Innovation

Learn from the craziness of the minor leagues

May 11, 2022
Look at your organization and give it a letter grade when it comes to creativity in naming everything from your products to your internal processes. What’s keeping you from getting bolder and more fun?

Give employees room to figure it all out

April 13, 2022
Writer Susan Orlean has always found stories of the extraordinary in the seemingly ordinary. In the book The New New Journalism: Conversations with America’s Best Nonfiction Writers on Their Craft, Robert S. Boynton asks Orlean about her reporting routine—which, you’ll quickly see, bears a strong resemblance to how people struggle to pitch product or process ideas to their boss.

Key websites for execs who need ideas

March 2, 2022
The internet is so vast, finding useful tools for your executive can be an overwhelming endeavor. It helps when you can get some solid recommendations, especially by a pro who knows what they’re talking about. Here is a list of some valuable sites from Medium.com’s Jenn Leach, a self-professed “total course junkie, online tool and resource junkie.”

Got no solution? Then you have no startup

February 9, 2022
According to a study by CBS Insights, 95% of startups fail in the first 18 months, and 42% of them failed because there was no real market for the product. Experts say looking for solutions is more important than merely offering products or services.

Why it’s so hard for businesses to adapt

December 8, 2021
“We’ve been taught to believe that our capacity for imagination is reserved for artists and inventors,” writes Beth Comstock in her book Imagine It Forward. “The science on this is clear, however: Imaginative thinking is a universal human talent, an evolutionary gift handed down to us that has made us who we are, the undisputed champions of adaptation.”

Break down resistance to your great idea

October 13, 2021
Here are some tactics that can help carry you past objections during an inevitable pick-apart session.

Breakthroughs truly know no age

September 8, 2021
Our ability to innovate and evolve in business is fueled, in part, by a type of fearlessness we typically associate with youth. That isn’t to imply young people are the only ones who can innovate/evolve, but they do serve as prolific examples of status quo disruption.

And now, this about your pasta

September 8, 2021
Dan Pashman, creator and host of award-winning food podcast “The Sporkful,” has created an entirely new pasta shape. He is fascinated with the engineering and texture of food to allow for maximum enjoyment.

Substack: A lesson in industry disruption

August 16, 2021
In 2017, the online platform Substack was launched. Its purpose was to give writers an alternative way to publish their work, using a blend of old and new ideas. By using a serialized subscription template and marrying that to the inevitability of an all-publishing-industry reinvention, Substack looked promisingly exciting. And it’s been making waves.

Patagonia got crazy… and it worked

August 16, 2021
Sometimes, flying in the face of conventional wisdom can be the best way to adapt.