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January 15, 2018

The following post also appeared as an opinion piece at Georgetown University

Big data, the internet of things, the digital journey…every day, we see how these concepts are changing our industries and our customers’ expectations. And our organizations are responding....

December 15, 2017

How many brainstorming sessions have you participated in during your career?

Since Alex Osborn introduced brainstorming in his 1953 book Applied Imagination, it has grown into a cottage industry. There are countless books, websites and organizations advising us on how t...

November 15, 2017

Gwen Moran interviewed me and others to identify the skills managers need to ensure their careers flourish long into the future.

Read her Fast Company article.

October 15, 2017

It is a common belief that encouraging creativity will lead to higher levels of innovation. In actuality, most organizations already have the creative ideas they need. But they are missing or outright rejecting them, and they don’t even realize they’re doing it.

Read th...

September 15, 2017

When leaders foster a culture of innovation, they enable their teams to be creative, flexible problem-solvers who thrive in the face of change. But what is a culture of innovation? And how does a leader start down the path of fostering one? Building a culture of innova...

August 15, 2017

The ability to innovate has remained a mystery to most of our organizations. McKinsey found in its Global Innovation Survey that only 6% of surveyed managers were satisfied with their organization’s innovation performance. We hear phrases like, "That's not the way we d...

July 20, 2017

Since Malcolm Gladwell gave his TED talk Choice, Happiness & Spaghetti Sauce in 2004, it’s been viewed almost 7 million times. But how many of those viewers actually listened to it?

Gladwell highlights a transformative moment for the food industry. Prior to this moment,...

July 13, 2017

Creative ideas are everywhere. Our organizations are full of them. But readers of this blog know that all of us - yes, all of us - have an unconscious bias against creativity that prevents us from recognizing the creative ideas already within our organizations.  (If yo...

July 6, 2017

Many organizations believe they can become more innovative by encouraging their teams to be more creative. In actuality, most organizations already have the creative ideas they need. The problem is they are missing or outright rejecting the creative ideas within their...

June 20, 2017

The ability to generate innovative solutions is a necessity for membership teams. With a flexible way of approaching issues, associations can better serve and grow members. Read more in the article I wrote for ASAE, the premier source of learning, knowledge, and resear...

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