The Top 5 Skills Every Chief Innovation Officer Needs

The Top 5 Skills Every Chief Innovation Officer Needs

April 28, 2016 7:00 am

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.…

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Design Thinking and Innovation: A Real Life Example

Design Thinking and Innovation: A Real Life Example

April 21, 2016 7:00 am

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.…

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Who Is The Driving Force Behind Creative Change?

Who Is The Driving Force Behind Creative Change?

April 14, 2016 7:00 am

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.…

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What Is The Silicon Valley Secret Sauce For Innovation Success?

What Is The Silicon Valley Secret Sauce For Innovation Success?

April 7, 2016 7:00 am

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.…

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Why Can’t Universities Get A Return On Their Research?

Why Can’t Universities Get A Return On Their Research?

March 31, 2016 7:00 am

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.…

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How to Nurture Creativity in Your Kids

How to Nurture Creativity in Your Kids

March 24, 2016 7:00 am

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.…

8 Tips for Dealing with Rejection

8 Tips for Dealing with Rejection

March 17, 2016 7:00 am

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.…

Six Strategies to Lead Innovation from the Top

Six Strategies to Lead Innovation from the Top

March 3, 2016 7:05 am

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.…

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

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

February 25, 2016 9:46 am

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.…

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

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

February 18, 2016 7:50 am

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 and innovations.…

Innovation Mentor vs. Innovation Coach: Which Do You Need?

Innovation Mentor vs. Innovation Coach: Which Do You Need?

January 21, 2016 7:50 am

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.…

How Competition and Gamification Can Spur Innovation

How Competition and Gamification Can Spur Innovation

January 7, 2016 12:57 pm

  The concept of gamification is increasingly popular as a means of motivating employees, increasing productivity, and moving ideas forward. This trend is one driving force behind the proliferation of innovation competitions around the world, but it’s also true that these kinds of competitions aren’t anything new.…

Help Bring Innovation And Entrepreneurship To Africa

Help Bring Innovation And Entrepreneurship To Africa

December 31, 2015 8:59 am

Each year, we select one charity to donate 100% of the author royalties from my book along with 100% of the profits from the sales from our store Innovation.Tools.…

Short-Term Thinking is a Barrier to Innovation in America’s Private Sector

Short-Term Thinking is a Barrier to Innovation in America’s Private Sector

December 17, 2015 8:30 am

  Over the past few weeks, I’ve been discussing the innovation problem America faces and its various points of origin, from our education system to government initiatives.…

The Innovative CEO: How to Lead Innovation from the Top

The Innovative CEO: How to Lead Innovation from the Top

December 10, 2015 8:05 am

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.…