Why Associations Need to Innovate

Posted March 1, 2018 in Innovation, Uncategorized

Associations are a legacy business, like newspapers, and the TV industry. And they have all enjoyed many years of success without being challenged…until now. 


Early roots of associations could be found in craft guilds, churches, and trading groups. Guilds were formed to protect the interests of merchants and craftsmen….

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The Creativity Gap Between Management and Employees

Posted December 3, 2017 in Creativity, Leadership, Uncategorized

The creativity gap between management and employees keeps getting wider. As a creativity keynote speaker I’m hired to get employees excited about creativity and innovation. By the end of the speech, which is a combination of creativity education, fun creativity exercises and interactive improv, I have accomplished what…

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How Creativity and Innovation Can Save Your Life

Posted November 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

Lately I’ve been hooked on the Weather Channel’s new show “SOS: How to Survive”, where survival expert Creek Stewart teaches innovative skills to help you survive in a dangerous situation. Each episode is about real people caught up in true stories of life or death survival, and how you…

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How to Kill Innovation – That’s The Way It’s Always Been Done

Posted November 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

When I ask people why we still have daylight savings time, most shrug their shoulders and say “I don’t know. That’s the way it’s always been done”. I hear this a lot as an innovation keynote speaker. Many times systems are put into place for a particular reason,…

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Inventor of Scotch Tape – Richard Gurley Drew

Posted November 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

As a creativity keynote speaker, one of the things I talk about is serendipity, or finding something valuable that you’re not looking for. Scotch brand tape was one of those serendipitous ideas that was invented to solve one problem and ended up solving many more.


One way many inventors…

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Creativity and the Value of Improv

Posted September 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

Creativity shares some of the same rules as improv. For one thing, every idea is the best idea you’ve ever heard. There’s no judging and no denying. And that’s the beauty of it. Companies and organizations that are worried about the costs of innovation, need not be worried about…

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Why Play is Important for Creativity

Posted August 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

Most of the articles out there about play involve children and how important it is for their development. But what about adults? I guess adults don’t really have to incorporate play into their lives, but how boring would that be? According to Plato “Life must be lived as play”….

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Inventor of Coston Flares

Posted August 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

If inventors know one thing it’s how to make lemons out of lemonade. History is full of stories about inventors who have succeeded despite failure and tragedy, and inventor Martha Coston dealt with both.


She married a man, Benjamin Coston, a scientist who was already an inventor who was just…

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Are You a Genius?

Posted June 20, 2017 in Creativity, Uncategorized

What do you think of when you hear the word genius? If you’re like most people, you think that person probably has a high IQ. But IQ test scores only measure problem solving and reasoning. It doesn’t measure creativity, and it doesn’t account for savants.


It’s been reported…

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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 suddenly, you snap out of it when the teacher calls on you….

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