September 27, 2016 - No Comments!

The power of constraints to drive successful innovation

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to hear innovation expert Larry Keeley speak at Singularity University’s Global Summit Conference. Larry is the cofounder of the design innovation firm Doblin, now part of Deloitte Consulting, and is the author of the insightful and comprehensive book, The Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs. […]

September 12, 2016 - No Comments!

Are you ready to design a better business?

How do we become more innovative? How do we create new growth opportunities? How do we avoid being disrupted by a new competitor? To answer any of these questions, it’s essential to realize that innovation is not driven by a single great idea or the result of magical serendipity, innovation is a process of disciplined exploration. […]

August 23, 2016 - No Comments!

Your day job: Get out of the building and talk to customers

Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Alex Osterwalder, lead author of Business Model Generation and Value Proposition Design and founder of Strategyzer, about the importance of getting senior leaders to model and embrace the innovation process. Alex and I share a passion for helping business leaders learn that innovation is not a one-time […]

“There are people who prefer to say 'yes' and there are people who prefer to say 'no’.

Those who say 'yes' are rewarded by the adventures they have. Those who say 'no' are rewarded by the safety they attain. There are far more ‘no” sayers than “yes” sayers, but you can train one type to behave like the other."

Keith Johnstone, Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre, #

“A practice-based approach moves us away from unattainable ideas lf perfection or fixed goals and allows us to become more compassionate, particularly to ourselves. The emphasis shifts from trying to avoid mistakes, to learning from them. Instead of ‘Is it right?’ we start to ask ‘Does it help?’ Framing leadership as a practice also starts to erode the unhelpful notion that it is an innate ability.”

Robert Poynton from “Do/ Improvise: Less Push. More Pause. Better Results. A new approach to work (and life).”, #

October 27, 2015 - No Comments!

We are “they”

A new reality set in. There was no ‘they’ to teach me: I was the they. When I graduated from college, I was determined  to change the world. It was 1993 — Bill Clinton’s exciting first year as president — and I headed to Washington DC with my newly minted government degree. I didn’t know that much […]

October 27, 2015 - No Comments!

What do you think is a strategic conversation?

A strategic conversation is a creative, collaborative problem-solving session tackling a messy, open-ended challenge.   It differs from a traditional meeting that is often focused on one-way updates of information (e.g. sales pipeline calls or typical board meetings) in that it’s intentionally designed to foster two-way conversation and discovery of new ideas. And, it differs from […]

October 27, 2015 - No Comments!

Why isn’t innovation taught in the classroom?

Innovation is hard to teach because it’s inherently messy, unpredictable and team-oriented – which makes success hard to measure in a quantifiable way. This mindset is at odds with the traditional constructs of education, where students are taught to think and act in accordance with existing guides, chase down “right” answers, and are measured and […]