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Dec
19
Juice Inc.

In the world of innovation, it’s not enough to simply have great ideas; to be truly innovative, you also need to implement them.Municipal World December 2017 - Innovation & City of Edmonton

Recently, the City of Edmonton applied a structured innovation process to enhance its tree planting program. That process was based on Juice Inc’s Innovation in a Box training program.

In this article for Municipal World, Rick Boersma shares:


  • how the City of Edmonton’s new tree planting solution has allowed the municipality to effectively “do more with less”
  • why implementation—despite good intentions—does not always happen; and
  • how innovation does not always have to be about big ideas.

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Dec
7
Juice Inc.

In the fitness business world, ensuring a “healthy culture” isn’t just about physical wellbeing.

Rather, a strong corporate culture can lead to higher employee engagement, better client experiences, more innovation, less turnover, and improved loyalty.

In this article for Fitness Business Canada, Juice co-founder Brady Wilson shares simple, cost-effective tips to help clubs, studios and fitness organizations infuse energy throughout the workplace—and reap the many benefits.

 

Nov
2
Jean-Francois (JF) Hivon

The Juice team is excited to announce a new strategic partnership with Municipal World—Canada’s municipal magazine, and the world’s longest continuously-published magazine of its kind.

For the next few months, Juice will be carrying out research and training on topics of interest to the municipal workplace, including:

  • leadership development,
  • employee engagement, and
  • innovation.

Along the way, Municipal World will be sharing our exciting new content, insights and practical tips for public sector professionals. Click here to read our latest article.

Dec
9
Jean-Francois (JF) Hivon

Not all business meetings are created equal. Many people write off meetings as a huge waste of time.

But like them or not, meetings are a necessary evil.

In most organizations, collaboration across multiple divisions or functions is critical to the success of the operation. What is the main channel for collaboration? You guessed it: meetings!

Over the last couple of years, the City of Saskatoon realized that being a truly innovative organization is strongly tied to how meetings are managed.

Sep
18
Jean-Francois (JF) Hivon

Believe it or not, there are some business leaders out there who believe group brainstorming is a huge time-waster.

Their argument: in group settings where employees are asked to think creatively, some participants (whether due to conflict, social anxiety and/or complacency) do not contribute as much as they could, thus diminishing the quality and number of ideas generated. 

In fact, those on the “group brainstorming is bad” bandwagon argue that individual brainstorming is a much more effective approach to innovation.

I have two problems with this argument.

Jun
16
Rick Boersma

Ever heard of the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking?

Developed by psychologist Ellis Paul Torrance (1915-2003), the TTCT (Torrance Test of Creative Thinking) uses simple exercises that test divergent thinking and problem-solving skills.

As part of Juice’s innovation training, we use a sample TTCT activity to measure the number of ideas that participants can think of in a limited period of time:

Their assignment? Write down as many uses for a tin can as possible.

Jun
8
Brady Wilson

This post is based on content from Brady Wilson's latest book, Beyond Engagement: A Brain-Based Approach That Blends the Engagement Managers Want with the Energy Employees Need.

There is no way to keep epic tensions from happening between employees and managers.

For example, employees may want better wages and benefits, while managers need to cut expenses.

The problem is that leaders don’t really know how to handle tension properly. It makes them uncomfortable. And so, managers often slip into behaviors that make the problem worse.

But here’s the truth: tension is actually good for business.

Here’s why: it’s the tension between the current way of doing things and the desired way of doing things that sparks innovative thinking.

May
26
Jean-Francois (JF) Hivon

Juice recently sat down with Mario Fantozzi, CPA, CA and Business Integration Specialist at Dynacare. Here’s what Mario had to say about innovation in the healthcare sector, using Juice’s Innovation in a Box innovation training program, being a “power user” of the i5 process and tools, and the importance of structured dialogue in the creative process. (Mario Fantozzi, pictured below with one of his favourite Innovation in a Box tools - the Lotus Blossom.)

Mario, what is your role at Dynacare?
My current role is Business Integration Specialist, supporting our Project Management Office and providing direct corporate business advisory support to our CEO.

Why is innovation important in your role, and to Dynacare?
Ingenuity is one of our core values, and innovation is considered a necessary capability to transform Dynacare from a core laboratory to a health solutions company.
 

May
14
Rick Boersma

Learn about the brain science behind innovative thinking! Download The Engagement Paradox white paper today. 

A colleague recently asked me for some insight on the psychology behind innovative thinking.

He wanted to know things like:

  • What works better for innovative thinking—individuals working on their own, or within groups?
  • What character traits make for a great innovation team?
  • How does risk-aversion and negative thinking play into an organization’s ability to be innovative?

Here are four insights about the psychology of innovation that I’ve learned over 20 years of reading, research, and working with organizations.

Apr
28
Rick Boersma

Click here to learn about Juice Inc.’s innovation training program, Innovation in a Box!

I agree that there is no ‘i’ in teamwork.

And I see nothing wrong with corporate-speak like synergy, and having to work smarter, not harder.

But here’s the problem in today’s business world:

Clichés like these have become thoughtless short-hand for complex processes that actually require attention and discipline.

The worst cliché in innovation

Perhaps the worst offender—at least in the area of innovation—is the oft-spoken:

“We need to think/step/get out of the box!”

If you’ve ever been involved in a brainstorming session that ran out of energy and ideas within 15 minutes of marker hitting flipchart...well, you know that getting out of that box is much easier said than done.

So it may surprise you that Juice Inc.’s innovation training program is actually named Innovation in a Box.

Wait...what?

Apr
23
Cheryl Haskett

Get innovation practitioner training specific to the public sector! Check out our Events page or contact Juice to find out if we’re coming to your city.

Having the freedom to be innovative within a highly regulated environment sounds a bit like an oxymoron.

After all, the public sector is full of red tape and process after process after process—not exactly prime breeding ground for innovation.

But innovation is not impossible in risk-averse environments.

In fact, innovation is very much attainable in the public sector.    

Apr
15

Learn how to create “innovative energy” in your organization: download The Engagement Paradox today!

Are you in this kind of business limbo?

You want to get more out of your people and your systems, but:

  • there is no way to make your business processes any more efficient than they are now;
  • you can’t reduce your workforce any further than you already have; and
  • you can’t afford to hire more employees.

Common sense dictates that if business processes are more efficient, this will make employees’ jobs less taxing.

But reality tells us otherwise.

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