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.


Managing the Fuzzy Front End Of The Innovation Funnel S12 Ep31

Managing the fuzzy front end of the innovation funnel can be daunting especially when management has high expectations from the innovation efforts. This weeks show focused on answering a question emailed in by a listener. The question focused on the challenges of creating an innovation process for a team within a large organization and dealing with […]Read More »

Social Innovation: How To Use Creativity To Improve Charity Impact S12 Ep30

Creating a social innovation to impact the social problems and opportunities our society faces is incredibly rewarding. Most (but not all) organizations working to address the social challenges are stuck in a rut. They are running their programs the same way they've always done them. In today's world, getting caught in the rut will dome […]Read More »

5 Most Common Mistakes Innovators Make When Submitting To Innovation Competitions? S12 Ep29

Winning innovation competitions or innovation awards can be a major achievement and proof of you and your teams ability to innovate. Which innovation competitions or awards should you submit to? Are there any downsides to submitting and winning a competiton or an award? In this weeks show, we discuss the structures and thinking behind innovation competitions and […]Read More »

How To Succeed Leading Innovation In Your Organization S12 Ep28

Leading innovation is one of the hardest roles I've ever had in my career. With that said, it is also one of the most exciting and satisfying which is what keeps me in the game. So what does it take succeed in an innovation leadership role? In this weeks show, I share some real-world experiences […]Read More »

What Are The Innovation Career Opportunities For The Non-Technical? S12 Ep27

While many may link innovation with technology, innovation can be applied to any job in any industry in any geography. If that is the case, what are the innovation career opportunities for those who want to be innovators but who don't have a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) background? This week, I received an email […]Read More »

Decoding Silicon Valley Best Practices S12 Ep26

There is a mystique about Silicon Valley. Some think its this magical place where the breakthrough innovation is done. Others talk about it in hushed terms reserved for spiritual experiences. In reality, Silicon is much more complex and harder to grasp than with some simple labels. To understand it, you need to understand the answers to these […]Read More »

9 Skills You Need To Become A World-Class CTO S12 Ep25

Many have the dream of making it into the CxO (CEO, CFO, CIO, CTO, etc) suite. What skills and abilities does it take to be in position to become a world-class CTO? During the time I was CTO at Hewlett-Packard, what where the skills and abilities I had – and which are the ones I […]Read More »

How To Use SCAMPER To Greatly Improve Your Product S12 Ep24

There are many tools you can use to generate ideas such as brainstorming. Every innovator runs into walls where they know there are better ideas out there but can't seem to get a grasp on what they is. SCAMPER is one of those tools that has always come in handy for me when I want […]Read More »

15 Ways To Feed Your Creative Mind S12 Ep23

Just as we make sure we don't skip many meals, we need to prioritize the feeding of our creative mind. Our creative mind is a critical resource that enables our ability to think creatively. Without it, we stunt our creative output and therefore our personal and professional success. For some reason, most people don't prioritize it. […]Read More »

Can You Achieve Both Professional Success and Personal Success At The Same Time? S12 Ep22

What do you do with a highly successful 35 year career? You pay-it-forward. You take the ups and downs you experienced and share it with others and help them achieve not just professional success – but also personal success. There seems to be an explosion of people hanging out their coach and mentor shingles. The […]Read More »

How A Creative High School Student's Science Fair Project Launched A Company And A Medical Device S12 Ep21

The emerging creative economy is dependent on having a workforce that is skilled differently than in the past. These new skills include: critical thinking, using our natural ability to be highly creative, be willing to take risks and to not have a fear of failure. There are kids/young adults who showing the rest of us how they […]Read More »

A Path To Entrepreneurial Success That Went Through Diapers S12 Ep20

Our early childhood experiences have a major impact on our lives. In the case of Rodney Williams, he started down his path of being entrepreneur at the early ago of 8. While his friends were out cutting grass, he had his first entrepreneurial success by renting, for $0.50, the latest and hippest magazines to customers waiting in his […]Read More »

