Currency Innovation: Bitcoin

Less than a decade away from our brush with economic Armageddon, we are deregulating the financial industry.

The Internet Is a Lot Less Democratic Than You Think

Right now, the net is in a consolidation phase. A few big players are gobbling up niche providers and creating enormous storefronts and networks.

What’s Coming Next in 2017?

“Uberization” has become part of our vocabulary. It means using technology to connect a loose federation of free agents to provide just-in-time services.

Americans Now See the Truth as Relative

Thirty years ago, University of Chicago Professor Allan Bloom published The Closing of the American Mind.

Maybe We Should Build a Wall to Keep Our Talented People In

Diversity is an essential element of an innovation ecosystem because it brings a wide range of mindsets and talents into close proximity.

Driving Innovation Through Shared Values

Conflict can be the spark that ignites innovation. There are four different type of innovators, and each brings his or her expertise (but also his or her weaknesses) to the table.

Dwelling in the Conflict

Behind some of the 20th century’s most iconic love songs is a series of prolonged, tense, irreconcilable conflicts.

Employment for All Americans Is Ideal

When we talk about global trade, countries with well-documented protectionist practices like China, Russia and Japan come to mind.

See the Future First

There are ways that anyone can become more creative when the moment demands a new way of seeing things.
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Technology Erodes Boundary Between Personal Life and Work

Before the new world of work, there was a boundary between our professional and personal lives.

Is a Finite Diploma Obsolete in a Fast-changing World?

Professional schools now offer life-long education.

Your Worldview Is Your Greatest Strength

A worldview is more than a type or a style. It’s a collection of deeply held beliefs about how we interpret and experience the world.
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Don’t Tax Robots to Save Jobs

We’ve seen revolutionary shifts take us from farm to factory, and more recently, from corporate cubicles to the wide open digital spaces where free agents gather.

The Invisible Crisis that Threatens the Auto Industry

China’s expenditures for research and development, and the patents awarded for innovations, have significantly outpaced our own.

When It Comes to Health Care Reform

Innovation will matter more than politics.

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.