Stop Asking For Ideas

I recently gave a presentation on innovation for a company that sells travel packages online. The presenter who preceded me was the executive in charge of creating the technology that automatically sends follow-up e-mails to prospects who visited the site. A few minutes into his...

Don’t Present What Can Be Pre-Sent

Being a professional speaker on innovation, I attend a lot of conferences and meetings.  And I am always amazed at how poorly most meetings are run. One things in particular disturbs me… When meeting time is used to present things that could have been sent via email....

How Focusing On The Big Picture Can Help Grow Your Bottom Line

This article was published on the American Express OPEN Forum.  When I sent in the article, I called it “If you focus on the hot dog, you might go hungry.”  Clearly they didn’t like that title Regardless of how you feel about Trump’s now aborted run for...

Tactics For Captivating Your Audience

I just returned from a fantastic weeklong cruise to the Southern Caribbean and noticed that it was structured similarly to others that I have enjoyed in the past. Immediately upon arrival, there is much fanfare: champagne as you board; a band rocking out tunes on the pool deck;...

7 Strategies For Running Your Business While Pursuing Your Passions

People often live by the saying: if you want to get something done right, you need to do it yourself. While I have heard people toss this phrase around like a badge of honor, there is no philosophy more toxic for an organization, especially small businesses. Businesses of any...

My Next Book

I am happy to announce that my next book will be published by Portfolio Penguin on September 29, 2011. The title? Best Practices Are Stupid: 40 Ways to Out-Innovate the Competition. This book contains 40 bite-sized tips and tricks for creating a culture of innovation. Most are...

Why Edison Was Wrong

Researchers often throw around the Edison quote, “I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.” Researchers use this...