Innovation, Independence and Ideas for All

July 2, 2020 July 4, 2020 marks the 244th birthday for the United States. We’re not alone in our celebration of independence this month. Canada, Rwanda, Somalia, Hong Kong and Burundi have July 1 as their Independence Day. The French celebrate Bastille Day on the 14th. In total, 20 countries …

Business as (Un)usual

March 20, 2020 I’ve worked from home for the last 19 years. There are a slew of articles that give you tips on how to be productive from your kitchen table or even your couch. Normally, that’s exactly what you need…when it’s business as usual. Getting into a regular routine …

77 Ways to be More Creative

January 9, 2020 Creativity is one of those things that sounds romantically easy to do, but often leaves you scratching your head. Even the creative geniuses get stumped from time to time. The key to getting your creative mojo going is practice. Consistent practice. Since January is International Creativity Month, …

How Embarrassing Moments Lead to Creative Genius

October 11, 2019 I still remember it like it was yesterday. It was my first “real” job – I was the marketing director for a mid-size architecture firm. Every Monday started the same, with a meeting in the conference room. Just me and the five partners of the firm. I …

The Rise of the Citizen Innovator

September 26, 2019 Plato once said that your archetype describes “your ideal self.” When a person embraces who they really are, that’s when they’re at their best. Archetypes are the secret forces behind all human behavior. They dwell in our unconscious and influence our every move, much of the time …

7 Ways to Build a Culture of Learning

July 25, 2019 LinkedIn research says that nearly every employee would stay at a company longer if it invested in their learning and development. And younger employees – millennials and gen Zs – say the chance to learn and grow is the top thing that inspires them and makes them …

5 Missed Opportunities for Storytelling

July 11, 2019 Storytelling is everywhere in your company, whether you realize it or not. Marketers are getting the hang of it in their own domain, but miss opportunities to tell stories behind the scenes in every company. Here are the top five that people miss most often: 1. Brand …

How to Build a Culture of Original Thinkers

May 30, 2019 Disruptive innovation celebrates the renegade brands that take an industry by storm. Other companies sit on the sidelines watching with envy as they grab market share and generate incredulous revenue. “Why can’t we be like them?” they ask. People believe true innovators are a rare breed. But …

How to Find Insights

April 5, 2019 Hiero was a tyrant who believed that his goldsmith was cheating him. He didn’t know how to prove it – he suspected the goldsmith was swapping out gold with silver – so he hired Archimedes, a local mathematician and engineer, to prove it for him.   This …

Learning Through Looking

March 14, 2019 We spend most of our days tuning out the world. But, if you put down your phone, take out your earbuds and look around, you can find massive inspiration for anything you need. All you have to do is learn how to observe. When we’re kids, we …

How to Set Objectives

February 28, 2019 Now that business has moved into the digital world we’re able to measure and predict things like never before. This makes a lot of marketers very uneasy. Marketing’s long been given a hall pass when it comes to accountability. There’s a lot of things we do that, …

4 Archetypes of Innovators

January 3, 2019 When I give talks or workshops about how to bring new ideas into a company, one of the first things people ask me is how their company compares to other businesses. They’re curious about where they fall on the innovation spectrum. This is how I explain it to them. …

Where Great Ideas Come From

December 21, 2018 One of the biggest complaints I hear from leaders is, “My team never comes to me with new ideas.” They chide. They coax. And they coerce. But…nothing. How can that be? These are the same employees who, their first six months on the job, constantly stood in …