BusinessWeek magazine recognized the “World’s Most Innovative Companies” in 2006
and 50% of the Top 30 have used SolutionPeople’s innovation resources. Eight of
the top 10
on BusinessWeek's list have benefited from SolutionPeople’s tools, training or facilitations. Apple, Google, 3M, Microsoft, General Electric, Procter & Gamble, Starbucks, IBM, Dell and Motorola are fans of SolutionPeople. Click here to few
a partial list of customers we have helped.
1. SolutionPeople has helped clients generate over 2 million ideas
valued at over 3 billion dollars.
2. Over 160 Fortune 500 companies, 250 small businesses, and 120,000
people have benefited from SolutionPeople's creativity and innovation
3. SolutionPeople helped one Chicago consumer products company generate
over 50 million dollars in cost savings ideas.
4. SolutionPeople believes that "if your feet are comfortable,
the brain will be comfortable" and has a tradition of passing
out tube socks and encouraging people to remove their shoes during
meetings. During the past 10 years they have distributed over 60,000
socks. One informal study revealed that people who wore socks generated
13% more ideas than those who kept their shoes on. Solutionman often
carries an extra briefcase filled with socks for clients who request
that he bring them to meetings.
5. The "brain profiles" of several
thousand people can be profiled in less than an hour using SolutionPeople's
"Know Your Brain Game". To date, over 25,000 people have
played the game which profiles people's thinking preferences according
to the four quadrants of their brains.
6. To help clients generate ideas, SolutionPeople has created "Question Banks" that contain thousands of questions
on such topics as product development, event planning, tradeshow
exhibit design, and public relations. These Question Banks now contain,
over 5,000 questions.
7. SolutionPeople has taken hundreds of people to see Blue Man
and then followed up with a brief workshop
called "Blue Thinking" that results in breakthrough ideas.
8. Non-disclosure agreements are signed between SolutionPeople and
clients whereby SolutionPeople agrees not to divulge the specifics
of their work. The
longest legal non-disclosure document was 67 pages and the shortest was one sentence.
9. Guests from over 10 different countries visited the Thinkubator
during the past year.
10. A popular teambuilding activity at the Thinkubator is Karaoke.
90% of visitors have never sung Karaoke before and almost 100%
try it before they leave. Singers have over 1,000 songs to choose
from and four microphones to foster teamwork. Solutionman has found
a correlation between teams willingness to take risks and
their creativity levels.
11. SolutionPeople holds an annual Halloween Karaoke Party called "Scaryokee" attended by hundreds of costumed clients who
are encouraged to brainstorm scary ideas.
12. The Thinkubator has a collection of unique and comfortable chairs
including sculptures from a famous French artist. The Symmetron
helps people relax and feel as if they are floating. Beanbag chairs
shaped like light bulbs are very popular.
13. Although the Thinkubator is a popular corporate meeting facility,
it has also been used for a variety unusual events including wedding
receptions, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties for adults and a birthday party for a group of kindergarten students.
14. When entering the THINKubator, guests are greeted by a large
croaking green "Watch Frog".
15. The Thinkubator has hundreds of gadgets, toys and tools to provoke
thinking and encourage fun.
16. The Thinkubator 's restrooms have unique themes and designs. The "Albert Einstein Shrine" filled
with paintings and books dedicated to Solutionman's Hero, Albert
Einstein. Disco Bathroom, dedicated to John
Travolta, has a disco ball, lava lamp, & music from the
17. The Thinkubator uses natural aroma machines to foster relaxation
and stimulate creativity. Several customized blends called Solution
Scents are dispensed via machines that change scents every 1-2 hours.
18. The Thinkubator's main space has a dance area with
disco lights and a mirrored ball rotating. Games include pool,
lots of brainy board games and a variety of
19. Solutionman has the cell phone number of the local Good Humor
Ice Cream truck drive and arranges for him to stop by the Thinkubator
for a surprise treat during warm weather and in the winter they enjoy fresh popcorn.
20. Clients eat "Think Bars", drink "CreativTea"
or "ThinkDrinks", and chew "Brain Gum" from
the Thinkubator kitchen.
KnowBrainer Tool Facts
21. Tests by students at Northwestern University and Wayne State
University found that the KnowBrainer tool increased creativity
levels by over 500% verses traditional brainstorming with flip charts.
22. The KnowBrainer tool has been used by Nordstrom to brainstorm
customer service ideas, Adidas to generate ideas for new basketball
shoes, and Generals Mills to create new products.
23. KnowBrainer is self-instructional and can be instantly used.
However, thousands of people have taken a full-day seminar called
KnowBrainer Accelerated Innovation, which is offered monthly at
SolutionPeople's Chicago Thinkubator.
24. SolutionPeople has developed over 25 different techniques, exercises
and activities for the KnowBrainer including "Questionary"
and "Flash Planning" and "Brainstorming By Yourself".
25. The KnowBrainer is the third creativity and innovation tool
invented by Gerald "Solutionman" Haman. He has sold over
100,000 of his inventions called the Pocket Innovator and
26. The KnowBrainer tool is being transformed into a software program
for Palm Pilots and other PDAs.
27. Dow Chemical has licensed the KnowBrainer Innovation training
and intends to train over 1,000 people during the next year.
28. It took Gerald "Solutionman" Haman almost 10 years
to perfect the content of the tool because he had to analyze over 700,000 words in the English language to find the top 100 words.
29. The youngest person to purchase a KnowBrainer was a first grade
student and the oldest was 87 years old.
30. Gerald Haman appears in his "Solutionman" costume
(which resembles Superman with a giant light bulb head) to liven
up tradeshows and corporate meetings. His 11-year old son Jake occasionally
joins him in his "Solutionboy" costume to pass out bright
31. Solutionman has a collection of over 1000 new and used light
bulbs of various styles. He intends to create a sculpture called "1,000 Points of Bright". He also has a giant 15-foot
tall inflatable light bulb that he takes to tradeshows and street
32. SolutionPeople's "Thinkathon" brainstorming technique
can be used by teams to quickly generate thousands of ideas. 500
people at a conference for Fast Company magazine generated over
5,000 ideas in 10 minutes using the Thinkathon.
33. Solutionman's favorite symbol is a question mark. He has a collection
of paintings and sculptures shaped like question marks. His hobby
includes painting and sculpting art using question marks, exclamation
points and light bulbs.
34. Solutionman has a collection of over 500 "light bulb" related jokes.
35. Solutionman has a collection of over 100 "brain" artifacts
including a "Live Brain Sculpture", juggling brains, and
brain caps to inspire people to use their full brainpower.
36. Solutionman takes groups on "CreativiTours" of nearby
art galleries to stimulate out of box thinking. One CreativiTour
involved taking several hundred AT&T people on a bus tour to visit
the outdoor sculptures around downtown Chicago.
37. Solutionman uses 'magic tricks" to reinforce key messages
during training. Haman first learned magic while working at P&G
in the early 1980s to create more effective sales presentations.
38. Solutionman lives in downtown Chicago with his wife (Solutionwoman),
daughter (Solutiongirl), son (Solutionboy) and a very cute 6-year
old daughter (Solutionbaby).
39. Solutionman grew up on a cattle ranch in North Dakota with 3
brothers and 3 sisters.