Great Leaders Keep Cool Under Fire

Never ever burn a bridge!

My grandfather had an old saying when I was growing up, “Never burn a bridge.” At the time, I thought it was a strange saying. It was only later that I realized what he was saying. No matter how someone treats you, don’t get angry and never retaliate as to destroy the relationship. Great leaders […]

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9/11 Reflections and Memories of Charles Falkenberg

Never Forget

If you are a regular reader of the blog, you know it is my policy to avoid mentioning companies and specific individuals … this is a special case – I want you to know Charles Falkenberg. Charles was the Director of Research (CTO) for ECOLogic – a small company based in Washington DC where I […]

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 […]

The Final Key to Innovation: Understanding the Law of Execution

Innovation can sometimes seem totally intangible. It’s easy enough to come up with an idea that you believe will change the world, or at least your industry. It is putting that idea into action that becomes another ballgame. Developing a real product or service that can be sold or put into practice is a daunting […]

Understanding the Law of Process and Its Impact on Innovation

Innovation. It’s how humankind has moved forward. It’s how civilizations have moved forward. And it’s the key to moving businesses, of any industry, forward. But the search for that key will be futile without following a clear process. That’s why I’ve listed the Law of Process as one of the 7 Immutable Laws of Innovation, […]

The Big Mistake: Failing to Support Innovation With Proper Resources

If you want to build a company that is a leader of innovation, creativity, and change within your industry, you need to have the proper resources to power it. Money, people, equipment, and time are all critical parts of the innovation cycle. Without them, you will never learn what your business is capable of doing: […]

3 Actions To Improve Your Creative Thinking

I recently was listening to an audio program by Earl Nightingale. He was making the point that the opposite of bravery is not cowardice; the opposite of bravery is conformity. It was one of those simple statements that struck a nerve especially when thinking about creative thinking. Conformity In my mind, conformity is doing everything […]

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The Top 5 Skills Every Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) Needs

Innovate or die—it’s a common refrain, and more and more organizations are taking it to heart and proactively pursuing innovation programs rather than waiting for innovation to happen. As a result, it’s becoming more and more common for businesses to have someone in their ranks with the title of chief innovation officer (CINO). I’ve already […]

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What Is The Silicon Valley Secret Sauce For Innovation Success?

There’s plenty of advice out there about how to make it in Silicon Valley. Some things are required for innovation success anywhere in the world, but the valley is a special place with different rules. As someone who’s spent a lot of time there, I think there are a few important elements to Silicon Valley’s […]

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