Quality Progress - May 2014 - 5

UPFRONT QP QUALITY PROGRESS Coaxing Creativity 7 strategies for generating genius ideas EXECUTIVE EDITOR AND ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Seiche Sanders ASSOCIATE EDITOR Mark Edmund ASSISTANT EDITOR Amanda Hankel WORKING WITH CREATIVE minds is one of my favorite things about being a part of an editorial process. Like many teams, we produce an endless stream of ideas (some better than others). It's capturing them and teasing out the really good ones-then bringing them to fruition-that tends to be our biggest challenge. I know we're not alone. Teams everywhere face similar obstacles. Ideas and creative thinking have emerged as the lifeblood that will sustain the ability to compete in a complex, global and commoditized world. Systematic, logic-based approaches to spurring and harnessing creativity are crucial. This month's cover story, "Catching Fire," p. 18, details seven strategies for generating ideas and imparting creative thinking to drive quality improvement. Revive some of these practices within your own organization, or try an approach you haven't tried before. What was the outcome? Let us know on this article's webpage at www.qualityprogress.com. In this month's installment of Innovation Imperative, p. 44, Peter Merrill provides sound advice on building a team that can help you reach your innovation goals. You'll also find tips for refining your leadership style to encourage the best behaviors and deliver the desired results. Speaking of new ideas, this month ASQ TV unveils an innovative new way to access keynote speeches delivered at ASQ's World Conference on Quality and Improvement (WCQI)-even if you are unable to attend the conference held May 5-7 in Dallas. The new live stream option gives you the opportunity to see the exciting speaker lineup from the comfort of your home or office. Simply go to http://videos.asq.org/live to learn more about this new option and to sign up to view these speakers live from WCQI, or after the event on demand. QP MANUSCRIPT COORDINATOR Valerie Ellifson CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Megan Schmidt COPY EDITOR Susan E. Daniels ART DIRECTOR Mary Uttech GRAPHIC DESIGNER Sandy Wyss PRODUCTION Cathy Milquet ADVERTISING PRODUCTION Barbara Mitrovic DIGITAL PRODUCTION SPECIALISTS Julie Schweitzer Julie Wagner MEDIA SALES Naylor LLC Lou Brandow Krys D'Antonio Norbert Musial Rob Shafer MEDIA SALES ADMINISTRATOR Kathy Thomas MARKETING ADMINISTRATOR Matt Meinholz EDITORIAL OFFICES Phone: 414-272-8575 Fax: 414-272-1734 ADVERTISING OFFICES Phone: 866-277-5666 ASQ ADMINISTRATION CEO Seiche Sanders Bill Troy Editor Managing Directors Don't forget to watch the new episode Ajoy Bose Julie Gabelmann Brian J. LeHouillier Michelle Mason Laurel Nelson-Rowe To promote discussion of issues in the field of quality and ensure coverage of all responsible points of view, Quality Progress publishes articles representing conflicting and minority views. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily of ASQ or Quality Progress. Use of the ASQ logo in advertisements does not necessarily constitute endorsement of that particular product or service by ASQ. May 2014 * QP 5 http://www.qualityprogress.com http://videos.asq.org/live

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - May 2014

Up Front
LogOn
Expert Answers
Keeping Current
Mr. Pareto Head
Catching Fire
Making the Rounds
Plan of Attack
Virtual Voices
Innovation Imperative
Measure for Measure
Quality in the First Person
Career Corner
Standards Outlook
QP Toolbox
QP Reviews
One Good Idea

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