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For innovation: Herd your black sheep

As you can discern from last week’s post about how not to drive a culture of innovation, as well as previous ones, I’m a big fan of “what not to do’s”. Well, in contrast to those, what are the counters to those NOT’s? Let’s take the topic of success leading to failure… Success breeds complacency [...]

Why do successful companies fail?

Question-to-innovate Series: This the thirtieth of a series of weekly posts where I will answer a few common questions about innovation. Please feel free to add your own response. Also, if you have any questions you think we should discuss, let me know. Success hides problems.  – Ed Catmull, President of Pixar This is a [...]

Why settle for average? Steal from the greats to be great

The challenge with copying uniqueness is that is takes a relentless commitment to excellence. Whenever I’m asked about innovation, a list of names always comes up: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook. Why, I always ask, are these the ones that always come up? Nothing wrong with bringing up those companies, but surely, there are others. [...]

The Idea Box: On command creativity tool for creatives and non-creatives

A few days ago, I provided you with some questions to find hidden pain points. Well, after finding those pain points, the next step is to ideate ways to alleviate those pains. How do you start? Steve Jobs famously said that creativity is just connecting things. And he is right, combining ideas is one the [...]

Strategy doesn’t inspire people. Conviction does.

Before strategy, have an opinion. Everyone wants a strategy, but not many have an opinion. I’ve talked about this before, purpose matters. And although I don’t like repeating the same message over and over again, I’ve got a feeling this is never going to end. A real opinion, to me, is a stretch thought about [...]

The Innovators DNA: Interview with Jeff Dyer and Hal Gregersen

A few weeks ago, I got the chance to interview the authors of the bestselling innovation book, The Innovator’s DNA.  Below is the transcript of what I was able to record from our call. Before, here is short bio of each author: Hal Gregersen is the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank Chair of Innovation and Leadership [...]

What question would you ask your company to spark innovative thinking?

This is the eigth of a series of weekly posts where I will answer a few common questions about innovation. Please feel free to add your own response. Also, if you have any questions you think we should discuss, let me know. Via Quora: What are some of the first questions you would ask your [...]