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Edward Glassman : Pre-Workshop Innovation Questionnaire

Pre-Workshop Innovation Questionnaire

By Edward Glassman, PhD

I thought it would be useful to some readers if I presented my pre-workshop questionnaire that I asked the participants to fill out. I used this format when I did not have access for interviews prior to a workshop or to a Creativity & Innovation Meeting.

Please fill it out for yourself. You may learn a lot about yourself and your organization.

Pre-Workshop Innovation Questionnaire

CREATIVITY is...

 

INNOVATION is...

 

A CREATIVE & INNOVATIVE ENVIRONMENT is one in which...

 

PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY...

 

3 WAYS YOUR COMPANY MIGHT BE MADE MORE CREATIVE & INNOVATIVE ARE...

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How innovative is the job you do?

 

What problems do you have with innovation in your company?

 

What helps you innovate most at work?

 

To what extent are they present or missing?

 

What interferes with innovation in your work?

 

How might you change this and still accomplish work objectives?

 

What could you and others do to make your work more innovative?

 

When and where do you get your best innovative ideas?

 

How can this be made to happen more often at work?

 

What kind of hearing do innovative new ideas get in your company?

 

What problems do you have selling innovative new ideas?

 

What are the problems with the rewards for innovation in your company and how might they be improved?

 

What is your personal view of your company concerning innovation?

 

How available is information in your company to help innovation at all levels?

 

What 3 things might be done to increase innovation in your company?

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What are some first steps?

 

Please complete these statements:

1. I think creativity is _____________________________________________

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2. While I am creative, I feel _____________________________________________

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3. The biggest help to my creativity at work is _____________________________________________

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4. I want to learn to be more creative because _____________________________________________

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5. The biggest obstacle to my creativity at work is

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6. (A) Think carefully about an innovative accomplishment by yourself or by one of your people that
(a) you are proud of,
(b) was greatly appreciated within your company, and
(c) led to new patents, a new important process, or profits.

Describe the creative accomplishment here:

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(B) The biggest help to creativity prior to and during its development was...

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7. I need the following from my job environment to be more creative:

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8. How creative and innovative do you think you are?

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9. (A) Think carefully about an attempt at an innovative endeavor by yourself or by one of your people that flopped. Describe the innovative endeavor that flopped here:

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(B) The biggest spoiler of the innovative endeavor that flopped was

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10. To what extent are you responsible for stimulating creativity & innovation in others?____________________________

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11. I think the most and least I can reasonably expect from this Workshop is: __________________________________________

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Write what you would like other people to know about your creativity and innovativeness.

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Name ________________________________________

Job Title ______________________________________

Company and Address __________________________

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Telephone No. ___________________________

Job Specialty ____________________________

Highest Educational Degree ___________________

Date Granted _________________________

Other Important Information: _____________________________________________

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Today's Date ___________

PLEASE LIST 3 OR 4 INNOVATION PROBLEMS YOU WANT TO WORK ON DURING THE WORKSHOP. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!

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© 2011 by Edward Glassman. All rights reserved.

Edward Glassman, PhDEdward Glassman, PhD was the President of the Creativity College®, a division of Leadership Consulting Services, Inc., and Professor Emeritus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he headed the Program For Team Effectiveness And Creativity. More »

4/27/11