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June 30, 2020

Deciphering How Preferences Cope with Quarantine

Feel boxed in? Feel boxed out? Feel like boxing someone? Welcome to 2020, where big challenges in the world create big challenges in our relationships. This is a good time to call on your understanding of FourSight to help you see that your quarantine mates’ reactions are sometimes a function of thinking preferences rather than personality. Look through your FourSight lens, and you may find their actions, decisions and quirks easier to live with. Here’s what research tells us.
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May 28, 2020

10 Benefits of Online Problem Solving

Susan Robertson, CEO of Sharpen Innovation and instructor at Harvard, spoke at this year’s FourSight Forum for FourSight Certified Facilitators. She identified ten surprising ways that online problem solving can beat in-person, even in the best of times.
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April 29, 2020

Creativity Surge: How to Sustain Your Energy During a Global Crisis

Human Nature As part of our nature, humans are born into the world with two innate qualities that promote survival and growth. All humans are wired to find and follow patterns. We are innate conformists. This bias towards conformity has many advantages. It promotes cooperation, establishes norms, enables learning, and saves energy. To underscore the latter, when we follow an established pattern, we don’t need to think, problem-solve, or exert effort to learn something new. Thus, we conserve energy, and in nature, energy is a precious resource. 
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March 11, 2020

Can FourSight profiles be used for hiring?

Recently a FourSight facilitator wrote in the following question: Can I use FourSight profiles for hiring? —Harry
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February 18, 2020

Need a better strategy for strategic planning?

Ad agency president, Stacie Boney, knew she wanted to make a big improvement in her team’s approach to annual and quarterly strategic planning sessions. Boney heads up Hanson Dodge, a full-service ad agency based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that serves clients like the Utah Office of Tourism, KEEN Utility and Stanley PMI.  The agency had been generating momentum, expanding business with current clients and earning new ones, and was poised for greater growth. Boney, however, knew there was room for improvement in their approach to strategic planning.
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October 23, 2019

What's a Developer?

Developers are the rarest of the four profiles. Only 6% of people in our database are single-preference Developers.
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July 16, 2019

Student Problem Solvers

Patricia Flanagan is an innovation consultant, helping students and community members in Northern Ireland develop a common language and framework for solving big, complex problems.
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March 17, 2019

FourSight Thinking Preferences and Vocational Fit

Research from the FourSight team discovers that thinking preferences influence career choice.
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March 8, 2019

Viva Implementers!

It was six hours before the big workshop in Las Vegas. 88 people were signed up, and less than half had done their FourSight assessment. The group activity I planned to facilitate hinged on knowing people’s profiles. It wasn’t going to work with half the results.
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February 14, 2019

3 innovation tools that also work for relationships

Creativity helps us everyday to solve problems, navigate tricky interpersonal dynamics, and follow through on our ideas in the workplace. And, if we are intentional, it can help us do the same in our personal lives. Here are three innovation tools that are especially apt for relationships.
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December 13, 2018

FourSight Proves Transformative for International Beauty Company

Global prestige beauty leaders The Estée Lauder Companies prides itself on having a worldwide reputation for quality and excellence, and has always been held up as a leader for best practice in collaboration.
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November 22, 2018

Let's Talk Turkey

This Thursday it’s Thanksgiving in the USA. People come together for a feast of community and gratitude. Now that you understand about FourSight preferences, learn to bring everyone’s best thinking to the table. Follow the recipe below for a collaborative holiday. Happy Thanksgiving from FourSight!
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August 27, 2018

What makes an “Ideal Student”?

The answer may surprise you.
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July 8, 2018

So, what’s an idea?

Ideas fuel innovation. No ideas? No innovation! But what are ideas exactly? In this interview we ask Gerard Puccio PhD, author of “Creative Leadership” and the “FourSight® Thinking Profile” and chair of the oldest Master of Science program in Creative Studies, to illuminate what ideas are and where they come from.
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June 13, 2018

5 Things to Unlearn about Creativity

FourSight Managing Partner Sarah Thurber shares 5 myths and misconceptions about creativity that may be holding you back.
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April 12, 2018

Teaching FourSight to the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

I’ve worked as a productive thinking facilitator for most of my professional life—strategy sessions, creative problem solving workshops, innovation initiatives, conflict resolution, mediation, community engagement, organizational restructuring, and negotiations, from... I’ve worked as a productive thinking facilitator for most of my professional life—strategy sessions, creative problem solving workshops, innovation initiatives, conflict resolution, mediation, community engagement, organizational restructuring, and negotiations, from mergers to breakups.
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March 18, 2018

Wandering Wisely

A few years ago, I backpacked through Southeast Asia with my best friend, Lauren. We started in Kuala Lumpur, and by time we parted ways in Ho Chi Minh City, we were in the throws of violent food poisoning and barely on speaking terms. I was exasperated that Lauren had no interest in decision making, and Lauren was stressed by my tendency to get an idea and spontaneously alter our plans. Our frustrations climaxed with a fuming argument on a public train over 35 Thai baht (roughly one U.S. dollar). Thankfully, we both see the humor in this now.
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January 15, 2018

