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How to Leverage Your Childlike Curiosity for Innovation

How to Leverage Your Childlike Curiosity for Innovation Albert Einstein once remarked: “I am neither clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious.” He went on to add that “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education!” Think of some the most curious people you know and invariably children will come top of mind. And what question do children ask over and over again? WHY? WHY? and WHY? again. WHY? is how we learn. But unfortunately, once we enter into formal education [...]

SuperDisneyMagicStory ExtraMaryDocious

SuperDisneyMagicStory ExtraMaryDocious This weekend marks the return of one of the most beloved film characters of all time: Mary Poppins. Flying back onto the screen after 54 years, Mary Poppins Returns is a sequel to the 1964 Disney original Mary Poppins – a film that to this day is one of the most adored, acclaimed, and award-winning movies of all time.  It’s not very typical to see a sequel emerge a full 54 years after the original. But then again, Mary Poppins is not your [...]

Real-Life Superheroes

Real-Life Superheroes During my time at Disney, I spent a lot of hours working with the Parks team. With six worldwide resorts and a dozen unique parks between them, it’s one of the most complex systems I have ever encountered in my entire career. But while the system is complex, the mission was simple: bring fantasies to life. This was especially true after Disney’s acquisition of Marvel in 2009. With a universe full of amazing stories and characters, we were tasked with not only bringing [...]

Let’s Make Some Magic

Let’s Make Some Magic Magic, by definition, cannot be explained. It’s a sequence of events that, even when followed with a close eye, still leaves audiences mystified and mesmerized. Now, when we think of magic, we think of dark theatres, capes, and rabbits in oversized top hats. But the truth is, magic can be found nearly everywhere. Any time there is a staggering gap between what’s expected and what’s delivered – a gap so wide that it can’t be explained – you’re experiencing magic. That [...]

Thanksgiving Turkeys, Presidential Pardons, & Overcoming Barriers

Thanksgiving Turkeys, Presidential Pardons, & Overcoming Barriers “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right.” -Henry Ford   It’s the time of year when America is prepping for the feast to end all feasts: Thanksgiving. It’s a holiday built around family and traditions. Things like cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and of course, turkey! And while turkey sales skyrocket in November, there is one lucky bird who is guaranteed to make it through the season without ending up on the dinner [...]

Think Different

Think Different I believe everyone is creative. But unfortunately, it’s getting harder and harder to convince people that they’re creative. No matter how hard you may try, many people believe creativity is something you’re born with – that you either have it or you don’t. Why is this important? Because the world is changing unlike it ever has before. Of course, the world is always changing. But this time, it’s different. This time the changes are coming so fast, it’s nearly impossible to keep up. [...]

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  • "Had a great experience today with @duncanjwardle Former VP of Innovation and Creativity at Disney. His radiating energy and awesome storytelling made for a great way to learn to tap back into your creative side.Key takeaways:
Innovation is awkward and if you haven't felt uncomfortable with an idea lately it could be a sign you're not innovating.The best ideas aren't forced and rarely if ever come to you at work. ideas always start out small and you need to encourage the right right space and environment to allow them to grow. Encourage the right thinking and say "yes, and..." Watch your own biases and knowledge valleys, know how to get out of them so you can open to new ideas. Using people outside of your team or expertise can allow for very insightful clues.Learn to tap into your intuition and listen to it. Data is great but don't doubt that gut feel. Everyone is creative, don't' believe the lies people tell you or you tell yourself. We are all born creative, curious, and intuitive. Get back in touch with that." Thank you @justin.bourn for your kind words and for sharing your workshop experience. I am excited for another year of keynotes and workshops meeting amazing people like you from around the world.#InnovationSpeaker #InnovationKeynote #Innovation #Keynote #CreativityKeynote #CreativitySpeaker #DesignThinking #Ideation
  • Will you be attending Social Media Marketing World?Join me in San Diego on March 20 - 22 where I'll be sharing my passion for innovation in a workshop on, "How to Innovate by Thinking Differently"Click the link in bio to learn about the conference and feel free to message me if you have any questions!@SMExaminer #Innovation #InnovationKeynote #InnovationSpeaker #CreativitySpeaker #DesignThinking #Ideation #SMMW19
  • Innovation was trendy 5 years ago, now for big brands, it's about survival!Experience the difference a workforce trained in #creativity and #innovation can make.  Here's a behind the scenes peek at a recent keynote. Message me to learn more about how I can help you in 2019.#InnovationKeynote #InnovationSpeaker #Innovation #Creativity #DesignThinking
  • Did you know you can train your teams on “creativity” as easily as you can train Salesforce or QuickBooks? Learn how to build a culture of creativity, and start driving innovation for your business today.Contact me now to book your 2019 Keynote, Workshop, or Ideation Session.2019. If there ever was a year where innovation matters, this is it.#InnovationKeynote #InnovationSpeaker #InnovationConsultant #Inovation #DesignThinking #Creativity #CreativitySpeaker #Ideation
  • Like @Nike's support of @kaepernick7 and free speech, and Dove supporting real beauty, I applaud any brand that puts purpose before profit. "It’s time we acknowledge that brands, like ours, play a role in influencing culture. And as a company that encourages men to be their best, we have a responsibility to make sure we are promoting positive, attainable, inclusive and healthy versions of what it means to be a man." There's a link in my bio to the full video. @gillette #TheBestAManCanBe #Leadership #CorporateResponsibility
  • “How do you stop people from shooting down ideas in an ideation session?”
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This is a question I get a lot and so I wanted to take a moment after today’s ideation session with the @orlandomagic and share ONE phrase you can use that will be a game changer!
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