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.

The Best Way to Look for the Next Big Thing

Pay attention. Look up, look down, look all around yourself. Look for the things that other people don't see. Chances are if you see an obvious occasion to innovate, other people see it, too.

Positive Thinking: A Brief User's Guide

The challenge is a seeming paradox: generate positivity and then control that same positivity. The art of smart optimism is a careful balancing act, a measure of enthusiasm and restraint--a flash of a dream with a dose of reality.

The Future Has Come and Gone: You Just Missed It

So what's the big so what? The very institutions that have defined how we lead in our modern world are being abandoned or morphed into new forms. We need to run a wider array of experiments to learn what really works and doesn't in the undiscovered country.

The Inverse Innovation Cycle: How Failure Becomes Success

It may be true that a checklist will help you reach an opportunity more efficiently.

Critics Make the Best Innovation Evangelists

If you don't encounter any resistance, then you're likely doing it wrong: you need to take more risks and increase the speed and magnitude of your project. The wonder of it all is that your most relentless adversary just might turn out to be your greatest ally.

Why Courage Is More Important Than Creativity

A crisis is the perfect start to your revolution. When an organization is at its most vulnerable point, it is also most poised to rebuild itself.

How to Develop the Next Generation of Innovators

With time and a little luck, we will gain momentum and begin to re-establish our creative culture and become more inclusive. Who knows? Our best and brightest might just prove old Joe Schumpeter wrong and find a way to balance democracy and meritocracy here in America.

What Are You Willing to Give Up to Get Innovation?

The required skills for our innovation economy will require us to purposefully apply our creativity. In your world that is strapped for time and resources, are you willing to deviate from the efficiency of your routine to create something extraordinary?

The Top Innovations We Should've Seen in 2014

Of course these are just the beginning. What about a reverse crowd-sourcing app that takes money away from people with stupid ideas? Because for every Kickstarter, we also need a Kickstopper.

How to Lead Innovation Like a Superhero

Innovation is not about alignment. It is about constructive conflict--positive tension. What happens when pragmatic thinkers work with big-picture thinkers? What happens when the quick thinkers meet the patient thinkers?

The Upside of Discovering Your Incompetencies

Whether you're a finance guru or a marketing mastermind, we all really have only one thing that we're exceptional at.

Need to Get Creative? How to Create an Idea Space

Don't expect fast, quantifiable results. Be patient as you build your sanctuary. Remember that the predictability of routine is what you're getting away from. In an idea space, chaos is your friend.