Innovation in Practice Blog

November 12, 2018

Launching My Latest Book

I’m thrilled to let you know my new book, So You Want to Be a Professor: How to Land Your Dream Job in Academia, just launched! […]
November 5, 2018

Introducing Switchers

I am excited to announce a new book that was just released by my friend and colleague, Dawn Graham. Switchers is the first book written specifically for the career changer, to help them to […]
October 22, 2018

Attribute Dependency in Bifocal Glasses

Bifocal users must no longer battle their strange, new lenses, thanks to the technology of Mitsui Chemicals of Japan. This spring, Mitsui launched their TouchFocus line, […]
October 15, 2018

Running Effective Innovation Workshops

I’ve mentioned in a previous post that innovation is a team sport. The strongest teams are characterized by functional, gender, and cultural diversity among its members. And, […]
October 3, 2018

Training Your Team to Innovate

To drive innovation across your company, you must train your employees how to innovate. Innovation is a skill, not a gift, and it can be learned […]
September 24, 2018

Motivating Innovative Behavior

Innovators are at their best when they feel a sense of purpose. As a marketing leader you play a key role in that dynamic. Innovators have […]
September 17, 2018

Creating a Culture of Innovation

There have been times I sat down with a client and I told them, “your organization is very innovative”, but they don’t believe me. I tell […]
September 11, 2018

3 Ways to Improve Team Innovation

The most powerful innovation comes when teams work together. Driving innovation means getting individual employees to be more innovative, but it also means getting high performance […]
September 10, 2018

Now Live: Value Proposition Surgical Robotics Simulation on Harvard Business Publishing Website

This valuable simulation was recently published by my friend and colleague, Marta Dapena-Baron, of The Big Picture Partners. This multiplayer training simulation brings to life the […]
August 31, 2018

Keeping Your Innovation Momentum

At some point in your journey to drive innovation, you’ll want to take a deep breath and ask – what happened here? What have we achieved? […]
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 […]
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 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 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. […]
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 […]
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 16, 2021

Episode 56: Think Inside the Umbrella – Four Thousand Years of Innovation

Today, instead of innovating inside the box, I want you to think inside the umbrella. Believe it or not, the umbrella is a great example of […]
August 23, 2021

Episode 57: Creating Mind-Blowing Concepts for Toilet Paper with Attribute Dependency

Today’s topic is toilet paper. Yes, you read that right. We’re talking about toilet paper on the podcast. I promise there’s an explanation: I want to […]
August 30, 2021

Episode 58: Overcoming Your Fear of Creativity

Fear of failure is one of the biggest barriers to creativity. However, if you struggle with fear, don’t despair. There are strategies for dealing with it. […]
September 6, 2021

Episode 59: You’re More Creative Than You Think – If You Persist!

Today, I’ve got some bad news and some good news. Good news first: you’re probably more creative than you think you are! So what’s the bad […]