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 31, 2018

FourSight Online App Demo

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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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