organizations possess ample efficiency and analytical capability, successful organizations must also learn to integrate adaptability and innovative capability into their repertoires. Creative problem solving attitudes, behaviors, thinking skills and processes must be learned and developed to the extent that they become second nature. Organizations that adopt this approach will discover that creativity competency serves to complement analytical capability in building a highly effective operation that can thrive in today’s demanding business environment.

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Power of the Profile for individuals: Be more strategic about problem solving

Are you adding strategic value to your organization? The Profile can help you understand your innovation style and make you a more strategic problem solver. The best way to be recognized as a strategic player is to proactively bring solutions to your executive leadership team. The best solution begins and ends with the ability to correctly identify a problem and systematically develop a solution to solve it.

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