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What a 16 year old magician can teach you about exceeding expectations

Imagine seeing an ad about a restaurant that makes fish tacos. Now imagine seeing a comment on Facebook from a friend about a restaurant he is at that not only sells fish tacos, but also poetically entertains you. And, next to that text is a picture of a hand written poem by the waiter that [...]

The Idea Box: On command creativity tool for creatives and non-creatives

A few days ago, I provided you with some questions to find hidden pain points. Well, after finding those pain points, the next step is to ideate ways to alleviate those pains. How do you start? Steve Jobs famously said that creativity is just connecting things. And he is right, combining ideas is one the [...]

The Innovators DNA: Interview with Jeff Dyer and Hal Gregersen

A few weeks ago, I got the chance to interview the authors of the bestselling innovation book, The Innovator’s DNA.  Below is the transcript of what I was able to record from our call. Before, here is short bio of each author: Hal Gregersen is the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank Chair of Innovation and Leadership [...]

What is the greatest impediment to creativity?

Question-to-innovate Series: This the twentieth 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. The greatest impediment to creativity is your impatience. Let me explain… Bravery [...]

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 [...]