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What can you do to improve your business in a day?

That is the question. That and what can you do better tomorrow that you did today? With that in mind, I’m organizing a Business Hack-a-Thon next month in my office building. It’s for us and everybody else in the building. I want everyone to come together and see different points of view. This is an […]

10 Most Popular Innovation Posts of 2011

2011 is over. Lots of blog posts were written this year, lots of new and interesting friends were made, lots of ideas were crystallized and lots of value was created. It was fun looking through the archives to find those posts everyone liked the most. It was fun to revisit them and re-read the comments […]

The importance of workplace diversity for innovation

My friend and business partner Christian Laborin created the above illustration for someone very special to him. He put it on his Facebook cover and very shortly the comments came in. Including Jose Zelaya, a friend from Disney Studios, stopped by to give his two cents: There is so much love in this illustration! Bingo! […]

Disassemble and Re-Imagine!

The 7-yr-old is bored. So I set fire to all her Xmas presents and said, “Reassemble!” — Heather B. Armstrong (@dooce) December 27, 2011 While the above quote is funny and makes sense for the average Joe, if you’re an innovator and is bored with the status-quo there’s only one solution: Disassemble and Reimagine. For […]

How to have great ideas without having to smoke weed

Catchy title huh? I’m not much about celebrating milestones but this is the 400th post in the history of this blog. That’s a lot of writing. So to celebrate the occasion, I thought I change it up a little bit. Last week a buddy of mine told me that for him to be able to […]

Innovation posts of the week: Fire all the managers

Is Inertia Winning Over Innovation? – Fast Company 8 Secrets To Creative Thinking (Hint: Steal From Others) – FastCo Design First, Let’s Fire All the Managers – HBR A One-Two Punch to Foster Creativity – Strategy+Business The 3 Biggest Barriers To Innovation, And How To Smash Them – FastCo Design Building an Integrated Innovation Capability […]

Are You Indispensable at Work?

This is a guest post by Robert B. Tucker In a time of economic disruption, unprecedented downsizings, budgetary cutbacks and the constant pressure to outsource more and more routine functions (and the employees who perform them), advice on professional survival always seems to convey the same tired message: Be visible. Don’t make enemies. Brown nose […]