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OpenGenius joins London Stock Exchange’s Elite UK

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OpenGenius, the creators of iMindMap and DropTask, achieved a Welsh first this week when we joined the London Stock Exchange’s Elite UK. The Elite UK community includes over 520 businesses, from across 26 countries and 36 sectors, so we’re thrilled to be the first Welsh firm on this special accelerator programme. OpenGenius has already seen excellent growth globally, and we can’t wait to drive that forward with ELITE. We’re so excited to see what the future holds for us – watch this space!

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3 easy ways to stimulate creativity when you’re feeling uninspired

It may seem that only the likes of Stephen Hawking, Arianna Huffington and Richard Branson ever generate ground-breaking ideas, and that they go through some secret, complicated process to produce them. Well first of all, you don’t have to be a millionaire CEO to be a creative genius. And secondly, there are simple, everyday techniques you can perform to tap into your creative powers and draw out your own brilliant ideas. These techniques are designed to allow your mind to wander. This means that you will come up with ideas without working your brain too hard. So let’s take a look at them…

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Struggling to find inspiration? Discover the power of play

Creative Ideas

Looking to spark creative ideas? Our best advice is to take a break and play.

One of the key factors to any successful business is being able to come up with new ideas to keep processes, products and services fresh and to stay ahead of the competition. A very serious attitude can be harmful in the workplace; it can prevent you and your team from discovering the new idea that may lead to success. In this article, we will discuss the impact of play on creativity using four playful methods that will help you reach better creative solutions.

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Break the rules and foster a culture of innovation: ‘Reverse the challenge’ technique

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Article by Chris Griffiths
 
Over the years I’ve worked with businesses from around the world, from start-ups to FTSE 100 companies, whose rules and bureaucracies have held them back from adapting to the changing dynamics of their marketplaces.
 
Despite spending time and money on implementing change, whether it’s improving customer relations or adding new products and services, they experience little or no improvement. These failed attempts at implementing innovative strategies can have a more damaging effect than not being innovative at all. If rules are never open to investigation or challenge, how can you ever break new ground? How can you see the merits of other approaches when you’re not free to look for them?
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Former Chairman of Microsoft Europe becomes new Chairman of Think Productivity

DropTask team with Jan Mühlfeit
Retired Chairman of Microsoft Europe, Jan Mühlfeit, is now the Chairman of OpenGenius’ sister company, Think Productivity. They are the creators of DropTask, the productivity enhancing application with a game-changing visual approach to task management. The company’s announcement came during their recent showcase at this year’s UK flagship digital event, ‘Digital 2015‘.

CEO of OpenGenius and Think Productivity, Chris Griffiths, said:

“Jan Mühlfeit has experienced great success during his career, and spent many years side by side with Bill Gates as they travelled all over the world. With a wealth of knowledge obtained throughout his career – as well as during his time as Chairman of Microsoft Europe, we’re lucky to have such a high profile and successful figure interested in getting involved with a start-up here in Wales. It’s absolutely fantastic for the Welsh community and in particular, our flourishing digital economy which is being showcased at this year’s Digital 2015 event – which we’re honoured to be a part of. I very much look forward to the road ahead. We’re in for an exciting journey.”
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Effective Innovation in Business

For more than 40 years, OpenGenius has led the way in innovation and creative thinking training. Millions of individuals and companies have benefited from our tools, techniques and training programmes. In this hyper-competitive economy it is crucial to be able to innovate quickly and effectively. With a thousand instructors in over 50 countries on 6 continents, we can provide the convenient, fast-track innovation training you need to meet these demands and succeed.

“Chris Griffiths advises the largest companies in the world to be better.” Forbes Magazine

 

Why OpenGenius Innovation Training?

Our training courses don’t just preach ideas; they are interactive, hands-on courses that get you applying powerful innovation techniques on day one. Strong innovation skills are essential in business, but organisations simply don’t know how to put them into practise. We show you where you have been going wrong, the specific mistakes to avoid and simple, repeatable processes for effective innovation.

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3 quick tricks for an extremely creative week

Kick-start your creative thinking this week with these three quick and easy tips…

1. Don’t open that inbox

Don't answer emails like a robotWhat’s the first thing you do once you get to work on a Monday morning? You open your email and immediately start typing out responses no doubt. While this might seem like the most productive thing to do, this kind of reactive thinking has a negative impact on your creativity and your productivity.
  
Reacting to your emails like a robot answering commands means that you’re not giving yourself time to think things through, to gather information or think innovatively. Instead, you are allowing outside influences to govern your focus. So, before you open your inbox, map out what you want to achieve this week and plan your time around it, not around your emails.

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The debate on daydreaming

Daydreaming at work is unheard of. It has a reputation of being unproductive and a complete waste of time. This simply isn’t true. Focused daydreaming is one of the most effective techniques for tapping into your creative powers and producing original ideas to solve any business problems. For this reason, I’m backing daydreaming in the workplace.

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