Bring Me Better Problems

In life and in business, we are often told, “don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.” From my perspective, this is bad advice. I want people to bring me bigger and better problems. Or, as the fortune cookie I got last night (above) implied, if you...

Why Did Apple Stock Tank?

Last week Apple announced their new lineup of iPhones: the 5S and the 5C. In the subsequent days, their stock dropped like the apple that fell from a tree and hit Newton on the head. Why? Most analysts were expecting a lower priced 5C so that it could be competitive in China. At...

Website Changes

This week we launched some changes to the website. A revised home page with links to two new pages, one for meeting planners and one for innovation leaders. We also streamlined the look and feel slightly. We revised the look of the blog “listing” page to only provide...

Innovate Where You Differentiate

In Best Practices are Stupid, I discuss the need to “innovate where you differentiate.” That is, discover what you do better than everyone else and rally all of your innovation efforts around that. In the book I discuss one company that does this well – USAA...

Webinar with InnoCentive

For those of you interested in making internal collaboration a reality within your organization, I am conducting a free webinar in conjunction with InnoCentive, the premier open innovation platform. Although some of the content will be similar to what I have presented in the...

Line Thinking at 3M

From my experience, 80% of innovations within most companies are “dot solutions.” That is, innovations are typically developed by individuals from a single domain of expertise. Deep expertise is valued. Dig deep wells. (for more on my perspectives on dot vs line...

Do Less, Make More

In the September issue of “Speaker Magazine” (published by the National Speakers Association), I have a 3-page article. It is called: Do Less, Make More: Work Only One Hour a Day by Mastering Leverage. Here’s the beginning… I’ve been trying a...

How To Work One Hour A Day And Have A Thriving Business

Do you run a small business? Or does your small business run you? As entrepreneurs, there are countless things we could do to grow or improve our businesses. It’s easy to keep busy 100 hours a week. I know—I’ve done so countless times throughout my career....