Innovation

The lessons of innovation

December 26, 2016
In building its list of the world’s most innovative companies, the editors of Fast Company found precious few repeats from last year.

Dare to get gutsy with your brand

December 16, 2016
Jim Andrews publicized his unusual staffing philosophy—and made it a central part of his brand.

The benefits of downtime

December 16, 2016
A man nicknamed “the Giant Sloth” came up with the idea for a commando unit that became the prototype for special operations teams.

Score two for ‘slacktivism’

December 7, 2016
Finally, there’s some good news for development directors and other nonprofit leaders.

Tap bright outsiders for fresh ideas

August 27, 2016

In the cosmetics business, the push for new products never ends. Consumers clamor for breakthroughs. As CEO of Sephora Americas, Calvin McDonald has made innovation a top priority. In March 2016, he launched the Sephora Innovation Lab. Based in San Francisco, the lab enables the French-owned cosmetics chain to conduct research with the help of outside partners. The goal is to create a space where employees can collaborate and test ideas without fear of failure.

Take these 6 steps to think big

January 13, 2016
If you want to solve a big problem, harness technology to advance toward your goal. But beware of getting too emotionally wedded to a narrow objective or overinvesting in high-end tools.

Creativity stifled? Tap outsider input

December 28, 2015
What happened when one executive dared to crowdsource the solution to a business problem? Resentment among the staff—and an actual solution.

4 ways to let creative juices flow

November 25, 2015
To boost the innovative output from your employees, create an environment that’s conducive to creativity. Here’s how.

6 traits that set innovators apart

September 9, 2015
Why do some large organizations still in­­novate like startups, while others get mired in bureaucracy? A multiyear ­McKinsey study shows that leaders at pioneering companies exhibit these traits.

3 ways to inspire creativity

August 5, 2015
John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design until 2013 and now a partner with Kleiner Perkins, offers tips on keeping your edge.