Thinking About Innovation

Innovation leads to change, sometimes subtle and sometimes drastic, but always impactful to the organization, its leaders, its followers, and its partners.

May 3rd, 2020    

The Field Grade CTO

Technology has become so essential to every major corporation that technology leaders are needed in every business unit to focus on the unique types of technologies that are relevant to that business unit. We argue that CTOs are best deployed as field officers, rather than relying on a single C-suite position at the head of the company. 

April 26th, 2020    

Innovation in a Post-COVID World

This podcast is the preview of an article that will explore the positive stimulative effect that COVID will have on business innovation, research, and development. 

The COVID virus has upended every economy in the world. Politicians and large business leaders discuss how to bring the world "back to normal" once the current wave has passed. But there will be no return to the "normal" that existed in 2019. Instead, 2020 and beyond will be defined by a "new normal" that fits our new needs in a Post-COVID world. 

April 19th, 2020    

Artificial Intelligence is the 21st Century Printing Press

Gutenberg's printing press is often considered responsible for the impact of Martin Luther's "Theses" in launching the Protestant Reformation in 1517. But it also transformed every other social activity as its use spread. The 21st century has seen the emergence of a technology with an equally huge potential to change society. Artificial Intelligence - empowered by cloud computing, unlimited data storage, and the digitization of all human endeavors - will be this century's Gutenberg printing press. 

April 14th, 2020    

On the Greek Origins of Innovation

Innovation as a positive social force is a relatively young idea. When the concept was first introduced by Greek philosophers, statesmen, and writers it quickly became a dangerous concept to be guarded a against. The concept evolved toward a positive force over centuries. 

April 5th, 2020    

Carnegie Libraries: A Spring in the Desert

Andrew Carnegie described a library as the greatest gift that a community could give to its citizens. He endowed over 2,500 of these buildings in the years following the Civil War in an attempt to improve the minds of the entire country. Over 100 years have passed and we all have a massive library flowing directly into our homes. How do we take advantage of that precious resource? 

March 29th, 2020    

Peter Drucker’s 5 Principles of Innovation

Peter Drucker has been called the founder of modern management. His thinking on how to manage all kinds of organizations was expressed in 39 books on the subject which were religiously studied by managers and academics for decades. But most managers miss the fact that in 1985 Drucker wrote one of the first books to identify specific principles of business innovation. In this podcast we explore Drucker's 5 Principles of Innovation. 

March 22nd, 2020    

Bureaucracy as Innovation

Though bureaucracy has a reputation for being antithetical to innovation, it is actually one of the most powerful innovations to be created in modern society and organizations., Without it, no large-scale enterprise could function and no projects of major complexity could be achieved. 

Tonya Smith is our guest speaker for this episode. 

March 16th, 2020    

Rainbow Zebra

There is an African legend about the origins of the zebra and it was much more beautiful than just black-and-white. In today's society, people have a richness of personality, mind, and spirit that goes far beyond what they are allowed to express at work. But individuals and companies that seek to be exceptional need to accept and encourage the use the entire pallet of rich colors that resides inside of every person. 

March 11th, 2020    

Wild West Innovation

Innovation occurs in all industries, even the seemingly established western movies of the early 20th Century. Thomas Edison's invention of the movie projector, created the need for a constant stream of movies and the western story was a staple from the beginning. But the portrait of the movie cowboy and the story that he carried were disrupted every few decades by new stars and new styles. 

February 28th, 2020    

Leonardo da Vinci: A Man Without Boundaries

A polymath is someone who is able to master and make contributions in a number of very different fields. No one has ever ranged as widely and contributed as many diverse ideas as Leonardo da Vinci the artist, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. We celebrate and marvel at his genius. 

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