INNOVATION BLOG

It's Not Fail Fast, Fail Often; It's Listen Fast, Iterate Often That Succeeds!

I’ve seen great products launch and totally flop and mediocre products launch and turn into the next big thing. What determines whether your product, service or business idea will succeed? Believe it or not, it’s not your idea. In fact, it has very little to do with your idea. It actually has everything to do...


7 Habits of Highly Innovative People & aha moments

Great innovation often comes with magical stories about a brilliant light bulb going off and the innovator then running around town like a mad man. We call it the “aha” moment. A moment when the idea, solution or opportunity we’ve been waiting for hits us like a ton of bricks – or an apple on...


Don't Innovate If...

Don't Innovate If: You believe things are good enough and couldn’t get much better Status quo makes you so happy you get that warm fuzzy feeling Your brain feels so full that you couldn’t possible learn any new facts You consider new experiences as something to be avoided at all costs There is no argument...


Don't Become The VCR

9 year old: what is this? 41 year old: it’s a VCR tape with my high school graduation on it 5 year old: give it to me I will open it up 41 year old: you don’t open it, you play the tape in it 5 and 9 year olds: what is a video tape?...


What Makes Someone Wait In Line For 2 Hours For A Doughnut?

That's exactly what I asked myself as I drove down Colfax and past the new VooDoo Doughnuts and the dozens of people standing out on the street. I was actually on my way for a hike when my family and I drove by the madness. By the end of the hike I was insistent that...


There IS crying in Innovation: Why Entrepreneurs Get Emotional

“Stop Crying.” “Pull yourself together.” “Don’t take it personally!”  Sound familiar? We are often told to leave our emotions at the door, especially when it comes to work. What if I told you that emotion leads to breathtaking innovation? This is an expert from Think Sideways: game-changing playbook to disruptive thinking. PS – it’s ok...


It's No Fun Being The Only One Outside The Box

The following is an excerpt from Think Sideways: a game-changing playbook for disruptive thinking by Tamara Kleinberg. I have the honor of interacting with a lot of different people across the country. Some work in the field of innovation, others are entrepreneurs, and some are college students. Funny thing is that across all types of...


5 Tricks For Going From Impasse To Insight

Do you ever feel like a broken record repeating the same tune over and over…and over again? It feels as if you can’t get away from your one and only idea. No matter how hard you try you are stuck at an impasse, unable to push the brain forward.   Some call it an impasse;...


My dentist fired me and I think that's awesome: The customer is not always right.

Last Friday I called up my dentist to make a long overdue teeth cleaning appointment and I learned the hard way that the customer is not always right. The conversation went something like this: Me: Hi, I’m calling to make a teeth-cleaning appointment Dentist Office: What’s your name? Me: Kleinberg Dentist Office: Is this Tamara Kleinberg?...


10 Questions To Disrupt A Meeting

dis·rupt [dis-ruhpt] verb (used with object) 1. to cause disorder or turmoil in: The news disrupted their conference. 2. to destroy, usually temporarily, the normal continuance or unity of; interrupt: Telephone service was disrupted for hours. 3. to break apart: to disrupt a connection.     We often use the word disrupt in a negative way....