Innovation for the Competitive Advantage

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Creative Thinking and Innovation

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If you are on this page, then you are interested in a more profitable future that comes from developing creative people in your organization, making your teams more innovative, and finding more creative ways to solve problems. If you do these three things, you will be more profitable because you will be more competitive in the marketplace.

Training from Workplace Power Institute focuses on a full range of creativity and innovation skills including:

  • Developing creative thinking in employees
  • Implementing innovation methods, techniques and tools
  • Overcoming the six constraints that stop innovation
  • Building leadership behaviors that foster innovation

Get your employees brains functioning at full capacity. Call Workplace Power Institute at 770-923-0883 for a complimentary consultation on the myriad of ways we can make your company gain a creative, competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Karla Brandau, CEO of Workplace Power Institute, is available for keynotes and workshops at your meetings and executive retreats.

Timely Articles

Can You Innovate Too Much? BY  on INC.
http://www.inc.com/kevin-daum/can-you-innovate-too-much.html?cid=sf01001

Complimentary Resources

To get you started, here is a list of the resources on this site to help you make your company and employees be more creative and more innovative:

Gelato e Ghiacciolo Cartoon-Ice Cream Cartoon-VectorCreativity Resource for Meetings: 10 Ideas for Managers to Jump Start Creativity

Usable tips for your next meeting.

Innovation: Inside the Brain

Inside the Individual's Brain reduced in sizeBreakthrough, disruptive innovations do not happen every day and in general are not the daily focus of innovation at your company.

In his book “The Innovator’s Dilemma,”Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen coined the phrase disruptive technology to describe … Read More

Nothing is worse than having only ONE idea.

Get tips on brainstorming and working through unfocused group processes.

Leaders often wonder why their company is so slow to innovate new products and services or why they can’t solve nagging daily problems more quickly. Read more… 

Watch Karla’s webinar on Creativity & Innovation in the workplace!

YouTube Videos

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Rise Above Your Competition – Part I – “Put Your Hands on the Outside” every morning when you start work

Rise Above Your Competition – Part II – The S-Curve and Innovation

Rise Above Your Competition – Part III – Horizontal vs Vertical Thinking and Using Metaphors as a creativity tool

Programs to Ensure Change Initiatives are Successful in your Organization

Change Programs: Creative Change and Innovation

Additional Articles

Article: Rise Above the Competition with Reinvention and Self-renewal

Article: Pump Up Creativity Today for Innovation Tomorrow

Article: The Future Started Yesterday

Article: Leadership – Success, Chance and Risk

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Victoria Laney 407-294-1651

full-glass_edited2Karla Brandau guides convening leaders on path to innovation

Atlanta, GA (January 18, 2013) Karla Brandau’s glass was already full when she poured in a second glass of water. The resulting overflow illustrated the way new information is pouring into our lives and  the need to replace old 20th century ideas with new 21st century ones.  Her audience watched intently and nodded in agreement.

The Atlanta resident was speaking to a packed room at the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) in Orlando, Florida.  Her  presentation, Creating a Culture of Innovation: Rise Above the Competition, was chosen from hundreds of proposals.

“I always receive many compliments on the water analogy. It is something everyone can appreciate and show to their own staff when they return back to the office.”

More than 4000 conference professionals attended the convention from every state and many other countries.  Those who could not attend in person participated on-line. Participants complimented Brandau on her ability to give tips and techniques relevant in all cultures.  She was able to include participants in exercises that fostered their own creativity and innovation.

Participants unleashed their creative power by finding new uses for everyday items they found on their tables. They created limericks, solved puzzles, and sought people with different backgrounds to hear new ideas.

As National Sales Manager for the Greater Boston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Greg Power has seen a lot of presentations. “Not everyone likes small group exercises, but she had the right approach.  She has a very inviting style that made it fun. She was easy going and accepting of what we did. It was the right approach for first thing in the morning. Everyone stayed and she kept our attention.”

Brandau identified products and services that are becoming obsolete. Attendees used creative thinking processes to reinvent or replace them.  Brandau used examples from her own career, where she reinvented her time management presentation to incorporate technology such as Microsoft’s Outlook.

“As competition intensifies and obsolescence petrifies your products and services, the need for creative thinking increases,” said Brandau. “It is no longer enough to do the same thing bigger and better. You must, at some point, create something new.
These principles are critical for companies of all sizes that want to remain competitive as we enter the second decade of this so far, tumultuous century.”

Other speakers included Pulitzer prize winner Thomas Friedman, Morten T. Hansen, co-author of of Great by Choice, and David Novak, CEO of Yum! Brands, Inc. which manages 36,000 KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell locations in 12 countries and territories.

As the CEO of Workplace Power Institute, Brandau consults with businesses to increase productivity, creativity and innovation in their organizations. Learn more about the services provided by visiting www.WorkplacePower.com. Phone 770-923-0883, email karla@kb-webserver.com

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