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 […]

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 […]

Innovation by Design: When Bad Designs Lead To Failed Innovations

Innovation is a process. It’s not just an idea that turns into a revolutionary product and changes the world. It takes work, trial and error, and most of all, design. Design can be the difference between a product, service, or experience that alters the way people live, and something that is forgotten quicker than it […]

Innovation by Design: What Is It & Why Does It Matter?

Innovation is what drives the world forward. It is what heals illnesses, protects individuals from danger, and makes life easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable. However, innovation does not just happen. It takes a catalyst, and one of the most robust catalysts for innovation is design. It moves an idea smoothly along its journey from […]

Ingenuity in Action: 3 Companies That Inspire Us to Think Outside the Box

Businesses do not become leaders of their industry by sticking to the norm. In order to climb to the top, it takes a little (or even a lot) of creativity and ingenuity. It requires businesses to think outside of the box. Let’s take a look at three companies that have done just that.      1. […]

Leaders in Innovation: How They’re Creating Cultures of Creativity

June 2, 1868: the Union Army and the Confederates were locked in a brutal struggle for supremacy. One of most innovative leaders in American military history, Robert E. Lee, was bringing his forces into the North to try and end the war. His right flank advanced further into enemy territory. All that stood between the Confederates […]

How protocol, bureaucracy and turf wars block innovation

Innovation, to the extent that it includes change in the status quo, is commonly perceived as a threat. People and organizations resist change and can call on their corporate antibodies to both slow and block innovation. All that is further compounded by turf considerations that tend to align supporters and detractors on either side of the issue, depending […]

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Core Attributes For An Innovation Culture

The key foundation for an innovation culture is what I call the “core attributes”.  Core attributes are those attributes the organization holds which form the foundation on which its perform work and conduct itself.  Done well, they are empowering to an organization. What to think about when defining your core attributes: Govern personal and business relationships […]

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Stop talking about innovation and instead get innovating.

  I recently gave a speech at the annual PDS Conference (Milwaukee, WI) on the topic of Enabling Innovation: A Strength In Any Economy.  In the speech, I challenged the audience (CIOs, CTOs and other technology leaders) that every group within an organization needed to take ownership of the innovation agenda.  In particular, the CIO/CTO […]

What is your Dilbert Index? It’s More Important Than You Think

  Organizational culture is one of those items that you can’t describe what it is, but you know when it’s broken.  In the 7 Immutable Laws of Innovation, the Law of Culture states: Establishing and nurturing an innovation culture sets the foundation for the organization. For leaders it means rewarding the right behavior (teamwork, collaboration, […]