Blog

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.

Order By:

Categories:

Topics:

The Importance of Leadership in Fostering Organizational Innovation

The Importance of Leadership in Fostering Organizational Innovation

May 26, 2016 7:00 am

Any expert on the driving forces behind organizational innovation will tell you that leadership is one of the most important. In fact, I’ve discovered it to be one of the 7 Immutable Laws of Innovation, and a necessity for any institution looking to prioritize leadership.…

Finding Bubbles and Predicting the Burst

Finding Bubbles and Predicting the Burst

May 19, 2016 7:00 am

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.…

Resilient Innovation Processes: Improve Under Stress Instead of Breaking

Resilient Innovation Processes: Improve Under Stress Instead of Breaking

May 12, 2016 7:00 am

It’s times of stress that really test the strength or weakness of your organization. During stressful times, you learn what the people in your organization are made of—but also whether the systems, functions, and processes you’ve put in place are able to withstand the crises that inevitably come your way.…

Cognitive Bias and Innovation: How Can We Combat Instinct?

Cognitive Bias and Innovation: How Can We Combat Instinct?

May 5, 2016 7:00 am

When faced with a problem, what tools to we humans use to solve it? We might tap into past experience, prevailing trends, our perceptions of what would be safest or easiest, and gut-level instincts, to name a few.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

The German Innovation System and Its Challenges

The German Innovation System and Its Challenges

February 12, 2016 7:05 am

When one thinks of innovative nations, one of the first that comes to mind is Germany. The list of scientific discoveries, inventions, and technologies adapted and improved in Germany is breathtakingly long.…