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Leading innovation engineers iet

  1. 1. Leading Innovation Through C r e a t ivity Robert Alan Black, Ph.D., CSP Creative Thinking Strategies for Engineers & Scientists
  2. 2. http://www.cre8ng.com
  3. 3. When & Where Do you get your IDEAS
  4. 4. Running, walking. doing other things, in the shower, gardening…. ?
  5. 5. Do you run, walk, Garden, take Showers at WORK ?
  6. 6. We need to be on Demand at WORK NOT when the MUSE comes ! C r e a t i v e
  7. 7. Who Might Be Creative
  8. 8. All of US!!!
  9. 9. ? What have some Engineers & Scientists said about Creativity
  10. 10. They laughed at Columbus, Fulton, the Wright Brothers. They also laughed at Bozo the Clown.” Carl Sagan, founder & first President of The Planetary Society
  11. 11. If your goal is to create something new and big, you're going to have to do something that everybody else will laugh at - so that becomes the test. Marc Andreessen, founder of Netscape
  12. 12. “ Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion . I , myself , prefer to laugh , since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” Kurt Vonnegut, Jr, humanist
  13. 13. Dr. Seuss "I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.”
  14. 14. “ All it takes is one idea to solve an impossible problem.” -- Robert H. Schuller
  15. 15. The highly Creative Thinker looks at every idea as a possibility. Robert Alan Black, Ph.D., CSP
  16. 16. “ Most people see what is, and never see what can be.” Albert Einstein
  17. 17. “ Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems.” Scott Adams
  18. 18. “ It's true that the original idea was mine, but what you see today is the work of probably tens of thousands of the world's best engineers, all concentrating on improving the product, reducing the cost, things of that sort.” Jack Kilby (Intel silicon chip)
  19. 19. “ Normal people... believe that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain't broke, it doesn't have enough features.” Scott Adams
  20. 20. “ Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them.” James Mitchener
  21. 21. “ An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail..” Edwin Land (Polaroid)
  22. 22. “ It's not that we need new ideas, but we need to stop having old ideas..” Edwin Land (Polaroid)
  23. 23. Being creative is a choice… Individuals, leaders, entire organizations can make the choice. a daily choice!
  24. 24. Getting to Eureka & Beyond Overcoming Blocks 32 Creative Thinking Traits Creative Thinking Tools 6 Ways to set up a… C r e 8 n g Community
  25. 25. <ul><li>GIFT </li></ul><ul><li>ATTITUDE </li></ul><ul><li>PROCESS </li></ul><ul><li>STRATEGY </li></ul><ul><li>Systems </li></ul>G.A.P.S.S. of… G A P S S
  26. 26. BREAKING THE BOX
  27. 27. Paradigm 2016 a. If it ain’t broke.....leave it alone. b. If it ain’t broke….break it. c. Better fix it before it breaks d. Keep using it until it breaks
  28. 28. No More Creative Blocks!
  29. 30. Creative block?
  30. 31. What Causes Your Creative Blocks ?
  31. 32. SOMETHING'S PERCOLATING BRAIN'S RECHARGING EXCESSIVE SELF-CRITICISM PERFECTIONISM
  32. 33. What We Can Do w/ Creative Blocks !
  33. 34. Add one ritual behavior Brainstorm Change clothes Do simple projects/tasks Work on something else
  34. 35. Creative Thinking Tools Can help Remove or Eliminate Creative Blocks
  35. 36. 32 Traits See possibilities Self- knowledgeable Self-actualizing Self-disciplined Sense of destiny Sensitive Severely critical of… Specific interests Synthesize correctly often intuitively Tolerant of ambiguity Adaptable Curious Divergent thinker Energetic Fantasize, able to Flexible thinker Fluent Future oriented Humor Idealistic Imaginative Independent Ingenious Learning, always Non-conforming Not motivated by money Observant, highly Open-ended Original - uniqueness Passionate about their work Perceive world differently Question asker
  36. 37. 32 Traits See possibilities Self- knowledgeable Self-actualizing Self-disciplined Sense of destiny Sensitive Severely critical of… Specific interests Synthesize correctly often intuitively Tolerant of ambiguity Adaptable Curious Divergent thinker Energetic Fantasize, able to Flexible thinker Fluent Future oriented Humor Idealistic Imaginative Independent Ingenious Learning, always Non-conforming Not motivated by money Observant, highly Open-ended Original - uniqueness Passionate about their work Perceive world differently Question asker
  37. 38. 32 Traits See possibilities Self- knowledgeable Self-actualizing Self-disciplined Sense of destiny Sensitive Severely critical of… Specific interests Synthesize correctly often intuitively Tolerant of ambiguity Adaptable Curious Divergent thinker Energetic Fantasize, able to Flexible thinker Fluent Future oriented Humor Idealistic Imaginative Independent Ingenious Learning, always Non-conforming Not motivated by money Observant, highly Open-ended Original - uniqueness Passionate about their work Perceive world differently Question asker All are learnable…
  38. 39. Thinking Tools Divergent & Convergent Creative
  39. 40. What? What Else! Why? Why Not! W W W W W H
  40. 41. = Divergent Thinking Tool Brainstorming Quantity breeds Quality Freewheeling of ideas Hitchhike/Combine Ideas No Judgement
  41. 42. = Divergent Thinking Tool Brainwriting Quantity breeds Quality Freewheeling of ideas Hitchhike/Combine Ideas No Judgement
  42. 43. = Divergent Thinking Tool Alphabetizing A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
  43. 44. Accounting Restaurant Discount Advertising Hotel/Motel Software Architecture Insurance Sports Automotive Interior Design Travel Beekeeping Health/Exercise Trucking Call Services Janitorial Vending Dentistry Legal Undertaking Engineering Real Estate Yacht Design Forestry Retail/Discount Zoo Keeping Too often we allow our experience and expertise to cloud our visions and thinking. In order to break out of such traps we can take time to imagine how other industries, businesses, professions, occupations might view the problem and possibly solve it. OTHER INDUSTRIES
  44. 45. stretch it raise the price make it breakable combine it make it terryifying make it funny appeal to kids separate it cushion it Winterize it appeal to seniors make it fly illuminate it darken it do it backward go clockwise slow it down magnetize it freeze it loosen it make it invisible misspell it go under it put it in pictures sweeten it put it to music make it weaker Throughout our schooling we are asked “WHAT IS IT?” To expand our creativeness and our creative skills we need only change the question to… ” WHAT IF WE?” or “WHAT ELSE MIGHT IT BE?” “ What If We?”
