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Disruptive Thinking

Disruptive Thinking

We are now three months into the new year. Whether or not you set resolutions, consider using disruptive thinking to help bust barriers and challenge yourself in new ways. Disruptive thinking helps us think bigger, by asking questions to inspire and engage our minds...

Sometimes it’s the little things

Sometimes it’s the little things

Innovation. Don’t let it intimidate you. We often raise the bar so high for innovation that we miss opportunities to be innovative. We assume that it must be something “huge” or “new” in order to be effective. The truth is, innovation can be about the little things or...

Solving a Problem by Not Thinking About It

Solving a Problem by Not Thinking About It

We have all had the experience of trying to solve a problem and getting stuck, spending more and more time thinking about it and getting frustrated with our inability to come up with a viable solution. We end up wasting time and energy and losing our creativity....

Use “Yes, and…” to Improve Brainstorming and Teamwork

Use “Yes, and…” to Improve Brainstorming and Teamwork

Have you held brainstorming sessions with less than optimal results? The improv technique of “yes, and…” could become your new favorite activity. What is it? In improv, random situations are proposed and a story is created by multiple people using “yes, and” to expand...

Strategy Deployment- Creating Focus

Strategy Deployment- Creating Focus

As Fairview contemplates an increasingly competitive future in healthcare, it is more important than ever for the organization to be focused in its strategy. It’s not enough for our senior leaders to be focused, but it requires every one of our employees to focus on...

Fidgeting to Focus

Fidgeting to Focus

Different people function well under different circumstances. Some individuals may need quiet to focus, while others may need a faster pace or something to keep their hands busy. Some may even turn to fidgeting to help maintain their focus and concentration. Fidgeting...

A Back to School State of Mind

A Back to School State of Mind

As the new school year approaches, it’s a nice opportunity to reflect or even hit refresh on our own or our team’s work habits. Perhaps, just like advancement through school grades, we may need to consider ways to upgrade our processes or approach to the work. Spark...

Strengthen Your Creative Thinking – Part 2

Strengthen Your Creative Thinking – Part 2

In a previous post you learned how to Strengthen Your Creative Thinking by listing 20 things to do with a marble.  Then, we challenged you to do the same thing with a spoon.  The learning was that flexing your muscle, even your creative one, makes it easier to think...

Create a Culture of Innovation

Create a Culture of Innovation

Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow. –William Pollard Learn something new every day to help create a culture of innovation. Learning strengthens our ability to look...

Challenge: Strengthen Your Creative Thinking

Challenge: Strengthen Your Creative Thinking

One critical skill of creative thinking is fluency – the ability to come up with a lot of ideas quickly. Take our fluency challenge to practice this skill and flex your creative muscle.   Challenge #1 Quickly write down 20 ways to use a marble. Time yourself to...

Borrowing Innovation

Borrowing Innovation

It can be difficult to find innovation when we go looking for it. Borrowing innovation from other places can be a helpful way to come up with a new way of doing things. It doesn’t always have to be something brand new. Japanese scientists used this approach to improve...

Learn Through Failure!

Learn Through Failure!

“Thanks to mistakes, we now have such medical innovations as penicillin, smallpox vaccine, pacemakers…” In order to build a culture of innovation in your team and within yourself, fail, fail, and fail some more!   And, when you do, make sure you learn from those...