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  • Daniel Burrus
    Transformational Planning
    Whenever I think about the subject of planning, a quote from Benjamin Franklin always pops into my mind: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Successful people, and successful businesses, all know how important planning is....
  • People want beer
    The people of theworld want beer
    When I have the opportunity to experience hundreds of different beers, it inspires my imagination. My mind drifts and dwells on the great explorations of the world; where ideas began and where they led; often exploring outside of the mainstream...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    The Innovator's Storybook: Creativity and the Well-Told Tale
    There are six irresistible words at the start of all major innovations: let me tell you a story. Behind every great change is a well-told tale--a compelling narrative that pulls you into its world but also teaches you something new about our own...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    The Good, the Bad, and the Future of Creative Collaboration
    Innovators know that sharing isn't just caring--it's the only way to get by. Collaboration has recently emerged as the defining characteristic of creativity and growth in nearly all sectors and industries. The singular genius who works...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    How Rules and Bureaucracy Breed Innovation
    Most of the matter in the known universe is stuff that we have no way of seeing. Dark matter--the incredibly dense, invisible material that exists between stars, planets, and all the other objects that we can see--accounts for over 80 percent of...
  • Big Fish takes Little Fish's idea
    Why Bootstrapped Tech Startups Don’t Get Credit for Innovation
    Often, when a new company launches, with big money backing it (think $1 million), the press and media jump all over it for an interview. And then something horrible happens. The company founders say something that they believe is true, when in...
  • Microscope
    Biotechnology becomes interactive and gets NYC funding
    Biotechnology was once as distant to the public as computers were several decades ago. Now biotechnology advances make it more accessible to everyone. Additionally, an unusual public-private venture capital fund will bring together big pharma and...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    The Secret to Teaching Creativity at Business School
    How do you teach creativity? I've had to work through this issue for over 25 years. In 1990, I returned to being a professor after taking five years off to be a senior executive in what was an entrepreneurial company when I started and...
  • The Creator's Code
    Technology: Rethinking, reinventing, relooking, or more a revolution?
    While covering ‘The Economist’ 2015 Innovation Forum, as one listened, the sentiment stressed relooking at our processes. How work is performed; products sold; customers serviced; to evaluating data.Accordingly, the outcome of...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    Using the Right Innovation Tool for the Right Innovation Job
    An all-purpose solution is never the answer to your innovation challenge. Creativity initiatives come in all different sizes--and so should the tools we apply to achieve them. Be wary of innovation techniques or frameworks that claim to solve...
  • Reputation Management
    The Reputation Economy: Are You Ready?
    You probably grew up getting lectures from your mom about the value of a good reputation. Well, as usual, Mom was right—and maybe more than she knew. Reputation is about to become a capital asset, and it’s going to be digital. I&rsquo...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    The Myth of Creativity On-Demand
    In a world where a single touch on a screen can bring us any service or product imaginable whenever we want it, creativity still runs at its own pace. It's the one thing we'll never be able to get on-demand: the spark of inspiration that...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    The Best Way to Look for the Next Big Thing
    The opportunity to innovate may be right in front of your eyes, but turn around or blink and you'll miss it. Seizing on a moment of potential growth or creativity is about having the right field of vision. Think of watching a spectacular...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    Positive Thinking: A Brief User's Guide
    Positivity will lift your spirits, but will it lead to meaningful change? The short answer is yes. Clinical studies have shown that people with an optimistic sense of destiny are more effective innovators than those who try to make up for the...
  • Daniel Burrus
    Everyday Innovation Can Produce Big Results
    So many companies get obsessed with scoring the next Big Innovation. Of course we’re all hungry to find that next giant disruptive idea that will revolutionize our industry. However, how often can you truly expect that big stroke of genius...
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