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Killer Innovations: Successful Innovators Talking About Creativity, Design and Innovation | Hosted by Phil McKinney

An award winning nationally syndicated radio show and podcast where award winning innovators are interviewed about how they used creativity and design to create game-changing — killer innovation.

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The Insider’s Guide to Innovation by M&A S12 Ep36

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:00:06 +0000

There is an explosion in companies who are securing innovation by M&A (mergers and acquisitions). In the last 36 months, 57% of M&A deals were based on innovation. When companies find themselves behind the market, “innovating by acquisition” becomes a quick way to catch-up through the work of others. At the same time, if an […]

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6 Limiting Beliefs That Are Killing Your Creativity And What You Can Do About It S12 Ep35

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:00:25 +0000

Limiting beliefs are those that constrain you in some way. Just by believing them, we do not think, do or say things because this limiting belief inhibits us. Our limiting beliefs originate from self doubts that then become “rules” we apply to our everday activities. In extreme cases, limiting beliefs can sabatoge our hapiness, our […]

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Why Large Company Experiences are the Secret Ingredient S12 Ep34

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:00:10 +0000

While many companies recruit for start-up experience, large company experiences can be a secret ingredient to success. The ability to call on executives who have the experience of understanding scale, managing remote staff, complex manufacturing, global markets, selling to large organizations and much more is invaluable. In today’s show, we discussed: Barry’s career at IBM and the […]

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How To Monetize Your Idea S12 Ep33

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:00:32 +0000

An idea has no value on its own. It’s when you find a way to monetize your idea is when value gets created and you benefit from your creative output. There are a number of ways to monetize your idea and here are a few of the ones I’ve used. 5 ways to monetize your […]

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Career Success Through Acquisition S12 Ep32

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 13:00:18 +0000

With the never ending M&A activities facing most industries, managing your career success through acquisition is a critical survival skill. In today’s show, our guest Andrew Skafel shares his lessons learned in how to not only survive acquisitions but how to navigate the changes to ensure career success. We discussed: Andrew shared is academic background […]

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Managing the Fuzzy Front End Of The Innovation Funnel S12 Ep31

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 12:00:52 +0000

Managing the fuzzy front end of the innovation funnel can be daunting especially when management has high expectations from the innovation efforts. This weeks show focused on answering a question emailed in by a listener. The question focused on the challenges of creating an innovation process for a team within a large organization and dealing with […]

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Social Innovation: How To Use Creativity To Improve Charity Impact S12 Ep30

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:00:46 +0000

Creating a social innovation to impact the social problems and opportunities our society faces is incredibly rewarding. Most (but not all) organizations working to address the social challenges are stuck in a rut. They are running their programs the same way they’ve always done them. In today’s world, getting caught in the rut will dome […]

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5 Most Common Mistakes Innovators Make When Submitting To Innovation Competitions? S12 Ep29

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:30:35 +0000

Winning innovation competitions or innovation awards can be a major achievement and proof of you and your teams ability to innovate. Which innovation competitions or awards should you submit to? Are there any downsides to submitting and winning a competiton or an award? In this weeks show, we discuss the structures and thinking behind innovation competitions and […]

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How To Succeed Leading Innovation In Your Organization S12 Ep28

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 18:00:53 +0000

Leading innovation is one of the hardest roles I’ve ever had in my career. With that said, it is also one of the most exciting and satisfying which is what keeps me in the game. So what does it take succeed in an innovation leadership role? In this weeks show, I share some real-world experiences […]

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What Are The Innovation Career Opportunities For The Non-Technical? S12 Ep27

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 12:00:14 +0000

While many may link innovation with technology, innovation can be applied to any job in any industry in any geography. If that is the case, what are the innovation career opportunities for those who want to be innovators but who don’t have a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) background? This week, I received an email […]

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Decoding Silicon Valley Best Practices S12 Ep26

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:00:34 +0000

There is a mystique about Silicon Valley. Some think its this magical place where the breakthrough innovation is done. Others talk about it in hushed terms reserved for spiritual experiences. In reality, Silicon is much more complex and harder to grasp than with some simple labels. To understand it, you need to understand the answers to these […]

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9 Skills You Need To Become A World-Class CTO S12 Ep25

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:00:00 +0000

Many have the dream of making it into the CxO (CEO, CFO, CIO, CTO, etc) suite. What skills and abilities does it take to be in position to become a world-class CTO? During the time I was CTO at Hewlett-Packard, what where the skills and abilities I had – and which are the ones I […]

