Show Archive

This page contains a summary of all of the past shows in the form of an archive. They are presented in date order starting with the newest. If you are looking for a specific topic, I would suggest you use the search function to the right.


Innovation At Scale: The Role Of Infrastructure S13 Ep41

To invent and deliver innovation at scale, infrastructure can quickly become the roadblock that will turn a great idea in to nightmare. For those of us who have been on Twitter for any amount of time, how can we forget the “fail whale” whenever it went down. While many may consider infrastructure the “boring” part of […]Read More »

How To Build An Innovation Ecosystem Inside Your Organization S13 Ep40

Building an innovation ecosystem of support across your organization is critical to achieving success. Without it and you will struggle taking and idea and making it real. This week, we take a look at another listner question on how to get support across the organization. Innovation Ecosystem By building an ecosystem of groups and departments […]Read More »

Would You Quit Google and Sell Your House for an Idea? S13 Ep39

I'm not sure how many people would up and quit google and sell their house to fund an innovation. On top of that, the idea was in an area that many say had no room for new innovation. A very typical innovation antibody response to this persons idea. Unexpected Innovation Many innovations that go on to […]Read More »

Patience: Waiting 15 Years To Bring An Innovation To Market S13 Ep38

When it comes to tackling some of the hardest medical innovations, patience becomes a fundamental requirement. Because of the regulatory challenges of getting government approval, its not uncommon to wait for years before an innovation is approved for use. That assumes you can solve all of the technical and medical issues before even starting to […]Read More »

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

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 […]Read More »

Can You Create High Performance Teams? S13 Ep36

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 […]Read More »

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 […]Read More »

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 […]Read More »

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 […]Read More »

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. […]Read More »

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 […]Read More »

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 […]Read More »

Human Centered Design (HCD) S13 Ep29

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 […]Read More »

My Secret to Sourcing Innovation S13 Ep28

When it comes to sourcing innovation, most focus on trying to come up with a clever technical or business hook. Over years of experience of both innovation success and failures, I've uncovered three areas of focus for sourcing innovation that will have significant impact. Before jumping into the three areas of focus, there is a basic […]Read More »

Daydreaming: 2 Hours To Boost Your Creativity S13 Ep27

Some of the smartest, most creative people I know spend time doing nothing but thinking. For example Einstein was often criticized for his daydreaming. His form of daydreaming was to run his thought experiments.  Experiments carried out completely within his imagination. Our society doesn't embrace or allow for daydreaming. Most organizations view this as being lazy and unproductive. Companies […]Read More »

Next Generation Technology: Human Computer Interaction S13 Ep26

When I was a software engineer, one area of importance was the design and testing of user interfaces. The work was frustrating because you had to decipher what the user was “thinking” to understand how they would use your software. Over the years, the research has taken on the challenges of human computer interaction with […]Read More »

Will Artificial Intelligence Take Over Creativity and Innovation? S13 Ep25

As humans, we have some unique abilities. We are self-aware, we exhibit critical thinking and we have the ability to be creative and innovate. Will that always be the case? Some think that artificial intelligence (AI) will someday take over creativity and innovation. In my opinion, AI will become a tool that will help improve […]Read More »

Innovation With Purpose: Inspiring The Near Future S13 Ep24

It’s human nature to want to make a lasting impact with the innovations we create. To do something meaningful and enduring. To create a lasting legacy that makes the world a better place. I call this innovation with purpose. In some cases, we need help to realize a vision we have that manifests this idea […]Read More »

How To Avoid The Trap of Success S13 Ep23

Once we have experienced that taste of success, we will do anything to experience it again but instead, we fall into the trap of success. Success leads us down the path of taking a more conservative approach in hopes that we can repeat the success we just experienced. The assumption is that if we repeat […]Read More »

The Unintended Consequences From Innovation Adoption S13 Ep22

The pace of innovation continues to accelerate and in many instences, we are surprised from the unintended consequences from innovation adoption. While innovators focus on the adoption, we overlook the need for society to adapt to these new innovations and the impact it has. Some adaptations are conscious while others are thrust upon society with […]Read More »

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

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 […]Read More »

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

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 […]Read More »

Skipping College To Start A Business S13 Ep19

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 […]Read More »

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 […]Read More »

The Truth And Disappointment Of Orphaned Innovations S13 Ep17

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 […]Read More »

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