  45. 46. = S. = substitute C. = combine A. = adapt, adopt M. = minify, magnify P. = put to other uses E. = eliminate R. = reverse Divergent Thinking Tool
  46. 47. Forced Relationships + = Feathers-Soft + chair is hard = make seat soft Yellow + chair is ship gray = add color Divergent Thinking Tool
  47. 48. Wild, Whacky, Weird To Real
  48. 49. Easier to take a WILD , WHACKY , WEIRD Idea & TAME IT DOWN Then to make a boring idea EXCITING
  49. 50. Forced Rela... Metaphors Excursions Bionics Classics!
  50. 51. Improv Imagination Perspective Non-Human
  51. 52. 5 Sensing Idea Grids! Excursions? Super Heroes!
  52. 53. Useless Inventions
  53. 54. 1. A black highlighter pen 18. Non-stick cello-tape 2. A book on how to read 19. Zero proof alcohol 3. A dictionary index 20. Powdered Water 4. A pedal powered wheelchair 21. Reusable ice cubes 5. AC adaptor for solar calculators 22. Seatbelts for motorbikes 6. Battery powered battery charger 23. See through toilet tissue 7. Braille drivers manual 24. Silent alarm clock 8. Do-it-yourself road map 25. Skinless bananas 9. Double sided playing cards 26. Smooth sandpaper 10. Ejector seats for helicopters 27. Solar powered flash light 11. Fireproof matches 28. Submarine screen doors 12. Fireproof cigarettes 29. Waterproof towel 13. Glow in the dark sunglasses 30. Toe implants 14. Hand powered chain saw 31 Turnip ice cream 15. Inflatable anchor 32. Watermelon seed sorter 16. Inflatable dart boards 33. Waterproof sponge 17. Mechanical pencil sharpener 34. Waterproof tea bags Useless Inventions?
  54. 56. Cre8ng Communities
  55. 57. What Some Corps Do…
  56. 58. What Some Corps Do…
  57. 59. % Of Profit 15% Rule Creativity or Idea Clubs Company Books (Dupont) Contests Creativity/Innovation Newsletters - Print/Electronic Creativity/Innovation Rooms Groups---Oz Group Guest Speakers Idea Meetings Idea Systems In-House Training Innovation Fairs Libraries Management Support Newsletters - External Posters Problem Solving Teams Rebel Groups-Unofficial Retreats Rewards & Reward Systems Seminars Support Conference Attendance Training Programs Workshops What Some Corps Do…
  58. 60. % Of Profit 15% Rule Creativity or Idea Clubs Company Books (Dupont) Contests Creativity/Innovation Newsletters - Print/Electronic Creativity/Innovation Rooms Groups---Oz Group Guest Speakers Idea Meetings Idea Systems In-House Training Innovation Fairs Libraries Management Support Newsletters - External Posters Problem Solving Teams Rebel Groups-Unofficial Retreats Rewards & Reward Systems Seminars Support Conference Attendance Training Programs Workshops What Some Corps Do… None do it Systematically or Throughout or for more than 18 months
  59. 61. <ul><li>UPPORTING </li></ul><ul><li>ROMOTING </li></ul><ul><li>ECOGNIZING </li></ul><ul><li>NCOURAGING </li></ul><ul><li>PPLYING </li></ul><ul><li>EVELOPING </li></ul>S.P.R.E.A.D. S P R E A D
  60. 63. O F P I S A Mess Objective Fact Finding Problem Finding Idea Finding Solution Finding Acceptance Action Finding
  61. 64. May you live In the Land of Eureka Whenever You Choose!
  62. 65. Your Beginning!

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