A Bizarre New Perspective on Brainstorms

A Bizarre New Perspective on Brainstorms

October 7, 2014 9:56 am

We’ve all been in a meeting where we were asked to brainstorm.  The concept is familiar. Everyone involved writes out everything they can think of on the given topic, even if it seems strange, silly, or not quite practical, because sometimes, as we let our brains really run, we come across a solution or idea that just works.…

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What is the magic behind the innovations of Silicon Valley?

What is the magic behind the innovations of Silicon Valley?

October 2, 2014 2:15 pm

Many governments and organizations have wanted to unravel the magic behind the innovations of Silicon Valley so that they can take it back and re-create its success.…

Do we really understand what it means to be creative?

Do we really understand what it means to be creative?

August 18, 2014 10:18 am

Creativity is that which separates human beings from beasts. It is more than just building a tool or expressing one’s “self” or drawing a picture. The ability to be creative involves an understanding of nature that we then change and adapt based on our needs or to solve a problem.…

A Killer Innovation: A Microscope that Fits in Your Shirt Pocket

A Killer Innovation: A Microscope that Fits in Your Shirt Pocket

August 11, 2014 8:03 am

When Manu Prakash took his idea to Bill and Melinda Gates, he probably encountered no small amount of skepticism.  His innovation?  A paper microscope that weighs less than a few coins, fits in your pocket and costs about one dollar to manufacture.…

Henry Ford almost lost it all by not recognizing that an innovators job is never done

Henry Ford almost lost it all by not recognizing that an innovators job is never done

July 16, 2014 7:04 am

One of the secrets to being an innovator is the ability to ferret out the unspoken needs and unspoken wants of a customer and then develop a product or service that fills it.…

How do you find that next killer idea? Observe potential customers and ask questions

How do you find that next killer idea? Observe potential customers and ask questions

July 9, 2014 11:16 am

Over the last few months, I started to post selected excerpts from my book, Beyond The Obvious.  This weeks post takes a look at how to identify ideas that could lead to billion dollar innovations.…

Is the fear of failure killing your creativity and hindering your success?

Is the fear of failure killing your creativity and hindering your success?

July 7, 2014 7:09 am

If you look at any of your favorite creative projects, you will see a polished gem staring you in the face.  And this is where most people stop.  The final product is so amazing that it intimidates them.…

Did you know that brandy was the unintended consequence of a medieval tax dodge?

Did you know that brandy was the unintended consequence of a medieval tax dodge?

June 23, 2014 7:02 am

Brandy is a distilled drink made from wine, though some forms are created from mash made from fruits other than grapes. Some brandies are aged in wooden casks.…

Innovation: Does Your Organization Have The Willingness and Ability?

Innovation: Does Your Organization Have The Willingness and Ability?

June 16, 2014 9:11 am

Companies depend on the ability to innovate in order to remain competitive. Traditionally, we consider innovation to involve fun and creativity. However, innovation can be hard work requiring both a willingness and an ability to generate ideas.…

An innovation that could make the washer, the dryer, and the Laundromat obsolete

An innovation that could make the washer, the dryer, and the Laundromat obsolete

June 9, 2014 7:02 am

Right now it is just a design concept, but the Luna Wash, created by Juan Camilo Restrepo Villamizar for 2014’s Electrolux Design Challenge may be just the innovation that makes the washer, the dryer, and the laundromat obsolete.…

The unintended consequence of a headache cure invented one of the most popular products in the world

The unintended consequence of a headache cure invented one of the most popular products in the world

June 2, 2014 10:26 am

Coca Cola is the most famous soft drink in existence and has penetrated almost every corner of the globe. What many do not know that it started as the unintended consequence when someone was attempting to invent a headache cure.…