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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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To Innovate You Must Have A Beginners Mind S11 Ep15

To Innovate You Must Have A Beginners Mind S11 Ep15

June 29, 2015 6:00 am

A very brilliant professor was invited to see Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912) to inquire about zen. The professor bubbled with enthusiasm sharing his research and knowledge, the doctrines he had extensively studied, the sutras he knew by heart.…

Can’t Not Do Innovation S11 Ep14

Can’t Not Do Innovation S11 Ep14

June 22, 2015 6:00 am

There are moments in every innovator’s life when they become sure of the path that lies before them. An idea has come into their minds that they can’t escape.…

Creativity Through Restriction (Constraint Based Innovation) S11 Ep13

Creativity Through Restriction (Constraint Based Innovation) S11 Ep13

June 15, 2015 6:00 am

Creativity is usually associated with open spaces, uninhibited freedom, and a lack of anything to stifle expression. However, sometimes it can be beneficial, even essential, to build walls, make rules and impose constraints on ourselves in order to get our creativity flowing.…

Unintended Consequence That Became A Childhood Innovation S11 Ep12

Unintended Consequence That Became A Childhood Innovation S11 Ep12

June 8, 2015 6:00 am

In the middle of the second world war, James Wright was hard at work, trying to invent a synthetic rubber substitute. He was employed by the U.S.…

How To Achieve Your Innovation Goals S11 Ep11

How To Achieve Your Innovation Goals S11 Ep11

June 1, 2015 6:00 am

Everyone dreams of a better future. Some of those dreams are more commonplace, like getting a better job; while others are bigger challenges, such as creating something innovative that will change the world or writing a bestselling book.…

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.…