Managing Creativity & Innovation


Creativity, a company cannot thrive without it, and yet, it’s very easy to extinguish. Use our Managing Innovation and Creativity guide to help you discover ways to foster the growth—not the death—of good ideas in your workplace. You’ll learn about the top threats to creativity and then how to avoid them.

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Why Creative People Can Lose Out on Leadership Positions

Knowledge@WhartonIt would be difficult to find a CEO or manager who says creativity isn't a valued attribute of a good leader. So why do so many once-innovative companies get bogged down over time, with continuous...

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Robert J. Elisberg: The PreCurse of the Golden Globes Rides Again

The Huffington Post'Tis the season for awards - and that means on Sunday it's time to hear how the Golden Globes matter because they are "precursors to the Oscars," remarkable for their mystical ability to predict the...

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Change: Lessons on What's Next

EntrepreneurEntrepreneur explores the innovation behind three companies -- Foursquare, Square and Zappos.

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The Three Threats to Creativity

HBRCreativity is under threat. It happens whenever and wherever there's a squeeze on the ingredients of creativity, and it's happening in many businesses today.

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The Neurological and Creative Toll of Digital Overload

MITSloanFor all the productivity upsides to digital consumption, there are huge downsides, too, including a loss in creativity.

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Innovation: How the Creative Stay Creative

Inc.Innovative companies require innovative people. For lessons on developing a creative work force, we asked some of the nation's top innovation consultants how they do it in their own shop.

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9 Principles of Innovation

Fast CompanyGoogle's VP of search products and user experience shares the rules that gives the search company its innovative edge.

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Living Outside the Box

Living abroad boosts creativity

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Survey: Assessing Innovation Metrics

The companies that get the highest returns from innovation do use metrics well; these organizations tend to assess innovation more comprehensively than the others.

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Survey: How Companies Approach Innovation

Executives say innovation is very important, but their companies’ approach to it is often informal, and leaders lack confidence in their innovation decisions.

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3M: Struggle Between Efficiency and Creativity

How CEO George Buckley is managing the yin and yang of discipline and imagination

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Innovation lessons from Pixar

MAn interview with Oscar-winning director Brad Bird

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Popular Stories

Does Business Innovation Depend On A CEO’s Age?

nprAnalysis of innovation at private companies in the U.S. and across the world finds an inverse relationship correlation between disruptive innovation and the age of managers at those companies.

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The Secret To Having An Honest Data-Driven Debate

HBRMalcolm Gladwell of bestselling Tipping Point and Outliers. He says, the rise of Big Data and analytics concomitantly demand its operational resurrection and revival. The need is urgent and global. If there’s a single pathological behavior I consistently see undermining the real and potential...

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Innovation Is An Attitude

IncSuccessful innovation is a matter of attitude and practice, not of size. There is nothing sacred about being an entrepreneur--many will fumble around without hitting a spark of genius. Large companies? Some manage to keep churning out new products and technologies on a regular basis.

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Microsoft's Nadella Envisions Cultural Shift Where Data Is King

EntrepreneurYou’ve likely heard of artificial intelligence. But in a new post on Microsoft’s company blog, CEO Satya Nadella envisions a revolutionary era of “ambient intelligence.” This is a future in which “nearly all interactions and experiences between humans, humans and computers and between...

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Why Your Employees Are A Threat to Your Company's Data

IncBelieve it or not, your employees are the weakest link in your digital defenses. "Human error is the highest risk to your company. Clicking bad links, stolen laptops, lost thumb drives and company phones--there are so many ways company data can be breached," Bearfield says. "Just raising employee...

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Everything You Need To Know About Data Viz

HBRDisplaying data can be a tricky proposition, because different rules apply in different contexts. A sales director presenting financial projections to a group of field reps wouldn’t visualize her data the same way that a design consultant would in a written proposal to a potential client. So how...

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Microsoft CEO Announces New Tools In The Cloud

Tech CrunchThis morning in San Francisco, Microsoft announced several new data-focused tools in front of a cadre of customers and partners, not to mention a decent-sized grouping of press. The two new tools worth noting are Azure Intelligent Systems Service and Analytics Platform System.

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Mt Gox CEO 'Not Willing' To Go To America

ForbesMark Karpeles, the CEO of collapsed Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox, has said via lawyers that he is “not willing” to go to America yet, refusing a US court demand to testify in person over the issue.

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6 Things The Most Influential People On Social Media Do

IncHow do you earn respect, stand out, and get noticed in noisy social media circles? Take a cue from the Web's biggest influencers.

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The World’s 10 Most Innovative Companies In Finance

Fast CompanyYou'd think something as universal as money would be hassle-free to use. But with banks and card networks acting as invisible middlemen and imposing sizable exchange fees, some companies are creating radical new approaches to move cash from one place to another.

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8 Ways Neuroscience Can Improve Your Presentations

IncOver the past few decades, enormous amounts of effort (and dollars) have gone into understanding how the mind works. This is good news for you, especially when it comes to public speaking, which requires getting into the minds (and hearts) of an audience. Neuroscience research offers loads of...

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CEOs Are Ready To Spend On Digital Tech, Says New Report

TechRepublic CEOs at major firms say investing in technologies to stimulate growth is at the top of their to-do list in 2014, and that IT is no longer just a cost-centre to be cut.

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BlackBerry CEO Sets 2-Year Goal To Cut Device Reliance

BloombergBlackBerry Ltd. John Chen is giving himself two years to overhaul the smartphone maker and offset declining handset demand with sales of software that connects computers with all manner of machines, from cars to heart monitors.

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Google Executive: Android And Chrome Are Both Important

FortuneSundar Pichai, who rode the success of the Chrome browser and OS to a position of unparalleled technical sway at Google, has often brushed aside those questions. In an interview with Fortune, Pichai, a senior vice president in charge of Chrome, Apps, and Android, says that Google does not have to...

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Evernote Founder: 'Apps Will Be Obsolete'

IncPhil Libin has a bold prediction for the future, as mobile computing moves into wearables. What's next, beyond the app?

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