You need a great idea? Why not ask the whole world…

tricider is a huge success partly because it’s so easy to create a question and share it with friends.

However, some problems are of general interest and a lot of thinking is necessary to come up with a perfect solution. This is when users approached us and asked us, why there was no way to make tricisions public. So that all of you could answer a particular question and brainstorm as a world-wide team. We thought: What a great idea!

And this is why we created the tricider public idea space!

You can add tricisions to the public idea space and have all tricider users help you out with their creativity and imagination. It´s like crowdsourcing for everyone!

Of course, this is absolutely optional, you have to actively publish tricisions to be in the pool. By default, a tricision is private.

We are very excited to see what will happen to the open idea space. People from all over the world will be looking at your questions and ideas. But that´s what brainstorming is all about: Build on the ideas of others, discuss in a team and use the wisdom of the crowd.

Can brainstorming and crowdsourcing for ideas really work?

As far as we have seen, it only needs a simple tool like tricider to unleash the creativity of the crowd. You already twittered the most interesting tricisions and got amazing ideas and comments. Let’s just try and see where a collective idea space will lead us!

Now see who is in need for your ideas: Enter here.

Creativity is the most important leadership quality

That’s what the latest IBM CEO study found out. IBM interviewed more than 1500 CEOs from different sized organisations, countries and industries. Four primary findings arose from those conversations:

Today’s complexity is expected to rise and more than half of CEOs doubt their ability to manage it

CEOs widely acknowledge that the world is becoming more and more complex. Increasingly interconnected economies, enterprises, societies and governments are leading to uncertainty. Constant change will dominate the business world. What strikes us most is, that less than half of the CEOs believe that their company was well prepared to cope with the upcoming business environment.

Creativity is the most important leadership quality

Most CEOs believe that managing despite uncertainty will require a lot of creativity. On one hand, creativity is needed to make decisions fast and good. On the other hand, only creative leaders have the ability to re-think their business models and come up with ideas to drastically change their enterprise. Creative leaders have to be open-minded and inventive. They have to encourage creativity inside the organisation in any way.

The most successful organisations co-create products and services with customers, and integrate customers into core processes

A very interesting finding is that according to CEOs a successful company has to adopt new channels to engage and stay in tune with customers. Customers have to be the first priority. An organisation has to get closer to them, get feedback to provide the customers with what they really want. Social media and Online Collaboration may be important points here.

Capitalise on complexity

In summary the study says that creative leaders can manage complexity by inventing new business models based on entirely different assumptions. Those who create new products, services, delivery methods and channels that make things simple and crisis proof will succeed. That way a company can even benefit on complexity.

What do you think? Were they right? How do you value creativity?

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You might suffer from decision fatigue – without even knowing it

We stumbled upon a very interesting article in the New York Times. In this article, scientist John Tierney describes the effects and causes of the so called “Decision Fatigue”. Roughly speaking, that is a state of mind, in which a person is no longer able to make good decisions. Suprisingly, it is very probable that all of us end up in this state of mind almost every day – without even noticing.

Decision fatigue helps explain why ordinarily sensible people get angry at colleagues and families, splurge on clothes, buy junk food at the supermarket and can’t resist the dealer’s offer to rustproof their new car.

How come we all get trapped in decision fatigue? The essay of Tierney points out two important reasons:

  1. Scientists believe that anytime we decide something, we consume a certain amount of energy. Making a decision takes away energy from you. The act of deciding is more tiring than screening of options or implementing a decision. Because in decision making, you need to compare different options and very often need to make trade-offs. For the brain, this is a difficult and thus tiring calculation.
  2. The amount of energy to make decision is not endless. Decision making is not only consuming energy, but the energy we can use for it is limited and will sooner or later be used up.

These findings have serious implications. As soon as you are running low on energy for decision making, your brain tries to make short-cuts in order to save energy. To that end, it relies on one of these two strategies:

  1. To use less energy, decisions become one-dimensional or even irrational. You just pick one option in order to avoid the tiring process of deciding.
  2. Even more energy can be saved by not deciding at all. The decision is postponed or just ignored.

People who depleted there mental energy are an easy target for manipulators. Tierney describes various experiments with shoppers who end up spending more than they intended. Just because of being bombarded with many options and little decisions, after a while they tend to choose the “default options” or ask the sales man “What would you recommend?”.

What makes decision fatigue so tricky is the fact that it is so hard to detect on yourself. As Tierney puts it:

It’s different from ordinary physical fatigue — you’re not consciously aware of being tired — but you’re low on mental energy.

Although there is no cure against decision fatigue, there are a few ways to cope with it: First of all, keeping the energy level high by eating and taking breaks more frequently. It is recommendable to avoid fast-food and sugar-snacks which result in sharp drops of glucose level after a brief high.

Having in mind, that all decisions and rejected temptations add up and consume your mental energy, you might consider trying something else: Avoiding unnecessary decisions. Tierney derives from studies of Roy F. Baumeister that “people with the best self-control are the ones who structure their lives so as to conserve willpower.” We tend to deplete our minds with thoughts of whether to surf the Internet for one more minute or get back to work, whether to got to the gym or just go home, what to wear and whether to eat dessert or not. Adhering to strict rules and following strict schedules – just having a routine – saves energy by avoiding some decisions all together.

The most simple but nevertheless effective hint is to just be aware of decision fatigue:

That’s why the truly wise don’t restructure the company at 4 p.m. They don’t make major commitments during the cocktail hour. And if a decision must be made late in the day, they know not to do it on an empty stomach.

And certainly you can save some decision making energy by sharing the process with others, for example using tricider to brainstorm and vote on any question. ;)

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Where good ideas come from

Popular science author Steven Johnson explains in this short video, where good ideas come from. As he states, great ideas need their time, sometimes many years to evolve and need to built on existing ideas and resources. As much as the Internet might be a distraction, Steven Johnson believes that networks and online tools facilitate innovation, like tricider ;)

The video is worth watching if only for it´s amazing animation technique: The only thing they use is a whiteboard and a pen. Have a look:

Brainstorming – making it a success

Brainstorming is a widely-spread method to create a huge amount of ideas in very little time. Unfortunately, some people mistake limitless idea generation with the absence of rules. That is not quite true. But fortunately, only a few rules are necessary to turn a normal meeting into a creative volcano.

We compiled the most important rules of brainstorming and more for you:

Do you have any more tips on how to make brainstorming a real success? Please leave a comment!