Innovation in Practice Blog

February 23, 2021

The Power of Combining Things: How to be Creative Anytime with Simple Unexpected Combinations

Think you’re the most uncreative person in the world?  Well, not anymore.  You can decide to become creative if you want to right in this very […]
February 16, 2021

Are You Sitting on The Next Big Thing?

Have you ever been in your car driving down the road or you’re at a friend’s house or in your house or at work, then all […]
February 9, 2021

Why Some People See Creative Ideas More Clearly Than Others

Are you one of those people that a company would choose to call to get feedback about their products or services?  Do you have the right […]
February 2, 2021

Creative Ways to Improve How People See You: Adding Prestige to Who You Are

What makes luxury brands and products so special? They’ve got the prestige or reputation that’s unparalleled. Now, what if you’re able to translate that into you […]
January 26, 2021

What’s In a Name?

Naming objects is very useful. We name things all the time because it makes things efficient. It helps us understand our world and it’s how we […]
January 19, 2021

Mastering Creative Thinking: Two Techniques to Make Creative Thinking Stick

Becoming even just a little bit more creative will enhance what you do every day – whether at work, at home, or just about anywhere.  But […]
January 12, 2021

The Creative Power of Thinking Big: How to Improve Your Ideas with One Simple Trick

Think big. You’ve probably heard that a lot of times.  As leaders, we need to be more aggressive, take more risks, and challenge ourselves to think […]
January 5, 2021

The Temptation of Creative Ideas: How We View Ideas Differently Depending on the Source

The next time you come up with a great idea, don’t share it with anyone! Sounds absurd, right? Here’s a better way of saying that: If […]
December 29, 2020

You’re Awesome! How Sarcasm Enhances Creativity

Sarcasm is the idea of using irony in a way to mock somebody or to insult them. While sarcasm can be insulting and hurtful to somebody, […]
December 22, 2020

The Golden Rule of Creativity

The golden rule says that you should treat others as you want them to treat you.  Now, the golden rule of creativity states that if you […]
August 9, 2021

Episode 055: Saving Bees with Structured Creativity – The Task Unification Technique in Action

You may not realize it, but there is a very important part of our food chain that is under duress. One-third of the food we consume […]
August 2, 2021

Episode 054: I have a great idea! Now what?

Have you ever said the following? “I’ve got this great idea! If only I could explain it to you…” I’m willing to bet you have. A […]
July 26, 2021

Episode 053: My Apologies to the Wheel – Is it Creative?

A few episodes ago, I talked about what I considered the world’s greatest invention. And in that episode, I made some disparaging comments about the wheel. […]
July 19, 2021

Episode 052: People Systematically Overlook Subtractive Changes

Less is more. We hear this phrase all the time, and it gives us this sense that taking things away or reducing complexity is a good […]
July 12, 2021

Episode 051: One Year of Innovation Inside the Box

It’s time to celebrate here at Innovation Inside the Box! We’ve passed the 50 episode mark which is a big deal for a podcast. Over the […]
July 5, 2021

Episode 050: The Results Are In: New Inventions from the Multiplication Challenge

I gave you a challenge and you stepped up. In case you missed it, a few episodes back I discussed the multiplication technique. I also applied […]
June 28, 2021

Episode 049: Googling Your Own Mind: How to Search for Ideas Within

Creative people are those who have the ability to Google their own minds. What does that mean? Well, it all ties back to the SIT method […]
June 21, 2021

Episode 048: Fear Not: Some Practical Tips for Overcoming the Fear of Innovation

One of the biggest barriers to your creative output isn’t your ability to be creative but your fear of being creative. I’m sure you’ve experienced that […]
June 14, 2021

Episode 047: Analog Transfer – A Creative Gemstone

I love a good analogy. They help us explain things, make comparisons, and bring clarification to complex issues. I use them a lot in the classroom […]
June 7, 2021

Episode 046: Now It’s Your Turn – Take the Innovation Challenge

Today I have two challenges for you. One of these challenges is fairly easy while the other is comparatively hard. Can you guess which one is […]