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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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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.…

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.…