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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.

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 »

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 »

How To Create Resilient Innovation Processes That Don't Fail When Stressed

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 »

How To Overcome Cognitive Bias And Habits ..

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 »

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