Simple Not Simplistic

People who play Personality Poker tell me that they love its simplicity.  But what they find most amazing is how this simple “game” can generate profound insights. During a recent event, one participant commented that she learned more about herself and her team in 15...

Innovating in Tough Times

I was recently interviewed via email for a Canadian publication.  I was asked 5 questions.  Given the journalists deadline, I needed to provide an immediate response.  Here are “off the top of my head” answers – without editing. 1. What is your own definition of...

Pitchmen, Pain and Positioning

My new guilty pleasure is watching the Discovery Channel show “Pitchmen.”  On it are two pitchmen, Billy Mays and Anthony Sullivan, who create and star in direct response ads.  These are TV commercials that sell you a product and entice you to call now. Each week,...

Jazz, Improvisation and Innovation

What do jazz and innovation have in common? Quite a bit. Many years ago, in 24/7 Innovation, I wrote.. “Most businesses are run like classical symphonies – long, with elaborate compositions (detailed workflows) that leave little room for interpretation. Employees are...

Gossip Stoppers

My friend April Callis just published a nice spiral-bound book entitled “Gossip Stoppers: 101 Insights to Stop Gossip.”  Although I don’t think it is available yet for purchase, I wanted to share two of the quotes. Half the world is composed of people who have...

What Innovators Can Learn From Poetry

Last night I attended a book launch party to honor Elizabeth Alexander, the poet who spoke at Obama’s inauguration. After some opening remarks, she read her inaugural poem, “Praise Song for the Day.” After her reading, she took questions from the audience of over 100 people. The...

Climate for Innovation On the Rise

According to a recent study by Chuck Frey at innovationtools.com, 47% of companies say that the climate for innovation has “improved slightly or significantly” since the onset of the global recession.  In fact, only a quarter of the respondents felt that the climate...

New Literary Agent

News flash…I just signed on with Bonnie Solow as my literary agent. She represents big name authors like Jack Canfield and T. Harv Eker.  I am honored to be working with her.  We already have a two book deal in the works.  More details soon.