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How To Use SCAMPER To Greatly Improve Your Product S12 Ep24

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:00:38 +0000

There are many tools you can use to generate ideas such as brainstorming. Every innovator runs into walls where they know there are better ideas out there but can’t seem to get a grasp on what they is. SCAMPER is one of those tools that has always come in handy for me when I want […]

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15 Ways To Feed Your Creative Mind S12 Ep23

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 14:30:04 +0000

Just as we make sure we don’t skip many meals, we need to prioritize the feeding of our creative mind. Our creative mind is a critical resource that enables our ability to think creatively. Without it, we stunt our creative output and therefore our personal and professional success. For some reason, most people don’t prioritize it. […]

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Can You Achieve Both Professional Success and Personal Success At The Same Time? S12 Ep22

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:30:15 +0000

What do you do with a highly successful 35 year career? You pay-it-forward. You take the ups and downs you experienced and share it with others and help them achieve not just professional success – but also personal success. There seems to be an explosion of people hanging out their coach and mentor shingles. The […]

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How A Creative High School Student’s Science Fair Project Launched A Company And A Medical Device S12 Ep21

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:00:36 +0000

The emerging creative economy is dependent on having a workforce that is skilled differently than in the past. These new skills include: critical thinking, using our natural ability to be highly creative, be willing to take risks and to not have a fear of failure. There are kids/young adults who showing the rest of us how they […]

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A Path To Entrepreneurial Success That Went Through Diapers S12 Ep20

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:00:56 +0000

Our early childhood experiences have a major impact on our lives. In the case of Rodney Williams, he started down his path of being entrepreneur at the early ago of 8. While his friends were out cutting grass, he had his first entrepreneurial success by renting, for $0.50, the latest and hippest magazines to customers waiting in his […]

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How To Use Your Different Thinking Styles To Improve Your Creativity S12 Ep19

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:00:55 +0000

Creative thinking is not about how many ideas you can generate in a brainstorming session. Creative thinking is the result of using a variety of thinking styles to improve your creativity. The result is better ideas that turn into better innovations. We are born with a variety of thinking styles that are established based on […]

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Creative Thinking: The Critical Skill For The Creative Economy S12 Ep18

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 14:00:49 +0000

Creative thinking is a critical skill for personal, professional and business success. When you look at others who have been highly successful, such as Elon Musk, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, the common skill they have is a well exercised skill of creative thinking. Creative thinking is the fuel to everything you do. Creative Thinking According […]

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Innovating Design And The Changing Role of Designers S12 Ep17

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:48:05 +0000

The role of designers and design thinking is impacting every product and service being created. The old days of a product being created and then tossed over the wall to a designer to “wrap it in plastic and make it look nice” are long gone. With the introduction of products like the iPhone and Tesla, customers […]

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Inspiring Next Generation Innovators With Micromanufacturing S12 Ep16

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:00:31 +0000

The first challenge every innovator will experience is the task of taking their idea and turning it into something real. If your idea is a physical items such as a electronic device, a tool or any other tangible 3D item, how do you go about manufacturing it? What innovators need is access to reasonably priced […]

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How To Overcome The Innovation Antibody Of Impossible S12 Ep15

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 12:00:30 +0000

As with any idea, taking that spark and turning it into a product and a company runs into a never ending set of challenges. Early in the process, the innovation antibodies will come out in force. The one innovation antibody response that creates pause is when people you respect say that your idea is impossible. Should you go […]

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Kid Entrepreneurs: A 10 Year Old Who Is Franchising His Idea S12 Ep14

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 12:00:10 +0000

As a kid, I would setup a lemonade stand to try to make enough money to maybe go the movie or buy some candy. How times have changed. Kid entrepreneurs are not settling for a few bucks in their pocket. They are taking entrepreneurial opportunities by the horns and creating real businesses with real income […]

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7 People You Should Recruit to Your Innovation Team S12 Ep13

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000

When building an innovation team, taking special care that all of the official and unofficial roles are filled is key – not to mention teamwork. So what are those critical roles for the innovation team? In this weeks Killer Innovations Show, we address a listener question: What are the roles I should look for when […]

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Finding and Benefiting From A Coach and Mentor S12 Ep12

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 15:00:12 +0000

How do you find and take advantage of an innovation,  business and/or career  coach/mentor? I was the beneficiary of a great mentor who had a major impact on my career success. As a result, I believe others can benefit from finding the right mentor that can help them through this thing called life. So, do […]

