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Should B-Schools Teach Collaboration?

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Should B-Schools Teach Collaboration?

Q&A with Russ Schoen Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management students wanted their teams to work better together. FourSight expert Russ Schoen took on the challenge. We asked him to explain how he did it.  Do MBA students actually need training in teamwork? Most first year MBA students work on project teams but don’t necessarily get deliberate training on how to be an effective team member. As a result, some teams work well together. Others don’t. Just like in organizations, MBA project teams can experience a lot of stress, dysfunction and conflict that can really get in the way of...

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FourSight Goes to University

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FourSight Goes to University

Universities around the USA (and Canada) are making FourSight part of their curriculum and culture. To name a few: Michigan State, Harvard, Notre Dame, Sheridan College, Berkeley, MIT, University of Virginia and now Wake Forest University have welcomed FourSight on their campuses. 

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Sheridan College: Making Creativity Real

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Sheridan College: Making Creativity Real

A decade into the 21st century, educational leaders at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada saw the writing on the wall. Technology was eating up routine jobs. The traditional curriculum couldn’t guarantee work. They knew that to make students employable, they would need to teach creative thinking and creative problem solving skills. So they embraced a radical, new academic strategic plan to put creativity at the heart of the institution’s mission, marketing and curriculum. The goal was to create what Sheridan calls...

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The ROI on Creativity Training

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The ROI on Creativity Training

How can you measure the impact of teaching creative thinking? It's a challenge. Plenty of research shows the positive impact it has on individuals, but little research exists on the impact creativity training has on organizations, particularly on their top line growth. That changed in 2015, when a FourSight-based creative problem solving training program was identified as the key catalyst in supporting organizational growth.

It began with an unexpected finding...

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Developing a Taste for Innovation at Rich Products

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Developing a Taste for Innovation at Rich Products

According to the Innovation Network, 88 percent of all organizations have the word “innovation” or “creativity” in their mission statements. But less than 5 percent of those same organizations have programs in place to teach innovation or creativity and make it part of the culture. Rich Products is the exception to the rule. For more than 15 years, this family-owned, Buffalo-based food manufacturer has committed to an active innovation...

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