Monthly Archives: January 2012


An Innovation Lesson From American Idol

By | 2017-04-10T21:46:57+00:00 January 30th, 2012|Personal Innovation Skills, Uncategorized|

Singing is one of those skills that is difficult to evaluate in ourselves. We rely on feedback from others to determine how we’re doing. (Think of American Idol.) The personal capacity to innovate is a lot like that. It’s difficult to gain an accurate sense of our own creativity or analytical skills or insight. How often have you seen people either discount their creativity or exaggerate it? It’s quite common…and not just in singing competitions.

Insight Trumps Knowledge

By | 2017-04-10T21:46:57+00:00 January 23rd, 2012|Innovation Behavior, Uncategorized|

Most of us spend our lives pursuing knowledge when what we really need is insight. Throughout our education and our careers we strive to learn things that we hope will bring us success. While knowledge is certainly important, a great insight will beat it every time.

Avoiding Innovation Arrogance

By | 2017-04-10T21:46:57+00:00 January 17th, 2012|Innovation Behavior, Uncategorized|

Expertise in the field of innovation, like any other expertise, can frequently become a hindrance to further progress. We get comfortable with what we know, what’s worked for us in the past, secure in the knowledge that has already brought us success—along with personal status and influence and income.

A Different Kind of Innovation Process Improvement

By | 2017-04-10T21:46:57+00:00 January 12th, 2012|Innovation Behavior, Uncategorized|

We know from extensive research that idea generation can be enhanced—sometimes dramatically—by the in-the-room strategies that are employed. We’ve learned how to leverage our creativity by getting people to think in certain ways (and stop thinking in certain ways), by adopting a certain mindset, a mindset that produces measurably better outcomes. But what about the mindset outside the room? The same level of creativity and spontaneity, of improvisation and exploration that fuels those ideas in the first place, is needed throughout the innovation cycle...and is often lacking.