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 […]

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 […]

Ingenuity in Africa Is Alive and Well

We’ve finally arrived in Rwanda and settling in. In the first few days, I’ve been getting familiar with the fish farm, the business we’ve invested in so that the profits can fund the Rwanda child rescue home. The image is of the staff catching and moving fish from one pond to the another. My first […]

Ingenuity in Africa Rwanda Lakeside Fisk Farm

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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There is nothing better than having a BHAG

  Great leaders understand that one of their key responsibilities is to set the goals for innovation.  Most leaders don’t take this effort seriously and as a result their organizations suffer.  They violate the Law of BHAG in the 7 Immutable Laws of Innovation. A key component of setting the innovation goal is to create […]

Stupid Wins In The Game Of Innovation

We are a race of innovators – born to use our imagination to create not only solutions to our most pressing problems (polio vaccine) but to also create the fun in our lives (pet rocks). We only have to look as far as our kids so rediscover that fundamental draw to use our imagination to create something out of nothing. Children are naturally superb innovators. They can create the most amazing toys from normal household items. Who would have thought of all the uses for a paper towel roll?