Innovation in Practice Blog

October 27, 2020

Learning the Powerful, Yet Abstract Method of Attribute Dependency

Attribute Dependency is one of the five techniques of the SIT (Systematic Inventive Thinking) method.  Just to give you an idea, think of your home thermostat […]
October 20, 2020

The Myth of Post-it Notes and Other Serendipitous Inventions: Why Pure Chance is Not Your Creative Friend

Chocolate chip cookies, penicillin, Velcro, microwave ovens, the game of basketball, and Post-It Notes. What do they have in common? Well, those products were invented completely […]
October 13, 2020

The Subtraction Technique: The Creative Power of Taking Elements Away

Subtraction is the removal of an essential core element rather than the addition of new systems or functions.  Like all the other techniques of the Systematic […]
October 6, 2020

The Multiplication Technique: A Simple Tool with Many Creative Surprises Inside

Procter & Gamble was able to take an air freshener product that was lagging at 4th place in terms of market share – to 1st place, […]
September 29, 2020

How to Create and Run an Innovation Pilot Program

Individuals and organizations need to learn at a rate faster than the rate of change. And innovation pilot programs help you do that.  But how do […]
September 22, 2020

Fixedness: Your Main Barrier to Creative Thinking

How do you develop your creativity? As much as you want to or need to be creative, sometimes, there’s something that seems to block it. And […]
September 15, 2020

Process Innovation: Unlocking New Value in What You Do Everyday

The Systematic Inventive Thinking or SIT method is not only applicable to products, it’s also highly valuable in innovating services and processes.  Here are two ways […]
September 8, 2020

Innovation Dream Teams: The Secret Formula to Drive Team Success

When you’re talking about innovation, a traditional brainstorming approach doesn’t work. If you want to generate better ideas, you have to be able to create your […]
September 1, 2020

Why People Resist Our Innovative Ideas and How To Overcome It

With innovation comes resistance. They define each other. An idea simply cannot be innovative unless it’s met with resistance. Because of this, we should see resistance […]
August 25, 2020

How to Use the Closed World Principle of Creativity

Creative thinking can be systematic and routine. All you have to do is learn how to use your brain and learn a new way to generate […]
June 14, 2020

Introducing the Innovation Inside the Box Podcast

Innovation is a skill – it’s not a gift. It’s not something you’re born with. You can actually learn to be creative like you could learn […]
August 3, 2020

001: A Path to More Creative Thinking

Innovation is a skill – it’s not a gift. It’s not something you’re born with. You can actually learn to be creative like you could learn […]
August 3, 2020

002: Task Unification – The Go-To Innovation Tool to Break Functional Fixedness

Mankind has used patterns for thousands of years to solve everyday problems. Those patterns are now embedded into the products and services you see around you […]
August 10, 2020

003: Divide and Conquer – How to Use the Division Technique

In today’s episode, we’re talking about how to develop our creativity. A common misconception is that creativity is a gift you are born with. In reality, […]
August 17, 2020

004: The Closed World Principle of Creativity

Have you ever experienced coming out of brainstorming sessions getting all frustrated because you and your colleagues are always coming up with those same old, crappy […]
August 24, 2020

005: Why People Resist Your Innovative Ideas and How To Overcome It

With innovation comes resistance. They define each other. An idea can’t be innovative unless it’s met with resistance, so we should see it as a good […]
August 31, 2020

006: Innovation Dream Teams: The Secret Formula to Drive Team Success

Does your organization struggle with generating better ideas? Unfortunately, the traditional brainstorming approach doesn’t work.  Innovation is a team sport. You’re going to get better and […]
September 7, 2020

007: Process Innovation: Unlocking New Value in What You Do Everyday

Does the SIT method work with services as well? This is actually the most common single question that I get about innovation and the SIT method. […]
September 14, 2020

008: Fixedness: Your Main Barrier to Creative Thinking

Every day, you face at least one situation where a creative idea would come in handy. But there are just times when you feel like nothing […]
September 21, 2020

009: How to Create and Run an Innovation Pilot Program

Once you’ve embraced this idea that creativity can be systematic, and you’ve started to invest time and energy learning the Systematic Inventive Thinking or SIT – […]