How to Build a Culture of Originality

“ In recent experiments by Northwestern University psychologists Brian Lucas and Loran Nordgren, the initial ideas people generated were the most conventional. Once they had thought of those, they were free to start dreaming up more-unusual possibilities. Their first 20 ideas were significantly less original than their next 15.” 

by Adam Grant


It’s Harder to Empathize with People If You’ve Been in Their Shoes

“ Simply put, leaders need get outside of their own heads – to place less emphasis, not more, on their own past challenges. To bridge the empathy gap, leaders may be best served by focusing on how upset the other person seems to be, or to remind themselves that many others struggle with the same challenge.” 

by Rachel Ruttan, Mary-Hunter McDonnell, and Loran Nordgren


Giving Up Is the Enemy of Creativity

“ …creative ideas take time. They are often generated after an initial period of thinking deeply about the problem, considering different ways to frame the problem, and exploring different possible solution paths. Consider that Sir James Dyson developed over 5,000 prototypes before he patented his best-selling Dyson vacuum cleaner. Or that Walt Disney animated cartoons for nearly two decades before his first big hit, ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.’” 

by Brian J. Lucas and Loran Nordgren


The Thought Leader Interview: Loran Nordgren

“In the first part of this four-part video series, Loran Nordgren, an associate professor at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, tells Amy D'Onofrio, enterprise strategy practice coordinator at Booz & Company, that taking a break and distracting the mind can lead to higher-quality decision making.” 

by Ken Favaro and Amy D'Onofrio


Why your company might want to rethink the way it generates ideas

“I see myself as promoter of the process as opposed to the product. I teach the technique to MBA students and to companies, and the way I was doing this was with note cards. It occurred to me that that carries a lot of limitations. This app shapes how you gather the input. You can it make it easier to arrange and re-arrange ideas to see them visually, and it makes it easier to vote. It also allows for people to participate who are remote or don’t have time when these things happen face-to-face.”

by Kate MacArthur


Waterboarding isn't torture? Try it

“The United States has also been historically inconsistent on this issue. Although the use of waterboarding was widespread in the aftermath of 9/11, in the aftermath of World War II the United States not only condemned but prosecuted and convicted a number of Japanese troops and officials for subjecting United States troops to waterboarding.”

by Loran Nordgren


Study Says to Pump Up the Music at Work

“The study, conducted at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, suggested that listening to certain kinds of music in the office actually makes people want to work harder and take more control.”

By ABC NEWS via GOOD MORNING AMERICA


Wintrust Business Lunch 5/30/15: Chicago Inno, Loran Nordgren, Maz Jobrani, Jon Hansen, Craig “CJ” Jensen

Loran Nordgren talks about what it takes to hold on to millennial employees.

By GRIFFINFILLIPITCHWGNAM


Study: Music makes you feel more powerful at work

“Nordgren led a study on the power of music. They narrowed the top three most powerful tunes to ‘We Will Rock You' by Queen, ‘Get Ready For This' by 2 Unlimited, and ‘In Da Club' by 50 Cent.”

By Lisa Chavarria, FOX 32 News Reporter


Brainstorming Doesn't Work; Try This Technique Instead

“Early ideas tend to have disproportionate influence over the rest of the conversation. They establish the kinds of norms, or cement the idea of what are appropriate examples or potential solutions for the problem.”

By Rebecca Greenfield


5 Simple Ways to Make Creative Thinking a Daily Habit

“People hardly ever get their best ideas at their desks, and yet that’s where most professionals spend most of the day. If it’s not the desk, it’s a conference table, and hardly anyone gets their best ideas there either.”

By Scott Eblin


These 5 tools will keep you from going crazy at work

“Tired of ineffective meetings with loud, pushy talkers stealing the spotlight from introverts? The free app Candor evens the playing field and saves time by helping groups collaborate, brainstorm and collectively make decisions.” 

by Vicki Salemi


What Himalayan Mountain Climbers Can Tech Us About Office Hierarchy

"Hierarchy—structurally and as a cultural value—can both help and hurt team performance," the authors write. On the one hand, clearly defined roles and coordination can help teams work together efficiently. On the other, lower-ranking team members may feel uncomfortable speaking up, even when facing life-threatening conditions.

by Lindsay Lavine


Your brainstorming sessions leave ideas on the table: How an app is changing that

"Hierarchy—structurally and as a cultural value—can both help and hurt team performance," the authors write. On the one hand, clearly defined roles and coordination can help teams work together efficiently. On the other, lower-ranking team members may feel uncomfortable speaking up, even when facing life-threatening conditions.

by Kate Rosow Chrisman