Feeling Uninspired? Check out these tips for better brainstorming

In business, we often take the idea of brainstorming for granted. But are you and your teams really harnessing the true power of brainstorming? I recently read a Fast Company article that offered a comprehensive guide to more effective brainstorming, including what to do before getting together, and what to do with all of your …
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2017 Innovators in Packaging

Earlier this week, the winners of the 2017 DuPont Award for Packaging Innovation were announced.  At Clearworks, we love to see innovations of all kinds, so the article caught my eye.  This international competition identifies and awards innovations in packaging design, materials, technology and processes. This year’s packaging innovation winners hit on some common elements …
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Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business

Yesterday, Fast Company came out with their list of The Most Creative People in Business for 2017. I personally look forward to their list each year. I find it a great way to keep on top of some of the innovative and creative leaders who are on the rise. This year’s list did not disappoint. …
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Top 10 Innovation Infusions: Do Some Doodling

Our Top Ten Innovation Infusions are fun and effective actions you can use along with your other innovation efforts. Most are quick and easy, some require a little more planning, but all of them are great ways to infuse innovation into your team, whether you are embarking on a larger innovation culture shift or are …
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Focusing on User Needs to Drive Innovation

There is no question that Google has brought us some great products – from Google Maps to You Tube and Chrome.  They also continue to try to solve some very challenging technical problems – a computer platform on a pair of glasses and self-driving cars to name a few.  For many reasons, these new technologies …
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Is Walmart About to Help Make the Smarthome Mainstream?

The recent launch of Apple’s HomeKit app as part of iOS10 and the success of Amazon’s Echo has put the news spotlight back on the smarthome. Perhaps the entrance of a new giant – Walmart – can accelerate adoption of smarthome technologies which have been the perennial “next big thing.” Walmart intends to play the …
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Setting Up a Quick-Turn Innovation Team – Part 2

Part 2: Training, Tools and Support  In the first blog post of this series we covered some basic things to consider when putting together a quick-turn innovation team to address a specific challenge. After you select your team, provide that team with training and tools and ensure they have the support they need to be …
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Setting Up a Quick Turn Innovation Team – Part 1

Part 1: Picking the Right People We love the innovation strategy work that we do and are big proponents of helping companies incorporate innovation into every part of the organization, so that everyone considers it part of their job AND has the tools and training needed to innovate. But there are times when there is …
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Top 10 Innovation Infusions: Conduct a Team Visioning Exercise

Our Top Ten Innovation Infusions are fun and effective actions you can use along with your other innovation efforts. Most are quick and easy, some require a little more planning, but all of them are great ways to infuse innovation into your team, whether you are embarking on a larger innovation culture shift or are …
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Top 10 Innovation Infusions: Create an Online Innovation Campaign

Have you ever thought of crowdsourcing your innovation challenge?  Creating an Online Innovation Campaign is a great way to engage employees in ideating – in a collaborative, online environment.  Innovation Campaigns can also be used to engage customers or potential customers in your ideation process if you want to open the ideation challenge to the market. …
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