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20 Creativity and Innovation Quotes To Kick Off 2020!

Need some inspirational creativity and innovation quotes to ignite your 2020?  Creativity and innovation have been at the heart of my career for as long as I can remember. From the Head of Creativity and Innovation at Disney to now being an innovation speaker, new ideas are integral to long term success of any organization. Creativity &  Innovation Quotes To Spark Innovation "No Fresh Stimulus In. No new Ideas out." - Duncan Wardle  "Innovation often comes from looking outside your own industry." - Duncan Wardle  [...]

2020-04-08T17:35:09+00:0008 January, 2020|Creativity|

Fail, Fail, and Fail Again – The Secret To Innovation

Why Failure Is the Secret to Innovation... What do fireworks and cornflakes have in common? Let me tell you; they were both invented by mistake — each a botched attempt to do something completely different. One day, the Kellogg brothers tried to make a simple pot of boiled grain. It's hard to believe that the brains behind the world's biggest cereal brand could fail at such a task. Yet, they did. They left the pot on the stove by accident, where it festered for days. [...]

2020-04-08T14:49:33+00:0003 January, 2020|Innovation|

Why Your Business MUST Adopt a “Purpose-Driven Strategy”

“The goal is to do business with people who believe what you believe.” – Simon Sinek The next decade will perhaps be the most disruptive of our lives. Artificial Intelligence will be able to think thousands of times faster than the human brain. Blockchain will make the world more transparent than ever before. And big data will enable all of us to provide individualized, custom experiences at scale. But there is one other disruptor in the marketplace that I believe will have as much impact [...]

2020-04-08T14:49:43+00:0017 December, 2019|Consumer Experience, Innovation|

Creativity in Context – The Story of the Board Game Industry

If you’ve spent any time at all reading my blog, you certainly understand the importance of creativity, and some of the ways you can foster it in the workplace. But something I haven’t discussed much is the context of creativity. More specifically: do your employees’ creative ideas make sense given your industry and your position in the marketplace?  To explain how contextualized creativity works, let’s look at the board game industry.  The Advantages of Understanding Your Context When you think of the most popular board [...]

2020-04-08T17:25:27+00:0013 December, 2019|Creativity|

How to Use the Nurturing Tool to Grow Your Ideas

If I were to approach you with two different seeds and ask you to show me which one is a weed and which one is a flower, how would you know which is which? Do you think you’d be able to tell simply by looking closely at each seed? Of course not! The only way to tell is by planting both seeds and allowing them to grow. Initially, both will break the surface with a tiny sprig of green, and likely look very much the [...]

2020-04-08T17:24:50+00:0013 November, 2019|Creativity, Design Thinking, Innovation, Think Different|

Why Your Business Needs Creativity

As an ideation speaker, I talk a lot about creativity and idea generation, as these are some of the most important skills I learned during my time as Head of Creativity and Innovation at The Walt Disney Company. More specifically, I focus most of my efforts on showing people how to make their business creative and idea driven. What I don’t speak about as much is why your business needs to be creative. Quite honestly, I don’t broach this topic frequently because it feels so [...]

2020-04-08T17:24:15+00:0006 November, 2019|Creativity|

How to Use the Marvel Method to Drive Creativity for Your Business

Anyone that’s seen me speak or has read my blogs knows that there is a universal truth when it comes to creativity: we are all born creative.   Though many may want to tell themselves that they’re not a creative person, or that creativity is best left to the “Creative Departments”, the truth of the matter is that we all have creativity inside of us. The problem is not lack of creativity. The problem is the lack of time to access our creative minds. Have [...]

2020-04-08T17:23:29+00:0030 October, 2019|Creativity, Think Different|

7 Things You Should Never Say at Work

If you’re like most, you spend a lot of time thinking about what you say at work… Did my question make sense? Was that email worded properly? What’s the best way to pitch this new idea? It makes sense to worry about language. Words matter. And in the context of your work life, they can sometimes mean the difference between being heard, and being ignored (or worse). But what about the flip side of all this? With all the time we spend thinking about what [...]

2020-04-08T14:50:29+00:0020 October, 2019|Design Thinking, Think Different|

Reimagining the Conference Industry

What business conferences can learn from Comic Con “How did I come to this?” This is one of the very first lines in the 1999 cult classic film Galaxy Quest. It’s uttered by one of the movie’s main characters, Alexander Dane, an esteemed British Stage Actor who – much to his dismay – is best known for his role playing the alien Dr. Lazarus on the popular, kitschy sci-fi television show Galaxy Quest. In this scene Mr. Dane, along with the rest of his castmates, [...]

2020-04-08T14:50:38+00:0025 September, 2019|Consumer Experience, Innovation|

Why Marketing Will Be Dead in Less Than 10 Years

Why is Mickey Mouse still alive? While I start off with the title "Why Marketing Will Be Dead In Less Than 10 Years" let's skip back to one of the worlds most iconic successes in marketing... Mickey Mouse. Sure, as a fictional character his life is much more resilient than us flesh and blood mortals. But still, how is it possible that 91 years after his introduction to the world in Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willie, that Mickey Mouse remains as popular as ever? Snoopy? He [...]

2020-04-08T14:50:49+00:0017 July, 2019|Consumer Experience, Innovation, Think Different|
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