Why is Slack Time So Important to Innovation?

Why is Slack Time So Important to Innovation?

August 14, 2015 11:12 am

In the modern workplace, it seems time is one of the most precious commodities – and getting scarcer by the day. Employees are encouraged to work from the moment they sit down at their desks until the moment they clock out, with minimal breaks in between.…

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Does being relentlessly rough on employees elicit better performance?

Does being relentlessly rough on employees elicit better performance?

August 6, 2015 8:00 am

The late Steve Jobs was the visionary who took Apple from the office desktop to the user’s back pocket. His reputation on stage was as a hard-charging, success-driven leader, and his audience responded with cheers and fist pumps as customers flocked to buy his latest brainchild.…

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Pinocchio with a PhD: An Appeal for Ethical Innovation

Pinocchio with a PhD: An Appeal for Ethical Innovation

July 30, 2015 8:05 am

In recent years, a growing number of innovators has falsified or fabricated their ideas and their work in order to gain prestige and undeserved credibility. Furthermore, instead of this scandal being the work of a few innovators led astray, it seems that the issue of unethical behavior in research is a frustratingly common occurrence.…

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Overcome Habituation by Hearing the Background Noise

Overcome Habituation by Hearing the Background Noise

July 23, 2015 8:00 am

You might miss the next game-changing innovation because you don’t see it. Maybe you don’t see the problem anymore. Maybe you’ve been desensitized – you’re so used to the world as it is that you can’t distinguish the figure from the ground.…

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Perseverance and Pivots S11 Ep17

Perseverance and Pivots S11 Ep17

July 14, 2015 6:00 am

Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. ~ Winston Churchill
Perseverance and Pivots When we first come up with what we think is a great idea, we have a clear vision of how things are going to go.…

Killer Innovations Is Now A Syndicated Talk Radio Show

Killer Innovations Is Now A Syndicated Talk Radio Show

July 9, 2015 1:30 pm

When I started the podcast, I had no idea where that path would lead me. Over the 11 years, the show has gone through a number of transitions.…

You Were Born To Innovate S11 Ep16

You Were Born To Innovate S11 Ep16

July 6, 2015 6:00 am

It’s really astounding how many people I meet who tell me, “I’m not creative” or “I wasn’t born an innovator.” How many times have you told yourself this story?…

To Innovate You Must Have A Beginners Mind S11 Ep15

To Innovate You Must Have A Beginners Mind S11 Ep15

June 29, 2015 6:00 am

A very brilliant professor was invited to see Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912) to inquire about zen. The professor bubbled with enthusiasm sharing his research and knowledge, the doctrines he had extensively studied, the sutras he knew by heart.…

Can’t Not Do Innovation S11 Ep14

Can’t Not Do Innovation S11 Ep14

June 22, 2015 6:00 am

There are moments in every innovator’s life when they become sure of the path that lies before them. An idea has come into their minds that they can’t escape.…

Creativity Through Restriction (Constraint Based Innovation) S11 Ep13

Creativity Through Restriction (Constraint Based Innovation) S11 Ep13

June 15, 2015 6:00 am

Creativity is usually associated with open spaces, uninhibited freedom, and a lack of anything to stifle expression. However, sometimes it can be beneficial, even essential, to build walls, make rules and impose constraints on ourselves in order to get our creativity flowing.…

Unintended Consequence That Became A Childhood Innovation S11 Ep12

Unintended Consequence That Became A Childhood Innovation S11 Ep12

June 8, 2015 6:00 am

In the middle of the second world war, James Wright was hard at work, trying to invent a synthetic rubber substitute. He was employed by the U.S.…

How To Achieve Your Innovation Goals S11 Ep11

How To Achieve Your Innovation Goals S11 Ep11

June 1, 2015 6:00 am

Everyone dreams of a better future. Some of those dreams are more commonplace, like getting a better job; while others are bigger challenges, such as creating something innovative that will change the world or writing a bestselling book.…

What Dissonance Teaches Us About Innovation S11 Ep10

What Dissonance Teaches Us About Innovation S11 Ep10

May 25, 2015 6:00 am

A music theory book might seem like an unusual place to find inspiration for innovative thinking, but there is a musical principle that provides a useful metaphor for how innovators find inspiration – and also happens to separate the great composers from the mediocre ones.…

5 Innovation Blind Spots That Killed Nokia and Kodak S11 Ep9

5 Innovation Blind Spots That Killed Nokia and Kodak S11 Ep9

May 18, 2015 6:00 am

  When the mantra “innovate or die” is invoked, two companies who are often mentioned as examples are Nokia and Kodak. But in what ways, exactly, did these two companies fail to innovate?…