The Innovation Bucket List

Creating an innovation bucket list is an exercise that can clarify your creative and innovation goals.

Innovation in Haute Cuisine

One of the most exciting arenas of innovation is in the world of haute cuisine. This article deconstructs the innovative spirit of cuisine d'art, and shows how you can learn everything you need about innovation by understanding how these multi-star Michelin restaurants succeed -- the 5 S's of startup success: spunk, seeing, spark, spine and simplicity. Bon appetit!

The Power of Humor in Ideation and Creativity

The hallmark of a really effective brainstorming is an abundance of genuine and heartfelt laughter. There’s a reason for this: recent research shows that laughter can help people solve problems that demand creative solutions, by making it easier to think more broadly and associate ideas and relationships more freely.

The Secret of Life by Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a deeply spiritual film that quietly celebrates the pronounced joy and healing nature of being fully present. A rare, unique, and truly beautiful film that offers the kind of charm, character, and wisdom the world is hungry for.

On the Nature of Hope and Its Significance in Innovation

The concept of hope has intrigued many scholars, including psychologists, philosophers, theologists, and doctors. Health practitioners have recognized the importance of hope, which is probably the most important emotion underlying remission and well-being, and possibly for innovation too. It's the secret sauce for achieving indefatigability.

Innovation and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Last year’s film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel expresses a useful metaphor that informs us about how keep our companies agile, open to change, and innovative. In the film, each of the characters illustrate the emotions of grief. And so, hidden within the film is a map for revitalizing your company.

The Virtues of Austerity

There are two ways to manage either a company or country during a downturn. One is a knee-jerk reaction to cut costs. The other path is based an unshakable belief in your innovative chutzpah, and is the path Steve Jobs took at Apple. To do so we must learn the difference between good and bad austerity, and between smart and dumb stimulus.

Ya Gotta Drip Some Sweat to Change Things

Reinvigorating a mature company requires just as much commitment and dedication as it would take for an out-of-shape fifty-year-old to drop thirty pounds, train himself to run a marathon, and to regain the vigor and agility of youth. To achieve true change requires that you literally rewrite the DNA of your corporate culture, it requires you to drip sweat.

The Difference Between Cliffs and Comebacks

Every time unemployment rises, the budget deficit also rises. This is because the budget deficit is primarily a function of the government's inability to collect enough tax revenue from unemployed people. The solution to our economic problems isn't going to come by focusing on the ceiling, but rather, on how to break through it.

2012, The Greatest Year of All Time for Humanity

2012 was the greatest year of all time for humanity. You read that right. Global poverty has declined radically. The death toll inflicted by war is at an all time low. There has never been less hunger, less disease or more prosperity. It's true, we are now living in a golden age.

Meaning, Faith and the Life of Pi

In The Life of Pi, just as the exquisite beauty of the ocean is revealed just beneath the drama unfolding on the lifeboat, the true meaning of the film lies beneath the surface of the story. The story is so moving that President Barack Obama, in a letter to the author, called it "an elegant proof of God..."

The Anatomy of Entrepreneurial Motivation

What does it take to become one of those entrepreneurs with enough internal motivation to get up at dawn, be the first one in the office, and kick ass all day? Here's the research and five steps to rev up some breakthrough motivation and put some steel in it.

On Learning Resilience and Equanimity

Equanimity, compassion and cooperation are the hallmarks of not only a truly great innovator, but a great leader as well – one who could help to build a better world. Hurricane Sandy is actually as an opportunity to cleanse the country of its polarization, and show the world the best of what we can be as a people and a country.

Why Many Brainstorms Suck

When managed ineptly, brainstorming are ineffective and a gloomy confirmation of the worst qualities of your corporate culture. Here are the top three reasons why your company sucks at brainstorming... and how you can fix them.

America in a Lost Decade

America is now immersed in a "lost decade" caused by deflationary price expectations. Here's a tip about how America can fight its way out of it.

The Evolution of Innovation

Just as humans evolve, so too does the process of innovation. Innovators have evolved from being hunter gatherers of ideas, to the usage of early tools, to creating idea factories with pipelines of intellectual property, and are now entering a "third wave" of innovation -- which will someday lead to a critical mass singularity of new innovation tools and methodologies.

Innovation and Sun Tzu's Art of War

The Art of War is the military classic written by the Chinese philosopher-general and military strategist, Sun Tzu, and managers and leaders increasingly seek to apply its principles to their business challenges. Here is a novel look at Sun Tzu as advice for innovators.

Unleashing Your Inner Steve Jobs Part 4

Innovation theory says all you have to do to create effective innovation teams is to cover the skill bases. When you actually apply these rules, with real people, unpredictable chemical reactions happen. Studying Steve Jobs, and film directors like James Cameron and Clint Eastwood, reveals insights about how to keep those reactions from exploding.

Unleashing Your Inner Steve Jobs Part 3

Steve Jobs was the CEO of two major companies simultaneously - Apple in the morning, Pixar in the afternoon. Understanding why was Jobs successful as the world's most famous 'parallel' entrepreneur reveals the unique mental skills he developed - that are applicable for everyone wanting to run just one company.

Innovation in Psychology

A new film, A Dangerous Method, provides an unflinching perspective on the invention of "the talking cure," as Sigmund Freud called it. In addition to being a terrific movie, it also provides some insights about the art of innovation and invention.

Unleashing Your Inner Steve Jobs Part 2

It's possible to achieve revolutionary change and deep innovation by making three fundamental shifts within your own awareness and within the consciousness of your team. What's more, these three shifts translate to ways that you encourage an innovative culture of success at your company.

The Apple-theosis of Steve Jobs

To understand the meaning of Steve Jobs, we must look deeper into the archetype that he embodied: The Trickster.

Captain Innovation

In the recent action movie Captain America, a 98 lb weakling volunteers for a top secret research project that uses super steroids to turn him into a superhero dedicated to defending America's ideals. That's what we need to get America out of the mess we're in today, Captain Innovation.

Asians Behaving Badly

Why are Asians, usually so polite and reserved, now suddenly getting all feisty?

On Innovation and Optimism

To succeed as an innovator, you must be indefatigably optimistic. This rule of thumb applies to the economy as well. Like what Economist Larry Summers said, "The central irony of financial crisis is that while it is caused by too much confidence, borrowing, lending and spending... it can only be resolved by increasing confidence, borrowing, lending and spending."

How America Got Its Mojo Back

Osama bin Laden targeted the World Trade Towers because it was a symbol of America's dominance, and in a way, because like Austin Power's Dr. Evil, he wanted to steal America's mojo. Here's how to get it back.

Innovation Throwdown

When you're on top, there's a tendency to get complacent and likely be driven by ego instead of excellence. One of the best ways to keep on your toes is to do what I call an Innovation Throwdown.

Detox Your Brain

Sometimes, the best way to get out of a rut is by doing a deep brain detox to recharge your innovation battery.

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