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Innovating Healthcare in America S12 Ep11

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:00:48 +0000

In this weeks show, we dive into an an area that is ripe for innovation – healthcare. With are currently  seeing one of the most partisan, divided political cycles. Is there really an opportunity to be disruptive by innovating healthcare in Amercia? My guest, Dr Stephen Klasko, shares his perspective on what it will take to transform and […]

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8 Ways To Deal With Innovation Antibodies Who are Blocking You S12 Ep10

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 15:30:00 +0000

Everywhere you turn, there seems to be someone who is blocking you from making progress on your idea. These innovation antibodies seems to have one more reason as to why your idea won’t work. In this weeks Killer Innovations Show, we are answering a listener question on how to deal with these innovation antibodies. Here […]

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What Are Your Most Pressing Questions on Innovation? S12 Ep9

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000

This weeks show is what we call an “Ask Phil” episode where we take your questions on innovation via Facebook or via email, and answer them live during the show. The questions answered during the show were: “I loved your post about feeling stupid!!! You give the best advice that is grounded in you immense amount […]

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How A Day Job Annoyance Launched A Medical Innovation S12 Ep8

Wed, 25 May 2016 12:00:16 +0000

We all have experienced that regular work annoyance. That thing that is like finger nails on a chalk board. When you ask why, you typically hear back that “its always been done this way”. True innovators don’t settle and keep asking “why” — and then go out and innovate a solution. In this example, go […]

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Why Is Change Important For Innovation Success? S12 Ep7

Tue, 17 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000

The ability of any organization to have innovation success is defined by its willingness and ability to do things differently. To change. Lets not fool ourselves – change is hard and makes everyone unconformable. In this weeks show, we discuss the role of change, fear and failure on innovation success. We cover such topics as: Why is […]

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How To Use Emerging Trends To Create Innovation Opportunities? S12 Ep6

Tue, 10 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000

Detecting emerging trends and turning them into innovation opportunities can have a dramatic impact on an organization. Where do you find and track these emerging trends? By tracking sites such as TrendWatching, you can gain insights into what is changing so that you aren’t surprised and are able to create new products and services ahead of your […]

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What Is The Innovation Behind Chatbots And Why Is It Important? S12 Ep5

Tue, 03 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000

With the growing interest of organizations to have a closer, real-time connection with their customers, there is the emergence of business-to-consumer messaging channels coming from startups and even well established companies. To address the growth of customer interactions with these new messaging platforms, organizations are turning to chatbots, natural language processing, artificial intelligence and machine […]

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How To Find The Top Talent For Your Next Innovation

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:22:38 +0000

What do you do if you have that next great idea but don’t have the technical skill to turn it into that next breakthrough innovation? Would you even know how to interview and qualify a person to take on your idea? Many will turn to their network of friends and family or to one of […]

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Should You Trademark Your New Innovation? S12 Ep3

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:23:46 +0000

One of the more common questions asked by innovators is about patents and trademarks. For some reason, many innovators focus on patents believing that they need one to secure funding and/or support for their idea. That somehow a patent validates novelty. Given the average cost to secure a patent ($20,000 to $30,000 USD), how should […]

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What are the 3 things that every organization should do to be truly innovative? S11 Ep2

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000

It seems that every organization is looking for the secrets to make their teams more innovative. Is it hiring? Or is it office space design? In this weeks Killer Innovations Show, Thomas D. Kuczmarski, president and founder of Kuczmarski Innovation and co-founder (with journalist  Dan Miller) of the Chicago Innovation Awards, shares his thoughts on what […]

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Here Are The Steps To Go From An Idea To On The Shelf S12 Ep1

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000

In this weeks show, we talk with Tracy Hazzard of Hazz Design whee she has co-invented 35 patents with an 86% commercialization rate and designed 250+ consumer products bought everyday generating over $750 million for her clients. How does she go from idea to on the shelf? On the show, we discuss: The common challenges innovators […]

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Valuable Secrets From Innovation Coaching and Mentoring S11 Ep52

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:00:00 +0000

This week, I share my experience with innovation coaching and innovation mentoring in response to questions from a recent blog post. Over the years I’ve mentored and coached hundreds of executives, teams and entire companies. Each one is unique and different and I walk away learning something from each and every one. Over the years, […]

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Robert Scoble on Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality S11 Ep51

