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Make a Difference – Innovate
  By: Paul Sloane
Bill Gates recently said, ‘We are in an economic downturn but an innovation upturn.’ Most people are focussing on the downturn and the dangers it poses rather than on the opportunity for innovation. Most businesses are restructuring and streamlining their operations. How can you maximize your chances in the change maelstrom? One way is to take a positive approach to change and to be seen as an innovative go-getter who will help make the re-organization a success. Here is how:

Six great ways to ruin a Brainstorm
  By: Paul Sloane

The brainstorm (or thought shower as some people now call it) is the most popular group creativity exercise in business.  It is quick, easy and it works.  But many organizations have become frustrated with brainstorms and have stopped using them.  They say brainstorms are old-fashioned and no longer effective.  But the real reason for the frustrations is that the brainstorms are not facilitated properly.  A well-run brainstorm is fun and energetic.  It will generate plenty of good ideas.  But a poor brainstorm can be frustrating and demotivational.


Ten Great Ways to Crush Creativity
  By: Paul Sloane
Managers have much more power than they realize. They can patiently create a climate of creativity or they can crush it in a series of subtle comments and gestures. Their actions send powerful signals. Their responses to suggestions and ideas are deciphered by staff as encouragement or rejection. If you want to crush creativity in your organization and eliminate all the unnecessary bother of innovation then here are ten steps that are guaranteed to succeed.


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