The Right Kind of Hierarchy

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Research finds that the right kind of hierarchy can help teams be better innovators and learners. Experts, academics, and experienced innovators frequently espouse the virtues of eliminating hierarchies to make sure every idea is heard and to unlock innovation.1 As intuitively appealing as this view is, it does not stand up to scrutiny. In fact, […]

Top Innovation  Sites 

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Best Innovation RSS feeds 1. Innovation Excellence RSS Feed – innovationexcellence.com/feed + Follow RSS Site – innovationexcellence.com Global Community About – Innovation Excellence is the online home of the global innovation community, with thousands of members from over 175 countries – thought leaders, executives, practitioners, consultants, vendors, and academia representing all sectors and industries. This […]

Overcoming Fixation

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Fixation characterizes many people’s problem-solving efforts. We become stuck on a particular solution or solution set, and we fail to consider a wider range of alternatives. A new study by Jackson Lu, Modupe Akinola, and Malia Masonexamines whether switching tasks can help overcome the fixation problem, and thereby enhance creative problem-solving efforts. … Note that the […]

On thinking like a traveler

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Psychologists distinguish between two ways of perceiving the world around us and processing information – top down vs. bottom up processing. In top down processing, we draw on our past experiences and “fill in the blanks” when we encounter a particular place or situation. We don’t have to notice every detail, because a few signs […]