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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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Is anything truly original?

Is anything truly original?

July 21, 2014 7:09 am

In a recent discussion among patent attorneys and engineers, the question was asked about the requirement of originality before something can be issued a patent. Younger engineers tend to have the belief that only truly original ideas can be patented.…

Henry Ford almost lost it all by not recognizing that an innovators job is never done

Henry Ford almost lost it all by not recognizing that an innovators job is never done

July 16, 2014 7:04 am

One of the secrets to being an innovator is the ability to ferret out the unspoken needs and unspoken wants of a customer and then develop a product or service that fills it.…

How do you find that next killer idea? Observe potential customers and ask questions

How do you find that next killer idea? Observe potential customers and ask questions

July 9, 2014 11:16 am

Over the last few months, I started to post selected excerpts from my book, Beyond The Obvious.  This weeks post takes a look at how to identify ideas that could lead to billion dollar innovations.…

Is the fear of failure killing your creativity and hindering your success?

Is the fear of failure killing your creativity and hindering your success?

July 7, 2014 7:09 am

If you look at any of your favorite creative projects, you will see a polished gem staring you in the face.  And this is where most people stop.  The final product is so amazing that it intimidates them.…

Is STEM enough to make innovators?

Is STEM enough to make innovators?

June 30, 2014 7:04 am

Is STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) the answer to preparing our kids to be the innovators of the future? That’s the question I was recently asked during the Q&A session at the end of a speech.…

Did you know that brandy was the unintended consequence of a medieval tax dodge?

Did you know that brandy was the unintended consequence of a medieval tax dodge?

June 23, 2014 7:02 am

Brandy is a distilled drink made from wine, though some forms are created from mash made from fruits other than grapes. Some brandies are aged in wooden casks.…

Innovation: Does Your Organization Have The Willingness and Ability?

Innovation: Does Your Organization Have The Willingness and Ability?

June 16, 2014 9:11 am

Companies depend on the ability to innovate in order to remain competitive. Traditionally, we consider innovation to involve fun and creativity. However, innovation can be hard work requiring both a willingness and an ability to generate ideas.…

An innovation that could make the washer, the dryer, and the Laundromat obsolete

An innovation that could make the washer, the dryer, and the Laundromat obsolete

June 9, 2014 7:02 am

Right now it is just a design concept, but the Luna Wash, created by Juan Camilo Restrepo Villamizar for 2014’s Electrolux Design Challenge may be just the innovation that makes the washer, the dryer, and the laundromat obsolete.…

The unintended consequence of a headache cure invented one of the most popular products in the world

The unintended consequence of a headache cure invented one of the most popular products in the world

June 2, 2014 10:26 am

Coca Cola is the most famous soft drink in existence and has penetrated almost every corner of the globe. What many do not know that it started as the unintended consequence when someone was attempting to invent a headache cure.…

An innovator may have just cured diabetes with the help of US taxpayers

An innovator may have just cured diabetes with the help of US taxpayers

May 29, 2014 7:03 am

Most people, at least outside of science circles, have never heard of Dr. Taylor Wang, an innovator and the founder of a company called Encapsulife. That may be about to change. According to a recent story in National Review, a device the company has just patented, known broadly as the “Wang Patch,” may provide an effective cure for diabetes, which would create a huge market for an implantable medical device that would alleviate the suffering of millions of Americans and wipe out hundreds of billions of dollars in health care costs.…

Does it count when old ideas become new ideas?

Does it count when old ideas become new ideas?

May 20, 2014 1:42 pm

In the world of innovation, it can be hard to come up with new ideas. It seems like no matter what you think you’ve dreamed up, someone else has had that same dream.…

Four companies who are using innovation to feed the world’s millions

Four companies who are using innovation to feed the world’s millions

May 12, 2014 11:09 am

Innovation is all about significantly improving the world through a new idea or product.  With my move to Colorado and my 35 acre “ranch”, I’ve gotten back into looking at the intersection of innovation and agriculture. Feeding the world’s millions as well as protecting the environment are major areas of concern for both underprivileged and privileged nations.…

Military technology innovations to create the Navy of the future

Military technology innovations to create the Navy of the future

May 5, 2014 9:29 am

It is no secret that a major source of innovation throughout history has been in the military. Researchers are always in the hunt to develop technologies to better wage war and prevail against an enemy.…

Can Over Protecting New Ideas Kill Them?

Can Over Protecting New Ideas Kill Them?

April 28, 2014 7:13 am

Many conceptualize brilliant new ideas as singular products that drop in, seemingly from outer-space. Some call them Aha! Moments, Epiphanies, and Flashes of Insight. Writer Steven Johnson disagrees. In a July 2010 TED Talk, Johnson describes important breakthrough ideas as networks that patch together slowly, sometimes lingering in the backs of minds for decades until the right intersection of circumstances reveals them.…

Are inventions at risk to cyber attacks?

Are inventions at risk to cyber attacks?

April 21, 2014 7:46 am

New inventions are the source of the exciting changes we see in technology, media, transportation, and pretty much every aspect of our lives.  Could the process of turning an idea into a real life-changing invention be at risk?…