Posts Tagged ‘brainstorming’

Slowing down the cow – Innovation lessons from verse translation

May 14, 2011 2 comments

As June fast approaches in the calendar – and even faster in the warmth of the wind – I remember the bucolic poem ‘Juin’ by Leconte de Lisle that I read as a schoolboy. I recall finding it pompous at the time, and I still find it so today. But in the midst of long forgotten, over-engineered stanzas, half a verse, beautiful in its meaning and simplicity, has lived on in my mind:

‘La vache┬álente est belle.’

To share it with friends who may not speak French, the question of translation arose, and as I wrestled with it during my morning cycling, a few creativity and innovation lessons emerged. Read more…


Lead brainstorming by taking the ridicule

January 27, 2010 7 comments

While taking a facilitator to run brainstormings is indeed a good idea, it does not in itself eliminate the typical risk that the presence and traditional behaviour of the leader will hamper the session. So, it has become common place advice to recommend that leaders do not take a prominent role in brainstormings, and take the back seat instead.

That may be pragmatic advice, but it also strikes me as quite conventional. Thinking laterally, is there no better way to positively harness leadership in brainstorming? Read more…