Does The Past Still Exist?

In The Langoliers by Stephen King, a plane flies through a strange wave of light and ends up landing at a deserted airport. Suddenly, strange creatures start consuming everything, including the ground. They surmise that they have somehow flown just slightly into the past, and the creatures are destroying the present. Once the Langoliers are…

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Banish Failure! Did You Win Or Did You Learn?

Ah, failure. Are there still people out there who feel that it is a bad thing? I know of very few cases where, barring a life and death struggle, failure does not produce a positive effect. Failure does teach, and it teaches a great lesson. read more

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10 People You Need For A Winning Innovation Team

What is the most important component of a winning innovation team?

People.  And As Depeche Mode says:

“People are people

So why should it be

You and I should get along so awfully”

I love Depeche Mode. As a guy who grew up in the 80’s, there was nothing better than kicking back and listening to music, reading Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus and thinking, aren’t people horrible? read more

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Take The Afternoon Off For Innovation

Problem-solving in the morning, creativity in the afternoon.

In Dan Pink’s latest book, When, he goes into great detail on “when to” do things, as opposed to “how to” do things, and after identifying individuals into various categories (most people are either morning people or midday people) he’s identified the absolute best time of day for most people to be creative and inventive is the afternoon. read more

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Indifference Is The Enemy Of Innovation

It’s Time To “Make Rejection Great Again”

What is worse? Being rejected or being ignored?

While the pain from rejection can be severe, the closure that one gets from the rejection can allow people to move on to other things. When someone pours their heart and soul into an idea which they feel is great, then they hear nothing – nothing good or bad – then the lack of communication becomes one of the worst possible things you can do. read more

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It’s the “crazy” ideas that change everything

Imagine if I went to my economics teacher in 1987 and explained any one of these seemingly crazy ideas to them:

  • I’m going to ask a ton of brilliant authors and historians to donate their time, write factual articles, check each other’s work, and not pay them a penny. Afterwards, I’ll offer their work for free.
  • I’m going to have a horde of programmers develop all sorts of programs to make people’s lives easier. Their work will be gratis, and the users don’t have to pay.
  • I’m going to move to Memphis, Tennessee, buy 14 airplanes, and compete with the postal service and charge less to deliver faster.

The teacher would ask me when I hit my head and how hard.

If you haven’t already put it together, the aforementioned ideas lead to Wikipedia, Google, and FedEx. They say hindsight is 20/20, so it’s easy to look back and marvel at the successes of innovative pioneers, but do you think these ideas were so critically acclaimed when pitched at their humble beginnings? read more

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How To Be The Next Elon Musk

Everyone Wants To Be Elon Musk. Here’s How.

If you spend any time on Quora, the question and answer site which I pioneered a version of from 2000-2005 (as I’ve always said – being a futurist is like being a meteorologist, you are usually right, but at the wrong time) you’ll find an inordinate fascination with Elon Musk. read more

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The Death of Reciprocity: The Rise Of Cohort Taker

If You Stop Getting, Will You Stop Giving? Where’s Reciprocity?

In a previous post, I discussed how many principles of the way that human beings are influenced has changed since they were identified by Robert Cialdini in this book Influence. While in that post I discuss how four out of the six principles no longer apply, there is one myth that stubbornly refuses to go away, is the myth of reciprocity. read more

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Hacking Innovation

Do we make innovation more complicated than it has to be?

Anyone can bring innovation to their organization and it doesn’t take much time or investment to do it.

If you want more innovation in your company, try these 5 things: read more

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6 Ways Getting Lucky Helps You Innovate

Get Lucky to Innovate

In earlier posts, I talked about luck, and how luck plays a huge role in success. While many people talk about persistence and hard work as the key to success, there are plenty of hard working persistent people who never succeed. Almost every super successful person, from Elon Musk to Mark Cuban, to Bill Gates, in addition to being persistent and hardworking, were catapulted to success by being in the right place at the right time with the right product. In short, luck played a huge role. read more

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