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Government Innovations: Past, Present, and Future

The world is moving forward. Some countries get left behind, while some move ahead. The deciding factor is not which country has the most intelligent residents. There has, in fact, been example after example of people of all different nationalities creating impactful innovations. The deciding factor, in actuality, is the support innovative individuals and businesses […]Read More »

10 Colleges That Offer Innovation Majors

Innovation is currently one of the most sought-after qualities in business. Yet it's also elusive. How do you encourage innovative and creative thinking in yourself and others? One approach is to study it in college. Yes, there are now colleges and universities that offer degree programs that award innovation majors. Here are 10 colleges where […]Read More »

8 High Schoolers Who Are Inventing The Future

The play instinct is something that everyone is born with. From a young age we want to explore, create, and have fun. However, some people become very good at honing this skill, at playing and fiddling so creatively that they develop revolutionary technologies. Sometimes these discoveries can come later in life, but many times it […]Read More »

Government Funding: Does It Help Or Hurt Innovation?

Governments around the world are beginning to see just how much the everyday citizen, the small business owner, or a startup can change the world. They understand that it is no longer just the Walmarts and BPs of every industry that have a significant impact on the economy. Innovators can pop up out of anywhere, […]Read More »

Be Willing To Be Weird

Below is the video and transcript for my commencement speech at ITU last month. The topic of the speech was on the entanglement of fear, failure and conformity. To be successful, we all must be willing to be weird. Be different. Use our creativity to win in the emerging creative economy. Note: The following transcript […]Read More »

How NASA Technology has Turned Into Innovation for Many

Successful governments look to the future. They innovate. They find ways to make things more efficient, both in terms of time and in terms of money. Sometimes they develop incredible products that work better than they could have ever imagined, and used more widely than originally planned for. The products are so revolutionary that they […]Read More »

Innovation by Design: When Bad Designs Lead To Failed Innovations

Innovation is a process. It’s not just an idea that turns into a revolutionary product and changes the world. It takes work, trial and error, and most of all, design. Design can be the difference between a product, service, or experience that alters the way people live, and something that is forgotten quicker than it […]Read More »

Innovation by Design: What Is It & Why Does It Matter?

Innovation is what drives the world forward. It is what heals illnesses, protects individuals from danger, and makes life easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable. However, innovation does not just happen. It takes a catalyst, and one of the most robust catalysts for innovation is design. It moves an idea smoothly along its journey from […]Read More »

Ingenuity in Action: 3 Companies That Inspire Us to Think Outside the Box

Businesses do not become leaders of their industry by sticking to the norm. In order to climb to the top, it takes a little (or even a lot) of creativity and ingenuity. It requires businesses to think outside of the box. Let’s take a look at three companies that have done just that.      1. […]Read More »

8 Bad Habits That Impact Your Creativity

Learning to think creatively is a critical part of creating change within your industry that could go on to change the world. If you've been chugging along using the same routine you've always used and stumbling past opportunities to be creative, make sure that you aren't engaging in these eight bad habits that will negatively […]Read More »

10 Ways to Unleash Your Creativity Today

If you want to make your business as innovative as possible, you need lots of creativity and ingenuity. But how do you harness these qualities? Many people struggle to come up with creative new ideas or to think in untraditional ways. Here are some clear and actionable techniques to unleash your creativity in business and […]Read More »

Innovation in the Classroom: Why Education Needs to Be More Innovative

Education is the foundation of our economy. What (and how) we learn in school determines who we become as individuals and our success throughout our lives. It informs how we solve problems, how we work with others, and how we look at the world around us. In today’s innovation economy, education becomes even more important […]Read More »

The Future of Innovation: Where Creativity Meets Data

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle developed one of the most creative fictional characters of all time, a character that inspires remake after remake in movies, television shows, and books. People can’t get enough of Sherlock Holmes. But the reason that Doyle was able to captivate audiences with Holmes is because of his research and data. He […]Read More »

The Economics of Innovation: Valuing Innovation as an Intangible Asset

The Austrian-born American economist, writer, and business consultant Peter Drucker wrote these words almost a half-century ago, and they still ring true today. Drucker had his finger on the pulse of corporate evolution and lived to see the truth of his words play out in global economic trends. “Although the pace may differ,” the OECD […]Read More »

Are You Ready to Thrive in the Innovation Economy?

Henry Ford: the man, the myth, the legend. Ford was an innovator. He pushed society forward, not only with the original American automobile, but also with an energized way to mass produce in the assembly line. He was able to make his ideas become realities because of his mindset to surround himself with dreamers and […]Read More »

Building a Business That Booms in the Innovation Economy

When Gary Hamel says, “Jump,” businesses ask, “How high?” Hamel is one of the greatest business thinkers of the present day, and the Wall Street Journal and Forbes agree. So when Hamel talks about how both business leaders and their teams need to be engaged in the innovation process in order thrive, we would all […]Read More »

The Innovators Network: Winning In The Emerging Innovation Economy

Evidence that the innovation economy is taking over is all around us. With the innovation we carry in our pocket, to the newest and lasted technology we have in our cars, to the smart thermostats we have in our smart houses — innovation is everywhere. These new innovation, and the ideas that sparked them, are […]Read More »

Understanding the Innovation Economy and Its Impact on Our World

As an influential business thinker and leader in innovative management strategy, Gary Hamel understands what it takes for modern businesses to succeed. It is no longer enough for a business to lean on their core competencies, making incremental improvements to maintain an edge on the competition. In order to be a true leader in any […]Read More »

The CEO Innovation Dilemma: Creating an Innovation Culture That Works

CEOs across America are facing a critical dilemma: how to keep up in today’s innovation economy. 97% of CEOs agree that innovation has grown increasingly important over the last 10 years, and 73% of those CEOs note that innovation plays an important role in determining the value of a company. The problem, however, is that […]Read More »

How to Implement the Law of Execution

Theodore Levitt, known for creating and popularizing business terms like ‘corporate purpose' and ‘globalization,' understood the necessity for balancing an innovation agenda with the operational agenda. He also understood that this balance doesn't come easy. The challenge is really two-fold. First, business leaders have to be willing to do things that they've never done before; […]Read More »

3 Examples of How Poor Business Execution Can Impact Innovation

Lee Iacocca has had a few brilliant ideas over the course of his career. He spearheaded the development of some of the most classic Ford cars, like the Pinto and the Mustang, which is just one of the many reasons he is seen as one of the greatest American CEOs of all time. But as […]Read More »

3 Innovative Companies That Understand How to Execute for Success

Jack Welch was the CEO of General Electric for two decades because he knew how to accomplish what he discussed above. He knew how to balance the execution of operational activities and innovative agendas. Not every business leader is able to do this, but there are a few who have. And those few have electrified […]Read More »

The Final Key to Innovation: Understanding the Law of Execution

Innovation can sometimes seem totally intangible. It’s easy enough to come up with an idea that you believe will change the world, or at least your industry. It is putting that idea into action that becomes another ballgame. Developing a real product or service that can be sold or put into practice is a daunting […]Read More »

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 »

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