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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.…

An innovator may have just cured diabetes with the help of US taxpayers

An innovator may have just cured diabetes with the help of US taxpayers

May 29, 2014 7:03 am

Most people, at least outside of science circles, have never heard of Dr. Taylor Wang, an innovator and the founder of a company called Encapsulife. That may be about to change. According to a recent story in National Review, a device the company has just patented, known broadly as the “Wang Patch,” may provide an effective cure for diabetes, which would create a huge market for an implantable medical device that would alleviate the suffering of millions of Americans and wipe out hundreds of billions of dollars in health care costs.…

Does it count when old ideas become new ideas?

Does it count when old ideas become new ideas?

May 20, 2014 1:42 pm

In the world of innovation, it can be hard to come up with new ideas. It seems like no matter what you think you’ve dreamed up, someone else has had that same dream.…

Four companies who are using innovation to feed the world’s millions

Four companies who are using innovation to feed the world’s millions

May 12, 2014 11:09 am

Innovation is all about significantly improving the world through a new idea or product.  With my move to Colorado and my 35 acre “ranch”, I’ve gotten back into looking at the intersection of innovation and agriculture. Feeding the world’s millions as well as protecting the environment are major areas of concern for both underprivileged and privileged nations.…

Military technology innovations to create the Navy of the future

Military technology innovations to create the Navy of the future

May 5, 2014 9:29 am

It is no secret that a major source of innovation throughout history has been in the military. Researchers are always in the hunt to develop technologies to better wage war and prevail against an enemy.…

Can Over Protecting New Ideas Kill Them?

Can Over Protecting New Ideas Kill Them?

April 28, 2014 7:13 am

Many conceptualize brilliant new ideas as singular products that drop in, seemingly from outer-space. Some call them Aha! Moments, Epiphanies, and Flashes of Insight. Writer Steven Johnson disagrees. In a July 2010 TED Talk, Johnson describes important breakthrough ideas as networks that patch together slowly, sometimes lingering in the backs of minds for decades until the right intersection of circumstances reveals them.…

Are inventions at risk to cyber attacks?

Are inventions at risk to cyber attacks?

April 21, 2014 7:46 am

New inventions are the source of the exciting changes we see in technology, media, transportation, and pretty much every aspect of our lives.  Could the process of turning an idea into a real life-changing invention be at risk?…

Just imagine what you can do

Just imagine what you can do

April 16, 2014 8:11 am

Do you take the time to just imagine? Yes, John Lennon had it right, and you can too.   It is the first step in any creative process. Without imagination, it would be sad to think where our world would be.…

How cutting edge technology makes the familiar better

How cutting edge technology makes the familiar better

April 7, 2014 7:30 am

I’m amused by the different answers I get when I ask people what certain terms mean to them.  One example is “cutting edge” which is a term often used interchangeably with “state of the art”.…

How to invent opportunity with luck and innovation

How to invent opportunity with luck and innovation

March 31, 2014 7:42 am

Have you ever wondered what it takes to get opportunities out of thin air? You might think it takes a lot of good luck to come across them, but that’s not the case.…

Does Brainstorming Deserve its Bad Rap?

Does Brainstorming Deserve its Bad Rap?

March 24, 2014 7:51 am

In the last few years, brainstorming has been shot down, put down, and dismissed.  Why? Since 1941, when Alex Osborn changed the culture of advertising with innovative, nonjudgmental thought-generating, brainstorming has been a major part of business.…

Are customers a source of ideas for innovation?

Are customers a source of ideas for innovation?

March 19, 2014 8:08 am

Of course, innovation should be customer focused. At a minimum, most companies will conduct a focus group, survey, or other market research periodically to gauge customer needs and wants.…

Hey, What’s the Big Idea?! Look for Answers From Your Employees Rather Than Outside Experts

Hey, What’s the Big Idea?! Look for Answers From Your Employees Rather Than Outside Experts

March 17, 2014 7:41 am

One old idea that continues to block the route to new ones is that only a certain echelon of an organization has the answers to business problems or the ability to divine “the next big idea“.…

Small Business Ideas That Went Big

Small Business Ideas That Went Big

March 10, 2014 7:03 am

Everyone has to start somewhere and this is often true with a small business. Starting off with small business ideas doesn’t have to stay small, however. There are many that can grow into giants.…