The Power of Human Ingenuity

How can you talk if you haven't got a brain? asked Dorothy. I don't know, replied Scarecrow, but some people without brains do an awful lot of talking. Quote from The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.

“What are you going to do about it?” My grandmother was chastising me for whining about how life wasn’t fair – or some other perceived injustice. What could I do about it! I was only a kid. It’s someone else’s job to fix it! Or at least I thought so.  Instead of letting me pass […]

An Ethics Crisis in 2020 – Here Is To A Better 2021

Ethical Research - Do What Is Right Not What is Easy

Given the esteem and trust we grant scientists and innovators, how could this happen?  How could research fraud, falsified data, and unproven conclusions result in 1,800 papers in leading journals and peer review articles being retracted in 2020? And this is not an anomaly. [1] Two decades ago, journals were retracting roughly 40 papers per […]

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

TEDx Boulder September 2018

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 […]

Phil McKinney talk on Impostor Syndrome at TEDx Boulder 2018

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. […]

Amazing Innovations

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 […]

Creative Burnout

4 Questions New Leaders Should Ask

IDG (parent company for CIO, Computerworld, CSO, Infoworld, ITWorld and  MACWorld) asked what advice I would give new leaders. At the moment, I didn’t think it was going to be that hard. Then they added a constraint. I had to do it in less than 5 minutes. Watch the video on IDG.TV – http://www.idg.tv/video/79875/4-questions-new-leaders-should-ask For those of […]

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4 Lessons Learned Through Pentagon Innovations

In terms of creating “Big Hairy Audacious Goals” (BHAGs) and developing an indisputable culture, there are few organizations that rival Pentagon innovations. Since the Department of Defense’s (DoD) innovations are the difference between life and death for service men and women, the creative process takes on a new level of importance. As a result, this […]

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 […]