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How to innovate in the face of complex challenges


In an increasingly chaotic world, it can be hard to find how to change and improve our lives, our workplaces and our planet. 


I developed an understanding of the thought process that goes into intuition and innovation 

When I first started learning about intuition, I was skeptical. Everyone told me to "follow my intuition" but I didn't know what that meant. It turns out that intuition is a feeling that signals when your brain has processed large, often unrelated piles of information. As a result, we can think of intuition as a marker for an answer to a question that your brain has been gathering information on. It's not surprising, then, that intuition is often a catalyst for innovation because innovation occurs when new and novel thoughts arise after a period of discovery.


In a rapidly changing world, innovation is a critical component of business and personal success. And, companies from Amazon to Whirlpool laud innovation as the necessary ingredient in their workforce for success. So, how do we improve innovation? We can start by honing intuition.

About the Research

Through interviews with leading PhDs, business leaders, innovators, and executives. Libby has uncovered a way of thinking that drives complex decision making to innovative results. Her work has then gone on to examine what the process entails, how to hone your ability to make innovative solutions, and how to enhance and shorten the process of decision making in situations of compound challenges. 

A subset of this research includes interviews with individuals who have taken creative sabbaticals, where sabbaticals are seen as a microcosm of a complex decision making process that, often, leads innovative personal solutions. 



Learn more about the research.



I routinely speak on a variety of topics but am spending my time currently focused on how to innovate in the face of complex challenges. 

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I consult on how business can improve practices that support employee innovation including the implementation of creative sabbatical practices. 



Curious how to implement my practices in a deeper and more constructive way across your teams, I conduct trainings that are 4 weeks to 12 weeks in duration. 

Director of Technology, Microsoft

"Everyone LOVED the talk.  We talked about the concepts all day and will recommend this to other teams."

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