Tue, 20 June 2017
Inside any size organization, getting everyone engaged on innovation can be daunting. Its not just as simple as saying that innovation is important. You need to show the organization how. At Adobe, Mark Randall reversed engineered his approach to grassroots innovation and structured into a process called Kickbox. He didn't stop there. He and Adobe decided to open source the Kickbox approach to grassroots innovation to help other organizations innovate.
During the interview, Mark and Phil discussed:
Impact on Adobe and Others
About Mark Randall:
Mark’s serial entrepreneurial career conceiving, designing and marketing innovative technology spans nearly 20 years and three successful high-tech start-ups. As VP of Innovation at Adobe, Mark Randall is focused on infusing divergent thinking at the software giant.
Mark has fielded over a dozen award-winning products which combined have sold over a million units, generated over $100 million in sales and won two Emmy awards. As an innovator, Mark has a dozen U.S. patents, he’s been named to Digital Media Magazine’s “Digital Media 100″ and he is one of Streaming Magazine’s “50 Most Influential People.” Mark speaks & teaches frequently on entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy and has appeared on CNN, ABC, NBC and CNBC.
Direct download: Grassroots_Innovation_Using_The_Kickbox_Process_From_Adobe_S13_Ep16.mp3
Category:Past Shows -- posted at: 7:00am PDT
Tue, 13 June 2017
The boomer market is quickly becoming the target demographic that is driving a new category of technology and innovation. The desire to allow those in this gray wave of aging adults to age in place is one area of innovation we all can appreciate.
In this weeks show, serial entrepreneur and technology executive Wendi Burkhardt shares how she found her purpose project by bringing technology and innovation to the gray wave of aging adults.
Technology and Innovation For The Gray Wave
During the show, we answer questions such as:
About Wendi Burkhardt
As CEO of Silvernest, Wendi Burkhardt is responsible for driving the company’s overall direction and strategic growth, as well as overseeing day-to-day operations. She boasts more than 25 years of technology experience working with venture startups, emerging technology companies, rapid-growth tech firms and Fortune 500 corporations.
Her history also includes working with Home Instead, a $1B in-home, senior care corporation as a key client. She is a seasoned entrepreneur, as well as a mentor and coach to social ventures.
Wendi holds a degree in International Trade & Finance from Louisiana State University, and has completed an executive education program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Direct download: Technology_and_Innovation_For_The_Growing_Gray_Wave_Of_Aging_Adults_S13_Ep15.mp3
Category:Past Shows -- posted at: 5:00am PDT
Tue, 6 June 2017
I've been going back and looking at past shows that had guests in an attempt to trigger ideas for new guests we should invite to be on the show. During the process, I started to see patterns of common attributes across this group that I label as the most the innovative people I've interviewed.
The show archive goes back to March 2005 and we've had more than 100 innovation experts and authors. These guests range from:
I've also had the benefit of meeting and supporting other leaders with their innovation projects including Elon Musk (on the large display that is part of the dash in Tesla), Jimmy Iovine (on Beats and bringing it to the consumer electronics market) and Will.I.Am (as a sounding board on his software ideas).
6 Most Common Attributes of the Most Innovative People I've Interviewed
[shareable]Ideas without execution are a hobby -- and real innovators are NOT in the hobby business[/shareable]
Most people would look at the show guests and believe that each had been blessed with some kind of "super power". The reality is that we all have been blessed with the superpower of creativity and innovation -- we just need to find it, harness it, practice it and then use it.
These attributes of the most innovative people I know proves that any of us can achieve the same level of success if we want.
The ball is in your court.
Direct download: 6_Attributes_of_the_Most_Innovative_People_Ive_Interviewed_S13_Ep14.mp3
Category:Past Shows -- posted at: 9:30am PDT
Tue, 30 May 2017
While most innovators think about innovation across two types, incremental and disruptive, there is actually a third type; little ideas. Little ideas are complimentary to the existing offerings thus low risk. At the same time, little ideas can have high impact. The risk for little ideas is the desire by managements and the MBA's to apply traditional management approaches. The typical approaches, such as defining success KPI's at the start, is what will kill innovation inside an organization.
Today's guest, David Robertson, is the author of The Power of Little Ideas and we discuss:
How MBA's Kill Innovation
About David Robertson ..
David Robertson is a Professor of Practice at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2002 through 2010, he was the LEGO Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. Robertson is the host of Innovation Navigation, a weekly radio show and podcast that focuses on the management of innovation. Robertson is the author of Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry and coauthor of Enterprise Architecture as Strategy.
About David Books, The Power of Little Ideas ..
The Power of Little Ideas looks at how well-known companies, including CarMax, GoPro, LEGO, Gatorade, Disney, USAA, Novo Nordisk, Victoria’s Secret, and many others, used this approach to stave off competitive threats and achieve great success. The book lays out a clear four-step process for implementing this approach to innovation, outlines the organizational practices that can unintentionally torpedo this approach in companies, and shows how organizations can overcome those challenges.
Tue, 23 May 2017
When I was in college, the way we learned was lecture, reading and testing — with a little bit of lab work tossed in for good measure. When it comes to leadership, universities still teaches using this same model. The result is the struggle for graduates to understand the difference between management and leadership. To prepare […]
Direct download: Innovating_The_Way_We_Teach_Leadership_S13_Ep12.mp3
Category:Past Shows -- posted at: 6:05am PDT
Tue, 16 May 2017
A few shows back, I ranted on why I disagree with an article from an executive at Accenture who said that innovation inside large organizations was impossible. In this show, rather than you listening to more of my experiences, I decided to bring on a listener of the show who has direct experience of being a successful […]
Direct download: Lessons_Learned_From_A_Successful_Innovator_Inside_a_Large_Organization_S13_Ep11.mp3
Category:Past Shows -- posted at: 6:48am PDT
Tue, 9 May 2017
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is quickly becoming a key element for today's innovations. While many think that AI is new, its been around for decades but just now finding the traction it needs to be applied to a broad set of innovations. In today's show, we have a discussion with Kerri McMaster, co-founder and head of […]
Direct download: Innovating_with_Big_Data_and_Artificial_Intelligence_to_Improve_Personal_Performance_S13_Ep10.mp3
Category:Past Shows -- posted at: 6:02am PDT
Tue, 2 May 2017
The hope and dream of every innovator is to come up with an idea that disrupts and transforms industries. To do it multiple times over a career puts that person in to a category of being a disruptive entrepreneur. Our guest this week, Sachin Dev Duggal, is an innovator, serial entrepreneur, and an advocate of enterprise […]
Tue, 25 April 2017
When you are tasked with coming up with a new produce or service, the immediate reaction for most is to panic. Where and how do you start? The approach I've used for decades and that has helped me to create hundreds of products and services generating billions in revenue — ask questions. There is a […]
Direct download: How_To_Ask_Questions_To_Find_New_Ideas_S13_Ep8.mp3
Category:Past Shows -- posted at: 12:48pm PDT
Tue, 18 April 2017
In June 2007, after finding himself creatively drained, Noah started a personal project — Skull-A-Day. This yearlong art project's objectives was to create challenges that would jumpstart his personal creative energy. What started out as a personal project ended up transforming his creative future. The project went viral and became an Internet sensation which led to a […]
Direct download: Using_30-Day_Challenges_to_Jumpstart_Your_Creativity_S13_Ep7.mp3
Category:Past Shows -- posted at: 7:01am PDT