Innovation Isn’t Just About New Products

Innovation isn’t just about creating new products or services. While this is critical to an organization, it is also essential to look at other areas such as business model innovation, process innovation, and marketing innovation. The Framework for New Products We use the FIRE framework, which we have discussed many times on the show. The […]

New Products

Are You Afraid Of Running Out Of Ideas?

When I run into fellow innovators, they often want to share their ideas with me and get advice. In many cases, they have an idea that they believe is the pinnacle of ideas. They love their idea to death and hold it close to them. While they may have a great idea, it has no value […]

Ideas

9 Leadership Behaviors for Innovation Leaders

While innovation leaders have the same core behaviors all great leaders have, they carry crucial additional behaviors. Let’s discuss the leadership behaviors for innovation leaders, inspired by an article on Forbes by Jack Zenger. Applied to the topic is my own forty years of experience in the innovation space. These behaviors are foundational for innovation leadership success. Fundamentals […]

Leadership Behaviors

How to Avoid Innovation Burnout

What comes to mind when you hear the term innovation burnout? Webster’s dictionary says that burnout is the physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive or prolonged stress. Burnout occurs when we feel overwhelmed, drained, and unable to meet that constant demand. Innovation Burnout For innovators, it’s that constant demand for coming up with […]

Innovation Burnout

3 Tips to Innovating with a Co-Innovation Partner

Co-innovation is a common term used in the innovation space. It describes two organizations of any kind that come together to innovate in an area of common interest. I am not only talking about collaboration. Co-innovation seeks to deliver a result such as a product or service. There is a 50-50 contribution with this model, […]

Co-Innovation Partner

Dr. Whitney Snider on Collaborative Campuses That Fuel Innovation

Whitney Snider is the Head of Alexandria’s LaunchLabs and the VP of Alexandria Venture Investments. Alexandria Real Estate Equities is a real estate investment trust that provides housing and labs for life science and tech companies. Whitney will share what ARE is doing to fuel innovation through collaborative campuses. Whitney’s Background Whitney works at Alexandria […]

Dr. Whitney Snider on Collaborative Campuses That Fuel Innovation

Cyril Bouquet – Better Innovation with ALIEN Thinking

Cyril Bouquet joins us to discuss “A.L.I.E.N. Thinking: The Unconventional Path to Breakthrough Ideas.” His book breaks down five keys to creating disruptive ideas called ALIEN Thinking: Attention, Levitation, Imagination, Experimentation, and Navigation. Cyril’s Background Cyril is a Professor of Innovation and Strategy at IMD. Growing up, both of his parents were professors, but he […]

Cyril Bouquet and ALIEN Thinking

Do Faster Release Cycles Hurt Innovation?

The Killer Innovations Show with Phil McKinney is now on Season 17th!

Have you noticed that there is a constant cycle of new product releases? Organizational quarterly results often drive these releases. Cars, smartphone devices, home automation products, applications all follow this pattern of release cycles. I believe the fear of being left behind is what draws people to upgrades. They don’t want to pull out an […]

Do faster release cycles hurt innovation?

Innovating Wicked Problems

Wicked problems are problems that are extremely difficult or impossible to solve. The best example of this type of problem comes from a project I did with the Department of Education. Wicked Problems This project aimed to innovate kindergarten through 12th-grade education in the U.S. We ran a series of workshops in our attempt to transform education. […]

Wicked Problems

Is Creative Thinking Based on Nature or Nurture?

Is creative thinking based on a born ability, or can you learn it like any other skill? Is it nature or nurture? There is research that argues both cases, and I believe you can do both. I would say that we are all born highly creative. Creative Nature vs. Creative Nurture Children use problem-solving and their imagination […]

Is Creative Thinking Based on Nature or Nurture?