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. …

17 of the Best Books on Creativity

January 18, 2022 January is International Creativity Month. Because of this, I wanted to take a few minutes and answer a question that people regularly ask me: What should I read to get better at creativity? Following are the 18 best books I’ve read that I believe will help you become a better creative thinker. This applies if you feel …

Joe Pulizzi on Navigating Web 3.0

January 5, 2022 It seems forever ago that we heard the term “Web 2.0” and waded into the post-dotcom world of the web as a platform and social networking. Twenty years later, headlines are coming hard and fast about Web 3.0. What’s the big difference? Ownership. Web 1.0 was about static web pages and helping people find things. Web 2.0 …

How to Innovate

December 14, 2021 In 1999, Carey Smith started a company called the HVLS Fan Co. This name (an acronym for High Volume Low Speed) described the types of fans his company sold: massively big ones that move a huge amount of air but at very low speeds. They’re the kinds you see hanging from ceilings in places that aren’t practical …

Bryan Kramer on Focusing on Impact

December 8, 2021 Most of our day centers around computer screens, phones, or tablets. It can be easy to forget that when you send an email or hit the “publish” button that there’s a real, live person on the other end. We fall into a digital trap that causes us to think and talk like robots!  People constantly throw out …

Tom Trenolone on Curiosity, Design, and Innovation

November 9, 2021 The first time I saw the Eiffel Tower in Paris I was awe-struck. This architectural wonder is one of the most notable buildings in the world. It’s the backdrop of romantic movies, espionage thrillers, and globe-trotting travel articles. But where did Gustave Eiffel get his inspiration for this iconic structure? The inspiration came when two engineers on …

Tamsen Webster on Finding Your Red Thread

October 26, 2021 When we have an idea we’re passionate about, excitement radiates from us. Sometimes, all that enthusiasm makes it hard to articulate why it’s so brilliant and why others should think so, too. This can be super frustrating. It also puts your whole idea at risk for getting left on the cutting room floor before it ever has …

Liz Nead on Building Your Diversity Toolkit

October 19, 2021 Where you grow up has a big effect on who you are. People from a big city are used to crowds and the hustle-bustle. Small town folks, on the other hand, tend to appreciate a more laid-back, peaceful life on a cul-de-sac where they know all their neighbors’ names. Culture comes from many different areas in our …