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Creativity Inc.: what it takes to build and sustain a culture of excellence

Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull is a humble look at what it takes to build and sustain a culture of excellence, one that embraces originality in its truest form.

What’s your question?

Sometimes an interesting questions doesn’t come out nowhere, it requires some serious inquiry and reflection. Defining the real problem is the key part of the innovation process, if you don’t figure out the right question to lead your effort you will end up solving the same challenge, in the same way, that everyone else.   At [...]

For innovation: Uncommon insights come from uncommon places

This is part one of the series on how to leave small thinking behind. In this first post, I’ll show you a simple technique for coming up with radical ideas. In the second part,  you’ll learn how to evaluate ideas so they don’t fit into “me-too” territory. In part three, I’ll tell you how to [...]

Beyoncé’s use of the element of surprise was genius

Isn’t it exciting when something unexpected happens? Something out of the ordinary? Of course it is. The shock heard around the world last week was how Beyoncé released her 5th studio album on iTunes without the typical marketing blitz that accompanies such album launches. I say shock because it really was a shock. Not only [...]

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 [...]