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Creating ideas that become breakthrough innovations is the key to staying ahead in a rapidly changing world. It seems so basic. Why is it so hard to actually get right? The real problem is that 95% of us of have never been taught how to be innovative. Phil’s mission is to help innovators become better at innovating. It doesn’t matter if you work for a Fortune 500 or a one-person start-up, this blog will help you learn, practice and become proficient at innovating the next great idea. Additional content on innovation and creativity can be found in Phil’s award wining podcast, Killer Innovations.

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

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

January 28, 2016 6:02 am

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.…

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.…

So what do I really think about Carly?

So what do I really think about Carly?

December 4, 2015 7:00 am

Since the launch of the presidential election season, I’ve been asked the same two questions almost daily from reporters, CEO’s, co-workers, members of my church, etc. and they tend go like this ..…

Innovation in America: How the Government Helps and Hurts

Innovation in America: How the Government Helps and Hurts

November 19, 2015 7:05 am

Formerly a global hotbed of innovation, the United States in recent years and decades has regressed back to the mean as several other countries are catching up.…

200 Years of Great Ideas and Hard Work Led To the Overnight Success of Your Smartphone

200 Years of Great Ideas and Hard Work Led To the Overnight Success of Your Smartphone

November 6, 2015 9:00 am

As I discussed in a previous post, the basic components of success are the idea, hard work, timing, and maybe a little bit of luck. Here, we’ll look at how that formula worked to create the massive success of the modern cell phone.…

Innovation in America: How Our Education System Hampers Creativity

Innovation in America: How Our Education System Hampers Creativity

October 29, 2015 7:20 am

I outlined it in a previous post: America has an innovation problem. Once regarded as a nation of innovators and entrepreneurial spirits, the United States are on track to fall behind nations like China and Japan on metrics like R&D spending and technology innovation.…

Stop the Negativity: Become an Anti-Critic

Stop the Negativity: Become an Anti-Critic

October 22, 2015 6:29 am

It’s an unfortunate fact that the world is full of critics who feel that it’s their place to put others down left and right, based on their ideas, actions, and even personal beliefs.…

America’s Innovation Problem and How We Can Solve It

America’s Innovation Problem and How We Can Solve It

October 15, 2015 7:11 am

The United States used to be the undisputed global leader in innovation. In the past, we put a large portion of our considerable economic power behind research and development, with the goal of becoming and remaining the most innovative country in the world.…

The Recipe for Innovation Success

The Recipe for Innovation Success

September 24, 2015 11:50 am

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 + hard work + timing + luck.…

9 Daily Exercises that I Do to Keep My Creative Muscle in Shape

9 Daily Exercises that I Do to Keep My Creative Muscle in Shape

September 10, 2015 8:05 am

No matter what profession you’re in, it’s important that you’re able to think creatively and look at your work with fresh eyes every day. Unfortunately, however, it may feel like a challenge to constantly be at the top of your game.…

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

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

September 3, 2015 8:05 am

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.…