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Creativity comes in twos

Two familiars make one unfamiliar. For example: Magicians + iPads = One awesome presentation. Watch the video below and see for yourself

Can you create value if you’re not curious?

Not as far as I’m concerned. For as long as I can remember it’s always dawned on me that late adopters are not innovative. I mean, how could they be if they are not curious. I know, I know. Sometimes being late to the game is great. There are hundreds of examples of companies that […]

What if you did things wrong?

Dolls are supposed to be cute right? Not so according to UglyDolls. They designed their dolls to be the opposite of conventional wisdom. UglyDolls might have asked themselves: What if we designed our product the wrong way? What if we made dolls that are ugly instead of cute? According to WSJ, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton […]

Innovation must reads of the week: If we had a blank slate

Is Continuous Innovation Too Risky? – Forbes What Does an Innovator Look Like? – The Creativity Post Innovation is a process – Management Innovation eXchange Six Steps to Put Christensen’s Jobs-to-be-Done Theory into Practice – Forbes A recognition that innovation is a complex adaptive system –  @paul4innovating If we had a blank slate – @ovoinnovation

Engage in sci-fi thinking to understand what makes people tick

Last week I gave a workshop on how to mine social networks for insights. I used Facebook’s Fan Pages as a use case. Many of the participants were surprised as they didn’t visit Fan Pages and thought most were spammy. They also said they didn’t like it when brands suddenly went off topic because businesses […]

MBA in Curiosity

Last month I got invited to be part of a small group of Businessmen/Entrepreneurs/Consultants/CEO’s that meet once per month to talk about technology and innovation. We’re calling it Mix 2.0 for some reason. Our first meeting was Wednesday. We met at (ironically) Bar20 at VIA Corporativo, which is one floor beneath my office. There were […]

3 cognitive limits we must overcome to think differently

Expertise is the enemy of innovation right? Yes, but even experts can think differently. And, there’s much to learn from them on how they are able to overcome their ‘know-it-all’ tendencies. Indeed, research into expertise and expert performance explains how great strategists use mental frames to break cognitive barriers that prevent others from seeing new […]