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.


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 »

Grassroots Innovation Using The Kickbox Process From Adobe S13 Ep16

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 […]Read More »

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

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 […]Read More »

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

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 […]Read More »

How MBA's Kill Innovation S13 Ep13

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 […]Read More »

Innovating The Way We Teach Leadership S13 Ep12

When I was in college, the way we learned was lecture, reading and testing — with a little bit of lab work tossed in for good measure. When it comes to leadership, universities still teaches using this same model. The result is the struggle for graduates to understand the difference between management and leadership. To prepare […]Read More »

Lessons Learned From A Successful Innovator Inside a Large Organization S13 Ep11

A few shows back, I ranted on why I disagree with an article from an executive at Accenture who said that innovation inside large organizations was impossible. In this show, rather than you listening to more of my experiences, I decided to bring on a listener of the show who has direct experience of being a successful […]Read More »

Innovating with Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to Improve Personal Performance S13 Ep10

Artificial Intelligence (AI)  is quickly becoming a key element for today's innovations. While many think that AI is new, its been around for decades but just now finding the traction it needs to be applied to a broad set of innovations. In today's show, we have a discussion with Kerri McMaster, co-founder and head of […]Read More »

How To Be A Disruptive Entrepreneur S13 Ep9

The hope and dream of every innovator is to come up with an idea that disrupts and transforms industries. To do it multiple times over a career puts that person in to a category of being a disruptive entrepreneur. Our guest this week, Sachin Dev Duggal, is an innovator, serial entrepreneur, and an advocate of enterprise […]Read More »

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