The Real Power of Purposeful Tangents

In a blog entry of mine last year, I discussed the concept of “Purposeful Tangents.” (if you’ve not read it, I encourage you to do so) In that article, I mentioned I was going to take a class with master magicians. Well, I just completed the training, and it was...

Discovering Your Blindspots

Here’s a video I recorded for “The Art of Sales” event in Canada. In it I talk briefly about two common innovation blindspots, and how to shine a light on them.

HBR: Do You Know What Makes Your Company Distinctive?

An excerpt from my latest Harvard Business Review article… Every company has a limited amount of time, money, and resources that it can invest in innovation. That’s why they should focus their energies on opportunities that will set them apart from their competition — that...

The Danger Of Being Too Controlling

If you want to grow your company, you’ve got to learn to let go of any task that doesn’t set you apart from the competition. ***  I recently spoke at an event where attendees were mainly small-business owners and solopreneurs. One of the points of my talk addressed...

Driving Your Differentiator Down

Imagine you are a company that produces products for consumers. It could be toothpaste or soft drinks. You decide that your differentiator is your marketing. (Read one of my articles on “Innovate Where You Differentiate“) Given this, you might assume that the...

Stop Being an Order Taker

Imagine that I am holding a glass of water. Here’s a question for you (you know this one)… What is the difference between a pessimist, and optimistic, an efficiency expert, and an innovator? The pessimist sees the glass half empty. The optimist sees the glass half...

Look for Purposeful Tangents

According to a recent Huffington Post/YouGov poll 28% of Americans did not read a book last year. As an author, I find this both disappointing and yet not surprising. Fortunately most people read. But is what you are reading enhancing your creativity, or just furthering your...

Diversity Doesn’t Work

Imagine two groups of problems solvers. Group #1 is homogeneous. That is, everyone has similar personalities and areas of expertise. Group #2 is diverse and comprises a blend of different styles and experiences. Which group will perform better? In times of crisis and on simpler...

My interview on Virgin.com

I was recently interviewed by Pedro De Abreu for an article on Virgin.com. Here’s a little taste… Every web site we visit, every book we read, every conference we attend, we are admonished to innovate, to be innovative and to disrupt the market with innovation....

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...