The Recipe for Innovation Success

Success in innovation isn’t going to happen overnight, nor does it happen as a matter of chance. There’s nothing preordained about successful innovation. There are a number of factors that can contribute to the ultimate success or failure of your latest idea, but the basic formula that I’ve learned over the years is: success = idea […]

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What is the linkage between travel and creativity that inspired Hemingway, Twain and others?

What is it about travel that has developed a reputation for increasing creativity within an already-flexible mind? Many sources reference Hemingway, Twain, and others as traveling creators – that is, authors who did some of their best work during or following international travel. Something about the travel process, therefore, sparks the creative mind in a […]

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Why is Slack Time So Important to Innovation?

In the modern workplace, it seems time is one of the most precious commodities – and getting scarcer by the day. Employees are encouraged to work from the moment they sit down at their desks until the moment they clock out, with minimal breaks in between. Sometimes, even bathroom breaks and opportunities to get up […]

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Overcome Habituation by Hearing the Background Noise

You might miss the next game-changing innovation because you don’t see it. Maybe you don’t see the problem anymore. Maybe you’ve been desensitized by habituation – you’re so used to the world as it is that you can’t distinguish the idea from the background noise. You go on with your activities and could be missing […]

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Create Opportunity: On Malcolm Gladwell, Impressionism, and Being a Big Fish in a Small Pond

Who isn’t familiar with the Impressionists?  Most of us, no matter how little we may know about art, have heard of Monet and Renoir.  Impressionism makes an impact on the human psyche with its sublime, colorful landscapes and distinctive human subjects.  It’s not an exact representation of the world, but rather a rendition of the […]

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A Bizarre New Perspective on Brainstorm

We’ve all been in a meeting where we were asked to brainstorm.  The concept is familiar. Everyone involved writes out everything they can think of on the given topic, even if it seems strange, silly, or not quite practical, because sometimes, as we let our brains really run, we come across a solution or idea that […]

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Learn the magic behind the innovations of Silicon Valley from the Innovation Boot Camp

Many governments and organizations have wanted to unravel the magic behind the innovations of Silicon Valley so that they can take it back and re-create its success. After my many years of working and innovating in the valley, I’ve learned that there isn’t a one size fits all way to re-create the valley.  You can’t read […]

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Simple invention solves annoying problem in the game of golf

We all have pet-peeves, those small things that annoy us or seem unnecessarily complicated.  What if instead of letting your aggravation build up, you used obnoxious things in life to inspire you to create, innovate and strategize? Event for something like the game of golf. That’s exactly what Aran Aleamoni did, when he created a […]

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5 Great Reasons to Ask Questions

In a world where customers have access to an almost unlimited number of products, most of which they may not even use, it becomes even more important to differentiate yourself in order to draw attention to what you might have to offer.  How can you make a customer’s life easier, better or more interesting?  Why should they […]

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Do we really understand what it means to be creative?

Creativity is that which separates human beings from beasts. It is more than just building a tool or expressing one’s “self” or drawing a picture. The ability to be creative involves an understanding of nature that we then change and adapt based on our needs or to solve a problem. An educational process should involve encouraging […]

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