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Debunking 3 Common Myths of Creative Thinking

Do not let negative thinking stop you or your business from pursuing potentially great new ideas. Mark Donnolo clears up three falsehoods that inhibit creative thinking. False Trues The first myth is, “I’m not a creative person.” Creative processes and principles can be learned, and through repeatedly employing them, you ...

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Using Design Thinking to Innovate More Effectively

A doctor takes a look at you, measures your vitals, tells you that you have pneumonia, and sends you on your way. Sometimes, this outside-looking-in approach to problem-solving is all it takes. But in business, there are many cases where a problem exists across multiple dimensions, and it could be ...

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Seven Steps to Effective Problem-Solving

Sometimes you run into a problem complex enough that it starts to resemble an M.C. Escher creation—you do not even know where to start. In an article for the Happy Project Manager, Phil Higson and Anthony Sturgess provide a seven-step technique for making your problems more manageable. Here is the ...

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To Stay Relevant, Your Company and Employees Must Keep Learning

What skills do professors need to teach college students in order to prepare them for the dreaded “real world” of business? As it turns out, no such skills exist. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Pat Wadors explains that candidates need to be continuous learners instead. Lifelong Is Just ...

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How the Right Thinking Inspires CIO ‘Light Bulb’ Moments

Wouldn’t it be truly wonderful if we could tap into the full potential of our brains and inspire more of those helpful “light bulb” moments? In an article for Information Age, Ron Avignone explores the brain, that most valuable human asset. The first step in maximizing brainpower is to minimize ...

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Manage Work, Not People: Does a Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE) Work for You?

As companies try to reduce turnover and engage employees, the traditional ways we work are changing. Employees desire more flexibility now than ever before. Most adults work outside of the home in today’s society. This trend leaves tired, stressed parents to care for children, attend school functions, and do housework. ...

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Getting Beyond the BS of Leadership Literature

Every person who would seek to improve their leadership skills through a good book should be applauded. However, there are some things that a person can simply not learn from reading, and unfortunately, leadership might be one of them. In an article for McKinsey & Company, Jeffrey Pfeffer explores how ...

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The Culture of Sharing: New Learning for Service Management Staff

What is the foundation for performance of an organization? The people in the organization, and their capabilities, are the greatest asset and indicator of performance success. In a post for All Things ITSM, Michelle Major-Goldsmith elaborates on the importance of continuous learning and sustainable knowledge for those working in service ...

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