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Passion for Novelty – Communities of Genius

The human brain comes with unique equipment to build and sustain innovative cultures that passionate people crave. When passion stirs communities to prime their talents for a finer future, innovation tends to fuel genius. How so?

Stack the Deck for Creative Risks

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Imagine a workplace where you design & implement an innovation the world craves. Meetings where you play with what if … kinds of challenges. Yet innovation isn’t ideas delivered in talks, but it’s a design you invent, lead, and perfect. How will you stack the deck today for more creative risks?

2 Stories – 2 Upshots

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Stories pinpoint the best and the worst of times. Some people share stories of money and health problems daily, and cortisol follows to create a potent reason to go  down with the trends. Other stories brim over with hope for a wider reach, regardless of setbacks. Have you noticed? Narrative… Read more »

25 Marks of Innovative Brainpower at Work

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People differ on what innovation looks like, and few agree on how it transforms work. Hutch Carpenter asked 25 people to tell what innovation is from their perspective – and got back 25 different responses. Most people do agree that innovation sparks higher productivity for a competitive edge. Any marks… Read more »

Your Brain on Innovation

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Have you found yourself stuck in a rut while others leap forward with refreshing innovations? Are you out of sync with a vital marketplace of ideas? Insights for inventions with wider benefits for all? If you’re ready to help replace broken systems that served only a few, you’ll be delighted… Read more »

Equity, Humor, and Inuit Brainpower

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Equity’s not an option but laughter makes it happen more, Inuit elders told me when I facilitated leaders on Baffin Island, near Greenland. Unsure why your workplace acts as if all humans were not its highest currency? Wonder why we wage wars at work that kill opportunities and maim innocent… Read more »

Questions Stir up or Step on Brainpower

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Did Tiger Woods refuse questions yesterday for the same reason others run from poisonous darts? Fact is, questions alter brainpower up or down. Ask one question, and stir brain chemicals for innovation. Ask another and  short-circuit electrical wiring for mental blackouts. We rewire our collective brainpower through questions that stir… Read more »

Call Meetings that Brains Run to!

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For years I attended toxic meetings where one guy yammered on and one  fellow worker turned off his hearing aids. It’s the only time I can remember wishing for Gordon’s hearing disability. That’s how bad these meetings were. People moved back and forth  from bored to bitching, while Gordon slept… Read more »

Why Brain Renewal is Not for You

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Over 30 years  in brain based renewal,  showed me several reasons why renewal cannot win in certain workplace conditions. I’ll admit that naivety in  younger years, prompted me to believe deteriorated settings could turn around in spite of barriers. Over time though, I observed some settings that simply cannot perk… Read more »