Six Practices of Successful Innovators

Innovations surround us.  Things we enjoy and rely on everyday are thanks to successful innovators.  These are people who had an idea and, through hard work and creativity, turned it into an amazing innovation.  In what ways did these people think differently? What practices made them successful? Many factors come into play to bring an […]

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The Innovators Network: Winning In The Emerging Innovation Economy

Evidence that the innovation economy is taking over is all around us. With the innovation we carry in our pocket, to the newest and lasted technology we have in our cars, to the smart thermostats we have in our smart houses — innovation is everywhere. These new innovation, and the ideas that sparked them, are […]

Impatient Innovators: 5 Hurried Innovations That Failed

The Law of Patience: Failures

Being told to “have patience” can be a major buzz kill when it comes to pursuing potentially innovative ideas. Nobody wants to hear that they’ll need to wait to see their innovations take hold and achieve success. Businesses have a schedule and a budget. They have investors and stakeholders. There are expectations. But Warren Bennis […]

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

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. But Congress nixed the idea and […]

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

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. But the other secret is the ability to adapt to changing circumstances and constantly improve that product or service to stay ahead […]

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

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 […]

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Post-It Notes: 4 Lessons for Innovators

I love the behind-the-scenes story of Post-it notes. How many of these little, yellow sorta-stickies are flagged around your house or your office? Did you know they were originally a mistake? A very very fortunate mistake. As the story goes, Spencer Silver was a chemist and a very smart man. In 1968, he worked in the […]

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Two views of what it means to be an innovator. Where do you fit in?

What is it that makes an individual an innovator? Brenna Sniderman, who writes for Forbes Insights decided to check this out for herself for her article,The Five Personalities of Innovators: Which One Are You? She states “it is not that “ah ha” moment, it’s about the nitty-gritty work that comes after the idea:  getting it accepted and implemented.” […]

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Lion Lights: A Young Innovator Creates A Creative Solution to the Lions

At this years TED conference in Longbeach, I heard an amazing story of a young innovator creating a creative solution. Richard Turere was nine-years-old when he was put in charge of his father’s cattle in Kitengela, just south of the Nairobi National Park in Kenya. This was no small chore, considering his Masai community’s ongoing trouble with […]

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Are you an innovator?

At Forbes.com, Clayton Christensen authored an article that gives his perspective on what an organization needs to be doing to consider themselves as “innovating”.  The questions that Clayton posed were: 1. Do I have a balanced portfolio with different types of growth stratagies? 2. Have I allocated resouces to achieve a balanced innovation portfolio? 3. […]