How to Use De Bono’s Six Hats

I teach de Bono’s Six Hats on my leadership workshops and people generally find it a very productive way to run meetings and to reach decisions. It replaces the strife and circular arguments that plague many meetings with a method and a discipline that gets you to better decisions faster. If you want to know [...]

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Next Meeting of the Innovation Unit

Innovation in a competitive environment – BQF seminar kindly hosted by Glaxo Smith Kline at their Weybridge offices on 3 Nov. Non-members are welcome http://ping.fm/O2Nt6 The speakers are from the consumer products division of GSK and include:

Simon Gunson, VP, New Product Development and Site Director

Alexis Roberts-Macintosh, VP, Aquafresh Future Team R&D

Peter Harding, [...]

Next Meeting of the BQF Innovation Unit – Nov 3

Date: 3 November 2009

Theme:

Delivering innovation in a highly commercial and competitive environment

Venue: Kindly hosted by GSK, Weybridge, Surrey

Time: 0930 – 13.15 followed by a sandwich lunch Includes: Site Tour. Weybridge is a site where all parties (ideation, new product research and development, scale-up and commercial functions) [...]

Lord Drayson to attend joint Innovation Meeting

Lord Drayson

The BQF is delighted that Lord Drayson, The Minister of State for Science and Innovation, will attend the BQF/DIUS Innovation Summit on 22 April.

The summit will provide the opportunity to hear from Lord Drayson and senior members of his team, and to discuss with them current innovation policy and the relationship [...]

Joint Meeting with the Department for Innovation

You are invited to the next meeting of the BQF Innovation Unit on Wednesday 22 April in Victoria, London. It will be hosted by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS). The programme includes:

Christine Hewitt, Deputy Director Innovation Delivery, DIUS The innovation ecosystem, design, standards, accreditation and public sector innovation

Fergus Harradence, Deputy [...]

Is Brainstorming a Waste of Time?

Mark McGuiness on his blog, Lateral Action, asks the question, ‘Is brainstorming a waste of time?’ He produces a number of serious critics who hate brainstorms and claim that there is little evidence that they work. The main criticisms are:

Not enough good ideas Lack of critical filters Inhibition Freeloading Taking turns Group think

He [...]

Competency Traps – Next Meeting of the Innovation Unit – July 30

The next meeting of the BQF Innovation special interest group will take place in Westminster on the morning of Wednesday July 30th. The topic is competency traps and the main presentation will be given by Richard Granger, Senior Associate at Arthur D Little. What are competency traps? They concern the aspects of a company’s skills, [...]