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Interactions, not individuals, drive breakthroughs

A key skill all innovators have is the ability to network with the objective of developing ideas, finding collaborators, bouncing ideas off others and overall just building their ideas. Rather than being individualists, innovators are collaborators. They understand that it takes a diverse community of people working on a single problem to drive breakthroughs; as [...]

What is a mindset and why does it matter?

If you are really ambitious, I believe that rather than setting out to accumulate as many material things as you can, you should be aiming to spread mindset; a point of view. This blog is very much focused on innovation as a mindset, not as a collection of tools and frameworks that anyone can pickup [...]

Freedom to experiment is the best employee educational program you’ll ever have

While most everyone has their own perspective about what makes up a solid foundation for innovation inside organizations, one of the key ingredients necessary for innovation to happen in any type of environment is freedom.

Serious about innovation? Here 2 more questions that demand the attention of leaders

Last week I shared with you what I call the litmus test for innovation leadership, two questions I ask leaders to get a feel for if they have what it takes to innovate; or create the context for innovation within their organization. Those two diagnostic questions are key for me when I’m asked to help [...]

Simplicity sells…and lasts

In a time when innovation has diluted of its meaning, nowadays anybody can claim to be innovative if all they do is put out meaningless increments, Pot-Tarts can teach some lessons about innovation.  Do you like Pop-Tarts? I love them! They are so good it brings a smile to my face just thinking about them. [...]

Stagnating? Innovate how you innovate with these 5 ideas

Throughout this past year, I’ve been having conversations with innovation leaders from a couple of BIG companies about re-inventing their innovation capability. The pattern of conversation: we’ve had a good run, but feel that our process for making innovation happen is delivering incremental results. Bureaucracy has developed, and so we aren’t taking a lot of [...]

The litmus test for innovation leadership

People are the biggest barrier to innovation. Be it the executive who dominates every conversation, the one that talks but doesn’t walk the talk or the one that kills all ideas just because it’s not in his/her best interest. Unfortunately that’s the sad truth about how innovation dies in large organizations; there are people who [...]