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Generating and executing great ideas 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 organizations don’t teach innovation management as a foundational leadership skill. Phil’s mission is to help innovators become better at innovating. It doesn’t matter if you are a Fortune 500 or a one-person start-up, this blog will help you learn, practice and become proficient creating ideas that become killer innovations.

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Just imagine what you can do

Just imagine what you can do

April 16, 2014 8:11 am

Do you take the time to just imagine?
Yes, John Lennon had it right, and you can too.
 
It is the first step in any creative process. Without imagination, it would be sad to think where our world would be.… Read more ..,

Geoffrey Moore: What it takes to be an innovation leader

Geoffrey Moore: What it takes to be an innovation leader

April 14, 2014 7:55 am

 

This weeks Killer Innovations Podcast is a phone interview with Geoffrey Moore.
Geoffrey is an author, speaker, and advisor who splits his consulting time between start-up companies in the Mohr Davidow portfolio and established high-tech enterprises. Moore’s life’s work has focused on the market dynamics surrounding disruptive innovations.… Read more ..,

How cutting edge technology makes the familiar better

How cutting edge technology makes the familiar better

April 7, 2014 7:30 am

I’m amused by the different answers I get when I ask people what certain terms mean to them.  One example is “cutting edge” which is a term often used interchangeably with “state of the art”.… Read more ..,

How to invent opportunity with luck and innovation

How to invent opportunity with luck and innovation

March 31, 2014 7:42 am

Have you ever wondered what it takes to get opportunities out of thin air? You might think it takes a lot of good luck to come across them, but that’s not the case.… Read more ..,

Does Brainstorming Deserve its Bad Rap?

Does Brainstorming Deserve its Bad Rap?

March 24, 2014 7:51 am

In the last few years, brainstorming has been shot down, put down, and dismissed.  Why?
Since 1941, when Alex Osborn changed the culture of advertising with innovative, nonjudgmental thought-generating, brainstorming has been a major part of business.… Read more ..,

Are customers a source of ideas for innovation?

Are customers a source of ideas for innovation?

March 19, 2014 8:08 am

Of course, innovation should be customer focused. At a minimum, most companies will conduct a focus group, survey, or other market research periodically to gauge customer needs and wants.… Read more ..,

Hey, What’s the Big Idea?! Look for Answers From Your Employees Rather Than Outside Experts

Hey, What’s the Big Idea?! Look for Answers From Your Employees Rather Than Outside Experts

March 17, 2014 7:41 am

One old idea that continues to block the route to new ones is that only a certain echelon of an organization has the answers to business problems or the ability to divine “the next big idea“.… Read more ..,

Small Business Ideas That Went Big

Small Business Ideas That Went Big

March 10, 2014 7:03 am

Everyone has to start somewhere and this is often true with a small business. Starting off with small business ideas doesn’t have to stay small, however. There are many that can grow into giants.… Read more ..,

Rogue Rage: Four Questions to Transform Anger into Opportunity

Rogue Rage: Four Questions to Transform Anger into Opportunity

February 24, 2014 8:04 am

Every person and organization says they want to change, to innovate, to grow. In a fast-paced business environment, standing still might as well be moving backwards.… Read more ..,

Creativity in the Name of Social Change: Embrace Global Receives Social & Economic Innovations Award

Creativity in the Name of Social Change: Embrace Global Receives Social & Economic Innovations Award

February 18, 2014 8:21 am

When innovation meets a passion for social change, a little creativity can save a life… or millions. The latest reminder came from the co-founders at Embrace Global (Jane Chen, Rahul Panicker, Naganand Murty and Linus Liang) who were recently named winners of the 2013 Social & Economic Innovations Award from The Economist.… Read more ..,

Beyond The Obvious is Now Available in English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese

Beyond The Obvious is Now Available in English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese

February 12, 2014 8:31 am

Beyond The Obvious has now been released in:

Japanese (キラー・クエスチョン 常識の壁を超え、イノベーションを生み出す質問のシステム) Available at: Amazon.co.jp  or  7 Net Shopping

Korean (명백함을 뛰어넘는 아이디어 혁신 전략!) Available at: Daum  or  Kyobo

Chinese (创客学:苹果公司也在偷师的创新课) Available at: Amazon.cn ,   JD.com  or  dangdang

What I find interesting is how different the covers are in each country.… Read more ..,

A twist on creating a new business idea. Take something old and make it new again.

A twist on creating a new business idea. Take something old and make it new again.

February 10, 2014 7:38 am

What if your best new business idea is simply a way to make an old idea new again? That is the question asked by the drivers behind The Impossible Project, a leap of faith effort to bring back analog instant photography.… Read more ..,

Having Engaged Employees is an Essential Part of Innovation

Having Engaged Employees is an Essential Part of Innovation

February 3, 2014 8:19 am

It is hard to imagine that a company can be truly successful if its employees are not adequately motivated and engaged. When people are engaged in their work they take a personal interest in the success of their company.… Read more ..,

Five Steps to Avoid Burnout and Complete Your Project

Five Steps to Avoid Burnout and Complete Your Project

January 27, 2014 8:12 am

As much as we may eagerly anticipate the completion of a project, we would probably be lying if we did not admit to some burnout or fatigue along the way.… Read more ..,

Post-It Notes: 4 Lessons for Innovators

Post-It Notes: 4 Lessons for Innovators

January 20, 2014 7:46 am

I love the behind-the-scenes story of Post-it notes. How many of these little, yellow sorta-stickies are flagged around your house or your office? Did you know they were originally a mistake?… Read more ..,