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Everything I Learned About Ethics I Learned in Boy Scouts

Twelve words. Millions of 11-year-old boys, and now young girls, learn it when they join Boy Scouts. It was something that I had to memorize in order to earn my first step along the way to my Eagle Scout medal. Each weekly meeting started with everyone saying them aloud. We were expected to follow them […]Read More »

What Is Your Creative Inspiration?

I really enjoy getting behind this microphone. It is my personal creative outlet that is separate from the day job. What was it that got me to start back in 2005? Like all things, I got inspired. My inspiration was when my mentor, Bob Davis, lent me my first self-help set of cassette tapes created […]Read More »

Should You Use a Data-Driven Approach to Innovation?

The inspiration for innovation takes all forms. For some its music. For others its art. And for others its data. When I was CTO, Mark Hurd, the CEO at HP at the time, had a quote that was ingrained into everything the executive team did. The expectation was that as an executive you knew “your […]Read More »

What They Could Become

Great leaders – in business, government or society, know that when it comes to others, there is always more than meets the eye. Earl Nightingale once shared a story that reminds us to look beyond what we think is obvious. It seems that the NBC orchestra was about to be formed, David Sarnoff, chairman of […]Read More »

Want To Innovate? Just Do It!

Any writer, syndicated cartoonist, innovator or perhaps a podcast host; sooner or later will run into what some would call writers' block. They find themselves drawing a blank. They have a deadline rapidly approaching and they find themselves with nothing — not a single good idea. Writers Block It has happened to me more times […]Read More »

Be Brave To Innovate

Did you know the opposite of bravery is not cowardice? The opposite of bravery is conformity. Doing everything the same way that everybody else does it, being like everybody else, thinking the same way everybody else does. Conformity is the “safe” approach which actually puts us at more risk. It takes bravery to step out […]Read More »

Innovating With Fresh Eyes

I’ve been in the innovation game for more than 30 years. Hard to believe. With that many years comes loads of experience but also some downsides. As with most things, when you’ve done something for a long time, you tend to fall into a pattern – a rut. You use your experience to recognize a […]Read More »

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 […]Read More »

My TEDx Talk: Do you have Impostor Syndrome ... too?

What happens when you share the secret that has been feeding your impostor syndrome for more than 25 years? In this TEDx talk, I share a secret that I kept hidden for 25 years and the result of that secret being revealed on the front page of a national newspaper. Through this journey, I was forced […]Read More »

Inspiring Innovation: A 5 Minute Challenge

Inspiring innovation seems more like an art than any kind of skill or science. The sudden spark that results in an exciting new idea seems random – like it came out of the blue. Studies have shown what seems random was actually inspired by something your did, read or saw in the past. Inspiring Innovation […]Read More »

The Story Behind Smart Roadways May Surprise You

Need is the best driver of amazing innovations. The planet’s environment struggles with its resource limits. The need to be sustainable grows. Cities grow in size building the need for smart transportation.  At the intersection of sustainable and urban growth, amazing innovations reshape the way we get around and how we care for our planet. […]Read More »

How to Deal with Creative Burnout

Have you found yourself facing the impossible task of innovating another element for your business? Does your normally creative effort somehow seem like a chore? These are some of the signs that you may be facing creative burnout, a very real form of mental exhaustion caused by constant stress or psychological strain. In innovation, its […]Read More »

What Is Hot and Not For Innovations at CES 2018

Each year for the last decade or so, we put together a list of what will be the hot innovations for the coming year. This year, I've included what I think will be the innovations that will be over-hyped in 2018. so – here is my view of what will hot and not for innovations […]Read More »

8 Spinoffs Of NASA Innovations Impacting Your Everyday Life

Back in March, I covered some of my favorite spinoff  NASA innovations in this post. There, you will read about Ventricular Assistance Devices, highway grooving, memory foam, and water purification. It turns out that a number of readers of this blog are fans of NASA innovations and the impact they have had on our daily lives. […]Read More »

Government Innovations: Past, Present, and Future

The world is moving forward. Some countries get left behind, while some move ahead. The deciding factor is not which country has the most intelligent residents. There has, in fact, been example after example of people of all different nationalities creating impactful innovations. The deciding factor, in actuality, is the support innovative individuals and businesses […]Read More »

10 Colleges That Offer Innovation Majors

Innovation is currently one of the most sought-after qualities in business. Yet it's also elusive. How do you encourage innovative and creative thinking in yourself and others? One approach is to study it in college. Yes, there are now colleges and universities that offer degree programs that award innovation majors. Here are 10 colleges where […]Read More »

8 High Schoolers Who Are Inventing The Future

The play instinct is something that everyone is born with. From a young age we want to explore, create, and have fun. However, some people become very good at honing this skill, at playing and fiddling so creatively that they develop revolutionary technologies. Sometimes these discoveries can come later in life, but many times it […]Read More »

Government Funding: Does It Help Or Hurt Innovation?

Governments around the world are beginning to see just how much the everyday citizen, the small business owner, or a startup can change the world. They understand that it is no longer just the Walmarts and BPs of every industry that have a significant impact on the economy. Innovators can pop up out of anywhere, […]Read More »

Be Willing To Be Weird

Below is the video and transcript for my commencement speech at ITU last month. The topic of the speech was on the entanglement of fear, failure and conformity. To be successful, we all must be willing to be weird. Be different. Use our creativity to win in the emerging creative economy. Note: The following transcript […]Read More »

How NASA Technology has Turned Into Innovation for Many

Successful governments look to the future. They innovate. They find ways to make things more efficient, both in terms of time and in terms of money. Sometimes they develop incredible products that work better than they could have ever imagined, and used more widely than originally planned for. The products are so revolutionary that they […]Read More »

Innovation by Design: When Bad Designs Lead To Failed Innovations

Innovation is a process. It’s not just an idea that turns into a revolutionary product and changes the world. It takes work, trial and error, and most of all, design. Design can be the difference between a product, service, or experience that alters the way people live, and something that is forgotten quicker than it […]Read More »

Innovation by Design: What Is It & Why Does It Matter?

Innovation is what drives the world forward. It is what heals illnesses, protects individuals from danger, and makes life easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable. However, innovation does not just happen. It takes a catalyst, and one of the most robust catalysts for innovation is design. It moves an idea smoothly along its journey from […]Read More »

Ingenuity in Action: 3 Companies That Inspire Us to Think Outside the Box

Businesses do not become leaders of their industry by sticking to the norm. In order to climb to the top, it takes a little (or even a lot) of creativity and ingenuity. It requires businesses to think outside of the box. Let’s take a look at three companies that have done just that.      1. […]Read More »

8 Bad Habits That Impact Your Creativity

Learning to think creatively is a critical part of creating change within your industry that could go on to change the world. If you've been chugging along using the same routine you've always used and stumbling past opportunities to be creative, make sure that you aren't engaging in these eight bad habits that will negatively […]Read More »

10 Ways to Unleash Your Creativity Today

If you want to make your business as innovative as possible, you need lots of creativity and ingenuity. But how do you harness these qualities? Many people struggle to come up with creative new ideas or to think in untraditional ways. Here are some clear and actionable techniques to unleash your creativity in business and […]Read More »

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