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Skip Brainstorming Sessions, Use Ideas Sites Instead

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

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"Screw Up As Fast As Possible"

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

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Use "Walking Meetings" for Creativity & Perspective

Walk around the block with colleagues, rather than sitting in the office, for planning or problem solving discussions.

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Balancing Innovation and Execution

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

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Don't be Obsessed with Profits

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

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Don't Listen to the Customer

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

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Stop Planning and Start Doing

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.

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Drink to Be Creative - If You Have The "G-Variant" Gene

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

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Business Ideas Database

Springwise provides a database of over 5000 innovative business ideas. Access is $400 / year. http://bit.ly/1lIx3Ay

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To Be Creative, Take a Walk

Researchers show that a brief walk, even around the office, helps spur creativity. NY Times http://nyti.ms/1hRa3RW

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