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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 […]

Innovation posts of the week: Breakthrough’s don’t pay

Clay Christensen: 5 observations on innovation – SmartPlanet Want To Upend An Entire Industry? Change Its Revenue Stream – FastCo Design Five Reasons Companies Fail at Business Model Innovation  by @skap5 Breakthroughs Don’t Pay: Excerpt from Sidestep and Twist by @bankervision Innovation: What’s New? – Forbes Does Innovation Need to Be Disruptive to Make an […]

Innovation posts of the week: Creative bias: A threat to corporate innovation

Innovating in a Culture of Convergence – INC Magazine The Rise of Customer-Driven Innovation – Mashable Logic+Emotion: How To Innovate In Spite of Innovation by @armano The DNA of Innovation Leaders – Innovation Excellence Planning and vision vs Experimentation and adaptation via @ralph_ohr Creating Inspired, Open, and Free Organizations – HBR Creative bias: A threat […]