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This page contains a summary of all of the posts in the blog in the form of an archive. They are presented in date order starting with the newest. If you are looking for a specific topic, I would suggest you use the search function to the right.


How to Create a BHAG That Will Motivate Your Team and Drive Innovation

The ‘Dean of Personal Development’, Earl Nightingale, earned his name through the excellent advice he gave out in speeches, in his books, and on the radio. He knew how to help people succeed, and he knew that, without a goal, individuals would rarely be able to achieve this success. And this rule is no different […]Read More »

How Micromanagement Can Be the Death of Your BHAG

When you have started your own business and built it from the ground up, it’s normal to have a certain attachment to it and to feel like micromanagement is the only way to ensure things get done. After all, you know your company inside and out. You have a vision for it. You care about […]Read More »

3 Big Hairy Audacious Goals That Drove Game-Changing Innovations

Arnold H. Glasow would know. An entrepreneur of the Great Depression, Glasow set the goal of making everyone in America smile. And he did. He published humor magazine after humor magazine for 60 years. In fact, he was so good at it that publications like the Chicago Tribune, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal cited […]Read More »

Understanding the Law of the BHAG and What it Means for Innovation

Elbert Hubbard is seen as one of the great writers, philosophers, and artists of the late 1800s. Why is that? He understood that he didn’t attain that status solely because of his intelligence. He was able to share his thoughts with the world because he first set a goal to be the greatest traveling soap […]Read More »

5 Steps to Implementing a Killer Innovation Process

Innovation isn’t always pretty. It’s messy and tough, often frustrating, and sometimes even infuriating. That’s why most businesses avoid it, or only approach it haphazardly or reactively. But that’s why most businesses are most businesses. For the businesses that want to be changemakers, an innovation process is a necessity. And to accomplish it, you need […]Read More »

3 Companies That Got Their Innovation Process Right

From ideation to execution, the innovation process can look opaque. From the outside, it might not seem like much of a process at all. In fact, it can look like a tangled mess of spaghetti with no beginning or end. But how do you pull out the single strand of spaghetti that leads directly to […]Read More »

3 Companies That Got Their Innovation Process Wrong

Louis Boone should have included this pearl of wisdom in the university-level textbooks he wrote for marketing, business, and economics courses. His textbooks were the ones that educated many of the world’s current CEOs, CFOs, and other executives. While some of these Boone-trained business leaders are making waves with their exciting innovations, others seem to […]Read More »

Understanding the Law of Process and Its Impact on Innovation

Innovation. It’s how humankind has moved forward. It’s how civilizations have moved forward. And it’s the key to moving businesses, of any industry, forward. But the search for that key will be futile without following a clear process. That’s why I’ve listed the Law of Process as one of the 7 Immutable Laws of Innovation, […]Read More »

Is Our Approach To Innovation Dead Wrong?

Is the approach to innovation we are teaching all wrong? Yes! We are still believing that the industrial economy approach of thinking that organizational design, strategy, planning and process development will win in the new creative/innovation economy. We need to transform to the approach of “agile”, experimentation” and “fail fast”. In this video, you will […]Read More »

Incorporating The Law Of Patience Into Your Innovation Culture

Over the last few weeks, we’ve looked at the Law of Patience and how either succeeding or failing to implement this important law can impact innovation success. We’ve seen that, all too often, people in business equate patience with negligence. In their minds, patience is the opposite of what’s needed to make big things happen. […]Read More »

Impatient Innovators: 5 Hurried Innovations That Failed

Being told to “have patience” can be a major buzz kill when it comes to pursuing potentially innovative ideas. Nobody wants to hear that they’ll need to wait to see their innovations take hold and achieve success. Businesses have a schedule and a budget. They have investors and stakeholders. There are expectations. But Warren Bennis […]Read More »

Patience in Innovation: Success Stories From the Front Lines

In a world of on-demand everything and overnight shipping, we’ve all but forgotten what it means to be patient. We’re so used to having the world at our fingertips that it’s hard to imagine, or even tolerate, waiting very long for anything. And unfortunately, we don’t check this attitude at the door when we walk […]Read More »

