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 […]

Using Resources to Power Innovation: Success Stories

If you truly want to encourage innovation in your organization, you have to dedicate the resources to achieve it. No true innovation can occur in virtual space alone. In order to provide workers with the best tools for innovation, you must commit time, money, people, materials, and equipment to the endeavor. Without those resources, creative […]

How to Build a Culture of Innovation

It would be nice if innovation culture happened naturally in your business. Everything would run smoothly, new ideas would be encouraged, and people would work together to communicate clearly, positively, and respectfully. Unfortunately, it rarely happens that easily. Building a culture of innovation within your workplace is a deliberate process that requires your ongoing attention […]

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5 Innovation Cultures and Lessons Learned from Them

In order to keep up with the rapidly changing landscape of the modern business world, great businesses must develop innovation cultures. Innovation culture is essential to the success of any company. It helps to create a company-wide attitude that encourages your team to take ownership of their ideas, invest themselves in the company’s success, and […]

5 Innovation Cultures and Lessons Learned

Innovation Culture: What Does it Mean and Why Does it Matter?

Innovation doesn’t happen on its own. If you truly want to innovate throughout your company, you must create a culture that encourages cooperation, rewards creativity, and fosters a positive working style that creates more opportunities for every individual. Culture is one of the 7 Immutable Laws of Innovation and the subject of my next several […]

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A Unique Innovation: A Microscope that Fits in Your Shirt Pocket

When Manu Prakash took his idea to Bill and Melinda Gates, he probably encountered no small amount of skepticism.  His innovation?  A paper microscope that weighs less than a few coins, fits in your pocket and costs about one dollar to manufacture. He named it the foldscope. But Prakash had done his homework, and so was able to convince both […]

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Creative Concept: The Invisible Bicycle Helmet Blends Science and Human Nature

Want a creative concept? How about an invisible bicycle helmet? It may sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but two Swedish graduate students, Terese Alstin and Anna Haupt, have made it happen. The idea started with the students’ shared love of biking and similar aversion to wearing breeze-blocking, hair-do destroying helmets. It took them seven […]

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Are we suffering from innovation overload?

  These days we are under a constant barrage of innovative solutions to every possible problem we may have.  Each of these innovations is the result of some team that has been chartered to come up with something that will sell.  The objective for these innovation teams need to more than just any run of the mill innovation but to […]