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2021 Best NEW Leadership Book

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This week, Invisible Solutions was chosen as one of the best new leadership books of 2021 by the Simon Leadership Alliance. There are some other great books on this list that you might want to check out! Read the entire list here    

2020 INDIES Bronze Award Winner

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Back in June, I posted here that Invisible Solutions® was given the bronze medal across all business and economics books (not just innovation) for the 2020 INDIES Awards. Here is the certificate which now hangs in my office. I love that their official color is purple!

Invisible Solutions Audiobook Available

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I am thrilled to announce that the audiobook version of Invisible Solutions: 25 Lenses that Reframe and Help Solve Difficult Business Problems is now available. You can buy it on Audible, Amazon,, or any number of places around the world. Given the current situation, we are all struggling with more challenges than ever. Now is […]

My New Speaking Video – 3 Minutes of Pure Content

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I am thrilled to share with you my new demo video. The team at Video Narrative did an incredible job of pulling this together. We had one design principle: Don’t sell; educate. We didn’t want this to be a sales pitch. Rather we wanted a video that was content-driven. Therefore, this 3-minute video is pure content […]

The Best Protection is Being Known for Your Innovation

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best practices = copying someone else = plagiarism   Recently I discovered that someone wrote a 1,000 word article that included passages lifted straight from my book, “Best Practices are Stupid.” The examples were the same. The language was the same. The only original part to the article were the first two lines. After that it […]

To Fee or Not To Fee…That is the Question


Should you ever give away your services (or products) for free? This has been an on-going discussion in the speaking community. And recently I found that the same debate is taking place in the magic community. There are some of my speaking colleagues who are adamant that no one should ever give a speech where […]

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. Don’t do it! Meeting time should be viewed […]

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; the captain and crew shaking hands and […]

Are You Smarter than a PhD?

“Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?” is an entertaining show. In the world of innovation, the biggest question is, “Are you smarter than a PhD?” Here’s what I mean… In Personality Poker we address four primary innovation styles.  The spades are the ones who are, as we would say in Boston, “wicked smaht.” We […]

Content is No Longer King….Long Live the King (Part 1)

We often hear that content is king.  But I wonder if this is still true. Let’s take some very simple examples. I am sure most of you know that the iPod was not a revolutionary invention.  It was merely a new spin on the already existing MP3 player.  The real innovation was the integration of […]