Vadim Kotelnikov    

Managing Creativity, Idea, Knowledge and Innovation

Intellectual Cross-Pollination


Business e-Coach     

"Cross-pollination approach is a kind of alchemy of innovation." ~ Tom Kelley


Yin-Yang of Cross-Pollination

  1. YIN (passive, accepting side). Inviting inspiration, effective listening; learning about new processes, methods, and technologies.

  2. YANG (active, aggressive side). Inspiring others, searching for synergies; helping each other analyze and interpret data; making time or creating a place for new ideas  >>>

The Jazz of Innovation

11 Practice Tips

  • Cross-pollinate. Incorporate a wide range of styles, skills, and perspectives to inspire and develop winning innovative solutions. Encourage comments and ideas. Inspire advocates and critics. Invite outsiders experts, customers, suppliers, partners. Change hats to generate and evaluate ideas... More

  The Jazz of Innovation  Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book


9 Signs of a Losing Organization

  Balanced Organization: 5 Basic Elements  Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book


25 Lessons from Jack Welch

Get Good Ideas from Everywhere

  • Share what you know with others to get what they know.

  • Encourage an exchange of ideas at virtually every level of your organization.

  • Encourage a free flow of ideas not only among your businesses but also between your company and other businesses as well.

Jack Welch's Achievements and Success Rules


Make Cross-Pollination an Integral Part of Your Workplace

Seven Planting Tips1

  1. Browse, constantly search for new ideas and inspiration: make constant browsing of journals, books, newspapers, Internet and other sources your habit and an integral part of your corporate culture... More

Systemic Innovation

Cross-Pollination 7 Planting Tips

Your Cross-Functional Expertise

Managing Innovation by Cross-functional Teams

The Jazz of Innovation

Creative Chaos Environment

Improvisation Model

The Fun Factor

Knowledge Management

Idea Management

Managing by Wandering Around (MBWA)

Creativity Management

3Bs of Strategic Creativity

Challenging Assumptions


Creative Problem Solving (CPS)


Best Practices and Case Studies

Intellectual Cross-pollination

Innovation Football: Ideation Process

Innompic Games

Cross-functional Innovation Teams

IDEO - a World Leading Product Design Company (USA)

DEGAP Tool: Thinking in Three Dimensions (EU)




  1. The Art of Innovation, Tom Kelley

  2. Jack Welch quoted in Nikkei Business, February 21, 1994

  3. The Seed of Apple's Innovation, Interview with Steve Jobs, Business Week

  4. The Key to Innovative Business Ideas: Cross-Pollination, Pamela Wilson

  5. 5 Ways To Innovate By Cross-Pollinating Ideas, Tina Seelig

Inspiring Innovative Solutions

In the new economy driven by Systemic Innovation  Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book, new ideas arise from cross-pollination complex interactions between many individuals, organizations and environmental factors. Winning innovative solutions are inspired and developed in the process of cross-pollination of ideas, rather than narrowly focused search.

2 Catalysts of Creativity

Creative Dissatisfaction

Problem Solving Strategies: 4 Levels  Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book



Balanced Organization: 5 Basic Elements

Wood ( Corporate Capabilities):

Cross-pollinate within Your Organization

To face today's complex challenges, you need to incorporate a wide range of styles, skills, and perspectives, and build knowledge communities. In the new era of systemic innovation, it is more important for an organization to be cross-functionally excellent than functionally excellent. Firms which are successful in realizing the full returns from their technologies and innovations are able to match their technological developments with complementary expertise in other areas of their business, such as manufacturing, distribution, human resources, marketing Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book, and customer relationships. To lead these expertise development efforts, cross-functional teams, either formal or informal, need to be formed. These teams can also find new businesses in white spaces between existing business units... More

Managing Creativity In Your Business Environment

Creative thinking is an intense social activity. You need a stimulus and information input of other people's minds to be a great creative thinker Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book... More

Brainstorming: 10 Rules



Cross-pollinate with People Outside Your Organization

Sharing ideas and observations with an outside board of directors, consultants, lawyers, accountants, bankers, and peers will help you to build your cross-functional excellence, to broad your perspective in a complex environment, and keep solutions on-target. Exchange of ideas among peers, e.g. within networking groups, such as executives organizations, is not only useful within an industry; it is also a means of learning about best practices in related industries.

Sharing company information once protected as proprietary has become a common practice in strategic alliances, partnerships, joint ventures and other linkages that may involve even your competitors. Today, it is difficult for one business to have all answers, but when you network and link with multiple companies to bring total solution to your customers, you become a much more valuable supplier... More



Case Studies Oticon

An impromptu setting can help spark cross-pollination of ideas and team chemistry. When the Danish hearing-aid company Oticon discovered that spontaneous interactions between employees located on different floors were taking place on stairwells, the firm wisely broadened the stairs to encourage the multidisciplinary interchange.  >>>

10 Commandments of Innovation

Synergize. Cross-pollinate ideas, leverage diversity, create synergies... More





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Business e-Coach Simulation Game: "Innovation Football"

Innovation Football helps innopreneurs turn disruptive ideas into a successful business. Team members generate and cross-pollinate ideas.

The captain evaluates the ideas and chooses the best one.  >>>


Business e-Coach Kore 10 Innovative Thinking Tools help invent new things, design an innovative strategy, and to find creative solutions to complex problems. They also streamline generation and cross-pollination of ideas in an innovation team by defining action areas for each tool... More


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