Want Better Ideas? Then Stop Brainstorming!

I used to be a fan of brainstorming. What could be better for generating ideas than gathering your team around a table, presenting the challenge, and then letting the ideas flow! No bad ideas here! Just open the mental floodgates and let the brilliance pour out! Each idea sparking another, and another! Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Except it doesn’t work. Brainstorming-despite the positive press it’s gotten, and still gets-doesn’t work. Why? Two words: human nature. As humans (sorry puppies, I’m

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Demonstration of Six Sigma Principles Through Catalent Pharma Solutions

Six Sigma has been used by numerous companies since 1986 when Motorola developed these principles as best practices. Customer satisfaction is increased by reducing the number of defects produced by a company. This process has been successfully implemented by major companies such as General Electric. Chief Executive Officer, Jack Welch, has made Six Sigma famous since he successfully grew General Electric by using these general practices. Now, other companies are attempting to apply the concepts in an effort to produce

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Are You Accountable in Your Business?

When you run your own sole trader business, you are the boss, the decision maker and the employee all wrapped into one. In effect, you are a neat package who designs, markets, sells and grows your business. As you manage your business with its hectic pace together with a personal aim to achieve success, who holds you accountable for the decisions you make or the changes that take place? Who questions you when you move away from your original goal

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TED Is Your Real World MBA

TED is the Entrepreneur’s Free Pass to Remarkable People As entrepreneurs, we love the autonomy to build our business the way we want. But sometimes we feel alone. We don’t work for big companies and there aren’t any conversations with fellow employees at the water cooler. Then there are times when we get stuck and don’t know what our next strategic move should be. We want advice but don’t know who to ask. One time I wasn’t sure whether I

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Using Ball Mills in the Energy Industry

Experimental studies on coals of different metamorphic grades and various fractional states were conducted in 2000 by the Institute of Thermal Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, at experimental thermal energy facilities. These showed that fine-ground coal, milled to a particle size of 15-30 microns, develops a highly reactive property that is analogous to fuel oil – to which it can become an alternative. The experimental facility was rated at up to 1000 kW, and equipped for use with

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2020 And Beyond: Data Center Designs for the Future

The state of innovation, and the resurgence of technology disrupts has reached unprecedented levels. In the coming years, there will be a high rate of change, that will see the migration from legacy systems to new age ones. Such changes will redefine the very nature of how all aspects of technology interact with one another. Core technology apart, there will be significant considerations given to environmental and business concerns. Energy efficiency will emerge as a dominant factor in decision making,

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Is Too Much Creativity and Innovation Bad For A Cohesive Sense of Nationalism?

The other day, I was talking to someone who I’d consider your basic conspiracy theorist, yes, he listens to that all-night radio show Coast-to-Coast Am and believes that the UN, Trilateral Commission, Council on Foreign Relations, Rothschild’s, globalists, illuminati, and the Skull and Bones on-campus club is out to control the masses. I love to give him a hard time so, I told him, if you were in charge of the world, how do we know you wouldn’t do the

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Defining Power

Possibilities have provided the necessary framework that has directed the past and continues to steer the future. It facilitates movement and, with that, reaction occurs. It is important to understand that without movement it is difficult to make progression beyond chance. This is where the necessity for a system to innovate and process ideas with specific needs and wants came to mind. If you are here, I will assume that you are trying to move ahead on some part of

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Effective Gated Development – Approach Decision Meetings, Seize Opportunity and Reward Execution

Gated development is designed to improve the way an organisation collectively thinks about its value proposition and advance its ability to develop profitable new projects. However, in practice, it’s common to hear that: “It stops us from paying attention to the real story – the one behind the numbers”, “It’s great for managing routine, but it stifles our more innovative developments” or “We implemented the process to instil a control, yet sometimes it feels like the method is controlling us”.

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How To Become A Web-Run Enterprise – Of One Person Or 100,000 Employees

We are fast approaching the world of the “Web Run Enterprise”. This applies to any size of enterprise, whether you are in a $50 billion global company or you are a home-based entrepreneur. The larger the business, then the more efficient it will become to out-source the whole back-office and systems-of-record to a shared service centre, somewhere in the eponymous “Cloud”. Most conventional enterprise systems will be run off-premise as internal IT functions are rationalized. With the fast acceleration of

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