Researchers at Wharton demonstrate that asynchronous idea generation is more effective in both quantity and quality of ideas than in-person brainstorming. http://bit.ly/csd436
In a new Wired cover story on Pixar, management at Pixar describes how they tolerate (expect) mistakes, but have systems in place to correct them quickly. Wired http://bit.ly/baP5VP
Walk around the block with colleagues, rather than sitting in the office, for planning or problem solving discussions.
How does an organization balance the need to innovate with the need to execute on current projects? Eric Schmidt at Google imposes the 70 / 20 / 10 rule for percentage of company resources spent on core business / new businesses / speculative efforts. Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/70/20/10_Model
Some internet companies "do what's cool" as the main component of their business plan. NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/02/business/yourmoney/02frenzy.html
If you want to create a revolutionary product or experience, don't listen to customer feedback (because they don't know). Watching the customer is OK. The curious example of one of Europe's most successful restaurants | Harvard Business School http://bit.ly/cTLMVE
A colleague once observed that the best business ideas are often those you trip over, but you can only trip over something if you are moving forward, not standing still.
Researchers show that 15% of caucasians have a "g-variant" gene which makes alcohol behave like an opiate, fostering creativity. Prospect http://bit.ly/b5l4GF
Springwise provides a database of over 5000 innovative business ideas. Access is $400 / year. http://bit.ly/1lIx3Ay
Researchers show that a brief walk, even around the office, helps spur creativity. NY Times http://nyti.ms/1hRa3RW