Posted July 1, 2019 in Innovation, Uncategorized
The inspiration for innovation can come from many places. One of the best places to look is in nature. Nature has been solving its own problems for millions of years and has had plenty of time to work out the bugs and become sustainable.
Biomimicry is a science that gets…
Posted April 28, 2019 in Innovation, Inventing, Uncategorized
Where would we be without inventors? Practically everything we touch in the course of a day is thanks to an inventor who saw an opportunity most people overlooked. Inventors are problem solvers who are never satisfied with the status quo and believe there is always a better way. That…
Posted February 20, 2019 in Innovation, Uncategorized
I just got back from Charlotte, North Carolina where I was the innovation keynote speaker for the NC Festival and Event Association’s Showfest 2019. The conference was packed and it was great to see such a fun and receptive crowd. These were people who took copious notes and brought…
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….
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.
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…
Posted June 8, 2016 in Innovation
Winnie the Pooh said “Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon”. And many of Pooh’s adventures involved balloons. Simple latex party balloons, which haven’t really changed that much over the years. But there is more to balloons and balloon technology if you include balloons in the medical industry, defense,…
Posted February 14, 2016 in Innovation
The basis of innovation is about making a connection that didn’t exist before. But what about innovating within a tradition? The real history of Valentine’s Day isn’t completely clear, but the underlying theme is one of love, fertility, and marriage. Like all holidays, Valentine’s Day, once it became a…
Posted January 30, 2016 in Innovation
Uncertainty isn’t a comfortable place. In fact, it triggers a flight or fight response in the amygdala part of the brain. And most people choose flight. But innovators embrace uncertainty because we venture into uncharted territory every day.
I was talking to a friend who made the decision to move…
Posted January 23, 2016 in Innovation
Inspiration for innovation is literally all around us. Mother nature has supplied us with billions of years of natural R&D. If you ever think that everything that could have been invented has been invented, think again. If you only got your inspiration from nature, you’d still have enough material to…
Posted January 14, 2016 in Innovation
In 1962 the book “Diffusions of Innovations” came out. It was a phrase coined by communications professor Everett Rogers to explain how, why, and at what rate new ideas and technology is spread through cultures. Rogers explained in his book that four main elements are responsible for spreading a…
Posted December 5, 2015 in Innovation
A good portion of my day is spent working with small businesses, especially bricks and mortar stores, on how to compete and stay ahead of the curve in a time when change is so rapid. But there is a lot of resistance to being the first to jump off…
Posted December 3, 2015 in Innovation
For the past five years I’ve worked with corporations and associations as an innovation keynote speaker. The speeches are very interactive with the audience, with games and improv, so no two are ever the same.
I’ve worked with children’s hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, scientists, engineers, and banks…
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”…
Posted June 29, 2014 in Innovation
The innovation industry, like any other industry, is full of buzz words. People like to latch on to the latest academic sounding terms and have lengthy discussions about them. This all sounds impressive, but the bottom line is “what is your company doing about it?” Are you innovating or…
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…
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…
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…
Posted December 24, 2013 in Innovation, Uncategorized
The 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…
Posted October 3, 2011 in Innovation, Uncategorized
With the big Mega Millions Lottery reaching a record-breaking jackpot this week, I thought I would write a post on winning. Does it contain the winning lottery numbers? Of course not. We have those under lock and key.
Have you ever noticed how winners seem to have things so easy?…
Posted September 3, 2011 in Creativity, Innovation
As someone who’s been a victim of Chinese counterfeiters, I’m one person who wishes the Chinese were more creative and not just copycats. But it wasn’t always like that.
One of the most important innovations in history came from China. Ts’ai Lun, the inventor of paper is considered to be…
Posted February 12, 2011 in Innovation, News
After spending the day speaking to several different groups about innovation and creativity I realized how hard it was to convince people that they are both important. Even though creativity and innovation are two different things, they also…