Never Give Up: Leaving School At 13 To Study Nuclear Fusion S13 Ep37

Guest: Dean Irwin - Part 1

We’ve all heard the mantra to never give up. We say it to our kids in the hopes that they stick with something that has impact. In the case of Dean Irwin, this mantra as child set him on a path that few could imagine. Dean left school at 13 to become an entrepreneur. His […]

Never Give Up

Can You Create High Performance Teams? S13 Ep36

Guests: Linda Adams and Audrey Epstein - Trispective Group

Over my career, twice I found myself part of what I would consider high performance teams. These are teams that achieved far beyond expectations. Once you’ve been a part of a high performance team, you will do everything in your power to find another team just like it. What I struggled with was unlocking why some teams are high performing while others […]

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Behind The Scenes Look At Getting The Innovation Timing Right S13 Ep35

Have we become addicted to innovation? I love the next new thing as much as anyone as evidenced by all of the stuff I’ve accumulated. As an innovators, the challenge is how to get the innovation timing right to satisfy the market and stay ahead of the competition. The pull on companies to create the […]

Innovation Timing

Innovation Outside Silicon Valley S13 Ep34

During some recent travels, I started noticing the comments and suggestions that “being part of Silicon Valley must be exciting”. As I paid more attention, it came across as almost hero worship of Silicon Valley and the companies its has launched. It’s like people believe that innovation outside Silicon Valley is a rare if not […]

Innovation Outside Silicon Valley

Why Do We Back The Wrong Ideas? S13 Ep33

When it comes to looking and selecting the right ideas to get behind, we all suffer from biases and blind spots. When you look at the success rate for venture capitalists, the only expect to have one hit out 10. So, why do we repeatedly find ourselves backing the wrong ideas and what can we do […]

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Innovation Driven Entrepreneurship S13 Ep32

In a recent discussion with some colleagues, we found ourselves discussing the current state of the US and global economy. Why has the economic recovery been so slow which has caused the middle class income to stagnate? In my opinion, its because the companies and jobs we are creating are not delivering high value products or services. […]

Innovation Driven Entrepreneurship

9 Common Questions About Innovation S13 Ep31

Over the years, I noticed that I seem to get a similar set of questions from the participants at my talks, workshops, and innovation boot camps. What this tells me is that there are a set of common questions about innovation that are on everyone’s mind. Here are the 9 common questions on innovation that I get. How do […]

Technology Megatrends S13 Ep30

Technology megatrends, or what some call long range technology roadmaps, are an important input into your strategic thinking as you build your innovation pipeline. I’ve been researching, tracking and presenting on technology megatrends for the last 30 years of my career. During a live show broadcast on Facebook, a member of the audience asked about […]

Technology Megatrends

Human Centered Design (HCD) S13 Ep29

Guest: Gordon Stannis, Director of Design and Strategy at Twisthink

Over the last few decades, the importance of design has been growing in the context of how to create disruptive game-changing innovations. Human centered design (HCD) is the way that innovators integrate design with a clear view of customer in to the process of creating an innovation that has impact. Be careful as bad design […]

Human Centered Design