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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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Be Unreasonable And Change The World S11 Ep19

Be Unreasonable And Change The World S11 Ep19

July 27, 2015 6:00 am

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him… The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself… All progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw This weeks show was broadcast live from the Unreasonable Institute in Boulder, Colorado.…

Overcome Habituation by Hearing the Background Noise

Overcome Habituation by Hearing the Background Noise

July 23, 2015 8:00 am

You might miss the next game-changing innovation because you don’t see it. Maybe you don’t see the problem anymore. Maybe you’ve been desensitized – you’re so used to the world as it is that you can’t distinguish the figure from the ground.…

Doing The Impossible S11 Ep18

Doing The Impossible S11 Ep18

July 20, 2015 6:00 am

“It’s kind of fun doing the impossible” ~ Walt Disney Doing The Impossible Have you ever felt like you did something that others said couldn’t be done?…

Perseverance and Pivots S11 Ep17

Perseverance and Pivots S11 Ep17

July 14, 2015 6:00 am

Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. ~ Winston Churchill
Perseverance and Pivots When we first come up with what we think is a great idea, we have a clear vision of how things are going to go.…

Killer Innovations Is Now A Syndicated Talk Radio Show

Killer Innovations Is Now A Syndicated Talk Radio Show

July 9, 2015 1:30 pm

When I started the podcast, I had no idea where that path would lead me. Over the 11 years, the show has gone through a number of transitions.…

You Were Born To Innovate S11 Ep16

You Were Born To Innovate S11 Ep16

July 6, 2015 6:00 am

It’s really astounding how many people I meet who tell me, “I’m not creative” or “I wasn’t born an innovator.” How many times have you told yourself this story?…

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?…