Being Awesome, Innovation, Innovation Mindsets, Lenses

Paint the Fence as a Beginner

Did you know that in the Karate Kid, Daniel wasn't the only one learning? Mr. Miyagi himself had much to learn, but that didn't stop his shoshin from forging a unique solution to Daniel's situation. Learn how to find your own shoshin!

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Being Awesome, Innovation

Status Quo Dies Hard: With a Vengeance

The clock ticks down as our hero grabs the secret briefcase and kicks the evil mastermind sprawling to the floor. "Seems like you forgot to study the map with the escape routes!" the villain cackles. Our hero runs towards the walls of the mountain-top base and looks hundreds of feet down the cliffs to the ground. Seemingly beaten, it is usually at this time the hero saves the day. But in doing so he destroys the spark of innovation. Read on to find more parallels between action heroes and those that drag their feet in the fight against change.

Being Awesome, Innovation, Team

How many C’s are there in “Innovation”?

Did you guess 4 C's? No? Then this article is for you! Because I've identified four attributes that can help your innovation team reach new heights and upgrade into a traction-churning prototype machine. And each of those attributes begin with the letter C, because alliteration is fun.

Failure, Going Forth, Lean, Learning

Making the Fear of Failure Disappear

When I was a young mathematics apprentice, learning at the feet of some true numerical wizards, I feared the scarlet letter F would be burned into my forehead like many before me. F for Failure. My grades were good, my test scores were solid, and I picked up topics quickly. Yet I clung to my… Continue reading Making the Fear of Failure Disappear

Going Forth, Innovation, Prototyping

Paper Prototyping as a Creative Catalyst

As Pixar Animation President, Ed Catmull, says "Creativity has to start somewhere." With paper prototyping, you can get your creativity and innovation started faster and cheaper. With the added bonus of rapid iteration, paper prototyping helps us achieve Catmull's other point, "go from suck to non-suck", as well.

Being Awesome, Going Forth, Innovation, Motivation

Feed the Furnace

On a foggy night, he started his run 95 minutes behind schedule. He was determined to never arrive late vowing to "get there at the advertised time". Illinois Central's engineer had the tough task of making up over an hour and a half between Memphis and Canton. The engineer's name was Jonathan Jones, but he went… Continue reading Feed the Furnace