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 […]

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

TEDx Boulder September 2018

Phil McKinney talk on Impostor Syndrome at TEDx Boulder 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 […]

Be Willing To Be Weird

ITU Commencement Speech - May 2017

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 […]

What are the innovations emerging from Africa?

rwanda innovation idea ingenuity

I don’t know (yet) what innovations are emerging from Africa but as part of the Pay-It-Forward Project, we will be spending the holidays in Africa (Rwanda specifically).  We will arrive in Africa on December 14th and return to Colorado on January 3rd (just in time for CES) – with regular updates/photos posted to the blog […]

Gratitude as a business strategy

gratitude thank you

Given that today is the Thanksgiving holiday here in the states, I was reflecting back on the past year and compiling a list of everything that I’m thankful for.  I find as I get older, the list gets longer.  As I was scanning some of my favorite blogs this morning, I stumbled across an article […]