How to Get Big Ideas on Demand (and Have Fun in the Process!)

When I ask people where they are and what are they doing when they get their best ideas, I am invariably met with a list of common responses: showering, jogging, commuting, reading, falling asleep, gardening, etc. But in all the years of asking this question, never have I heard the words “at work.” Why? Because most corporate cultures do not believe in using one of the most useful Creative Behaviors at our disposal. A behaviour that primes our brain to think of its best, most [...]

2019-02-12T13:57:27+00:0012 February, 2019|Creativity, Innovation, Rapid Prototyping, Think Different|

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. [...]

Crowd “Saucing” – The Secret Ingredient for Innovation

Crowd "Saucing" - The Secret Ingredient for Innovation Begin with the average boardroom of any major company in corporate America, and you’ll likely find a group of very like minded individuals, despite their genuine attempts at diversity. ‘Group think’ is one of the biggest threats to innovation, and yet these same minded groups are wondering why they struggle to innovate. Add Mums, who are estimated to account for ~ 80% of the household spend on everything from vacations to clothing, and domestic appliances to technology. [...]

Rapid Prototyping: Bringing Your Idea to Life

Rapid prototyping is all about making your idea real and bringing it to life for others so they can see it, experience it, understand it and buy into it. It is about showing, not telling. Through rapid prototyping, companies and their teams can iterate an idea until they get it right. Here are two illustrations of successful rapid prototyping from my time at Disney: The case of Disney’s Animal Kingdom When the Disney Imagineering Team was in the process of designing a concept for what [...]

2018-03-30T13:52:45+00:0030 March, 2018|Creativity, Innovation, Rapid Prototyping|