Understanding the Law of Patience in the Innovation Cycle

As humans, we naturally lack patience. This is even more true when it comes to innovation. We picture great innovations in our mind and we launch into those projects brimming with excitement and enthusiasm. But as the project wears on, the sparkle of a new idea starts to fade, and the pressures of deadlines, budgets, […]Read More »

How to Implement the Law of Resources in Your Organization

You know it’s important to set resources aside for innovation, but you may be wondering how exactly to make that happen for your company. How do you ensure that your organization’s resources are going where they’ll truly enhance the creative process? While every company is different, these simple steps that follow the vital laws of […]Read More »

The Big Mistake: Failing to Support Innovation With Proper Resources

If you want to build a company that is a leader of innovation, creativity, and change within your industry, you need to have the proper resources to power it. Money, people, equipment, and time are all critical parts of the innovation cycle. Without them, you will never learn what your business is capable of doing: […]Read More »

Using Resources to Power Innovation: Success Stories

If you truly want to encourage innovation in your organization, you have to dedicate the resources to achieve it. No true innovation can occur in virtual space alone. In order to provide workers with the best tools for innovation, you must commit time, money, people, materials, and equipment to the endeavor. Without those resources, creative […]Read More »

What Innovation Resources Are Needed to Thrive?

You can’t make a return if there’s no investment of resources. This is true of every business venture, and it is even more true when it comes to innovation. But innovation isn’t easy. For many businesses, it can be tempting to forego a focus on innovation and instead encourage steady, incremental growth, which is less […]Read More »

A Prediction Of The Near Future (Vision Video)

Vision videos are a great way to share a prediction of the future. I’ve written before about the vision video’s that I’ve been part of including Roku’s Reward (2006) and Corning “A Day Made of Glass” (2011). Today, we are releasing a new vision video, The Near Future Network, that tells the story of the “Gigabit Home”. […]Read More »

3 Actions To Improve Your Creative Thinking

I recently was listening to an audio program by Earl Nightingale. He was making the point that the opposite of bravery is not cowardice; the opposite of bravery is conformity. It was one of those simple statements that struck a nerve especially when thinking about creative thinking. Conformity In my mind, conformity is doing everything […]Read More »

How to Build a Culture of Innovation

It would be nice if innovation culture happened naturally in your business. Everything would run smoothly, new ideas would be encouraged, and people would work together to communicate clearly, positively, and respectfully. Unfortunately, it rarely happens that easily. Building a culture of innovation within your workplace is a deliberate process that requires your ongoing attention […]Read More »

5 Innovation Cultures and Lessons Learned from Them

In order to keep up with the rapidly changing landscape of the modern business world, great businesses must develop an innovation culture. Innovation culture is essential to the success of any company. It helps to create a company-wide attitude that encourages your team to take ownership of their ideas, invest themselves in the company’s success, […]Read More »

Innovation Culture: What Does it Mean and Why Does it Matter?

Innovation doesn’t happen on its own. If you truly want to innovate throughout your company, you must create a culture that encourages cooperation, rewards creativity, and fosters a positive working style that creates more opportunities for every individual. Culture is one of the 7 Immutable Laws of Innovation and the subject of my next several […]Read More »

Innovation in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities

While for centuries, Africa has been seen as the “dark continent,” it is quickly becoming a hotbed of innovation, and smart investors are taking notice. Many challenges remain, but it’s safe to say that the seed of innovation in Africa has been planted. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second […]Read More »

Developing Leadership Skills for Innovation: The Questions Strong Leaders Ask

Becoming an effective innovation leader is about more than just understanding the principles of leadership. If you’re trying to improve your innovation leadership skills, there are several questions you can ask yourself to see where you stand and how you are impacting your organization. Question #1: Am I involved at the ground level with my […]Read More »

Leadership Failures and the Innovation Lessons Learned

Individuals in a position of leadership have a heavy weight of responsibility on their shoulders, particularly when it comes to the innovation process. Breaking the laws of innovation can cause the entire process to crumble. Learning from the leadership failures of others can offer some insight into the challenges Some leaders, in fact, have gotten things […]Read More »

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