A Job Worth Doing…

lesson learned - a job well done

I looked up and saw that look of disappointment.  My 8-year-old self was staring into the face of my father. I had badgered him for weeks to let me cut the grass to earn the same allowance my older brother got for the same chore. My early activism in equal pay for equal work.   His […]

Inspiring Innovation: A 5 Minute Challenge

A New Short-Form Podcast: 5 Minutes To New Ideas

New Podcast 5 Minutes To New Ideas with Phil Mckinney

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 […]

Beyond The Obvious Translations Available in English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese

Beyond The Obvious Translations

When I signed my book deal with Hyperion to publish my book, Beyond The Obvious, it also included global rights. What this meant was that Hyperion purchased the right to have Beyond The Obvious translations in any language they choose. As an update, Beyond The Obvious has now been translated and released in: Japanese (キラー・クエスチョン 常識の壁を超え、イノベーションを生み出す質問のシステム) Available […]

Beyond The Obvious Is Now Available In Simplified Chinese [创客学:苹果公司也在偷师的创新课]

During my recent trip to China I discovered that the simplified Chinese translation of my book, Beyond The Obvious (创客学:苹果公司也在偷师的创新课), has been released and on-sale.  I reached out to the publisher while I was in China and there was a mad scramble to setup a handful of press interviews while I was there.  My current plan […]

getAbstract has just released a five-page summary of Beyond the Obvious

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getAbstract summarizes business books, helping their customers be the best-read, most expert players on the business scene today. They select ~50 titles per month and create a five-page summary in a magazine-page format. You can read it in less than 10 minutes.  You get the book’s key ideas. The no-fluff summaries are logically structured so that you will get […]

Video of the book launch event at the Computer History Museum

book launch event at computer history museum

Last Thursday I had the great pleasure of being the guest of John Hollar at the Computer History Museum for an hour-long discussion on my book Beyond the Obvious. This was the book launch event that kicked off the book tour. One of the greatest challenges of writing the book was eliminating so much interesting material […]

Harvard Business Review article on the book – Beyond The Obvious

Harvard Business Review

In the March issue of Harvard Business Review magazine, Julia Kirby (@JuliaKirby) wrote a review of Beyond The Obvious as part of a larger piece titled Are We Being Creative Yet?. Her thoughts on the book include: Phil McKinney’s job over the past 20 years, most recently as head of innovation for Hewlett-Packard, has been to make sure […]

The First Review of My Book Is In … Publishers Weekly

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Just as in Hollywood, the book publishing industry has a process of reviewing new books and authors and then telling others what they think.  In my case, the first review of my upcoming book, Beyond The Obvious,  has been reviewed by Publishers Weekly.  All in all, its a good review. McKinney, vice president and chief technology […]