Innovation

Lean Thinking vs. Old Thinking: How to Embrace the Power of Change

By |2022-10-13T10:56:09-04:00November 8th, 2022|Categories: Innovation, Leadership, Leading Lean, Lean Thinking|Tags: , , |

Lean Thinking vs. Old Thinking Every company, from small startups to major corporations, routinely hits plateaus in their company’s continued success. This is an opportunity for companies to analyze what’s working (or what to keep) and what’s not working (or what to change). The difference between companies who continue their success and those who don’t [...]

5 Tips for Using Imaginative Play to Boost Your Innovation and Creativity

By |2022-10-17T09:29:07-04:00July 12th, 2022|Categories: Creative, Innovation, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Imaginative Play As children, our naturally inquisitive minds are designed for imaginative play. Depending on how you slice the data, children ask an average of 69 to 107 questions each hour they are engaged in conversation with adults. Our minds are little sponges, soaking up every piece of information we can get our hands-on. Then, instead [...]

How A Perspective Shift Enhances Creativity And Problem Solving Skills

By |2022-04-26T12:09:42-04:00April 26th, 2022|Categories: Business, Innovation|Tags: , , |

Have you ever stared at something so long that it became impossible to comprehend? You try to analyze every angle of the problem, searching for a way to solve the puzzle, but you come up empty. And the longer you stare, the more frustrated you get. This is a good indicator that it's time for a [...]

How Crude Experimentation Maximizes Innovation to Drive Success

By |2022-02-16T11:12:16-05:00February 15th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Innovation, Learning|Tags: , , |

The Problem with Traditional Experimentation Experimentation and innovation cannot exist without one another. To embrace innovation, we must also embrace the experimental process. But this is not quite as easy as coming up with new ideas and testing each of them. Each new idea will cost a company in time, money, and manpower, and these resources [...]

What Can We Learn From Kindergarteners?

By |2019-06-27T14:05:28-04:00June 27th, 2019|Categories: Creative, Innovation|Tags: , , , |

A Kindergarten classroom is always full of delight and playfulness. The classrooms are spaces where little students can express themselves and their creativity. It is a space that allows them to engage their creativity and explore their talents - a colorful and vibrant setting that can at times get quite messy. Children’s imaginations can run so [...]

Red straw trap: Success sticks you to the past

By |2017-12-08T18:31:23-05:00June 21st, 2016|Categories: Business, Innovation|Tags: , |

Red straw trap: Success sticks you to the past Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press June 18, 2016 In 1953, three employees of the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company created a mixture to protect missile skins. It didn't work. They tried again – no luck. And again, and again. Finally, on the 40th try, they were successful. [...]

Companies That Embrace Innovation Will Succeed

By |2017-12-08T18:31:26-05:00February 10th, 2016|Categories: Innovation|Tags: , , |

The Lean Learning Center reviews organizations that have embraced change and stood the test of time. In our article about the importance of innovation and creativity to an organization’s success, we discussed the average lifespan of an S&P 500 company: The average lifespan has declined from 61 years in 1955 to 18 years in 2014. However, [...]

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