EVERYTHING BRILLIANT

starts with an idea

It's not how many ideas you have, it's how many you make happen

Strategic Innovation Canvas

Innovation is a hard thing to pin down. It starts with the word, Innovation which can mean different things to different people. If you are trying to bring people on a journey with you it’s essential that you leave no room for ambiguity – that you tell people clearly what it means for your organisation, […]

Read more

12 bricks, millions of ideas

One of the common barriers to innovation lies in a belief held by most people that they “aren’t ideas people”. In truth, everyone’s an ideas person. Some of us certainly see more or less risk in offering ideas and some of us are more creative than others and above all some of us are more […]

Read more

How to have more ideas. The secret sauce of Innovation.

Here’s the secret sauce: how to┬áhave more ideas. Anyone can have more ideas (and indeed, get more ideas from their friends and colleagues) if you follow these simple steps. If for any reason you can’t see the slideshare slides, here’s the summary of how to have more ideas (in as few words as I can). […]

Read more

How to have more ideas infographic

The simplest way that I have ever thought of to both describe what an idea is and how to have more of them.

Read more

Idea Hacks

The term hack or hacking comes with some negative connotations, so first-off let’s get some clarity on what the term means in this sense. Hacking is the process to taking something that works and is functional, but then changing or enhancing it to either do the thing it was designed to do better or do […]

Read more

This dad built a $10m business by re-imaging the bike

This is a brilliant example of Innovation through subtraction. This is Ryan McFarland who, like (hopefully) all Dads bought his Son a kids bike to learn to ride. His enthusiasm quickly turned to frustration as he watched his 2 year old “struggle with the weight and complexity of these so-called ‘children’s bikes”. So what did […]

Read more

how to innovate in 5 insanely simple steps

Read more

Why do I share my ideas?

So, I am about to publish Brilliant Idea #290, but why do I share my ideas?. What do I hope to achieve by sharing my ideas? Why would I publish any more ideas? Here are 4┬áreasons why I (and you) should share your ideas. 1. All things are difficult before they become easy (Thomas Fuller). […]

Read more

How to listen to ideas

Because I share my ideas freely, one result is that people share their ideas freely with me which is both flattering as well as somewhat of a burden because when someone enthusiastically shares their idea with you they want you to respond enthusiastically and of course sometimes that’s hard to do. Here my five essential […]

Read more

Innovation is possible everywhere!

Think it’s going to be hard to innovate in your sector? Think that your products are as good as they will ever be? Think all the good ideas have been discovered? Are you sure? Look at what’s possible even with the ubiquitous cardboard box. Brilliant. You can read more by clicking here

Read more

Innovation Tool # 7. Disrupt your idea workshops!

This is a really simple one to help you get better results from idea workshops. If you are looking for radical, potentially disruptive ideas (rather than “this broke, any ideas how we can stop if happening again”) you can greatly increase your chances by taking the time and effort to disrupt the status-quo of how […]

Read more

Idea workshop game. New product ideas for the humble bin-liner

Here’s a brilliant idea workshop game. The ideas below came from a group of staff in a Bank in London – one of our new clients. I asked them to imagine they worked for a business that made plastic bin-liners (something so far away from banking) and set them a Challenge to come up with […]

Read more

Creating the right Conditions to stimulte innovation and Creativity in the workplace

I did some work with a new client which offered some fascinating insights into what is required to create the right conditions to stimulate innovation and creativity in the workplace. I had the opportunity to launch the initiative at our new customer’s conference – their top 100 managers were in a luxurious hotel in Scotland […]

Read more