Everyday Innovation

Innovation can be an intimidating goal.  We can't all be developing iPhones and new molecules that save lives.  Does that mean we can't be innovative? I like to differentiate between capital-letter I innovation, 'Big-I' innovation and 'Small-i' innovation.  Let’s start with Big-I innovation.  This is the kind of product or service that we’d call a [...]

Everyday Innovation2017-04-17T12:20:52-07:00

The Progress Principle and Creativity

I've been a BIG fan of Teresa Amabile for years.  Dr. Amabile is currently the Director of Research at Harvard University and has written extensively about creativity--what helps it and what hinders it. She's just published a jewel of a book called The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement and Creativity at [...]

The Progress Principle and Creativity2017-04-17T12:20:52-07:00

How to Generate Energy for Change

A few years ago I had the opportunity to work with a large unit in a state-wide government agency that was feeling completely downtrodden. They had been confronted with numerous challenges including the adoption of new technology that had resulted in scandalous cost overruns and negative attention in the press.  Through it all, the individual [...]

How to Generate Energy for Change2017-04-17T12:20:52-07:00