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Veronica F. Adams
Washington, DC extended
Trainer, Instructional Designer, Organizational Development Consultant, Do-gooder
Interests: When it comes to thinking "outside the box," Riding the Wave’s principal trainer and organizational development facilitator, Veronica Adams, has been heard to say -- “What box?!?” *
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To enjoy all the great posts below and much more, please find us at our new address at http://ridingthewave.net/kowabunga-blog/ See you there! Aloha!! Continue reading
Some folks have said they wish they had seen this post on the Columbus Day holiday (it was there, but the notices didn't go out until the following day). Please keep in mind, however, that every day is "Columbus Day" for Native Americans; the conquest that "keeps on giving." And so, please keep passing this post along to others, remembering that it also contains links the American Indian organizations that need our support, because thank God -- They're still here!
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So glad you like it, Anita. And yes he is, isn't he? Cheers!
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I am no fan of the Columbus Day holiday that is still unfortunately observed in the U.S. My hope is that in time this day will instead honor the 2.5 million Native Americans or American Indians who are all who remain in the U.S. of the 50-100 million inhabitants of... Continue reading
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I am sad to have just learned of Steve Jobs' passing. The news arrived via a friend's email that I received on my wonderful MacBook. To watch this tribute: http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/10/jobs/ He was the epitome of one who ceaselessly asked, "What if?" and "Why not?" I find the quote of his... Continue reading
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Enjoy this three-minute creative educational video by Explania on the many benefits of employee engagement and how organizations can cultivate it. http://www.explania.com/en/animations/detail/how-to-use-employee-engagement-to-boost-your-business As “illustrated” in this video, "engaged" employees means those who regularly go the “extra mile” because they carry energy and passion for the organizational vision and take great... Continue reading
Dear Readers, I promised that our next post was to be on ideas on how to foster the creative collaboration that is foundational to innovation in organizations. I also had some other posts lined up for some logical progression. However, my time will be very limited for the next several... Continue reading
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Kowabunga! will be moving to a new blog hosting service very soon! If you are a subscriber or I have your email address, you will receive the new site address in the next few days. (Many subscribers were dropped by the current subscription service, so please write me at my... Continue reading
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The next post will look at collaboration, which, as has been previously stated, is lifeblood to creative problem-solving and innovation in organizations. Fruitful collaboration can only be built on a foundation of trust, and that, only from authentic relationships. To the latter point, I want to start by sharing some... Continue reading
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A friend recently said he didn’t know that when I talk about innovation I am referring to improvements in processes, workflows, and efficiency, in addition to new product and service development. So, let me set the record straight. According to The American Heritage Dictionary (2006), “innovation” is defined as: n.... Continue reading
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I recently posted about the “Creative Geniuses” that are found throughout organizations. Again, each of us carries creativity within us. Some of us may need coaxing in order for our creativity to reemerge. For all, a certain amount of support and structures are needed in order for our ideas to... Continue reading
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The next couple of posts will contain more words on the forms of leadership needed to champion innovation, and on collaboration, which is lifeblood for innovation. But first, here are some additional videos hosted through YouTube exploring creative thinking that will be sure to inspire and tickle: Think Again (ABC... Continue reading
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As discussed in previous posts, it is commonly held that there is creative genius in each of us. But, along with our innate curiosity (creativity’s inextricable partner) most of us found our creativity repressed by the tender age of thirteen by the pressure to “fit in,” not be seen as... Continue reading
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This week, we'll take a not-so-happy look at the state of affairs in many organizations: underlying blocks to innovation. Gotta look at what’s broke to be able to fix it! Next week, I promise the happier view, looking at solutions and inspiring best practices being used by innovative companies. According... Continue reading
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A couple of weeks ago, I delivered a training session on some of the ingredients that are necessary in order for organizational cultures to become more innovative. The stand-out leaders in the 2010 IBM CEO report recommend some high-level management approaches for fostering innovation, such as the need for managers... Continue reading
Thank you! I'm so happy that you find this blog of value. Please spread the word! Cheers!
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While doing research for a training program I delivered last week on structures and processes needed for organizations to shift their cultures so they become conducive to creative thinking and innovation, I came across a sobering 2010 report compiled by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Although 51% of the global... Continue reading
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The "stand-out" leaders cited in the 2010 IBM Global CEO survey (those who had successfully capitalized on the increasing complexity of the global markets through creative thinking and innovative practices) encouraged other leaders to similarly increase their comfort with ambiguity and ongoing experimentation. They also advocated letting go of command-and-control... Continue reading
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Again, in order to benefit from the valuable exercises that Michael Gelb has created for his readers, I recommend going through his How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci or the workbook by that name. Among the more interesting questions in the author's self-assessment for “Dimostrazione” or experiential learning are:... Continue reading
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Learning through “dimonstrazione” is the second of Leonardo da Vinci’s lifelong habits advocated by Michael Gelb, author of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci. Gelb describes this approach as “a commitment to test knowledge through experience, persistence, and a willingness to learn from mistakes.” The leaders in the 2010... Continue reading
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After talking with Jennifer Blaine's "Dr. Amir" in the previously posted podcast, it occurred to me that I'd like to explore creativity in various cultural contexts. Such an undertaking may have to evolve over time. In the meantime, a friend following this blog forwarded me photos of these amazing feats... Continue reading
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Enjoy the brief conclusion of my interview with actress and playwright Jennifer Blaine. We discuss the common impediment to creativity that occurs when people focus more on how their creation will be received by others and whether it’s “good enough,” versus simply enjoying and entertaining themselves within the process –... Continue reading
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Join us for the first part of our podcast interview with the very talented actress and playwright, Jennifer Blaine, and one of her many alter-egos, the delightful Dr. Amir, as the three of us discuss ways to tap into one's creative imagination. A resident of Philadelphia, Jennifer has opened for... Continue reading
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Who among us has not heard this unfortunate maxim repeatedly from the time we were very young? This cautionary saying has been brandished as a means of squelching natural human curiosity for 400+ years, when it was first penned for characters in plays by Ben Jonson and William Shakespeare. However,... Continue reading