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Structured serendipity: How Great Ideas Emerge

Almost always great new ideas don’t emerge from within a single person or function, but at the intersection of functions or people that have never met before. As a business leader, you can engineer these connections; serendipity. Serendipity is the type of word that paralyzes most business leaders because it is a loosey-goosey term that […]

Delta Innovation Class: a case of making the common uncommon

The Delta Innovation Class is a unique initiative where leaders and professionals in various fields share knowledge and skills with up-and-coming innovators and doers in a mentoring program that takes place at 35,000 feet.

As our decision making skills decline with age, how does it affect our ability to innovate?

Much like corporations become slow and stagnant, our own skills decline as we age; unless we do something about it. Nowhere is this more apparent than in decision making…

The first draft of anything is shit

In Mexico we say “Es otro pedo!” to express when something is awesome or so challenging that it blows your mind. So when I’m talking to other entrepreneurs or simply brainstorming through ideas, an exclamation like that is something I’m looking to hear or provoke in others; a sense of challenge.

Ed Catmull on how Pixar’s continued success is enabled by it’s culture of candor

A key for unleashing innovation in any type of organization is the willingness to let employees try stuff without feeling that they will be punished if they fail. Creativity is only unleashed when people feel safe that they won’t be judged. Ed Catmull, CEO of Pixar, describes in his talk below why he believes a […]

6 simple questions that yield better decisions

How can we become better at making decisions? There is wide literature, blogs and books on the topic of decision making , and you wouldn’t go wrong reading most of them. How and why we make the decision we make is one topic I believe we would all do well know about more because it […]

First principles thinking: a better way to innovate

“If it’s a sure bet, we’re not interested,” – Jay Schnitzer, former director of Darpa’s Defense Sciences Office Solving problems no one else has encountered, that’s what I like to do. Last year, I was in the beginning stages of developing a new non-existent case study venture with a friend. At one point during the […]