The Power of Pro-active Innovation

ProactiveWhen it comes to innovation, there are two distinguishing features of innovative "masterminds". First, these high performance innovation experts recognize great ideas effectively and accept that they can and should come from anywhere and anyone, and second, they are continuously developing ideas to produce a stronger flow of innovations than everyone else.

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Mindfulness and the Agile Process

In Buddhist theory, there are four mental attitudes – aka “divine abodes or states of mind” – which provide an ideal way of conducting ourselves with others. They are considered to be paths toward inner peace, a way to heal wounds suffered in the struggle of daily existence, and a path to “mindfulness” in action. Mindfulness is the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one's thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis. And for us personally, we’ve found that they also comprise an excellent way to manage a scrum team!  

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The Innovation Bucket List

A bucket list is meant to be a list of everything you want to achieve, do, see, feel and experience in your life. If you don’t have a bucket list, start one. It's a process that can help you gain clarity and focus on what you want from your life, what holds meaning.

Most people who think that they don't have the time to develop a bucket list will eventually feel a little stuck in the grind of life. When you develop a bucket list it naturally clarifies what is important and helps to create a sense of purpose. Also, it gives you something to share with your significant other so you two can support each other in your life goals. I've found that as I achieve items on my bucket it provides a sense of balance in life. 

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The Power of Humor in Creativity

The hallmark of a really effective brainstorming is an abundance of genuine and heartfelt laughter. There’s a reason for this: laughter can help people solve problems that demand creative solutions, by making it easier to think more broadly and associate ideas/relationships more freely. This is scientifically validated by recent research that shows that people in a lighter mood experience more eureka! moments and greater inspiration.

Karuna Subramaniam, in research she did when she was with Northwestern University, found that boosting the mood of volunteers increased their likelihood of having an aha! moment as measured by their ability to solve a word association puzzle, the standard test for creative problem solving. Those who watched a comedy were measurably better at the task using insight than those who watched a horror film, or worse yet, a lecture about quantum electronics. 

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