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'Art for Innovation InSide Business' Part 1

Written by Mike Petrakis.

                                                                                      Frank Stella - 'Gobba, Zoppa E Collotorto', 1985

Innovation for an organization is a great…challenge. Innovation is the connection with our world, connection of the present with the past for/with the future. Connection of ideas, with people, elements, all Cs (Creativity, collaboration, curiosity, communication, connection, critical thinking, complex problem, cognitive flexibility, criticism, creative leadership etc...), diversity, divergent approach and knowledge.

Innovation Is also the connection of artful thinking and science’s way of study and research. Cause Innovation is…part Art, part Science

Innovation involves two stages—the generation of new ideas and the implementation of these ideas. Creativity is considered to be the first stage and the source of innovation.

Steps for Innovation are… Knowledge, Imagination, Creativity, Innovation

What is Invention and what Innovation? Or… What is the difference or the similarity between Invention and Innovation?

I believe the difference between invention and innovation, is the implementation and the realization of the idea and to succeed and transform it into innovation. In the end to go from invention to innovation, is the idea to resonate and to generate revenue.

This of course is also influenced by how we present the idea, how we communicate it, the time/period of its creation, the direct audience we present it, the social and economic elements which surround us etc.

As the founder of ‘Art InSide Business’ and as an artist, through my training courses and other services of my program and through my artistic work, my goal is always to boost and develop the creativity of my collaborators, co operations, participants as well as the viewers of my art. I always aim to use and express my innovative methods and practices by thinking that, in order to influence and develop innovation, it should be the trainer himself to set a prime example in order to convey the philosophy of innovation. In my courses for the development of innovation in particular, I use surreal titles and connections to inspire imagination and creativity.

“The most damaging phrase in the language of innovation is “We’ve always done it this way!”

Creativity which is the source of innovation is to see the world with a different eye, to create questions, to interpret and to simplify your feelings and the elements around you. It is the ground, the environment and the basic culture for the mind. The most important thing is to train our mind to make connections. Connections of ideas, people and things which surround us, customers and colleagues, connections approaching innovation…

For innovation, you must connect through polymath, diversity, constant communication and contact with various people from different background and elements.

Using divergent thinking and approach of the topics and purpose, as the process by which a person comes up with various novel and appropriate solutions for a single problem, is widely considered to be a source of creativity.

 For a leader to engage, embrace, inspire, motivate and help his/her team to innovate, many elements are needed to be expressed, which can be found in my previous articles, ‘Creativity and Leadership part 1 & 2’.



 As for Teams, they are more innovative when their members have a common understanding of the team objectives and are committed to them. Clear and valued objectives can create meaning and motivation for team members.

We must accept also the failure, failure, failure, otherwise we are not going to approach innovation.

As a mentor my advice is that You must retrain your brain to think like a genius. You can do that by starting to think about the world around you differently. Think in opposites, think in metaphors, and become more productive with your thoughts. And when ideas don’t exactly pan out the way you hoped they would, you must ask yourself not why it failed, but what did it accomplish, what did it prove?

And… Exploreexpress - experimentexecute and expand your ideas and creations.

One of the best examples for innovation is Google’s renowned ‘20% Time’ policy, which allowed its engineers to spend 20% of their time unleashing their creativity by taking on side projects. Though it has now made way for a new program called Diversity Core, the ‘20% Time’ policy resulted in some of Google’s most successful products, including Gmail, Google Talk and Adsense.

Other top brand firms like Apple, IBM, Silicon Valley, Pepsi, Coca Cola, Intel etc, have many creative projects using also artistic methods, to develop innovation within their organization.


Some of Apple's creations inspired by Bauhaus movement

To succeed in innovation, you need to connect the puzzles from different pieces, different elements and influences. Cause Innovation is not how the things are, but starting with how it could be, ending up to how it should be. 

‘Every Innovative creation is a work of art. Let use art as a medium of expression as a tool for the emergence of innovation, through the creative tools it provide us….’

End of part 1

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‘All are Cs, from Critical thinking, Complex problem solving, Communication, Collaboration to ….Curiosity, Criticism, Cognitive flexibility and Connection’. (Part 3)

Written by Mike Petrakis.

Joan Miro - 'People in the Night', 1949

‘Collaboration and Connection’

In my latest posts with the 'All are Cs', I refer to all skills, concepts and terms that start with C and are fundamental keys fostering Leadership, Innovation, the wellbeing of organizations and furthermore have a positive impact on an individual level.

In this article I will deal with Collaboration and Connection and their interdependence, Collaboration is Connection and Connection is Collaboration.