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 18:13:03 +0000

This weeks guest was Robert Scoble. Robert was the futurist at Rackspace who recently announced he was joining UploadVR. In this new role, Robert will be covering the latest advances in virtual reality and augmented reality. During the interview, Robert and I discussed: SXSW and what was the buzz at the show. His perception of […]

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7 Must-Haves For A Killer Innovation Pitch S11 Ep50

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 12:00:10 +0000

In this weeks Killer Innovations radio show, we pick up on a series we started in early February to take you from a blank page to brainstorming to a killer idea.  Now you need to create and deliver your innovation pitch. As background, those shows covered: How to create and use predictions to create an […]

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Cartoons Creativity and Innovation with Tom Fishburne S11 Ep49

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 13:00:19 +0000

This weeks guest on the Killer Innovations radio show was Tom Fishburne. Tom is a cartoonist that pokes fun at marketing, creativity, design and innovation and I’ve shared his cartoons on my blog many times. His work is meant to challenge conventional thinking and to cause teams and leaders to see themselves in the cartoons. While I’m […]

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What Are The Next Hot Innovations Coming From Startups? S11 E48

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 12:00:46 +0000

For this weeks show, Phil invited Kym McNicholas (Emmy award winning journalist) to join him to discuss and debate the latest innovations coming from startups. They cover startups that presented at Sir Richard Branson’s Extreme Tech Challenge finals on Necker Island, the personal reactions from seeing the reveals of new VR technologies at TED and […]

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How To Run A Next Generation Brainstorming Session S11 Ep47

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 19:56:34 +0000

Most organizations use the traditional approach to host brainstorming session with their teams. If they took the time to evaluate the impact, they would recognize that there are some inherent weaknesses in the way brainstorming have been done in the past. Is there a next generation brainstorming approach? In this weeks show, we share with you how […]

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6 Golden Rules of Brainstorming S11 Ep46

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 13:05:18 +0000

Two weeks ago where we discussed creating an innovation timeline and last week we then discussed on to take the items from a timeline and do prepare scouting reports for each item. This week we are going to take the next step and discuss how to take all of this and generate ideas  by understanding the rules […]

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Scouting The Innovation Battlefield S11 Ep45

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 13:00:42 +0000

This weeks show continues our discussion from last week. Now that you understand what an innovation timeline is, what should you do next? You need to take each of the innovation items on your timeline and scout the innovation landscape or what I call the innovation battlefield – depending on the level of competition in […]

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6 Steps to Creating Better Predictions Of The Future S11 Ep44

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:00:18 +0000

Part of my job has been and continues to be about predicting the future. A few weeks back, I shared with you my prediction about what was going to be the hot innovations of 2016. Most have been already validated by the buzz coming for the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  Lets be honest, […]

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Can the sharing economy kill your company?

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 13:00:44 +0000

Sharing has become the new business model that is being applied to a wide range of industries. The most popular sharing economy companies include Airbnb, Uber and Lyft. Can the sharing economy take over your industry? If so, what would that look like? In this weeks show, we take a look at the innovation happening in the […]

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Internet of Things: Is There Room For Innovation or Is It Hype?

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 19:36:20 +0000

Internet of things (IoT) has become a hot space for innovation over the last few years. Smart thermostats, smart light bulbs – heck even internet connected smart sprinkler systems. Where is this going and what opportunities does this open up for innovators working with the internet of things (IoT)? This week, we have the CEO of […]

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So – Who Won The Innovation Competitions? S11 Ep41

Tue, 12 Jan 2016 13:50:18 +0000

In this weeks show, Phil McKinney and Kym McNicholas talk about the winners of the technology and innovation competitions held at CES along with an eclectic set of companies and innovations they believe could be winners in 2016. They discuss: Extreme Tech Challenge – one of the largest innovation competitions with more than 3,000 entrants each year, […]

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Innovators Secrets To Time Management S11 Ep40

Tue, 29 Dec 2015 20:45:57 +0000

In this weeks show we discuss the  15 secrets successful innovators know about time management. As inventors, innovators and creatives, we struggle with prioritization given that we tend to be working on multiple ideas at the same time. I know I struggle. This weeks guest, Kevin Kruse, is a New York Times best selling author has […]

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Innovation Trends and Technology Trends for 2016 S11 Ep 39

Tue, 22 Dec 2015 14:59:09 +0000

This weeks show is the annual “prediction” of what will be at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and what that means for the innovation trends and technology trends for 2016. Some of the innovations and technologies discusses include: Next generation TV’s and displays Virtual Reality (VR) and what to expect for content Wearable’s such […]

