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 Issue #22                                                                                     November 22, 2011


Design Thinker

by ExperiencePoint and IDEO


Design thinking accelerates innovation to help create better solutions for the challenges facing modern businesses and society. Design thinking uses the creative methods and tools of successful innovators to divine the future and deliver solutions that confer competitive advantage. And fortunately, design thinking can be learned.


Design ThinkerDesign Thinker is an energizing workshop that challenges teams to flex their creativity to solve a realistic and complex design challenge. In so doing, they engage with the terms, techniques, and thought patterns of successful innovators.


We sat down with Peter Coughlan, a senior partner at IDEO and a principal contributor to the Design Thinker game experience, and asked for his thoughts on the differences between the simulation and real world design thinking.  See the full article here.

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 Contact us at support@experiencepoint.com to get a 10% discount on any one of our Design Thinker open enrollment workshops or Accelerating Innovation in the Organization (featuring Design Thinker) custom workshops when you book before the April 26, 2012 Edison Awards Gala.

The Innovator's DNA

In their new book, The Innovator's DNA:  Mastering the Five Skiills of Disruptive Innovators, co-authors Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen and Clayton Christensen build DNAon what we know about disruptive innovation to show how individuals can develop the skills necessary to move progressively from idea to impact.  By identifying behaviors of the world's best innovators -- from leaders at Amazon and Apple to those at Google, Skype, and Virgin Group -- the authors outline five discovery skills that distinguish innovative entrepreneurs and executives from ordinary managers: Associating, Questioning, Observing, Networking, and Experimenting.  More...


Ten Myths about Innovation

In a recent post on the HBR Blog Network, Scott Anthony and his colleague put together a list of ten myths about innovation that they encounter most in the field. Myth #1:  Innovation is random.  Reality:  Innovation is a discipline - it can be measured and managed. Consider how Procter & Gamble's structured approach to innovation allowed it to triple its innovation success rate and double the size of a typical initiative.  More...


John CleeseJohn Cleese - Optimal Creativity Conditions

The subject of innovation crosses every industry and every profession.  You'll enjoy this 10-minute video of John Cleese sharing his ideas about innovation and the optimal conditions for creativity.  It's not only thought-provoking, but entertaining at the same time.  Video...

Call for Nominations Closes Soon! 
PatentSquareBlueThere is still time to submit your nomination for a 2012 Edison Award, since our call for nominations is open until December 2nd. 

Be the catalyst on your team for getting the process started.  Visit www.edisonawards.com for all the details. 
About the Edison Awards


The Edison Best New Product Awards™ are among the most prestigious accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation.  Unique to the world of award programs, the Edison Awards are focused on the innovators as much as the innovations.  The Edison Awards recognize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Edison and his tremendous legacy. Be sure to visit our website for more information, including award categories, nomination criteria, and a list of past winners.

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"A good idea is never lost. Even though its originator or possessor may die without publicizing it, it will someday be reborn in the mind of another...."


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