Contrary to conventional wisdom that innovation is a rare act of creative genius limited to the gifted few, Phil McKinney lays out practical guidelines that any professional with passion and innate inquisitiveness can use to identify, nurture, and implement new business ideas. McKinney’s book contains valuable advice to aspiring innovators and is refreshing and highly informative read for any entrepreneur.




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Beyond The Obvious

Does being like Steve Jobs and being harsh with your staff get you better performance?

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. What was his secret to driving his team to […]

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Learn the magic behind the innovations of Silicon Valley from the Innovation Boot Camp

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. After my many years of working and innovating in the valley, I’ve learned that there isn’t a one size fits all way to re-create the valley.  You can’t read […]

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Rogue Rage: Four Questions to Transform Anger into Innovation Opportunity

Every person and organization says they want to change, to innovate, to grow. In a fast-paced business environment, standing still might as well be moving backwards. But what happens when every idea, every innovation, is met with apathy, defensiveness, or outright hostility from the corporate antibodies? Low morale is quite often built on the remains of […]

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Creativity in the Name of Social Innovation: Embrace Global Receives Social & Economic Innovations Award

When an idea meets a passion for social innovation, a little creativity can save a life… or millions. The latest reminder came from the co-founders at Embrace Global (Jane Chen, Rahul Panicker, Naganand Murty and Linus Liang) who were recently named winners of the 2013 Social & Economic Innovations Award from The Economist. Jane Chen, Embrace Global’s co-founder and CEO, cited these statistics […]

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Personal Creativity and the Aging Brain

Is it possible to maintain personal creativity as we age, or is creativity destined to decline along with muscle mass, memory, or cardiovascular capacity? Evidence points to the fact that exercising personal creativity can actually help the brain age successfully and keep the mind in top condition. According to a scientific study by psychologists Anne […]

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Core Attributes For An Innovation Culture

The key foundation for an innovation culture is what I call the “core attributes”.  Core attributes are those attributes the organization holds which form the foundation on which its perform work and conduct itself.  Done well, they are empowering to an organization. What to think about when defining your core attributes: Govern personal and business relationships […]

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Harvard Business Review article on the book – Beyond The Obvious

In the March issue of Harvard Business Review magazine, Julia Kirby (@JuliaKirby) wrote a review of Beyond The Obvious as part of a larger piece titled Are We Being Creative Yet?. Her thoughts on the book include: Phil McKinney’s job over the past 20 years, most recently as head of innovation for Hewlett-Packard, has been to make sure […]

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3 CEO’s who get innovation

Over my career, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know a number of CEO’s.  The general perception in the market is that CEO’s of public companies are only focused on meeting the quarterly numbers.  The following are 3 CEO’s who get innovation. How do I know? I’ve had the opportunity to spend meaningful 1:1 […]

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