How Companies Are Using Improv Comedy Skills To Boost Creativity S13 Ep21

Guest: Kelly Leonard, Executive Director at The Second City and Second City Works

Helping companies and teams to unlock their natural creative ability can be daunting to innovation leaders. One method that I have found incredibly useful is to use improv comedy skills as a way to get team members comfortable being uncomfortable since in improv, you never know what’s going to happen next. Kelly Leonard, Executive Director of […]

A 5th Grade Innovator Whose Idea Could Save Kids Left In The Car S13 Ep20

Guest: Bishop Curry

What inspirations feed your ideas for innovation? In this case, seeing a news report on a tragic death of a 6 month old baby let a young entrepreneur to create an innovation that could save kids left in the car. Bishop Curry is headed into the 6th grade this fall. Its was a the tragic […]

Skipping College To Start A Business S13 Ep19

Guest: Nick Titus with Myonic.Tech

What would you think if your child, grandchild, niece or nephew came to you and said that they were skipping college to start a business? Almost a year ago, I interviewed Nick Titus who was soon to be a High School Senior about his science fair project that was quickly becoming an innovation that could impact […]

The 8 Things Your Innovation Leader Should Bring To Your Organization S13 Ep18

This is for CxO’s or those who want to eventually be a CxO. How are you thinking about innovation within your organization? What are you doing to ensure that you have the right innovation leader in place? Why Is Innovation Important? A recent McKinsey & Company surveyed more than 2,000 executives and asked how important is […]

The Truth And Disappointment Of Orphaned Innovations S13 Ep17

How Orphan Drugs and Orphan Innovations Could Impact People's Lives

Orphaned innovations are those great ideas that could have a significant and positive impact on peoples lives except the market is so small that you can’t raise the monies and the support to bring them to market. Orphan drugs is the pharmaceutical industry version of the orphan innovations. Orphaned Innovations In a previous live, I […]

Grassroots Innovation Using The Kickbox Process From Adobe S13 Ep16

Guest: Mark Randall, VP of Innovation and Chief Strategist at Adobe

Inside any size organization, getting everyone engaged on innovation can be daunting. Its not just as simple as saying that innovation is important. You need to show the organization how. At Adobe, Mark Randall reversed engineered his approach to grassroots innovation and structured into a process called Kickbox. He didn’t stop there. He and Adobe decided […]

Technology and Innovation For The Growing Gray Wave Of Aging Adults S13 Ep15

Guest: Wendi Burkhardt, Co-Founder and CEO, Silvernest

The boomer market is quickly becoming the target demographic that is driving a new category of technology and innovation. The desire to allow those in this gray wave of aging adults to age in place is one area of innovation we all can appreciate. In this weeks show, serial entrepreneur and technology executive Wendi Burkhardt […]

6 Attributes of the Most Innovative People I’ve Interviewed S13 Ep14

What makes them so successful at innovation?

I’ve been going back and looking at past shows that had guests in an attempt to trigger ideas for new guests we should invite to be on the show. During the process, I started to see patterns of common attributes across this group that I label as the most the innovative people I’ve interviewed. The […]

How MBA’s Kill Innovation S13 Ep13

Guest: David Robertson - author of "The Power of Little Ideas"

While most innovators think about innovation across two types, incremental and disruptive, there is actually a third type; little ideas. Little ideas are complimentary to the existing offerings thus low risk. At the same time, little ideas can have high impact. The risk for little ideas is the desire by managements and the MBA’s to apply traditional […]