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How Daydreaming Improves Creative Problem Solving

Posted April 24, 2017 in Creativity, Uncategorized

So, you’re sitting there in class, reading a book or listening to a lecture, and suddenly you find yourself on a tropical island beach sipping a pina colada as the waves caress your toes. Then, just as…

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The Woman Inventor That Saved the Cotton Industry

Posted March 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

One reason only a fraction of patent holders are women is because women simply aren’t encouraged to invent. That wasn’t the case with Ruth Benerito, who was surrounded by encouragement in her formative years, which was spent in the grips of the Great Depression.

 

Her father was an engineer, who…

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How Humor Affects Creativity

Posted March 16, 2017 in Creativity, Uncategorized

As a creativity keynote speaker I love seeing audience members jump up on stage and get out of their comfort zone with improv. Not that it’s easy to get them to do that. But once they find out how much fun it is, their creativity is unleashed. Because creativity…

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The Surprising Reason for Lack of Women Inventors

Posted March 6, 2017 in Inventing, Uncategorized

At a recent innovation keynote speech I gave to Fortune 500 women executives, sponsored by Cognizant Technology Solutions, we examined some of the reasons fewer than 19 percent of all patents in the world are secured by women. This isn’t patents held by a single woman, but patents that…

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Inventor Spotlight – Louis Pasteur

Posted February 18, 2017 in Inventing, Uncategorized

Because of the nature of their jobs, many inventors are scientists and engineers. One scientist who was also an inventor was Louis Pasteur, a French chemist and microbiologist, who was known for his discovery of pasteurization and microbial fermentation. His germ theory states that many diseases are caused by…

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Primitive Creativity and Innovation

Posted January 1, 2017 in Innovation, Uncategorized

Creativity and innovation cover such a wide spectrum, it’s hard to say when it all actually started. Since the beginning of mankind we have had a propensity to come up with new ideas, and constantly improve on existing ideas. The need to create is built into our DNA.

 

Some of…

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Could There Finally be Diversity for Women in the C-Suite?

Posted December 12, 2016 in Leadership, Uncategorized

We’ve been hearing forever that there need be more women in the C-Suite. Tiny baby steps have gradually been pushing this into becoming a reality. But maybe it will finally happen… in 2030. I know, that sounds like a very long time to wait for women who have only…

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Inventor Spotlight – Garrett Morgan

Posted December 2, 2016 in Inventing, Uncategorized

Garrett Morgan proves that you don’t have to be a scientist or an engineer to be an inventor. You also don’t have to have a college degree. But there is one trait you must have if you want to be an inventor, and that’s curiosity.

 

Garrett Morgan was the son…

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Innovative Experiential Learning

Posted November 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

Entrepreneurs who bootstrap businesses will tell you that the best way to learn is by actually getting your hands dirty and learning by doing, or experiential learning. I’ve been doing this for over 20 years as a serial entrepreneur. As long as I had a passion for a business,…

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Bra Inventor and Art Patron Caresse Crosby

Posted September 18, 2016 in Inventing, Uncategorized

Caresse Crosby lived the life of an upper class debutante in New York and Connecticut growing up. One night while she was dressing to go out to another ball, she put on her customary whalebone corset under her evening gown. Disappointed in the way it made her dress look,…

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3 Reasons People Resist Change and How to Fix it

Posted August 13, 2016 in Uncategorized

Change is something that’s going to happen whether you want it to or not. As a business owner, if you wait for change to happen, your competition is going to eat your dust. Getting stuck in the same old tired ideas that aren’t working anymore is a formula for failure.

 

As a…

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The Future of Newspapers

Posted July 19, 2016 in Innovation, Uncategorized

The thing about innovation is that people are inherently resistant to change. That’s never been truer than in the newspaper industry. And, I mean, who could blame them? For decades newspapers were raking in such enormous profits it was literally like printing money. Pun intended.

 

Nobody in that position wants…

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Can Creativity Be Automated?

Posted April 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

The topic of artificial intelligence taking over the world has been something fiction writers have been talking about for years. But should we be worried about robots taking over our jobs? I mean, they are already capable of cleaning our floors, like the Roomba, and they can drive our cars….

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Inventor Spotlight – Ann Moore

Posted December 8, 2015 in Inventing, Uncategorized

Inventor and pediatric nurse Ann Moore proved that you can make an old idea new again. It was during her time in the Peace Corps in West Africa that she first saw mothers carrying their babies around on their backs in fabric harnesses. The babies seemed very content with…

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Innovation Lessons Companies Can Learn From the Pilgrims

Posted November 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

A pilgrim is someone who makes a long and difficult journey. As an inventor and innovator I have definitely found that journey to be a rough and rocky one, that has never gone as planned, and I’ve learned a lot of innovation lessons along the way.

