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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 »

Leaders in Innovation: How They're Creating Cultures of Creativity

June 2, 1868: the Union Army and the Confederates were locked in a brutal struggle for supremacy. One of most innovative leaders in American military history, Robert E. Lee, was bringing his forces into the North to try and end the war. His right flank advanced further into enemy territory. All that stood between the Confederates […]Read More »

The Importance of Leadership in Fostering Organizational Innovation

Any expert on the driving forces behind organizational innovation will tell you that leadership is one of the most important. In fact, I’ve discovered it to be one of the 7 Immutable Laws of Innovation, and a necessity for any institution looking to prioritize leadership. Over the next few weeks, I will dive into leadership’s […]Read More »

Finding Bubbles and Predicting the Burst

Many innovators and entrepreneurs have dozens of ideas every day for the perfect new business. They’re sure that this is the next big thing, that this idea will outlast the competition. Unfortunately, some of those ideas may fall prey to the “bubble” problem: they begin quickly, expand rapidly, and burst just as fast, leaving their […]Read More »

Resilient Innovation Processes: Improve Under Stress Instead of Breaking

It’s times of stress that really test the strength or weakness of your organization. During stressful times, you learn what the people in your organization are made of—but also whether the systems, functions, and processes you’ve put in place are resilient to withstand the crises that inevitably come your way. Industry shifts, market downturns, unexpected competitors: […]Read More »

Cognitive Biases and Innovation: How Can We Combat Instinct?

When faced with a problem, what tools to we humans use to solve it? We might tap into past experience, prevailing trends, our perceptions of what would be safest or easiest, and gut-level instincts, to name a few. These are cognitive biases—and while they’re good tools in the right situations, they often work against us […]Read More »

The Top 5 Skills Every Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) Needs

Innovate or die—it’s a common refrain, and more and more organizations are taking it to heart and proactively pursuing innovation programs rather than waiting for innovation to happen. As a result, it’s becoming more and more common for businesses to have someone in their ranks with the title of chief innovation officer (CINO). I’ve already […]Read More »

Design Thinking and Innovation: A Real Life Example

What is design thinking? How does it contribute to innovation? Are design and innovation fundamentally integrated? In a nutshell, design thinking is problem-solving that uses design principles: human-centered ideation, pattern recognition, marrying meaning to function, and prototyping. There aren’t necessarily an orderly set of steps, but there are three major spaces, according to IDEO, who […]Read More »

Who Is The Driving Force Behind Creative Change?

There are so many stories of important innovations arising from serendipity, sudden bursts of inspiration, and lone geniuses going from idea to execution in their garages. In reality, though, innovation isn’t a magical process: sudden bursts of inspiration can certainly be important, but it takes a whole lot of hard work to get from there […]Read More »

What Is The Silicon Valley Secret Sauce For Innovation Success?

There’s plenty of advice out there about how to make it in Silicon Valley. Some things are required for innovation success anywhere in the world, but the valley is a special place with different rules. As someone who’s spent a lot of time there, I think there are a few important elements to Silicon Valley’s […]Read More »

Why Can't University Research Return An ROI?

When it comes to university research and innovation, it’s well known that funding is becoming scarcer and researchers are under a lot of pressure to produce important findings. But what doesn’t get talked about too often is how research universities can make their funding really count. While university research can produce very important discoveries, it […]Read More »

How to Nurture Creativity in Your Kids

Every parent believes their child is special and gifted from the moment they hold their little bundle of joy in their arms marveling at the miracle they created. But as they grow, it’s easy to lose sight of that amazement as everyday tasks take over: eating and sleeping, school, after-school activities, homework. But in order […]Read More »

8 Tips for Dealing with Rejection

As an entrepreneur and innovator, you’re bound to face rejection in your career. No matter what you do, rejection is part of life—whether it’s the job you didn’t get, the college that didn’t accept you, or the girl that you asked out and didn’t give you the response you were hoping for. It’s a necessary […]Read More »

Six Strategies to Lead Innovation from the Top

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. How he’ll perform as a CEO for one of the more troubled airlines in operation today is […]Read More »

If You Want To Innovate Then Avoid The Herd: Groupthink Leads to Bad Decisions

Research on small groups has found that people in groups tend to “like” people who are most like them. They tend to establish norms or limits to behavior to make sure similarity and harmony is nurtured or even enforced. This normal group behavior (groupthink) can turn into a problem, however, because breakaway ideas that may […]Read More »

Neurodiversity and Innovation: The Benefits of Hiring Employees Who Break the Mold

Today, a diverse workplace is not only common, it’s a requirement. While racial and gender diversity are givens, there’s also an important new frontier: neurodiversity. A neurodiverse workplace provides new talent opportunities for those previously deemed unemployable, and more importantly, it provides workplaces with new perspectives and ways of thinking that spur more creative solutions […]Read More »

The German Innovation System and Its Challenges

When one thinks of innovative nations, one of the first that comes to mind is Germany. The list of scientific discoveries, inventions, and technologies adapted and improved in Germany is breathtakingly long. The innovations include aspirin, morphine, the modern assault rifle, the smart card, the printing press, coal liquefaction, and much more besides. Innovation is nothing […]Read More »

Israel: An Unlikely Innovation Capital

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. Israel ranks fifth on the Bloomberg Innovation Index, behind South Korea, Japan, […]Read More »

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

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. Nokia’s story is an unfortunate one, which I’ve discussed before. But the really interesting part is how Finland recovered from that crisis: the various efforts that have […]Read More »

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