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Author: Rikus Grobler

Five practical tips to become a more creative manager

Creative Thinking – Part 2 by Rikus Grobler of Namibia Innovation Solutions The theme I am busy with is creative thinking, the starting point or “front-end” of innovation. In the previous installment I set the stage for creative thinking in an organisational environment, arguing that it has both to do with the creative ability of the individual and the environment in which the person operates. In this delivery, I want to take a more pragmatic approach and share some practical suggestions how managers can improve creative thinking capabilities. Improving creative thinking capabilities The “skill” of creativity in an organizational...

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Creativity starts with the individual and then spills over to the group

Creative thinking – Part 1 by  Rikus Grobler of Namibia Innovation Solutions I kicked off this series with the theme of taking action to innovate, failing, learning from failure and improving your innovation capability continuously. This subsequently introduced the theme I have dwelled on for the past few weeks, i.e. creative thinking. Creative thinking is the starting point or “front-end” of innovation, the sine qua non. I have touched on quality thinking, finding time to think and asking good questions. But how does the “aha!” really happen and is it possible for an organisation and an individual to become...

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Nothing is more dangerous in business than the right answer to the wrong question

Solving the right problem by Rikus Grobler of Namibia Innovation Solutions The theme I am busy with is creative thinking, one of the key components of innovation. It all starts with an idea, right? I have already touched on the quality of thinking and finding time to think. I now move to a broad outline of asking the right questions, as I believe that innovation is driven by questions that are original, bold, counterintuitive, and perceptive. Asking the right questions To underscore my point, I want to tell a humorous story. I have told it before, but for me...

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Nurture that space where your best ideas come to the surface

Finding time to think by Rikus Grobler of Namibia Innovation Solutions The theme I am discussing in this series is creative thinking, the starting point and major building block of any innovation effort. In the previous article I touched on the matter of the quality of thinking and the importance of the right environment in your organisation to foster quality thinking. In this article I want to dwell further into this topic, specifically looking at where you can find time to think, even if you are insanely busy, which I presume most of you are. Finding time I have...

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How we think depends on how we treat others

Quality of Thinking by Rikus Grobler of Namibia Innovation Solutions I spent the last two months on topics related to the “take action” aspect of innovation. Nonetheless, before you take action, an idea must be born first to inspire action. I have written about creative thinking many times. It is a topic that both fascinates and eludes me as the more I read and learn about it, the more it evolves. However, I have made some exciting discoveries since I last wrote about this way of thinking, and this I want to share and discuss in the next couple...

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Use risk management strategically to keep an innovation project on course

Innovation Risk Management by Rikus Grobler of Namibia Innovation Solutions In terms of my focus over the last few weeks of getting organisations and individuals to take action to innovate, the issues of taking chances, failing, tolerance of failure and self-belief (self-efficacy) have been dealt with. The purpose of all these topics has been to demystify innovation and instigate action amongst individuals and organisations. Taking action to innovate, unavoidably means taking risks. However, taking risks to innovate does not mean jumping out of an aeroplane without a parachute; it is something that can be planned for and dealt with...

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Efficacious is a big word but it works for confidence in innovation

Believe it is possible by Rikus Grobler of Namibia Innovation Solutions The focus of this column over the last few weeks was to motivate organisations and individuals to start taking action to innovate. This inevitably means taking risks, failing and learning from failure. I have discussed the matters of tolerance for failure and learning from failure (“intelligent failure”), but there is still one ingredient left for getting organisations and people to take action: self-belief. “Self-efficacy” is a concept that has been identified by researcher Albert Bandura from Stanford University back in 1977. Since then, extensive research has shown that...

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Accept that risks and failure are vital ingredients of innovation

Failing intelligently by Rikus Grobler of Namibia Innovation Solutions I am on the topic of tolerance of failure as part of learning how to innovate. I made the case for learning from failure and that organisations must identify failure, analyse failure and experiment deliberately to cultivate learning from failure. “Failing intelligently” is a term that is used extensively when the topic of learning from failure is under discussion, and I want to go into more detail on this theme. Failing Intelligently Innovation is fraught with risk. There is risk that an innovator won’t identify important needs. Risks that innovation...

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