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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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What Dissonance Teaches Us About Innovation S11 Ep10

What Dissonance Teaches Us About Innovation S11 Ep10

May 25, 2015 6:00 am

A music theory book might seem like an unusual place to find inspiration for innovative thinking, but there is a musical principle that provides a useful metaphor for how innovators find inspiration – and also happens to separate the great composers from the mediocre ones.…

5 Innovation Blind Spots That Killed Nokia and Kodak S11 Ep9

5 Innovation Blind Spots That Killed Nokia and Kodak S11 Ep9

May 18, 2015 6:00 am

  When the mantra “innovate or die” is invoked, two companies who are often mentioned as examples are Nokia and Kodak. But in what ways, exactly, did these two companies fail to innovate?…

Lucid Dream and Creativity S11 Ep8

Lucid Dream and Creativity S11 Ep8

May 11, 2015 6:00 am

In the 1984 movie “Dreamscape” starring Dennis Quaid and Christopher Plummer , government researchers found a way to have people join another persons dream and then actively participate, and in some case disrupt it.…

Innovation From Repurposing S11 Ep7

Innovation From Repurposing S11 Ep7

May 4, 2015 6:00 am

If you look up the Merriam-Webster’s definition, it says that innovation is “the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices, or methods.” However, in a world of continuous technological and ideological advancement, how much is really new?…

12 Tips on Innovation from Elon Musk’s Twitter Feed S11 Ep6

12 Tips on Innovation from Elon Musk’s Twitter Feed S11 Ep6

April 27, 2015 6:00 am

For many innovators, making a splash through social media is the subject of long thought and a lot of trial and error. On the other hand, innovators like Elon Musk tend to have the Midas touch when it comes to combining innovation and social media.…

Innovation From Associative Fluency S11 Ep5

Innovation From Associative Fluency S11 Ep5

April 20, 2015 6:00 am

Everyone knows of the old saying “Great minds think alike,” usually said as a kind of joke when two people have the same idea at the same time.…

Innovation From Frustration S11 Ep4

Innovation From Frustration S11 Ep4

April 13, 2015 6:00 am

Had enough of Barbie’s Dream House? Ever wonder why dolls and tiaras and pink party dresses fill the “girl” aisles of the toy store? After one such stroll down the isle with one of my grand daughters, I was reminded about the stereotypical thinking around “girl tech”.…

Innovation Bravery S11 Ep3

Innovation Bravery S11 Ep3

April 6, 2015 6:00 am

Do you consider yourself a brave person? A person of courage and conviction in the face of a challenge? Most of us don’t, but as an innovator, you practice bravery every day.…

Preparing the Next Generation of Innovators: 3 Critical Skills S11 Ep2

Preparing the Next Generation of Innovators: 3 Critical Skills S11 Ep2

March 30, 2015 6:00 am

A few years back, I was invited to participate in a meeting with leaders from the US Department of Education. Others in attendance at the meeting included university presidents, representatives from the teacher unions and a handful of others.…

Innovation From Boredom

Innovation From Boredom

March 22, 2015 12:01 am

It might happen while you’re taking your morning shower, or maybe you’re in the middle of your morning commute when a flash of creativity strikes: a great idea for a mobile app, a way to hack your Ikea bookshelf to solve a pressing storage problem or a brand new business idea.…

What’s next for the Killer Innovations Podcast?

What’s next for the Killer Innovations Podcast?

January 19, 2015 6:01 am

My guess is that you didn’t expect to hear from me today. I know its been way too long since the last podcast – 5 months to be exact.…

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

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

January 5, 2015 6:12 am

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 way we process the world.…

What Can Children Teach Us About Creativity?

What Can Children Teach Us About Creativity?

December 1, 2014 7:08 am

Some adults tend to think that creativity is something you are born with. But, the truth is we are all creative. If your creativity seems to be at a stand still, I invite you to think about what we can learn about creativity by observing children.…

A Bizarre New Perspective on Brainstorms

A Bizarre New Perspective on Brainstorms

October 7, 2014 9:56 am

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 just works.…

What is the magic behind the innovations of Silicon Valley?

What is the magic behind the innovations of Silicon Valley?

October 2, 2014 2:15 pm

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.…