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How do you know which rules are worth breaking?

Want to spark innovation? Kill some stupid rules.

Interstellar: the power of an unlikely collaboration yields scientific discovery

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is a fantastic movie, science and fantasy will entertain you. Go watch it! But this blog isn’t about the movie per se, it is about how they made both the worm hole and black hole models realistic. This is the classic case of a happy accident where none of the collaborators knew […]

Want people to believe innovation applies to their role? Give them a reason to care

Among the many innovation myths businesses take as givens, I believe the most common and disruptive one is “innovation doesn’t apply to my role”. When this is the case in most organizations, and when just one-fifth of employees report believing that their workplaces strongly value them; it’s worth asking,  “Is innovation everyone’s job?” And what […]

6 uncommon questions to help you shift your perspective and poke holes at the status-quo

It all starts with a wild question. In the tech industry, it might be, “what if people could carry their whole music library in their pockets? iPod. In the automotive industry, it might be, “what if a supercar could also work as an electric car? Porsche 918.

How to cultivate the Generalist within

As a rule of thumb, your business needs more generalists than specialists if it wants to innovate. Don’t get me wrong, specialists are valuable. But Generalists are the innovators, the ones who are most capable of dealing with complexity; the ones that connect that dots. For that very reason, as a generalist, I know it’s […]

The benefits of thinking and doing BIG

BIG ideas get all the attention by the media, bloggers, journalists and the like because Big ideas, like anything that is coming out of Google X, have the possibility to create waves of change for society. Businesses that want to call their latest and greatest invention the next best thing should be thoughtful about what […]

Everything is ripe for innovation because human error is ubiquitous

Many known businesses have been founded on a single insight about what customers want or will want. Since forward-thinking businesses live off the insights they identify and generate, their operating model looks quite different from businesses that are always playing catch up.