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Starting Selling and Pivoting Start-up Companies

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 18:58:36 +0000

This weeks show gives insight into a serial entrepreneur and the cycles he went through from starting, pivoting and selling his past companies and his current start-up that has gone through its pivot to find its place in the market. What’s the secret of pivoting your company so that its a better chance of success? Guest: Jeff […]

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Kym McNicholas and the Extreme Tech Challenge S11 Ep37

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 13:00:09 +0000

In this weeks show, Kym McNicholas joins Phil to share her surprise and enthusiasm for Colorado, and specifically the Boulder, start-up scene along with sharing her work with Sir Richard Branson and the Extreme Tech Challenge. Some of the topics the two cover include: Kym reveals some surprises on Phil and his “personal time” activities […]

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Toys That Help Nurture And Encourage Creative Kids S11 Ep36

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 13:00:46 +0000

In this weeks episode, we take a look at toys that help our kids to discover their own creative ability. With the emerging creative economy, creativity is quickly becoming a foundational skill that everyone will need to have to succeed and where better to start than with our kids creativity. What’s the secret to creative kids? We […]

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What is the biggest innovation challenge organizations face?

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:00:11 +0000

In the innovation game, finding and engaging in a community of innovators where you can get your questions answered is important. Otherwise, you face your biggest innovation challenge alone. This weeks show centered around the answers to the most common listener questions. These questions included: What is the biggest innovation challenge (mistakes) organizations face? How did the […]

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Why Do 87 Percent of Companies Fail To Execute Their Strategy? S11 Ep34

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:00:49 +0000

Why are some companies more successful than others? Why Do Only 13 Percent of Companies Successfully Execute Their Strategy? What are the 87 doing wrong? Topics in the show include: Why conversations control everything in your business? What are the 10 conversations that create a connected organization? How can truth combat the the Execution Virus (innovation antibodies) that […]

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Fighting The Innovation Straitjacket: Innovating Inside Large Organizations S11 Ep33

Tue, 10 Nov 2015 13:00:48 +0000

Innovating inside large organizations can be challenging in the best of circumstances. So how do you go about getting leaders inside of established large companies and organizations get it when it comes to creativity and innovation and be successful? How do you get out of the innovation straitjacket? Topics covered in this week show include: What […]

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Inventing Unique Broadband Solutions For Emerging Countries

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:00:35 +0000

Innovation can truly change the world but only if the world can access them. One key innovation is broadband. This week, we dive into a new innovation that is bringing mobile broadband access to the rural and developing countries.  We cover such topics as: Dealing with two different types of innovation antibodies The economic challenge of […]

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How to go from invention to innovation to commercialization S11 Ep31

Tue, 27 Oct 2015 07:05:00 +0000

In this episode, we discussed the process (and challenges) of going from invention, to innovation and then ultimately to commercialization.  The question covered: What are the three attributes of a great innovation roadmap? Why are good requirements so critical for successful innovation and commercialization efforts? Can you create metrics that are meaningful for innovation? Is […]

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What Kind Of Culture Leads To Innovation Success?

Tue, 20 Oct 2015 10:00:17 +0000

Culture is critical for teams and organizations looking to be have significant innovation impact. Based on working across large, small, non-profit and government agencies, I’ve discovered what are a common set of four culture attributes in organizations that were highly innovative. We validate these and other attributes that make-up culture for an organization with this weeks […]

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Innovating A Brand: The Do’s Don’ts and Pitfalls

Tue, 13 Oct 2015 07:01:40 +0000

[social align=”center”] When someone says innovation, most default to products or services but innovation can be applied to anything. In this weeks, show, we will take a look at innovating a brand. Our guest, Michael Mendenhall, will share his thoughts and experience in successful brand innovation. This Weeks Guest: Michael Mendenhall – CMO for Flextronics […]

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A Look Inside A Next Generation Startup Accelerator S11 Ep28

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 12:00:42 +0000

This weeks show takes a look at Boomtown – a next generation startup accelerator that has greatly improved the accelerator model. Boomtown startups currently enjoy a 96% survival rate and 78% of them are generating revenues. Guest: Toby Krout of Boomtown Toby Krout is an entrepreneur, investor, and startup coach. He co-founded Boomtown, a startup […]

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Interview with Toby Krout of Boomtown on the Pros and Cons of Startup Accelerators

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:15:37 +0000

Toby Krout is an entrepreneur, investor, and startup coach. He co-founded Boomtown, a startup accelerator in Boulder, Colorado in 2013 where he currently serves as the Executive Director. Boomtown’s mission is to understand and continuously improve the modern accelerator model for the benefit of entrepreneurs. His startups currently enjoy a 96% survival rate and 78% […]

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Do You Have A Culture Of Innovation?

