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Israel: An Unlikely Innovation Capital

Israel: An Unlikely Innovation Capital

February 4, 2016 7:00 am

The image that most people in America have of Israel is that of a small, beleaguered country surrounded by enemies. However, as the Jerusalem Post recently noted, the Jewish State has become a hotbed of innovation and high technology, rivaling even Silicon Valley.…

Surplus of Tech Workers and Culture of Openness Support Innovation in Finland

Surplus of Tech Workers and Culture of Openness Support Innovation in Finland

January 28, 2016 6:02 am

In 2014, Finland-based Nokia was sold to Microsoft, who promptly laid off 18,000 workers, mainly in Finland. This came on the heels of 10,000 Nokia layoffs in 2012.…

Innovation Mentor vs. Innovation Coach: Which Do You Need?

Innovation Mentor vs. Innovation Coach: Which Do You Need?

January 21, 2016 7:50 am

Mentoring is certainly not a new concept. In fact, the name comes from a character named “Mentor” in Homer’s Odyssey. He was a trusted advisor to Odysseus’ son.…

How Competition and Gamification Can Spur Innovation

How Competition and Gamification Can Spur Innovation

January 7, 2016 12:57 pm

  The concept of gamification is increasingly popular as a means of motivating employees, increasing productivity, and moving ideas forward. This trend is one driving force behind the proliferation of innovation competitions around the world, but it’s also true that these kinds of competitions aren’t anything new.…

Help Bring Innovation And Entrepreneurship To Africa

Help Bring Innovation And Entrepreneurship To Africa

December 31, 2015 8:59 am

Each year, we select one charity to donate 100% of the author royalties from my book along with 100% of the profits from the sales from our store Innovation.Tools.…

Short-Term Thinking is a Barrier to Innovation in America’s Private Sector

Short-Term Thinking is a Barrier to Innovation in America’s Private Sector

December 17, 2015 8:30 am

  Over the past few weeks, I’ve been discussing the innovation problem America faces and its various points of origin, from our education system to government initiatives.…

The Innovative CEO: How to Lead Innovation from the Top

The Innovative CEO: How to Lead Innovation from the Top

December 10, 2015 8:05 am

What is Oscar Munoz doing walking airline fields in a safety vest? As the new CEO of United Airlines, you may expect him to hole up in a cozy office somewhere, directing the company from behind closed doors.…

Innovation in America: How the Government Helps and Hurts

Innovation in America: How the Government Helps and Hurts

November 19, 2015 7:05 am

Formerly a global hotbed of innovation, the United States in recent years and decades has regressed back to the mean as several other countries are catching up.…

200 Years of Great Ideas and Hard Work Led To the Overnight Success of Your Smartphone

200 Years of Great Ideas and Hard Work Led To the Overnight Success of Your Smartphone

November 6, 2015 9:00 am

As I discussed in a previous post, the basic components of success are the idea, hard work, timing, and maybe a little bit of luck. Here, we’ll look at how that formula worked to create the massive success of the modern cell phone.…

Innovation in America: How Our Education System Hampers Creativity

Innovation in America: How Our Education System Hampers Creativity

October 29, 2015 7:20 am

I outlined it in a previous post: America has an innovation problem. Once regarded as a nation of innovators and entrepreneurial spirits, the United States are on track to fall behind nations like China and Japan on metrics like R&D spending and technology innovation.…

Stop the Negativity: Become an Anti-Critic

Stop the Negativity: Become an Anti-Critic

October 22, 2015 6:29 am

It’s an unfortunate fact that the world is full of critics who feel that it’s their place to put others down left and right, based on their ideas, actions, and even personal beliefs.…

America’s Innovation Problem and How We Can Solve It

America’s Innovation Problem and How We Can Solve It

October 15, 2015 7:11 am

The United States used to be the undisputed global leader in innovation. In the past, we put a large portion of our considerable economic power behind research and development, with the goal of becoming and remaining the most innovative country in the world.…

The Recipe for Innovation Success

The Recipe for Innovation Success

September 24, 2015 11:50 am

Success in innovation isn’t going to happen overnight, nor does it happen as a matter of chance. There’s nothing preordained about successful innovation. There are a number of factors that can contribute to the ultimate success or failure of your latest idea, but the basic formula that I’ve learned over the years is: success = idea + hard work + timing + luck.…

9 Daily Exercises that I Do to Keep My Creative Muscle in Shape

9 Daily Exercises that I Do to Keep My Creative Muscle in Shape

September 10, 2015 8:05 am

No matter what profession you’re in, it’s important that you’re able to think creatively and look at your work with fresh eyes every day. Unfortunately, however, it may feel like a challenge to constantly be at the top of your game.…

What is the linkage between travel and creativity that inspired Hemingway, Twain and others?

What is the linkage between travel and creativity that inspired Hemingway, Twain and others?

September 3, 2015 8:05 am

What is it about travel that has developed a reputation for increasing creativity within an already-flexible mind? Many sources reference Hemingway, Twain, and others as traveling creators – that is, authors who did some of their best work during or following international travel.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

Creating Opportunity: On Malcolm Gladwell, Impressionism, and Being a Big Fish in a Small Pond

Creating Opportunity: On Malcolm Gladwell, Impressionism, and Being a Big Fish in a Small Pond

January 5, 2015 6:12 am

Who isn’t familiar with the Impressionists?  Most of us, no matter how little we may know about art, have heard of Monet and Renoir.  Impressionism makes an impact on the human psyche with its sublime, colorful landscapes and distinctive human subjects.  It’s not an exact representation of the world, but rather a rendition of the way we process the world.…