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"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly"
Buckminster Fuller

Creativity in the workplace is typically discouraged in favour of standardisation, order, and control. However, if we suppress lateral thought and risk taking amongst employees and reward safe and robotic behaviour, can we expect to be anything more than just ‘quite good.’

Winning organisations genuinely seek to discover the talent present in employees and they develop a 'creativity friendly' climate that nurtures human invention. Savvy organisations recognise that creativity is a natural resource and an essential element of organisational excellence.

What is Creativity
There are many aspects to creativity, but one definition would include the ability to take existing objects and combine them in different ways for new purposes. For example, Gutenberg took the wine press and the die/punch and produced a printing press. Thus, a simple definition of creativity is the action of combining previously uncombined elements. From art, music and invention to household chores, this is part of the nature of being creative. Another way of looking at creativity is as playing with the way things are interrelated. Creativity is the ability to generate novel and useful ideas and solutions to everyday problems and challenges...
Creativity Guru Charles Cave

Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ)
An old (1995) but very useful article providing a comprehensive overview of the TRIZ methodology. TRIZ is the Russian acronym for "Theory of Solving Inventive Problems" and was developed by Russian engineer and scientist, Genrich Altshuller in 1946.
Glenn Mazur

Creative Problem Solving
Throughout history, many different people have tried to map problem solving as a process which individuals and groups could follow to success. The article provides an overview of the Osborn Parns Creative Problem Solving Process...

Customer Intimacy and Empathy are Keys to Innovation
Just because a company is spending money on research (such as markets, customers, or new technologies) and development doesn't mean they will get innovation. Innovation, as with advertising, training, or many other organization investments, depends on the quality of the investment as much as the quantity of resources put in it. A high proportion of innovative new products, services, and companies flop. That's often because managers build better mousetraps without first making sure there are any mice out there. Or that people still want to catch them...
Jim Clemmer

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