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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

2021 Edelman Trust Barometer: Trust Crisis Creates Leadership Opportunity

January 21, 2021 Global pandemic. Fake news. Social protests. Economic turmoil. Political instability. If 2020 were a movie plot, no one would believe it. Unfortunately, this is the world we’ve endured the last 12 months. The effects of this imperfect storm come out this month in Edelman’s 2021 Trust Barometer. This annual index measures the average percent of trust people …

5 Other Words for Innovation (and When to Use Them)

November 5, 2020 The manufacturer of window-unit air conditioners wanted customer input but they weren’t sure how to go about it without being overly technical in their questions. They knew the noise level of their units was loud, but they wanted to figure out if customers would pay more for a quieter unit. And if they did, how much would …

How Kamala Harris’ Pick as VP Nominee Impacts Innovation

August 13, 2020 “Haven’t I seen you before?” It’s a cheesy pickup line that’s been around for ages. And while it makes people roll their eyes, there’s something to the familiarity quotient. Studies show that we’re attracted to what we find familiar. The more we’re exposed to certain people, the more familiar they become and the more we like them. …

Interview with an Innovator: Kathy Button Bell on Creating Whole-Brain Innovation Teams

March 5, 2020 In one of the episodes of the U.S. version of the comedy series The Office, Michael Scott rushes into the scene demanding everyone give him ideas. As the narcissistic regional manager of the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin paper company, he’s looking to make his mark. On his way into the building that day, Michael saw wet …

How to be More Creative (77 Ways)

January 9, 2020 Creativity is one of those things that sounds romantically easy to do, but often leaves you scratching your head. Even the creative geniuses get stumped from time to time. The key to getting your creative mojo going is practice. Consistent practice. Since January is International Creativity Month, I wanted to give you some ideas about how you …

Interview with an Innovator: Tim Washer on Inspiration, Humor and Embracing Vulnerability

November 20, 2019 Mark Twain said that, “Humor is the great thing, the saving thing after all. The minute it crops up, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations, and resentments flit away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.” He’s not wrong. Studies show that a sense of humor can make you mentally and physically healthier, make you more …