Innovation in Practice Blog

May 4, 2021

How to Use Teamwork to Become More Innovative

Creativity is a team sport. It is not a solo event.  When you try to generate creative ideas all by yourself, you’re sitting in a vacuum. […]
April 27, 2021

How to Take Advantage of Distractions for Greater Creativity

We face hundreds of distractions every day. There is no way to escape them completely. We can’t just get up every morning and spend hours thinking […]
April 20, 2021

How to Generate Creative Ideas At Home, Work, and Everywhere In Between

Creativity is nothing more than combining two things in an unexpected way. However, it is critical that it really is unexpected. For example, if you mash […]
April 13, 2021

Creativity for Charities: How to Apply the SIT Techniques to Be More Creative and Resourceful

Charities and nonprofit organizations need to be just as innovative – and in some ways, they have to be even more innovative than for-profit organizations. Think […]
April 6, 2021

Gender Role in Creative Thinking – Not What You Think!

Guess who’s more creative – men or women?  Well, neither is more creative than the other because both are equally creative. They just have different roles […]
March 30, 2021

Why People Resist Our Innovative Ideas and How To Overcome It

Try to recall and go back to those moments when your ideas got rejected. How did you handle those rejections? Did you just instantly give up? […]
March 23, 2021

Rock, Paper, Scissors: The Secret Key to Unlocking Your Creative Potential

No matter who you are, it doesn’t matter if you’re born creative or gifted in some way, everyone has the potential to become more creative, regardless […]
March 16, 2021

Creativity? Make It Someone Else’s Problem

Are you in a creative rut? Then make it someone else’s problem.  Now, it doesn’t mean you should just stop being creative and outsource your creative […]
March 9, 2021

Avoid Cliches Like the Plague – How to Speak and Write More Creatively

Cliches oftentimes do a good job of communicating what your point is. Other people understand them readily, but using the same old cliches can get boring.  […]
March 2, 2021

Two New Apps to Help You Learn Creativity

Can you learn to be more creative?  100%! There are lots of ways for you to learn about systematic creativity. In fact, here are two amazing […]
September 20, 2021

Episode 60: Elephants and Mice – Creative Lessons from Nature

Do you remember being told as a kid that elephants are afraid of mice? Well, I hate to break it to you, but that’s not true. […]
September 6, 2021

Episode 59: You’re More Creative Than You Think – If You Persist!

Today, I’ve got some bad news and some good news. Good news first: you’re probably more creative than you think you are! So what’s the bad […]
August 30, 2021

Episode 58: Overcoming Your Fear of Creativity

Fear of failure is one of the biggest barriers to creativity. However, if you struggle with fear, don’t despair. There are strategies for dealing with it. […]
August 23, 2021

Episode 57: Creating Mind-Blowing Concepts for Toilet Paper with Attribute Dependency

Today’s topic is toilet paper. Yes, you read that right. We’re talking about toilet paper on the podcast. I promise there’s an explanation: I want to […]
August 16, 2021

Episode 56: Think Inside the Umbrella – Four Thousand Years of Innovation

Today, instead of innovating inside the box, I want you to think inside the umbrella. Believe it or not, the umbrella is a great example of […]
August 9, 2021

Episode 055: Saving Bees with Structured Creativity – The Task Unification Technique in Action

You may not realize it, but there is a very important part of our food chain that is under duress. One-third of the food we consume […]
August 2, 2021

Episode 054: I have a great idea! Now what?

Have you ever said the following? “I’ve got this great idea! If only I could explain it to you…” I’m willing to bet you have. A […]
July 26, 2021

Episode 053: My Apologies to the Wheel – Is it Creative?

A few episodes ago, I talked about what I considered the world’s greatest invention. And in that episode, I made some disparaging comments about the wheel. […]
July 19, 2021

Episode 052: People Systematically Overlook Subtractive Changes

Less is more. We hear this phrase all the time, and it gives us this sense that taking things away or reducing complexity is a good […]
July 12, 2021

Episode 051: One Year of Innovation Inside the Box

It’s time to celebrate here at Innovation Inside the Box! We’ve passed the 50 episode mark which is a big deal for a podcast. Over the […]