Mon, 04 Jun 2012 13:00:17 +0000

Culture of Innovation Culture is one of those things that is hard to quantify.  When I ask executives about their culture, they are confident that they have a culture that encourages innovation.  In most cases, these same executives project their wishes for their culture and not the reality. Culture is enabled by people and their […]

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The Importance of Stories and Storytelling To Innovation S11 Ep27

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 13:00:20 +0000

[social align=”center”] Guest: Peter Guber Peter was the guest on the September 27, 2015 show Topics: Storytelling Why are stories so important? What’s the difference between a good story and a great story? How should we think about audience and the relationship we have with them? Have you ever been surprised by a story that […]

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Using your internships as reverse mentoring of you and your team S11 Ep26

Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:00:57 +0000

[social align=”center”] Internships and Reverse Mentoring Summer is long over and now we are getting into the fall. This time of year always makes me look back on the summer internships. I’m a big believer in “internships” as a way for people to “learn”. Each summer, we bring in interns across a wide range of disciplines: technical, […]

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The difference between a good idea and a great idea is the timing S11 Ep25

Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:00:39 +0000

What goes into creating an idea that can impact 100’s of million of people? If I polled most people they would say it’s the “idea”. The core of the “idea” is table stakes but it does not guarantee success. Others would say PR and marketing. While PR and marketing are important – it does not guarantee success. So what are we […]

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How do you find inspiration? S11 Ep24

Mon, 07 Sep 2015 12:00:46 +0000

Innovation Needs Inspiration [social align=”center”] Every August, I host an annual event for about 600 people, discussing tech and innovation. This event has been going on for more than decade and I’ve been hosting it 4 years now. The challenge is how do you keep an event – or any creative endeavor fresh and interesting?? One common approach […]

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Why is Sharing so Important to Innovation? S11 Ep23

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:00:42 +0000

Sharing is Critical for Innovation [social align=”center”] I regularly get emails from innovators looking for advice or feedback on an idea and most are very appreciative. Some of those have resulted in major new products – and a few cases — a surprise of stock windfall since the start-up couldn’t afford to pay me. Why would I […]

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Does neural diversity hiring impact your innovation success? S11 Ep22

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:00:17 +0000

When I look back over my career and reflect about all of the people I’ve crossed paths with such as former bosses, former team members and former members of my innovation teams — the one of the key characteristics was breadth and depth of the “diversity”. Now you may be thinking I’m talking about the HR definition of diversity. In […]

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Do we have what it takes to innovate the education system? S11 Ep21

Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:00:23 +0000

It is always the start that requires the greatest effort. ~ J.C. Penney Many believe we are facing one of our largest and most important challenges – the education system. We are transitioning from an information and knowledge economy to that of the creative and innovation economy which requires a different skill set. Many are […]

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What is the impact of innovation investment on stock price?

Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:00:27 +0000

“You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” ~ Zig Zigler Some believe that innovation is not something that you can manage much less measure. I don’t agree. Over the years, those of us in the innovation space have been looking […]

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Be Unreasonable And Change The World S11 Ep19

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:00:54 +0000

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him… The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself… All progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw This weeks show was broadcast live from the Unreasonable Institute in Boulder, Colorado. The mission of Unreasonable is: … gets entrepreneurs what they need to scale solutions […]

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Doing The Impossible S11 Ep18

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 02:32:45 +0000

“It’s kind of fun doing the impossible” ~ Walt Disney Doing The Impossible Have you ever felt like you did something that others said couldn’t be done? There is not better feeling than completing something that the antibodies said couldn’t be done. Even when they try to use government regulations as a roadblock. When you look […]

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Perseverance and Pivots S11 Ep17

Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:00:07 +0000

Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. ~ Winston Churchill Perseverance and Pivots When we first come up with what we think is a great idea, we have a clear vision of how things are going to go. We see the idea being wildly successful. Then guess what? We get thrown a […]

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Yes – You Were Born To Innovate Something Great.

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:00:10 +0000

It’s really astounding how many people I meet who tell me, “I’m not creative” or “I wasn’t born an innovator.” How many times have you told yourself this story? No matter how convinced you may be that you are not creative or you were not meant to change the world, I believe that EVERYONE is […]

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