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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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Malin Liden on Destroying Your Comfort Zone

September 7, 2021 When someone says, “There are no wrong answers,” do you believe them? Or do you start sweating nervously, second guessing every thought you’ve ever had, and then ditch the idea of contributing all together?  It happens to the best of us. Being innovative takes guts. You have to put yourself out there and ignore that clammy anxious …

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Dorie Clark on Playing the Long Game in a Short-Term World

August 31, 2021 Have you ever felt like the future was out of your control? That anything could come for your job security, or being able to provide for yourself or your family? The number of people out of work hit record highs last year. This made people’s theoretical fear of spiraling out of control an undeniable reality. Dealing with …

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Tim Washer Runs EXACTLY 19.7 Miles on the Humor Cliff

July 6, 2021 Everyone has that voice in their head. “I’m not qualified enough.” “I don’t have the time.” “I’m not ready for something so big.” We are programmed to be creatures of comfort; staying in our safe zones brings us peace. But when does peace become complacency? And when does complacency become stagnation? Instead of saying, “I’m not fit …

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Finding Inspiration in Everyday Things

June 15, 2021 It was the end of teaching a summer course in Colorado Springs, and Katharine couldn’t wait for one last adventure before she returned to Massachusetts. The group headed out to Pike’s Peak, one of Colorado’s 58 fourteeners—a mountain that tops out at over 14,000 feet. After a ride to the summit, she took a long, deep breath …