How Competition and Gamification Can Spur Innovation

The concept of gamification is increasingly popular as a means of motivating employees, increasing productivity, and moving ideas forward. This trend is one driving force behind the proliferation of innovation competitions around the world, but it’s also true that these kinds of competitions aren’t anything new. The concept dates back to the 1700s when governments […]

using gamification to create breakthrough innovations

Exceptionally Normal

To be normal is to be ourselves — and never average.

It is normal that no two people are exactly alike. Not even twins. So the word normal should not be confused with the word average. If you leave your fingerprints on something, you might as well leave your name and address since no two people have the same prints.  You hear music and see a […]

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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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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

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

How to Implement the Law of Resources in Your Organization

You know it’s important to set resources aside for innovation, but you may be wondering how exactly to make that happen for your company. How do you ensure that your organization’s resources are going where they’ll truly enhance the creative process? While every company is different, these simple steps that follow the vital laws of […]

What Innovation Resources Are Needed to Thrive?

The Law OF Resources

You can’t make a return if there’s no investment of resources. This is true of every business venture, and it is even more true when it comes to innovation. But innovation isn’t easy. For many businesses, it can be tempting to forego a focus on innovation and instead encourage steady, incremental growth, which is less […]