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Creative Chaos Environment

Inspiring creativity and accidental discoveries

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Establish a creative chaos environment to inspire creativity and trigger accidental discoveries. Encourage improvisation and wild play.
Find the right balance between order and chaos.


A conforming environment does not inspire new ideas, while a creative chaos environment boosts creativity and discoveries.




Accidental Discoveries

Many ideas surface in the strangest ways, often when they are least expected. Sometimes they seem to pop up almost by accident. The accidental discovery is triggered by chaos and contradictions, rather than by order and logic.

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Oscar Wilde humorous quotes

Without order nothing can exist
– without chaos nothing can evolve.

Oscar Wilde


You must have chaos within you
to give birth to a dancing star.

Friedrich Nietzsche


Jeff Bezos story lessons quotes

Any organization that depends on innovation must embrace creative chaos, not, loyalty and obedience.

Jeff Bezos



IDEO Tom Kelley creativity innovation quotes

Pranks and play became second nature in IDEO. They gave people a sense that they had some control over their destiny.

Tom Kelley





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Divide time between divergent and convergent thinking if you want to manage creativity and ideas effectively.


Cross-Pollination of Ideas

Winning innovative solutions are inspired and developed in the process of cross-pollination of ideas in a creative-chaos environment, rather than narrowly focused search.





Find the Right Balance
Between Structure and Chaos





If you wish to establish an effective creative chaos environment, you must find a delicate jazz-like balance between chaos and a guiding structure.

You need a certain amount of chaos to be creative but not to the point that you feel overwhelmed by its amount.

Too much uncertainty discourages people from mobilizing their best effort. Direction and purpose and a certain amount of structure create freedom. People feel liberated by goals and guidelines.

Successful organizations must balance structure and bureaucratic processes at one extreme with the fluid creative chaos of relationships, interests and transactions, which enable it to be innovative and alive, at the other.

Example:  BP

To evolve BP into an adaptive organization, one that would be better able to survive and prosper in today's uncertain and turbulent times, John Browne decided to raise the creative tension. He established the preconditions necessary for creating such tension and deliberately moved the organization to a situation that was at the edge of chaos.

That is, the point at which a natural equilibrium is found between chaos and order, comparable to





The Jazz of Innovation


10 Rules



The improvisation-driven model for innovation project management doesn’t discard structure, just as there is a clear structure to good jazz. In innovation, this structure is created through roadmaps, guiding principles, business processes, systems and organizational charts... More

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The Way Our Mind Works

Our brain is divided into two hemispheres, the left and the right. Each hemisphere specializes in different functions and deals with different kinds of challenges. The left brain works more with logic and analysis, the right works more with emotions and imagination. Intuitive, emotional, and creative work is performed by our right brain.
You must divide time between the left-brain and right-brain activity to achieve better creativity results. If you keep bouncing back and forth between creative and analytical activities, you'll get a headache and won't produce your best results. Analysis, evaluation and judgment get in the way of creativity.

That's why in brainstorming sessions we suspend judgment while we generate ideas. Similarly, radical innovation project managers apply the loose-tight leadership technique to divide time between divergent and convergent thinking by their team members at different project stages.






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