Scale your Idea Up and Out

The concept of scale is an important one for innovation and greater success. Just like the mighty oak tree began as a small acorn turned seedling, our success begins with a small-scale idea. This idea goes live and it works. It sees light and wants to grow. This idea scales up and out in different…

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Innovating on the Wall: Activities for Reflection and Strategy

When you post your innovation activities on the wall and keep them there, you not only have more room to work and collaborate but you are visually reminded of what you are working on. Here is my wall. This innovation journey program I’ve developed guides participants through a number of deep reflection and life assessment…

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Data: Generate, Analyze, Interpret, Visualize, Communicate and Innovate from it

The CTO of IBM recommends people develop the skill of turning data into knowledge. The New York Times featured an article about how new ways to mine or exploit raw data may bring a surge of innovation. McKinsey research identifies big data as the next frontier for innovation and that people with deep analytical skills…

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Speech on Developing and Communicating Innovative Ideas

I had been blogging about the process of creating a visual keynote speech. I recorded a final prototype version of a speech on “developing and communicating innovative ideas” from my home studio and posted the video. I did this speech live for a group of 300…plus an overflow room for the live stream of the…

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How to create a visual keynote speech

I’m doing a pecha kucha keynote speech for an event called Showcase at the University of Wisconsin. This is my story of how I’m developing it. A pecha kucha is a structured framework for a presentation. It consists of 20 visual slides that advance after 20 seconds. It is only a 6:40 long speech! Some…

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Do Not Create Alone: How to Develop a Title Using 2 Question Surveys

I am finishing a book based on my dissertation research of high quality leadership programs. The purpose of the book is to help people innovate their own leadership programs and teach leadership in a way that works with how people learn and develop as a leader. I spent a lot of time thinking about titles…

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Out-innovate, outeducate, and outbuild: Obama’s call for a focus on education & innovation

“We need to out-innovate, outeducate and outbuild the rest of the world.” This was President Obama’s memorable quote from the 2011 State of the Union Address that summed up what we need to do as a country. Innovation is critical. It is at the center of the radar. But first, we need to teach people…

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Change behavior, choice, and the interaction: Innovation for the purposes of fun

This great fun theory video shows us the results of innovating for the purposes of making something more fun. Many of us want to change behavior, the decisions people make, and how they interact or engage with our product, service, program or message. One idea…make it more fun. A key question to ask in your…

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Visualizing, Storyboarding, Whiteboarding, & Showing How Great Ideas Happen

This is a great example of an emerging way to explain something by visualizing it on a whiteboard. Taking notes like this is so much more engaging for the brain to remember and connect with what was spoken or read. This is one of the best visualizations or animations of a book talk that I…

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How to Encourage Creative Thinking: Developing experiential training activities to teach the innovator’s DNA

My favorite innovation articles are those that focus on which capacities we need to cultivate to become better innovators personally. Innovation processes and systems are excellent but learning how to develop our own innovation skills is truly compelling because it is personal. Plus, much of the innovation chatter in organizations now is shifting from adopting…

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