Hiring for Innovation

Hiring for Innovation

With all of the businesses I’ve run I can’t remember ever asking anyone for a resume. Of course I want to know that the person can do the job, but I’m much more interested in other qualities, like creativity, curiosity and enthusiasm. If someone comes in for a job...
Problem Solving in the Building Code Industry

Problem Solving in the Building Code Industry

Last week I was the innovation keynote speaker for the FL Building Officials Emerging Tech Conference on problem solving in the building code industry. I wasn’t sure building code officials had a lot of leeway to be innovative, but it turns out government...
How a Toy Innovation Created a System of Play

How a Toy Innovation Created a System of Play

In a day when kids have access to all kinds of digital toys, one old school, low tech toy innovation still exists today… LEGO, with their patented “system of play”. It started in the workshop of businessman and carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen. The...
The Role of Serendipity in Innovation

The Role of Serendipity in Innovation

I often speak about the role of serendipity in innovation as an innovation keynote speaker. Many products inventors come up with are “happy accidents”, a word coined by English writer Horace Walpole in 1754. In the fairy tale “The Three Princes of...
Accidental Innovation – The Microwave Oven

Accidental Innovation – The Microwave Oven

Many of the inventions we have now started out as accidents. One accidental innovation was the microwave oven. We take it for granted when we want a quick cooked meal, popcorn or a warmed over slice of pizza from the night before. It’s easy to wonder how we ever...