How To Use Your Different Thinking Styles To Improve Your Creativity S12 Ep19

Creative thinking is not about how many ideas you can generate in a brainstorming session. Creative thinking is the result of using a variety of thinking styles to improve your creativity. The result is better ideas that turn into better innovations. We are born with a variety of thinking styles that are established based on […]Read More »

Creative Thinking: The Critical Skill For The Creative Economy S12 Ep18

Creative thinking is a critical skill for personal, professional and business success. When you look at others who have been highly successful, such as Elon Musk, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, the common skill they have is a well exercised skill of creative thinking. Creative thinking is the fuel to everything you do. Creative Thinking According […]Read More »

Innovating Design And The Changing Role of Designers S12 Ep17

The role of designers and design thinking is impacting every product and service being created. The old days of a product being created and then tossed over the wall to a designer to “wrap it in plastic and make it look nice” are long gone. With the introduction of products like the iPhone and Tesla, customers […]Read More »

Inspiring Next Generation Innovators With Micromanufacturing S12 Ep16

The first challenge every innovator will experience is the task of taking their idea and turning it into something real. If your idea is a physical items such as a electronic device, a tool or any other tangible 3D item, how do you go about manufacturing it? What innovators need is access to reasonably priced […]Read More »

How To Overcome The Innovation Antibody Of Impossible S12 Ep15

As with any idea, taking that spark and turning it into a product and a company runs into a never ending set of challenges. Early in the process, the innovation antibodies will come out in force. The one innovation antibody response that creates pause is when people you respect say that your idea is impossible. Should you go […]Read More »

Kid Entrepreneurs: A 10 Year Old Who Is Franchising His Idea S12 Ep14

As a kid, I would setup a lemonade stand to try to make enough money to maybe go the movie or buy some candy. How times have changed. Kid entrepreneurs are not settling for a few bucks in their pocket. They are taking entrepreneurial opportunities by the horns and creating real businesses with real income […]Read More »

7 People You Should Recruit to Your Innovation Team S12 Ep13

When building an innovation team, taking special care that all of the official and unofficial roles are filled is key – not to mention teamwork. So what are those critical roles for the innovation team? In this weeks Killer Innovations Show, we address a listener question: What are the roles I should look for when […]Read More »

Finding and Benefiting From A Coach and Mentor S12 Ep12

How do you find and take advantage of an innovation,  business and/or career  coach/mentor? I was the beneficiary of a great mentor who had a major impact on my career success. As a result, I believe others can benefit from finding the right mentor that can help them through this thing called life. So, do […]Read More »

Innovating Healthcare in America S12 Ep11

In this weeks show, we dive into an an area that is ripe for innovation – healthcare. With are currently  seeing one of the most partisan, divided political cycles. Is there really an opportunity to be disruptive by innovating healthcare in Amercia? My guest, Dr Stephen Klasko, shares his perspective on what it will take to transform and […]Read More »

8 Ways To Deal With Innovation Antibodies Who are Blocking You S12 Ep10

Everywhere you turn, there seems to be someone who is blocking you from making progress on your idea. These innovation antibodies seems to have one more reason as to why your idea won't work. In this weeks Killer Innovations Show, we are answering a listener question on how to deal with these innovation antibodies. Here […]Read More »

What Are Your Most Pressing Questions on Innovation? S12 Ep9

This weeks show is what we call an “Ask Phil” episode where we take your questions on innovation via Facebook or via email, and answer them live during the show. The questions answered during the show were: “I loved your post about feeling stupid!!! You give the best advice that is grounded in you immense amount […]Read More »

How A Day Job Annoyance Launched A Medical Innovation S12 Ep8

We all have experienced that regular work annoyance. That thing that is like finger nails on a chalk board. When you ask why, you typically hear back that “its always been done this way”. True innovators don't settle and keep asking “why” — and then go out and innovate a solution. In this example, go […]Read More »

Why Is Change Important For Innovation Success? S12 Ep7

The ability of any organization to have innovation success is defined by its willingness and ability to do things differently. To change. Lets not fool ourselves – change is hard and makes everyone unconformable. In this weeks show, we discuss the role of change, fear and failure on innovation success. We cover such topics as: Why is […]Read More »

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