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The Art of Innovation

The Art of Innovation

One of the quirky things about the way that I dig into topics is that sometimes it’s like reading a book from the back to the front. I read the most recent things first before getting back to more foundational works. That’s absolutely the case with The Art ...
Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All

I’ve been wandering around the land of innovation lately. I wrote a chapter for the Ark Group book Smarter Innovation: Using Interactive Processes to Drive Better Business Results . That chapter really followed up on the chapter I wrote for Unlocking Val...
Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Innovation

Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Innovation

Creativity seems to have some mystical property to it. It seems like some people are creative and others are not. It’s like someone is born to be an artist, and another person is born to be an accountant. In Creativity , Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi dispels th...
Creativity, Inc.

Creativity, Inc.

It was earlier this year when I was sitting in a room with a few hundred educators. These folks weren’t your normal educators though. They were attendees at the Pluralsight  author summit. They were there to learn more about how they could produce cou...
Design Thinking: Integrating Innovation, Customer Experience, and Brand Value

Design Thinking: Integrating Innovation, Customer Experience, and Brand Value

Designers think differently. Instead of what is minimally sufficient to get the job done, they think about how to make the experience one that the consumer will enjoy. Minimally sufficient is the right answer in some cases; but in the market place, it’s b...
Diffusion of Innovations

Diffusion of Innovations

In San Francisco at SPTechCon , I slipped into a session Bill English  was doing and he mentioned a book, Diffusion of Innovations . The context was that Bill was talking about where the groups innovators, early adopters, early majority, late majority, and...
The Innovator’s DNA

The Innovator’s DNA

What’s your innovation makeup? How are you wired? I’m not talking about the values that are described in Who Am I?  I’m not talking about your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator . I’m not talking about Enneagrams. (See Personality Types: Using Enneagram for Self-Di...
The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking

The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking

Conflict is a good thing. Conflict between our fingers and our thumb – our opposable thumb – created the ability to create tools and ascend to the most dominant lifeform on the planet. In The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thi...
Unleashing Innovation: How Whirlpool Transformed an Industry

Unleashing Innovation: How Whirlpool Transformed an Industry

With all of the books on innovation in the market, it’s a fair question to ask why I read Unleashing Innovation: How Whirlpool Transformed an Industry . There are two simple answers. First, it was recommended to me by a friend who felt like the book wa...
Unthink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius

Unthink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius

Somewhere deep in the recesses of our mind are the recesses from our grade school. Buried by decades of cruft, these memories and others call us back to the state that we had back then when we knew we were creative. It’s a time that we knew we were c...