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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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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.…

What innovation can you leverage from military bombing to kill bacteria and viruses in the human body?

What innovation can you leverage from military bombing to kill bacteria and viruses in the human body?

September 30, 2014 9:45 am

Gizmodo recently reported that some researchers at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense are working on a new way to attack bacteria and viruses in the human body using buckyballs.…

Killer Idea: Simple invention solves annoying problem in the game of golf

Killer Idea: Simple invention solves annoying problem in the game of golf

September 22, 2014 8:59 am

We all have pet-peeves, those small things that annoy us or seem unnecessarily complicated.  What if instead of letting your aggravation build up, you used obnoxious things in life to inspire you to create, innovate and strategize?…

5 Great Reasons to Ask Questions

5 Great Reasons to Ask Questions

September 15, 2014 8:54 am

In a world where customers have access to an almost unlimited number of products, most of which they may not even use, it becomes even more important to differentiate yourself in order to draw attention to what you might have to offer.  How can you make a customer’s life easier, better or more interesting?  Why should they choose you?  These are questions that companies tend to ask in order to sell their products.…

A Killer Idea: Licensing an innovation back to the original innovator

A Killer Idea: Licensing an innovation back to the original innovator

August 25, 2014 7:08 am

The innovation of inflatable space station modules, now being developed by Bigelow Aerospace as the basis of a commercial space station, has a strange history. The concept was actually developed by NASA as part of a project called Transhab, which contemplated attaching inflatable modules to what would later become the International Space Station.…

Do we really understand what it means to be creative?

Do we really understand what it means to be creative?

August 18, 2014 10:18 am

Creativity is that which separates human beings from beasts. It is more than just building a tool or expressing one’s “self” or drawing a picture. The ability to be creative involves an understanding of nature that we then change and adapt based on our needs or to solve a problem.…

A Killer Innovation: A Microscope that Fits in Your Shirt Pocket

A Killer Innovation: A Microscope that Fits in Your Shirt Pocket

August 11, 2014 8:03 am

When Manu Prakash took his idea to Bill and Melinda Gates, he probably encountered no small amount of skepticism.  His innovation?  A paper microscope that weighs less than a few coins, fits in your pocket and costs about one dollar to manufacture.…