Burst of Innovation - Get from Obvious to Innovative

When we talk about innovation, we tend to approach it as needing to get past the incremental and obvious ideas, and jumping right to innovative ideas. However, as much as you want to get to those big, revolutionary ideas, this technique often falls short.    Whether it’s a breakthrough you and/or your team have been...


Burst of Innovation - Why You Should Stop Saying "Outside The Box" To Your Team

How many of us have said “outside the box” or been in a room when someone else has said it? It’s something I’ve been guilty of too, but the reality is that this concept is actually detrimental to and hurting your innovation efforts.    Innovation is key for all of us personally and professionally. There...


Burst of Innovation - Stay Relevant As Technology Takes Over - How to Become Part of the Insight Economy

The gap between technology and humans is shrinking. A study by McKinsey shows that more than 30% of activities can be automated for 6 of 10 jobs. This is a trend that is not just on the rise, but also affecting jobs across all industries, at all organizational levels. However, this presents an incredible opportunity...


Five Podcasts That Will Help You Stay Relevant, Gain the Advantage and Win: In Other Words Be More Human in an Age of Technology Take-over

I often get asked questions such as, “How do I add value now that this software can do part of my job?” or “is there a role for me now that Artificial Intelligence is taking over the world?” My answer is always this: “You could find yourself on the fast path to irrelevancy or you...


Burst of Innovation - Why Your Brainstorms Suck

Brainstorms are important and an easy way to get everybody together to collaborate, discuss, debate, and ultimately, innovate. But sometimes, you come out of them feeling as if you didn't get the ideas that you needed, or that the same ideas were being rehashed, or that it was a complete waste of time. So, why...


Burst of Innovation - Resistors and Drivers of Change

Do you remember playing tug-of-war as a kid? It was a game of two teams holding on to either side of a rope, and each team had to try to pull the other over a line down the middle. When it comes to change and innovation, that’s exactly what happens individually, in our teams, and...


Burst of Innovation - How to Stay Relevant in Complex Changing Times

We’re all familiar with the old phrase “What got me here, is not going to get me there”.  Things continue to move fast and change quickly. The things that got us to success yesterday don't always work moving forward.  A report by McKinsey predicts that for six out of ten jobs, 30% of their activities...


Burst of Innovation - How to Get and Measure Strategic Thinking

    As a leader, you know it's critical to today's changing times to think differently about what's in front of you. You need to get out of “business as usual” and break through the status quo. You need to push your team to be more innovative, to growth, and to seek out new opportunities....


Burst of Innovation - Unlocking the “I” in Innovation

On any given day, how many processes do you have to follow? How many systems do you have to access? And, how many initiatives are you a part of? If you’re like most of us, it probably numbers in the hundreds. But here’s a better question. How many of these processes, systems and initiatives are...


Burst of Innovation - The 3 Ways that Failure Sparks Innovation

Why is Failure Important to Innovation? Failure and innovation go hand in hand. But why is it, that failure is a word we hear a lot more of in business? Many companies use it, almost as their mantra. People say things like, “Love your failures” and “You can’t succeed without failure.” These things are true,...