5 Reasons to Flex Your Creative Muscle

#1. Creativity fuels innovation. Today, it’s hard to find an organization that doesn’t have “innovation” in its mission statement. Professor Felix Janszen stated, “After the age of efficiency in the 1950s and 1960s, quality in the 1970s and 1980s, and flexibility in the 1980s and 1990s, we now live in the age of innovation.” And for good reason: “Researchers tested whether innovation translated into bottom-line value for organizations. They compared more than 300 firms in their study and found that the most innovative firms enjoyed more than 30% greater market share, compared to the least innovative companies.” The most innovative firms were the most active in applying creativity to develop new knowledge. The researchers concluded that, “creativity in problem solving is the main driver of new knowledge creation and innovation.”
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December 29, 2017

The Cognitive Commute

A recent study on health and wellbeing reported a surprising discovery: People with the longest commutes have the lowest life satisfaction.
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May 27, 2017

Sarah Thurber: Alumni Achievement Award ICSC

My love affair with creativity began 23 years ago on a blind date. A friend of mine said, "You've got to meet this guy. He's tall and handsome and smart,...
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May 15, 2017

Cognitive Profiles of Executive Leaders

 The FourSight database reveals a remarkable shift in cognitive profiles as leaders move up the organizational ladder. 
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October 17, 2016

The Nose on Your Face

What do assessments and your nose have in common? Believe it or not, your nose is the perfect analogy for assessment.  
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October 7, 2016

The Secret of the Highly Creative Thinker

When you begin to think of creativity as a mental muscle instead of a rare gift, you realize that “this is a muscle I can build!” Watch this 20 minute...
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September 21, 2016

Sheridan College: Making Creativity Real

A decade into the 21st century,educational leaders at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada saw the writing on the wall. Technology was eating up routine jobs. The traditional curriculum couldn’t guarantee work. They knew that to make students employable, they would need to teach creative thinking and creative problem solving skills. So they embraced a radical, new academic strategic plan to put creativity at the heart of the institution’s mission, marketing and curriculum. The goal was to create what Sheridan calls “the Creative Campus”—a place where “creativity is what makes us different.”
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August 29, 2016

What makes a Mozart?

Secrets of Extraordinary Performance Mozart was a creative genius. The question is, why? Find out the three keys to extraordinary performance.
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August 17, 2016

FourSight Certification: A Platform for Innovation

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August 16, 2016

Should B-Schools Teach Collaboration?

Q&A with Russ Schoen
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August 15, 2016

The Smart Response to New Ideas

(hint: It isn’t criticism) Often our first instinct is to criticize new ideas. But there is a better approach and one that leads to more creative outcomes.
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August 2, 2016

The ROI on Creativity Training

How can you measure the impact of teaching creative thinking? It’s a challenge. Plenty of research shows the positive impact it has on individuals, but little research exists on the impact creativity training has on organizations, particularly on their top line growth. That changed in 2015, when a FourSight-based creative problem solving training program was identified as the key catalyst in supporting organizational growth.
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August 1, 2016

How Might We

“How might we…” Those are 3 of the most powerful words in innovation. Learn a turn of language that can transform a complaint into a question that draws fresh ideas and new thinking.
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July 2, 2016

Developing a Taste for Innovation at Rich Products

According to the Innovation Network, 88 percent of all organizations have the word “innovation” or “creativity” in their mission statements. But less than 5 percent of those same organizations have programs in place to teach innovation or creativity and make it part of the culture.
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June 2, 2016

Training Managers to Support Innovation at HP

In training sessions, half a world apart, two innovation experts told the same story. Art Beckman and Silvi Steigerwald are two of the key architects of the innovation program in HP Software. Part of their job is training HP Software managers, more than a thousand worldwide, to support a culture of innovation. Recently they went on the road—Art to Massachusetts and Silvi to Shanghai—to train more HP managers in innovation HP style. Their innovation curriculum starts with FourSight: Your Thinking Profile, and they always tell the same story.
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May 16, 2016

Innovation: Product v. Process

Change is the new black. It’s everywhere —in every newspaper, in every conversation, in every business. It’s the result of an uncorked information flow and a gloves-off global economy. And it shows no signs of stopping.
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May 4, 2016

FourSight Goes to University

Q&A with John Champlin, Human Resources Team at Wake Forest University How did you hear about FourSight? When I joined the HR staff at Wake Forest University, MBTI, Gallup Clifton StrengthsFinder, and the Intercultural Development Inventory were the assessment tools we used for team and leadership development. After a number of staff changes, we began to seek out new assessments that we could utilize. Our University Cabinet had completed a FourSight debrief with Dr. Gerard Puccio. Senior Officers felt that FourSight would be a good strategic fit for our campus. Three HR team members went to the FourSight certification in Orlando. Halfway through day one of the certification, I was hooked. It was different, and I saw how it could be meaningful to our university.
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December 20, 2012

Creativity as a Life Skill: Gerard Puccio

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October 12, 2012

Welcome to FourSight

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