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Brainstorming Best Practices

This post highlights some of the research and best practices you’ll want to incorporate into your own brainstorming sessions to get the most out of them. A few minutes spent understanding some of the common mistakes and hacks for getting the best ideas out of a group can have a big impact on the end result.

A well facilitated brainstorming session can produce up to 30 times as many unique ideas.
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The top 5 articles on brainstorming

Brainstorming is one of the most common tools for creative problem-solving. There’s a ton of content out there about it, but much of it isn’t based on research. We dug into some academic studies around brainstorming to get to the heart of what works and what doesn’t and how to do it properly.

That being said, it doesn’t mean there aren’t any helpful, well-researched articles out there. Here are the pieces that we consider the cream of the crop and some of which helped inform our own ebook. Read more

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Human Capital Management 2.0

There are three key trends that are driving a needed change in the way that leaders and employees work together. It’s having an impact on organizational structure, roles and responsibilities and the technology used in the workplace. While the changes will be difficult and confusing for many at first, there are some exciting examples of organizations that are blazing the trail. Two keys to success will be a strong focus on culture and enabling technology. With human resources at the pivot point of so much of these shifts, they will play a key leadership role in enabling this change within organizations. Read more

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Idea Management Software Helps Organizations Capture Employee Insight

As a small company or startup, ideas flow naturally. If you have a good idea, it’s easy to talk to the right people. But as organizations become larger and more complex, this becomes much harder. Size, geographical, departmental or functional silos make knowing who the best person is to evaluate or implement an idea difficult. Idea management software can scale a company’s ability to keep a steady flow of good ideas from all employees.

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Keys to Success for Disruptive Innovation

This post is based on an interview that we did with Steve Wood, the Co-founder & CTO at Nudge in 2016. Prior to starting Nudge, Steve was the co-founder and CTO of Eloqua for 13 years. He helped grow the startup from zero dollars to $100M, including three venture financing rounds, a successful IPO on the Nasdaq, and ultimately an acquisition by Oracle for $955M in 2012. Steve is a frequent speaker at various forums involving B2B marketers, and authored a book entitled “Digital Body Language” about deciphering customer intentions online. His experience has given him great perspective on what it takes to successfully manage innovation in both startups and large organizations. What follows are four areas that are critical for successful disruptive innovation. Read more

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How to Set Goals on Purpose

The SoapBox Goal Setting Guide (with worksheets!) came to life in the summer of 2016, as part of our annual company retreat to Algonquin Park. One of the things we wanted to do at the retreat was put some focus on the personal development and growth of our employees.

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Your Employees Hold the Key to Innovation

Why your innovation strategy needs employee ideas and how you can get them

Innovation remains a key focus and stated priority for many organizations, and for good reason. The world is enamoured with the Uber, Airbnb and other disruptive company success stories. For leadership it creates both a desire to create their own equally disruptive offerings and a fear of becoming obsolete. But with disruption leading the conversations around innovation, have we lost sight of the value of continuous improvement? Research indicates that much of the time, it’s these small, incremental changes that yield much better results. Read more

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10 Best Articles on Innovation from HBR

Harvard Business Review (HBR) has many good articles from thought leaders on the topic of innovation. The following list is 10 of our favorites. One thing to note is that you get four posts each month you can read for free. If you register by providing your email address, you get a precious fifteen free articles every month if you’re a subscriber. Every month, I carefully curate a list of HBR articles that I want to read from their Twitter feed (generally a great way to identify their best materials) and I pick fifteen articles I want to read for the month.

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How Employee Feedback is Like the Corporate Information Nervous System

Our central nervous system plays a critical role in sending important information from the body to the brain. The brain, in turn, sends information back to the body to take the appropriate action.  This feedback loop between body and brain is critical to an organism’s survival. Similarly, organizations need important information to flow between employees and leadership. This feedback is also critical to the organization’s survival. However, this is largely broken in many mid to large sized organizations.  Read more