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Issue 37 - 01 | Mind of the Innovator: Taming the Traps of Traditional Thinking
By Matthew E. May Published Aug. 8, 2007 10:41 p.m.

Matthew May, author of "Elegant Solutions: Breakthrough Thinking the Toyota Way" and a popular ChangeThis manifesto on the subject, now brings our attention to the ‘Seven Sins of Solutions’, the traditional ways of thinking that prevent us from divining the most accurate—and elegant—of solutions to any problem solving situation. Using accessible examples, you’ll find yourself saying “Yes! That happens to me!” as you read. Lucky for us, May also provides methods to avoid those deadly sins and train our brains to think differently, allowing our inner innovator to flourish.

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About Matthew E. May | In addition to The Laws of Subtraction, Matthew E. May is the author of four previous manifestos. He is also the author of three award winning books: The Elegant Solution, In Pursuit of Elegance, and The Shibumi Strategy. A popular speaker, creativity coach, and close advisor on innovation and design strategy to companies such as ADP, Edmunds, Intuit, and Toyota, he is a regular contributor to the American Express OPEN Forum Idea Hub and the founder of Edit Innovation, an ideas agency based in Los Angeles.

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