Associational thinking takes unrelated ideas and restructures them in novel ways. It’s responsible for innovations from the theory of dinosaur extinction to Pinterest’s groundbreaking layout. So how do you apply this principle to your business? Creativity is often regarded as an elusive concept, especially the kind that results in innovations that draw new boundaries of…

 

The Small Budget Approach A successful idea management program (IMS) which encourages and rewards innovation does not have to be complicated or expensive to run. It just requires a passion for turning good ideas into reality. Employee Involvement (EI): Employee suggestion systems (or employee suggestion schemes) are the oldest form of employee involvement. They have…

 

Don’t quit your job – get a creative side project. Want to be happier at work? Don’t quit your job – get a creative side hustle. A lot of people want to write novels, exhibit their paintings in a gallery or play in a band. But the frustrating reality is that it’s very difficult to…

 

Running a high performance sports team shares a lot of similarities with running a business. Spark: How sport is leading business. When champion rower Mahe Drysdale posted an image on Instagram following his arrival at Rio saying he was the first athlete of any country to arrive in the Olympic village, he quickly earned thousands…

 

Japanese Suggestion Systems, QC & TWI. Suggestion Programs, Quality Circles and Training Within Industry (TWI) – Mid-1950s to the mid-1960s  in Japan. During this period, most Japanese companies that had suggestion systems averaged less than one suggestion per worker per year. Those who made suggestions were considered “fanatics” by their co-workers. The workers were given…

 
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