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Innovate to Win: An Interview with William Kilmer, Author of Transformative

November 8, 2022 What do Netflix, Dollar Shave Club, Apple, and Cirque du Soleil all have in common? According to William Kilmer, author of Transformative, these companies all did something none of their competitors could: transformed their business model to create entirely new markets while making their competitors struggle to keep up. It’s the holy grail for a company. To …

How Travel Improves Creativity

October 25, 2022 I can still remember my first big travel adventure as a kid. It was the summer between first and second grade. My dad took a week off of work, which is a big deal for a farmer in the summer. Mom packed suitcases and stuffed sandwiches into fold-over baggies. My sister, one of my brothers, and I …

How to Create an Empathy Map

September 27, 2022 When was the last time someone at work asked you how you felt about a major change in the business? Has anyone ever asked you for your perspective? And if they did, did you feel heard? Valued? Respected? If you’re thinking that seldom happens but it’d be amazing if it did, you’re not alone. Eighty-eight percent of …

The Value of Storytelling in Innovation

August 30, 2022 An idea needs six components to stick in people’s minds. Chip and Dan Heath’s research, published in their 2007 book Made to Stick, found that an idea has to be: Simple Unexpected Concrete Credible Emotional A Story Any leader worth their salt knows that ideas need to be simple, credible, and create an emotional reaction. But why …

Celebrating Failure: An Interview with Dr. Samuel West

August 9, 2022 “Fail fast.” “Fail forward.” “There’s no innovation and creativity without failure.” “Failure’s not an option.” A lot of language gets thrown around about failure in innovation. It all seems well and good until someone actually fails. Then? All hell breaks loose. People point fingers, make excuses, and look for the sacrificial lambs. Someone to reprimand or even …

Are You Hiding Your Best Ideas?

July 12, 2022 Six weeks ago I started lifting weights back at the gym.​Yesterday morning my daughter Abby came with me.  ​I asked her why she was dressed in full-blown Rocky Balboa sweats and hoodie.​“I’m hiding my pump, Mom.” What does that even mean???? She explained that it’s a Tik Tok thing…that people go to the gym and get all jacked up but no one knows …

Creating Moments of Pause

June 28, 2022 I had a boss early in my career that almost made me lose my ever-loving mind. Just when we needed to get down to business, he’d meander off on a tangent. I was smart enough to know it wasn’t appropriate to try to wrestle him back to the business at hand, but inexperienced enough to know how …

How to Create a Culture of Innovation

June 14, 2022 Did you know that 5.4 million companies opened last year? And, out of all these companies, there are thousands of employees with innovative ideas just waiting to be shared. To create a culture of innovation and inspire your employees, you need to take the right steps. Work culture should be inclusive and encouraging, not demotivating and dull. Now, you …

6 Innovation Archetypes, Which One Are You?

May 31, 2022 Breaking down silos is more important than ever in order to transform business. We often see departments stay within their team and job description confines. However, by sticking with these job titles, it creates barriers and prevents your organization from working together more collaboratively. We’re at a tipping point, where the skills of an employee are more …

The 4-Minute Creative Thinking Test

May 17, 2022 More than 60 years ago, Psychologist J. P. Guilford created the terms convergent and divergent thinking. Convergent refers to your ability to bring things together into a narrow focus or well-defined answer to a problem. This is great when you’re working on logical projects where there is one best answer. Divergent thinking, on the other hand, is …

Why Innovation is Your Competitive Advantage

May 3, 2022 When was the last time you saw someone use a Blackberry? Once one of the most popular smartphones in the world, Blackberry’s stock dropped by 94% between 2007 and 2016. Why? A lack of realizing that innovation should be a competitive advantage. Amid their roaring success in the business world, Blackberry didn’t fight to keep its competitive …

17 Ways to Become More Creative

April 5, 2022 You know how you have this image in your brain about what “creative” people look like? And the kinds of work they do? Yeah, that’s exactly what’s holding you back from being creative yourself! People regularly tell me that they aren’t creative. That they need to take care of business things and don’t have time for that …

5 Steps to Improve Team Innovation

March 22, 2022 New teams struggle to gel because they’ve been asked to perform in ways they aren’t conditioned to do. In a band, every person has their own expertise, and they practice on their own over and over again. They know that being great as a solo act is one thing. But when they add in the harmony of …

12 Top Women in Innovation

March 8, 2022 Today is International Women’s Day. There’s no better day of the year to acknowledge and celebrate women who are leading innovation in their areas of expertise around the world. Research shows that when women are in leadership positions, they bring better business performance. When there’s greater gender diversity, especially at the senior level, companies perform better and …

How to Identify an Innovative Idea

March 1, 2022 If you asked 10 different people to define innovation, you’d get 20 different responses. It’s one of those things that seems simple to define and understand but turns complicated when you’re pressed for specifics. It’s no wonder. Innovation has turned into one of the biggest cliché words executives use to talk about how they differentiate their companies …

What the 2022 Edelman Trust Barometer Means for Innovation

February 1, 2022 For 22 years, global communications company Edelman has followed the topic of trust in global business. There have been a tremendous amount of ebbs and flows, disruptions and changes, but few have matched the upheaval in who people turn to for trusted information than the last two years. Elections. Pandemics. Governmental upheaval. Climate change. Supply chain disruption. …