I Learned What’s Wrong with Innovation from Reading Children’s Books

I love reading books to my kids. So many characters and so many fun voices I get to use. My goal is to make these stories come to life and have them feel the drama when Elephant and Piggie trick the reader into saying the word banana out loud. (Mo Willems, if you're reading this, … Continue reading I Learned What’s Wrong with Innovation from Reading Children’s Books

You, Me, and Jon Snow: The Power of Knowing Nothing

Shaken, but emotionally under control, Bryan Mills (played by Liam Neeson) picks up the phone and talks to his daughter's captor. "I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom I can tell you I don't have money, but what I do have are a very … Continue reading You, Me, and Jon Snow: The Power of Knowing Nothing

We Have Lots to Fear in the Woods, and That’s Awesome

Fear can be a proxy for when you are going to do something great. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell started to rekindle their friendship as they worked together; preparing to face a magician of seemingly insurmountable skill. Mr. Norrell's hands shook as he tried to conjure enough magic to save England. Jonathan Strange clasped his … Continue reading We Have Lots to Fear in the Woods, and That’s Awesome

Thinking like a Producer vs Producing like a Thinker – And Three Things You Can Do About It

A bias towards action. It's one of the most sought-after characteristics in a lean, mean innovation team. However, can too much of a good thing be hazardous to the quality of your work? Creating movement and getting stuff in the hands of the user is great, but just quickly delivering what was asked for only … Continue reading Thinking like a Producer vs Producing like a Thinker – And Three Things You Can Do About It

Phonebook SEO: Being First vs Being You

It was 12:34 pm. We were stopped behind a large truck, sitting at a red light. Unable to see anything but the monolithic back-endĀ of the semi, I stared at the letters to occupy the 30 seconds until we could drive again. AAA Cooper Transportation Along with the words was their abbreviation as a logo. ACT. … Continue reading Phonebook SEO: Being First vs Being You

Shooting for the Moon

I am a sucker for a well-crafted motivational phrase. That's actually how "Go Forth And Be Awesome" got started. But not all motivational phrases are created equal. Some go too far for the cute analogy and miss the point altogether. It's hokey hokum. Today's egregious example is about aiming for big goals. When I was researching it, I … Continue reading Shooting for the Moon

The Friction of Innovation

Innovation needs movement. Paradigms shift, viewpoints redirect, and new ideas flow. But anytime there is movement, there is friction. Friction is the surface or environment resisting the movement. Rub your hands together, they get warm. You have friction to thank for that. Ok, don't run from the science. Stick with me. To create acceleration, you … Continue reading The Friction of Innovation

Why Do We Search For Identity?

Growing up, I was a fan of the San Diego Padres baseball team. Well, specifically Tony Gwynn, but the Padres came with him. There have been years where I watched them trade away quality top talent, in hopes of landing a large quantity of moderate talent. Why have one 5-star player, when you can have … Continue reading Why Do We Search For Identity?