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Template mentality does not equal innovation

Well, well, well. My rant about innovation consultants hit a nerve. In particular, I liked this response from Roger von Oech: .@jorgebarba Some consultants read a few #innovation books, call themselves experts w/o conceiving & implementing new ideas, or risking $. — Roger von Oech (@RogervonOech) April 15, 2013 The problem with reading books and [...]

What do good failures look like?

Question-to-innovate Series: This the nineteenth of a series of weekly posts where I will answer a few common questions about innovation. Please feel free to add your own response. Also, if you have any questions you think we should discuss, let me know. A few weeks ago I set the record straight about the relationship [...]

To be taken seriously, should advice giving innovation consultants be innovators themselves?

Gregg Fraley and I both are  of the opinion that a non-creative innovation consultant who knows the theory, but doesn’t get his hands dirty, has no business in giving game-changing advice. Via Gregg Fraley in response to this article about creativity gurus: Interesting that even the experts don’t really know how, exactly, to be more [...]

What is the most important innovation skill I should practice?

This the eighteenth of a series of weekly posts where I will answer a few common questions about innovation. Please feel free to add your own response. Also, if you have any questions you think we should discuss, let me know. On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to interview the authors of The Innovators DNA. [...]

What are the most important things you can do to speed and improve the creative process?

This the fourteenth of a series of weekly posts where I will answer a few common questions about innovation. Please feel free to add your own response. Also, if you have any questions you think we should discuss, let me know. This is an interesting question. Here are a few thoughts on how you can [...]

VIDEO: The Process of Animation by Walt Disney Studios and The Simpsons

Here is the video from the conference we held at our office two months ago. Edwin Aguilar, Assistant Director at The Simpsons, and Jose Zelaya, Character Designer at Walt Disney Studios, talk about the Process of Animation to a large audience at IOS Offices Tijuana.

A signal that you won’t ever innovate

Last weekend my company, Blu Maya, held a small conference at our office building. The theme of the conference was the process of animation. The event was great, but it could have been even better. Here’s why… One thing that stood out for me the most, was how most people don’t go to conferences/talks unless [...]