If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It: The Story of Buzz Lightyear in Space

This week, one of the most iconic, successful film franchises of all time debuts its latest (and perhaps final) feature: Toy Story 4. I’ve written at length about the success of Pixar, and how they leverage the power of storytelling to create hit after hit, after hit. So, it should come as no surprise that I am a massive fan of the Toy Story franchise. In fact, for this Toy Story fan, the last few weeks have been a wonderful trip down memory lane. During [...]

The “What Happens?” Tool:

Using random stimulus to get new ideas Every day you are inundated with stimuli. Various people, places, and things of all shapes and sizes coming in and out of your life millions of times a day. More often than not, your brain filters out most pieces of stimuli as irrelevant to your immediate needs and/or the task at hand. This is evolutionary. How could you possibly focus on every little single thing that crosses your path each day? You couldn’t! But that’s not to say [...]

2019-06-14T11:53:33+00:0014 June, 2019|Creativity, Design Thinking, Innovation, Think Different|

Creativity, Intuition, Curiosity and Imagination: The Four Traits That Will Dominate the Workforce of the Future

The next decade promises to be one of the most disruptive of all time. We are in the middle of a technological revolution. And it’s just getting started. The technology rivers are growing stronger and faster by the day, and within the next decade, the dam holding them back will most certainly burst. Think about all the remarkable changes we’ll see! The advancements brought on by Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) alone will be amazing. From early diagnosis of diseases to automated 3D printing of countless goods, [...]

What Pixar Shows Us About the Power of Storytelling

Several weeks ago, Pixar released the first full-length trailer for Toy Story 4. Though I probably didn’t need to tell you that. Quite honestly, this trailer was impossible to miss. From major TV and online news outlets, to nearly every single social media feed, it felt like the release of this trailer was the biggest thing since…well, since Toy Story 3 came out! Why? Why are we obsessed with a franchise whose debut film came nearly 25 years ago? What has caused us to fall [...]

2019-05-03T18:50:45+00:0029 April, 2019|Creativity, Design Thinking, Think Different|

Rockets, Homes & Bones: How and Why 3D Printing Will Change Everything

Are we heading for another bubble? Spend any time at all on Bloomberg or CNBC, and you’ll inevitably come across the “Real Estate Experts” discussing the current state of home prices across to U.S., and how signs may be pointing towards another bubble. You know, the same one that kicked off in 2006 and triggered an absolute financial meltdown? Yes, that kind of bubble… Now, I am not here to discuss the rising home prices, or whether you should buy or sell. What I am [...]

Focus on Purpose, Not Profit

Last year, one of the world’s leading tool brands asked me to come to train their teams on innovation. While I have a robust history of teaching innovation across a variety of industries, I am the first to admit that my knowledge of tools is a bit underwhelming. With my work and travels, I’ve just never found the time to be one of those DIY-types. Wanting to understand the tool market a little bit better before I gave my talk, I decided to spend a [...]

2019-04-08T13:31:55+00:0001 April, 2019|Consumer Experience, Design Thinking, Innovation|

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 [...]

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