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 […]

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Innovation Mentoring vs. Innovation Coaching: Which Do You Need?

Mentoring is certainly not a new concept. In fact, the name comes from a character named “Mentor” in Homer’s Odyssey. He was a trusted advisor to Odysseus’ son. Even though its roots run back thousands of years, however, the recent growth of social learning has given rise to a boom in mentoring and coaching programs. […]

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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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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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Can The Right Questions Unlock Your Creative Process?

All of us could use a little creativity in our life.  Regardless of what you do for a living, at some point in your work you will have to develop a creative process to move your business forward.  Of course, unless you specifically identify as a creative person, you may feel intimidated by the whole thing. It’s […]

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Great Innovations From Asking the Right Questions

Innovation is not about solving just any problem but about knowing which problems to solve. We discovery the right problem by asking the right questions.  There are a number of inflection points in history in which a brilliant person took a popularly held assumption – even one that is totally counter-intuitive – and changed it by […]

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Can you teach yourself to avoid doing the obvious?

The problem that many business people, entrepreneurs, and would-be innovators suffer from is our inability escape from our past. Simply put, we are all shaped by our past experiences, whether good or bad. We look at the end results of these experiences—“this idea worked”; “this idea failed”— and consciously or unconsciously turn these results into the […]

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Help Create The 12 Killer Questions To Innovate US Education

I’ve been asked (more like challenged) to create a dozen or so killer questions that could be used by teachers, schools, districts, state education agencies, federal agencies, etc. to help  innovate the educational system in the US.  I took up the challenge as a “pay it forward” project to help the officials think differently about […]

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