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Where Did Brainstorming Come From?

Some of the world’s greatest ideas stemmed from brainstorming sessions, those moments of “spitballing” and “ideation” around a whiteboard. But where did the idea for this idea generating practice come from?

This process was first developed in 1948 by advertising executive Alex Osborn, who called the concept “think up” in his book, Your Creative Power, and attributed its use to the success of his advertising agency, BBDO, which is still prosperous today.

It’s been a few decades since Osborn developed his “think up” concept—which is more popularly known as brainstorming today…

But brainstorming may be as endangered as the Mad Men era brand of advertising Osburn came from. Learn how technology has changed the way we brainstorm, and what we can do to fix it, on OPEN Forum.

Richard Sheridan, the man behind Menlo Innovations, a custom software design firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has found the “business value in joy.” 

In his boy, Joy, Inc: How We Built a Workplace People Love, Sheridan shares some of his joy-focused management tips including the collaborative practice of pairing:

Everyone who does project work for Menlo works in pairs. These pairs are assigned, and we switch at least every five working days. There are many benefits; some are obvious, others more subtle.

… Pairing greatly increases the opportunity to catch programming errors at the time they’re created. That’s an obvious and powerful benefit.

Creatively, we just innovate better when there’s someone to bounce ideas off of. When we’re trying to create something new and interesting, we often get stuck and stay stuck much longer than we need to. At Menlo, if I’m pairing with someone and I’m stuck, my pair partner might say, “Hey, what about this?” and voila! we’re moving forward again.

fastcompany:

Pinterest’s office is exactly what you’d think Pinterest’s office would be: Charming!

Many more pictures at Fast Company

Get ready for some serious office envy!

Inspired by the above?
So is ModCloth, the trendy, e-commerce fashion website that encourages and celebrates creativity. That creativity extends off the screen to ModCloth’s San Francisco office, where the above snapshot was taken.
Their office is a hive of self-expression and color, and particularly to its employee style (most wear ModCloth clothing, thanks to a staff discount). Colorful tights, sculptural necklaces and hats of all shades are all worn with confidence. Employee desks resemble flea market stands, all filled with personal treasures.
Check out more exclusive OPEN Forum photos of ModCloth’ers personal and office fashions here.

Inspired by the above?

So is ModCloth, the trendy, e-commerce fashion website that encourages and celebrates creativity. That creativity extends off the screen to ModCloth’s San Francisco office, where the above snapshot was taken.

Their office is a hive of self-expression and color, and particularly to its employee style (most wear ModCloth clothing, thanks to a staff discount). Colorful tights, sculptural necklaces and hats of all shades are all worn with confidence. Employee desks resemble flea market stands, all filled with personal treasures.

Check out more exclusive OPEN Forum photos of ModCloth’ers personal and office fashions here.

The Top 7 Signs You’re Working in a Toxic Office

1. Lack of equality rules

2. Negative cliques thrive

3. Malice trumps kindness

4. Managers play favorites

5. Unqualified cronies are hired

6. One of the leaders is a poster boy for bad behavior

7. Lucrezia Borga is on staff

Is your office a culprity of any of these things? If so, here’s how to detox that workplace negativity.

nasdaq:


Google will start serving up free wifi at all 7,000 U.S. Starbucks locations starting this week, in a move that’s expected to improve wireless access speeds by at least 10x and up to 100x in some locations. Check out the details: http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/31/google-to-supply-free-wi-fi-hotspots-for-all-7000-u-s-starbucks-locations/

Free high(er) speed internet at all U.S. Starbucks locations? This is great news for telecommuters and those who consider the “coffice” their home base for work.
Better yet? You can be just as productive from a coffee shop as any office, with these 4 expert tips.

nasdaq:

Google will start serving up free wifi at all 7,000 U.S. Starbucks locations starting this week, in a move that’s expected to improve wireless access speeds by at least 10x and up to 100x in some locations. Check out the details: http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/31/google-to-supply-free-wi-fi-hotspots-for-all-7000-u-s-starbucks-locations/

Free high(er) speed internet at all U.S. Starbucks locations? This is great news for telecommuters and those who consider the “coffice” their home base for work.

Better yet? You can be just as productive from a coffee shop as any office, with these 4 expert tips.

greenfuturist:

(via Who’s the Boss? Your Cellphone. [COMIC])
so very true!!!

We can’t argue with this; smartphones are a total time-suck and kill our productivity.
Delete these 7 apps from your smartphone and stop getting so distracted!

greenfuturist:

(via Who’s the Boss? Your Cellphone. [COMIC])

so very true!!!

We can’t argue with this; smartphones are a total time-suck and kill our productivity.

Delete these 7 apps from your smartphone and stop getting so distracted!

4 Ways to Build a Culture of Innovation by OPEN Forum
1. Step away from the gavel
2. Teach employees to make mistakes
3. Don’t raise chickens
4. Make it competitive

4 Ways to Build a Culture of Innovation by OPEN Forum

1. Step away from the gavel

2. Teach employees to make mistakes

3. Don’t raise chickens

4. Make it competitive

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The office environment has come a long way since the 1950s. This infographic shows the dramatic transformation of fashion, gender roles — even our desks — over the years.
(Via Visual.ly)

Click here to embiggen (see full infographic)

The office environment has come a long way since the 1950s. This infographic shows the dramatic transformation of fashion, gender roles — even our desks — over the years.

(Via Visual.ly)