From Senator To Stage – My Next Event with President Barack Obama

I'll never forget the first time we met. (Like any good Disney story, there always must be a great "Once upon a time" intro, right?) He was a young Senator at the time, and I was lucky enough to give him his first pair of custom Mickey Mouse ears. Little did I know that this interaction would be the first of many wonderful stunts that we would collaborate on. And now, again we are about to add another event to our list! President Barack Obama [...]

2020-02-14T17:51:01+00:0013 February, 2020|Creativity, Re-Expression, Think Different|

How to create a culture of innovation by leveraging diversity the right way!

Let’s be honest. Diversity quotas are the single most frustrating thing about workplaces today. The reasoning for having a quota is well-intentioned, but, ironically, it’s the quota itself that is getting in the way of diversity, every single day. Because of this, companies are wasting the talent they have hired and don’t even know it, because it’s never crossed their minds to do more than simply hire a candidate and check off the “diversity” box. Hear me out. The problem is that companies hire diverse [...]

2020-02-19T17:21:43+00:0010 February, 2020|Creativity, Think Different|

5 Industries That will be Turned Upside Down Over the Next Decade (and How you Can Survive)

Can you remember the top 15 companies of 2000? How about 2010? Last year, even? If you were to sit down to try and rank just the top five companies globally by earnings alone who would you include? Apple? McDonald’s? Coca Cola? Ford? Disney? Take a minute and watch the following video clip that ranks the top 15 best global brands by year, starting in 2000 all the way through 2018.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQovQUga0VE   Done? What did you notice? The usual characters like IBM, Microsoft, [...]

2020-02-19T17:25:36+00:0030 January, 2020|Creativity, Design Thinking, Innovation, Think Different|

Delivering a Speech That Matters – 6 Lessons from a TEDx Veteran

Imagine yourself backstage at a theatre. The Production Assistant has just finished clipping on your microphone, and the Stage Manager has given you the one-minute warning. Beyond the curtain, you hear the muffled sounds of the audience taking their seats. Pacing back and forth, you review your opening line over and over in your head. But this rehearsal doesn’t last long. Before you know it, the house lights dim, the stage lights go bright, and you’re given the cue. You walk out, face the crowd, [...]

2020-01-30T00:42:39+00:0017 January, 2020|Creativity, Design Thinking, Innovation, Think Different|

Goodbye Marketing. Welcome to the world of the Experience Economy

Artificial Intelligence will likely eliminate fifteen percent of the global jobs market in the next decade, according to an extensive study on the future of work by McKinsey and Company. You may shake your head in disbelief, but this is not an exaggeration. It may well be an understatement. We're about to face the most disruptive decade yet. Technology like blockchain will lead to more transparency, and Artificial Intelligence is getting smarter by the day. We all want to make the most of the technology [...]

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  [...]

2020-01-31T23:19:08+00:0008 January, 2020|Creativity, Design Thinking, Innovation, Think Different|

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. [...]

2020-01-31T23:03:28+00:0003 January, 2020|Creativity, Design Thinking, Innovation, Think Different|

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 [...]

2020-01-31T23:20:35+00:0017 December, 2019|Creativity, Design Thinking, Innovation, Think Different|

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 [...]

2020-01-31T23:21:58+00:0013 December, 2019|Creativity, Design Thinking, Innovation, Think Different|

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 [...]

2019-12-10T18:32:41+00:0013 November, 2019|Creativity, Think Different|
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