I will repeat one more time the importance of creativity in Collaboration and Connection mentioned also by two very significant personalities who said the following about connection-s and creative process:

” Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.'‘ -  William Plomer Author, Novelist, Literary Editor

” Creativity is just connecting things.‘‘ –  Steve Jobs

About Collaboration…

Starting with the term collaboration, in my opinion Collaboration needs balance, equality, respect and continuous conciliation. The world has evolved through the collaboration of 2 and more creative minds, through collaboration

Collaborating is about receptiveness, acceptance and <collection>. I will mention the essential elements for a successful collaboration.

Let’s have a look at the elements of collaboration, some are obvious and some are more complicated.

'Elements of Collaboration'

  • Goal/Target – This step is especially for a team the first step. The purpose of collaboration. Starting with Why we decided and need to collaborate.
  • Communication – Means listen, balance and equality for the team. Everyone must have the voice and the time needed to communicate.
  • Receptiveness and Acceptance – Comes from diversity, enrichment and people from different backgrounds. Acceptance must be mutual for the team.
  • Collaboration Roles – The questions and expression of opinions must be like “Yes” and not “Yes but”. Tell me what you think? Collaboration also includes individual roles like agreement and disagreement.
  • Trust and Honesty – All the people in any collaboration must trust one another, be honest and accept input at all levels. Selfish and egos must leave outside.
  • Validation – The team must create and proceed to ways for the target of collaboration. They should be clear for the <object> and the goal of the collaboration.
  • Emotional Intelligence – Human elements must help and enrich the collaboration. Bad behaviors and feelings must be left outside of the procedure, using as much as possible basic elements of the Emotional Intelligence.
  • Decisions – The decisions to be taken must be acceptable, clear and ready for implementation. Important elements for the substance and success.

*Key element - Creativity

For a team, getting the right people and understanding each of their specialized expertise is essential. A team is important and so are their ideas; this is what leveraging creative collaboration is all about.

Creative collaboration is simple when you have leverage. When you utilize the ideas and assistance of others, it takes less time and even the most significant dreams become obtainable.

Leader and Collaboration

A good leader is able to unite and motivate a team while also possessing the ability to make an authoritative decision. When working collaboratively, a final decision will need to be made at some point. As a leader, your ability to follow through with that decision will be what sets you apart from others. Provide a clear mission objective.

As a Leader nurture the brilliance of your people and do everything you can to remove barriers to high performance. Avoid being too autocratic and allow time for the team to weigh in on decisions. Help build team connections across the organization. Give credit where credit is due and recognize team performance as well as individual.

Talent, Healthy relationships are at the heart of collaboration, a guiding vision and clarity of purpose are key to collaboration. Connect the project with big picture company objectives, make your ideas visible and tangible. Provide an infrastructure and resources.

About Connection…

Connection is building relationships with Ideas, Elements, Things, Customers, Colleagues, Society, Innovation...

Connecting is more about understanding than it is about talking or listening

The point is to Connect your brain and thoughts with the motivation and action.

To connect you must use all the elements and characteristics of creativity http://www.mikepetrakis.com/index.php/art-inside-business/a-b-c-art-business-creativity/36-disciplines-of-creativity  and a proper Learner http://www.mikepetrakis.com/index.php/art-inside-business/a-b-c-art-business-creativity/38-disciplines-of-a-learner 

Two elements to connect and collaborate is the function of creativity and critical thinking For a team to achieve the co-operation they should have common goals 

The human brain cannot deliberately concentrate on two separate objects or ideas, no matter how dissimilar, no matter how remote, without eventually forming a connection between them. 

Our genius as humans is our ability to create elaborate architectures in our imaginations to invent patterns and make new connections.

For innovation, you must connect through polymath, diversity, constant communication and contact with various people and elements. 

In connection and collaboration interaction is a necessity.

Leader and Connection

Great Leaders connect and bridge the present with the past and the future, the old with the new.

Leadership is the craft of working with other humans to get things done and great leaders know how to use tools and techniques to work their connections with others to develop beautiful and functional relationships.

No matter what medium you use on interpersonal connections, you can only master your craft through disciplined action, and learning a set of skills as a means of achieving the desired outcome.

leadership as a practice is to connect to yourself to understand your behaviors, and interactions, and figure out how they contribute to a situation, especially problematic ones.

Peter Liversidge - 'Everything is Connected'

Connection is about to understand completely the purpose, as a team or individual.

-  What do you want to achieve as an entity, as a team?

-  What are the bases and situations at the moment?

-  What do I/we have to do?

-  How it should be done to succeed?

-  How much flexibility is there?

-  What do I/we choose to achieve? 

Real connection is more than just talking to others or sharing interests…

Through my seminars and courses I use elements of Brainstorming, Creative Team Building, Design Thinking to develop collaboration and connection.


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