BACKGROUND on Spark Decks© and Stimulus Response®: As we teach in Innovation Engineering training courses research by the IE Institute team finds that creativity and innovation is not random. You can increase the number of ideas you generate by a factor of 10 and the number of validated BIG IDEAS by a factor of 6. The three principles are:
1. Explore STIMULUS - Stimulus sets off a chain reaction of free associations that spark fresh ideas.
2. Leverage DIVERSITY - When different people, interact with stimulus and each other an exponential increase in fresh ideas is ignited.
3. Drive Out FEAR: Fear of failure kills free associating. To be successful it must be replaced with a sense of curiosity, experimentation and exploration in a Fail FAST Fail CHEAP way.
Spark Decks translate insights from the six fields of Stimulus Mining (Patent, Wisdom, Market, Insight, Future and Unrelated) into an easy to use format. The slides contain a DISRUPTIVE Fact deigned to engage fresh ideas - and a set of DIVERGENT prompts designed to ignite fresh thoughts. The slides are made available for downloading - allowing you to customize the divergent prompts and to edit the slides.
Unrelated Mining: Recruit for Cultural Fit! The result of poor culture fit due to turnover can cost an organization between 50-60% of the person’s annual salary. How could you chance your current recruitment strategy to include or enhance your emphasis on cultural fit?
Market Mining: EAT BEER. Grain byproduct from craft brewers is being up cycled into nutritious snacks. What byproduct in your industry contains ignored or hidden value?
Insight Mining: Execs Embrace Video. Forbes Insights survey has some eye opening statistics about how receptive execs are to business and vendor related video content online. Are you leveraging this insight to educate sell your offerings?