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How to learn your way to not caring about what anybody thinks

In their most recent book, Think Like A Freak, Steve Levitt and Stephen Dubmer tell the story of the penalty kicks in soccer to highlight how incentives move us. According to them, the data shows that 75% of all penalty kicks at the elite level are successful. That’s a high rate, but what can you do […]

Innovation lessons from Google’s self-driving car

A few days ago Google showed off their very own self-driving car. But unlike their first prototypes, which were custom rigged SUV’s and cars from known manufacturers, it isn’t built around a driver behind the wheel. Rather, it’s built around safety; without any driver. Chris Urmson, Director of Google’s Self-Driving Car Project said:

Innovators must embrace conflict, not avoid it

How do you change someone’s mind if you think you are right and they are wrong? Ah yes, a situation us innovators find ourselves in all the time. Yesterday I tweeted a link to an article on Mind Hacks about the best way to win an argument. Basically, it comes down to explaining yourself:

Is too much collaboration bad for innovation?

All great achievements came about through collaboration. But, sometimes too much collaboration inhibits our ability to think creatively. Last week’s post about what impedes employees from being innovative in the workplace generated some discussion. My point that managers, meetings, emails and phone calls get in the way of inspiration was not well received because those […]

We need different kinds of Silicon Valley not more Silicon Valleys

Here in the mexican border city of Tijuana there’s been constant discussion about how to collaborate with our next door neighbor San Diego. I’ve actually been advocating for this myself by co-founding Startup Weekend here a few years ago and also by arranging partnerships with partners in San Diego and a client in Tijuana to […]

What impedes employees from being innovative in the workplace?

Much like the LinkedIn discussion that triggered it, last week’s post hit a nerve: can employees learn to be innovative? A few people suggested we reframe the question to: Can most employers learn how to stop blocking their employee’s innovative spirit? How might employers let employees bring their passion to work? There are many ways […]

Innovation begins in the heart

How diluted has the word innovation become that, on top of confusing it with anything new, we rationalize why we should innovate. Here are a few: Let’s innovate so we can grow our business, otherwise we won’t!; Let’s innovate so we can eek out a little more revenue from existing products and services; Let’s innovate […]