It’s the Talent, Stupid

Most of us want to pay less taxes, see our investments create huge returns in the very near future, and only live with people who appreciate our work.

The Conscious Company and Other Myths

Like a good, difficult question, consciousness is not a single problem that is solved once: it continues onward and gains complexity over time.

How Breakthrough Ideas Become Mainstream

There can be no variation, deviance or innovation if we do not share a nexus, fulcrum or center by which to gauge and navigate a way forward together.

What the Most Creative Countries in the World Do

It's time that we loosen our ideology and tighten our strategy for making innovation happen.

Infographic: How to Play the Innovation Game

Innovation is never fully realized; it's a perpetual work in progress: What if there is no there? That is, what if the real goal is to keep playing the game?

Why Innovation Is So Hard

If you really want to innovate, you need to make it a deliberate part of your process. You can't start at the moment innovation happens, but you can create an environment of constructive conflict where risks are taken, and efforts are honestly evaluated.

Innovating Innovation Strategy, Part 2

How do you make plans in a world where plans were meant to be changed? Innovators are adaptors. They're flexible leaders who run multiple experiments at once and make adjustments along the way.

Innovating Innovation Strategy, Part 1

Innovation is unlike all the normal things we do on an everyday basis. That's why the conventional strategies we bring to organizational management are inadequate. Innovation requires its own unique set of skills. It's not so much thinking outside of the box as it is redefining what that box is.

Infographic: Recreating Your Company

Innovation is different from everything you do as a leader in three distinct ways. First, innovation happens in the future for which you currently have no data. In fact, one of the most common forms of resistance to innovation is excessive data collection because it stops your company from taking purposeful action. Second, innovation is a time-based form of value.

The Greatest Innovations Are the Ones You Don't See

True innovation happens behind-the-scenes. Sure, new technologies and products and services that we perceive as breakthrough advancements look exciting, but the meaningful innovation is in the larger, more complicated processes that make those things possible.

The Question Is the Answer

In order to be great questioners, we need to be flexible, willing to look at the same thing through multiple points of view and cultural lenses. Most important, though, are our patience and tolerance.

Skeptics Create True Believers in Your Innovation

Innovation begins and ends with a question. If you are always looking for answers, you're missing out on unexpected opportunities.

Assembling Your Innovation Advisory Board

Conflict is inevitable when you put such a wide variety of perspectives on one advisory board—and that's a good thing.

A Map for Engineering Your Next Innovation [Infographic]

In my own work strategizing innovation practices for some of the worlds biggest and best companies, I use the Innovation Genome to find this place of positive tension.

When Nobody Wants Your Innovation

Everywhere you look, you'll see this wildly contradictory set of desires and feelings toward change. We hate traffic jams, but we refuse to try self-driving cars. We dream of improving the quality and length of our lives, but we're reluctant to tamper with the genetic triggers of a disease.

The Three Realities of Innovators

Innovators do not work alone. They may start with a vision, but it takes a team of people to turn that vision into something bigger.

Before There Were TED Talks, There Were Chautauquas

Before there were TED talks, there were Chautauquas. In the late-nineteenth century, Americans looking for cultural stimulation and intellectual inspiration gathered for weeklong retreats of lectures, performances, and conversations.

The Wisdom of the Rule of Three

Innovation requires us to have deep and wide field of vision and an open mind to see the reality of the situation.

What Will You Give Up to Make Room For Innovation?

Innovation isn't just a matter of ingenuity and resourcefulness—it's also a matter of capacity and courage. We're always going to have too many things to do in a day. We'll always be too busy to start that novel or open that business.

How to Win the Innovation Race

You don't want to run the whole innovation relay only to find that you dropped the baton somewhere along the way. Practice, polish, and perfect those hand-offs.

Picture This: Using Visual Aids to Inspire Creativity

It's no coincidence that the word "visionary" denotes having the ability to see well and possessing a gift of creativity.

Three Unexpected Ways to Get More Innovative

If radical change is what you seek, then what you need is a stable foundation on which to build that innovation. Think of it this way: the infrastructures that support our modern world have done the heavy lighting for you.

From Brand to Brand New: How to Re-Create Your Brand

Brand is of little value if it lacks innovation that makes it valuable. You can wait for a crisis to drive you forward like Chrysler or you can just do it, but that's another story.

Open Source Innovation: What's In and What's Out

Benjamin Franklin saw that there were uses and applications for his inventions outside of his original intentions. He understood that the only way to fully realize that vision was to make it everyone's. What started out as Franklin's invention became the world's collective creation.

The Innovator's Storybook: Creativity and the Well-Told Tale

Novelists go through years of drafts and workshops before they end up with the best version of their work. Innovators are also perpetual revisers who incessantly rework and reimagine the stories behind their ideas. The person you might think is your villain just might turn out to be your hero.

The Good, the Bad, and the Future of Creative Collaboration

Collaboration offers us a whole new set of opportunities for growth, but it also presents myriad difficulties.

How Rules and Bureaucracy Breed Innovation

Here's the thing that innovators tend to forget: bureaucracy is our friend. The rules and regulations of any organization are also the forces that unwittingly create whitespaces, the opportunities to break new boundaries.

The Secret to Teaching Creativity

The secret to teaching creativity is simply to surround students with people who are creating.

Using the Right Innovation Tool for the Right Innovation Job

The strategies you use to market a breakthrough new product will not help you re-conceptualize the way you build an old one. So how do you decide which tool to use when it comes to your innovation project? Here are three factors to consider.

The Myth of Creativity On-Demand

Creativity will never be an item on a pull-down menu you can click to activate on-demand--creativity demands you. That doesn't mean you should just sit around waiting for a creative impulse.

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