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Tony Fadell: Stay a beginner to drive change

What’s the most powerful technique available to innovators? Observation. Tony Fadell, the creator of the iPod and Nest thermostat, shared his mantra for innovation at a recent TED conference: “It’s seeing the invisible problem, not just the obvious problem, that’s important,” Fadell said onstage. “There are invisible problems all around us. First we need to […]

To create a successful business, you sometimes have to break rules. But which ones?

Which rules should we break, but won’t bring our business down if we do? This is a question that not too many businesses ask themselves but should. The simplest answer is to kill some stupid rules, the ones that no one has questioned because “that’s just the way we do things here”; break those and […]

How do you generate your best ideas?

We all want to have that crazy idea that changes everything for the better. Though ideas are a dime a dozen, in the big scheme of things ideas aren’t that important; there is no innovation without execution. Still, it all starts with an idea. Therefore, our future depends in our ability to generate, capture and […]

We don’t need a society of more entrepreneurs; we need a society of hungry minds

As we continue discussing The Future for Youth, we’ve come up with some interesting ideas about what that looks like. One of the key ideas that has come up again and again is that parents should raise entrepreneurial children with the aim that everyone is and should be an entrepreneur. Should we teach young people […]

Here’s how to take something ordinary and make it extraordinary

Though the old Be Like Mike ads are cultural icons, Gatorade has found a way to make them more interesting.

Will Chief Innovation Officers still exist in five years?

A recent article in Fast Company touched on the topic of CIOs (Chief Innovation Officer) and how they’ve become more ubiquitous inside large organizations. This is an enterprise innovation tactic years in the making. But, do they actually mean anything? My take is that in the CEOs call for innovation, there is also a jump […]

True innovators create and set new standards

Happy New Year! Last week I vacationed in Mexico City, where I ringed in the new year. It’s the first time I’ve spent considerable time there, it’s a huge city and covering it in a week is impossible. Good thing they have sightseeing buses, or turibus as they’re known there, that take you on different […]