Innovative Balloon Technology

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...

Valentine’s Day – Innovating Within a Tradition

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....

Innovators Embrace Uncertainty

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...

What Type of Innovator Are You?

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...

The Value of Incremental 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 the cliff and try...