The ABC's of Creating New Ideas

New ideas are really just new combinations of old ideas, using the familiar to create the unexpected. There is a basic “ABC” flow to creating new ideas and solutions. To develop these new combinations, you need to create new relationships and linkages between familiar ideas. Then you need to apply these new combinations into an “aha” solution that then can be prototyped, tested and developed…

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Where Do Ideas Come From?

Cities and their surrounding environments are like coral reefs, providing a common connective structure for various subcultures. It is here, in the interaction of diverse views and conversations, where ideas are born. And, like abandoned ships that become rich homes for sea life at the bottom of the ocean, innovations tend to thrive in discarded urban environments…

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Creativity is King

In anticipation of greater complexity, the most successful CEOs are preparing their organizations for a journey into unchartered and scary waters, which is a tactic that has been used for centuries. At the edge of their known world, ancient cartographers used to write, “There be Dragons” on the old sea maps. Company leaders, like the ancient explorers, have to prepare their people to creatively adapt to whatever they may encounter in the unknown (especially if they might run into dragons)…

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