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Innovation in Education

Posted January 13, 2019 in Uncategorized

Years ago I was invited to a private screening of “Waiting for Superman” where teachers in the audience were free to express their true feelings. This was before I started speaking on innovation in education. What I learned from the teachers in the audience is still a problem now…

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The Value of Prototyping in Research and Development

Posted November 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

Last week I was the innovation keynote speaker for the James Hardie Research and Development Conference for their scientists and engineers. I normally don’t show anyone my first prototype, but I wanted to show how simple prototyping can be, and the value of prototyping in research and development.

 

A…

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Halloween Innovation

Posted October 28, 2018 in Uncategorized

People love the tradition and rituals of holidays. It’s a comfortable time of doing something we’ve always done year after year, and usually involves family and friends getting together for a structured event. It’s a time when the uncertainty of life becomes certain, if only for a day.

 

But that…

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Innovation in Nature – Cell Phone Screens

Posted September 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

How many times have you tried to use your cell phone in bright sunlight and were unable to see the screen? Thanks to mother nature, that may be a thing of the past.

 

According to the Optic Society, “Reflection is the major reason it’s difficult to read a phone screen…

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Creativity and Problem Solving Through Low Tech

Posted August 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

As technology takes over more of our lives, there is one skill a machine just cannot compete with…creativity. According to The World Economic Forum’s recently released report, The Future of Jobs, that skill has moved from 10th place in 2015 to #3 in 2020. This is based on information supplied…

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Creativity and Problem Solving Top Job Skills for the Future

Posted July 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

According to the World Economic Forum’s “Future of Jobs Report”, creativity and problem solving are listed in the top three skills that employees will need by 2020. Critical problem solving is one of the most important attributes that employers look for in a new hire because no organization is without problems,…

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Innovation in Home Care

Posted June 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

I was pleased to be the innovation keynote speaker recently at the Rocky Mountain Home Care Conference in Beaver Creek. The topic “Turning Your Employees Into Problem Solvers” was well received by a packed crowd of people in the home care and hospice industry.

 

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Innovations in the Fire Industry

Posted May 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

Last month I had the pleasure of being the innovation keynote speaker for the Southeast Michigan Fire Chiefs Association on “Fire Industry Leadership in the Age of Disruption”. It was an honor to be among so many heroes, and what I didn’t know is that 69% of all firefighters…

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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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