 

For the 102 pilgrims…

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Inventor’s Spotlight – Woman Inventor – Margaret Knight

Posted November 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

I’ll never forget the day I got a call from someone who was shocked that a woman had invented the wrist water bottle. We should be so far beyond that in our society, but the fact that fewer than 15% of all patents are issued to women…

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Maximize Innovation With a Creative Office Space

Posted November 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

What do flowers, plants and waterfalls have to do with innovation? A lot, according to an eight month study conducted by Texas A & M University. The study found that offices that included plants, flowers and waterfalls caused women to become more flexible and creative problem solvers and…

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Women Scientists and Engineers as Inventors

Posted September 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

scientistThe first creativity workshop I ever put on was for a group of women engineers. Years later my audience still tends to be predominately engineers and scientists. It’s helped me stay on top of my game because they’re not…

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Innovative Sales Rep Turned Accidental Inventor

Posted September 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

Invention ideas can come from a variety of places. Sometimes inventions are forced by sheer necessity, and sometimes they happen purely by accident. Door-to-door salesman Edwin Cox became an accidental inventor after coming up with an innovative sales technique to get women to buy his pots and pans. Read More


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The Innovator Behind “A Christmas Carol”

Posted December 9, 2014 in Innovation, Uncategorized

The story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley has withstood the test of time since 1843. The classic novella written by Charles Dickens, cuts to the heart of even the most jaded, and brings a ray of hope that the Christmas “spirit”…

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Conceptual Thinking and Creative Note Taking

Posted May 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

Anyone who has seen my office and the piles of hand-written notes on legal pads, in the backs of books, on scraps of paper and napkins, and on various Post-it notes stuck to the wall would probably label me a bit kooky. So, I’m glad to hear that a…

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Disruptive Innovation Creates Opportunity

Posted April 8, 2014 in Innovation, Uncategorized

Disruptive innovation is innovation that disrupts an existing market and creates a new one. All industries are subject to change. And people will hang on to the status quo as long as possible. Society in general often feels threatened by the disruption of the status quo. But if you…

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Mothers of Invention Grants

Posted April 5, 2014 in Innovation, Uncategorized

They say that necessity is the mother of invention, even though fewer than 15% of all patent holders in the world to this day are women. But Toyota is doing its part to help draw attention to women innovators and women inventors at the fourth annual Women in the…

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Woman Inventor – Josephine Cochran

Posted March 28, 2014 in Inventing, Uncategorized

If you’re like most people, washing dishes is a chore. Okay, maybe it’s just me. But back in 1886 a woman inventor named Josephine Cochran thought the same thing. Technically Joel Houghton patented a dish washing machine, but it was a wooden machine that just splashed water on dishes….

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Women Inventors – Tabitha Babbitt

Posted March 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

I’ve heard too many times that women inventors tend to invent “girlie” things. Sometimes that might be true, but not always. Take the case of the shy and quiet inventor Tabitha Babbitt, who invented the circular saw, which is certainly far from being a girlie invention.

 

One day Tabitha was…

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Inventors Spotlight – Woman Inventor – Ruth Handler

Posted March 16, 2014 in Inventing, Uncategorized

Ruth Handler’s claim to fame as a woman inventor and woman innovator is that she invented the Barbie Doll. But Ruth’s resume was much bigger than that. She started off in 1945 as the co-founder of the toy company Mattel, which made toy furniture, music boxes, plastic mirrors, and…

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A Week of Creativity and Innovation

Posted March 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

Every year fifty countries around the world take one week to celebrate world creativity and innovation week. This takes place between April 15th through April 21st in communities and organizations who want to think differently.

 

World creativity and innovation week was started by several Canadians in 2001 who were shocked…

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Inventors Spotlight – Women Inventors – Marjorie Joyner

Posted March 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

Since March is Women’s History Month, we’ll be highlighting women inventors and women innovators who deserve their place in history. In 1928 it was hard enough for a woman to get a job, but for African Americans the unemployment number was twice as high. But one black woman who…

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Why Your Corporation Should Hire a Creativity Keynote Speaker

Posted January 1, 2014 in Creativity, Innovation, Uncategorized

Today’s markets are so saturated that the only way to differentiate yourself from the crowd is through constant and consistent creativity and innovation. According to a recent Fortune Magazine poll, most CEOs say that innovation is their #1 priority. But the truth is that most companies don’t innovate until…

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Christmas Inventions and Innovations

Posted December 24, 2013 in Innovation, Uncategorized

black fridayThe celebration of Christmas is full of innovative ideas. Not all innovation has to be an invention or product. Innovation can be an idea or a series of ideas. The very concept of Christmas, I think, is a genius…

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