Little Book Wordle

Just for fun, I put my “Little Book of BIG Innovation Ideas” into Wordle to create a word cloud.  It’s interesting to see the word density – as indicated by word size.  Fortunately, “innovation” was clearly the most used word.  Fun.

Why Being Self-Centered is Good

This may seem like an odd blog entry, but it has been the topic of conversation over many dinners recently. Although we are taught from a young age that being self-centered is a bad thing, I think that more people would benefit from being this way. Let me explain. To start off, I...

Motivate Like a CEO

The ability to motivate your employees is one of your most important leadership skills. Unfortunately, too many leaders use outdated approaches that only temporarily increase motivation, but with long-term ill effects. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I...

EVA, SVA, and the Economy

While at Accenture, one of our analytical tools was Shareholder Value Analysis (SVA) – a tool based on Economic Value Added.  The premise is that by looking at a company’s financials, we can determine where to best target our innovation efforts.  The analysis can show...

Best Companies to Work For

Fortune Magazine released their list of the top companies to work for. #1 on the list is the 7,000 person data storage company, NetApp.  They have some great business philosophies that show they treat employees like owners of the company – a key to creating a truly...

New Innovation Tweet Group

In addition to being able to follow me on twitter, I created a new innovation tweet “group” that is open to the public.  This is a chance to post questions and ideas to other like minded people.  Join here. It make take a little while for things to heat up.  But once...

Do Your Innovation Efforts Work?

Sometimes the question you ask is more important than the actions you take. During President Obama’s inauguration speech, he said… “The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works – whether it helps...

A Business Idea Every Day

Could you develop a new business idea every single day for an entire month? That’s what my friend Susanne Goldstein has been doing since the start of the year. She is a “business accelerator and experience architect,” and she wants to find a source of passive income;...

Johnny Cupcakes

What do T-shirts and cupcakes have in common? A guy by the name of Johnny. Today I spoke at an event for the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).  They are an amazing organization that teaches entrepreneurship to high school kids, many of whom are in the...