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June 28, 2008


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Gil Kidron

In my mind, it somewhat resembles those improve games where each team gets an object and tries to come up with as many ideas on how to use it in a minute or so.
Such an exercise could be a great "warm up" for the brain at the beginning of an innovation session.

Gil Kidron

Very interesting concept.
It leads me to think that a good exercise to benchmark peoples creativity potential can be the improve exercise where you get an object and have to come up with as many uses to the object as possible.
This exercise can also be as a "warm up" for the brain at the beginning of an innovation session

Amnon Levav

hi Drew

fascinating. first, in my culture, the fact that you were a hockey league commisioner and spent 100 hours analyzing data of players is in itself an example of radical innovation. but the speed skating result, although interesting. may be interpreted in more than one way. as far as i understand it, your itnerpretation is that regression taught you that speed is the perfect indicator for a great h-player. i think it just taught you that it is a great predictor of who people THINK will be a great h-player. what if it only means that speed biases people in their selection? and that actually some great players-to-be are never selected because they are slow.
same for our mutual friend Yoni's theory - it may be correct, but it may also be that this speed handling is just an impressive trait that correlates sometimes with the ability to innovate.
which doesnt make your hockey observation less interesting for me(:

Drew Boyd

Amnon, you are correct. Speed is a predictor of what a group of coaches believe are the best group of players. Interestingly, the coaches never fully bought in that a single (objective) indicator could predict what their years of (subjective) experience would predict. They ignored the time trials and focused instead on their evaluation scoring of other skills. They held onto the same suggestion you make here that their MAY be that one slow player who was better than the faster players. In all my years of dealing with youth hockey, they could never show me one. I trust the data. That is why we will need to collect data on some potential innovation telltales.

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