Killer Ideas

By Phil McKinney | A collection of killer (breakthrough - game-changing - rule-breaking) ideas that will unleash personal creativity.

How Can You Tell Someone Has Horrible Leadership Skills? This New Study Just Revealed the Top 10 'Bad Boss' Behaviors

More than 1,000 employees were asked to rate 24 'typical boss behaviors' from 'totally acceptable' to 'totally unacceptable.' Can you guess the worst behavior a boss can have in the workplace?<p>So what's your bad bosshorror story? You <i>know</i> you have one. Bad boss behaviors that lead to horrific …

Employment

Shareholder Primacy Destroys Innovation

Most would agree that the future of the American economy depends on creativity and innovation. You can’t consistently create new jobs without the ability to bring new ideas to market. Technology is where we’ve seen the greatest burst of new ventures over the past decades, where innovations in …

Innovation

Why the Indiana Startup Ecosystem Is a Hidden Gem of Innovation

West Lafayette is known for housing Purdue University where you can find innovation, forward-thinking students and professors, top research labs, …

Startups

The automotive revolution is speeding up

How fast is disruption reshaping the personal-mobility landscape, and what will new value pools look like as the ecosystem evolves?<p><b>What a difference</b> …

Disruption

Thinking innovatively about the risks of tech innovation

If you’ve been following this month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), you’ll know with absolute certainty that the future is cool, shiny and stuffed …

What the C-suite wants from thought leadership, plus three key themes

The fourth industrial revolution, brought on by exponential growth in computing power and the merging of the physical and cyber worlds, is bringing …

Leadership

#8 Key Reasons Why Every CEO Must Have a Coach

A coach reveals your blind spots to you. Let's face it! All of us have blind spots, including the CEO<p>All great performers have a coach. Look around – professional athletes, public figures, musicians and leaders. To operate without a coach is akin to operating without a mirror. It is like operating …

Leadership

These skills make you most employable. Why isn’t coding in the top 10?

<i>Caveats: Our methodology is rough and has a number of important weaknesses, so don’t put too much weight on the findings for now. See a brief</i> …

Isn'T

Creative slumps are inevitable—and surprisingly important

When you’re a creatively successful person, people always want to know what you’re working on. The problem is that sometimes the answer is: Nothing much.<p>Actor and filmmaker Aziz Ansari recently offered a refreshing take on the pressure that creative types feel to produce. In an interview with <i>GQ</i>‘s …

Creativity

I've adopted a '2-hour rule' based on the habit that led Einstein, Darwin, and Nietzsche to brilliance — and it's had the highest ROI of anything I've done

Letting your mind wander can actually be very productive. Author not pictured. muratart/Shutterstock<p><b>Some of the most famous intellectuals and scientists spent time doing nothing but thinking.</b><p><b>The author decided to implement a two-hour rule: just thinking with no distractions for two hours a</b> …

Creativity

Your Superstar Employee Doesn't Fit the Company Culture--So Fire Them

You need only look to Uber or Wells Fargo to see what happens when you make excuses or turn a blind eye to top performers' actions at the expense of culture.<p>What if you were faced with firing one of your top performers? Not because they weren't performing. Not because they broke a law. But because …

Employment

The Near Future. A Better Place.

Life Expectancy

How AI will advance our creative thinking

Most people feel pressured to be productive rather than creative at work, but imaginative thinking can improve efficiency, solve difficult problems, and grow profits. So, how can businesses introduce more creative thinking into their employees’ daily work lives?<p>Artificial intelligence is going to …

Creativity

Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams. The Most Successful Ones Shared These 5 Traits

Google spent years studying successful teams and discovered insights that could forever change how teams are assembled.<p>Over the years, Google has embarked on countless quests, collected endless amounts of data and spent millions trying to better understand its people. One of their most interesting …

Leadership

Articles about ingenuity on Dwell.com - Dwell

How do American companies maintain handcrafted detail while producing fast enough—and in large enough quantities—to satisfy...<p>With ingenuity and plenty of elbow grease, architect John Tong turned an old Toronto dairy into the ultimate family clubhouse.<p>A “tree house” of clean lines, ample glass, and …

Architecture

From Prototype to Production: 3 Things You Must Do

There's no substitute for research. Your success depends on knowing what it costs to create your product and finding the best way to build it.<p>Creating new hardware products is hard. No surprise there. Every step along the way has its own pitfalls: idea, proof of concept, functional prototype, …

Entrepreneurship

How to Inspire a Group of People to Do the Impossible

To achieve greatness, you need to be able to inspire excellence.<p>It was Andrew Carnegie who said, "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision, the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain …

Self-improvement

The 4 Types of Innovation and the Problems They Solve

One of the best innovation stories I’ve ever heard came to me from a senior executive at a leading tech firm. Apparently, his company had won a million-dollar contract to design a sensor that could detect pollutants at very small concentrations underwater. It was an unusually complex problem, so …

Innovation

Which industry will artificial intelligence disrupt next?

Machine learning is becoming more prevalent than ever before and is slowly integrating into our day–to–day lives. From maximizing efficiency in the workplace to better understanding how consumers emotionally connect to brands, services and products, the applications of artificial intelligence seem …

Intelligence

The Benefits of Taking a Slower Approach to Innovation

In our experience, managers tend to focus their innovation efforts on processes that are either large in scale (new products and business models ) or swift in development (hackathons, rapid prototyping, or emerging platforms). There’s nothing wrong with this, per se, as both approaches can pay huge …

Innovation

11 brutal truths about creativity that no one wants to talk about

Humanity has revered creativity throughout time, from the ancient Greeks to modern-day painters, poets, and web designers.<p>It’s one of those ineffable things that’s extremely hard to define but you absolutely know it when you see it. It’s also the driving force for so many of us, to the point where …

Creativity

How to Create When You’re Just Not Feeling It

It’s not uncommon in any field to find yourself in a creative rut at some point. In this 10-minute video, photographer Sean Tucker discusses how he …

When Innovation Moves Too Fast

We can adopt technologies early, but adaptation takes time Illustration: J.D. King Illustration: J.D. King <b>My go-to laptop</b> is out of storage space and …

John Maynard Keynes

Shutting down part of our brain can make us more creative

How does creativity work? And, more importantly, what can we do to become more creative individuals? These questions baffle the minds of …

An Excellent Interactive Chart Featuring Daily Routines of Creative Minds

June 2, 2017 Here is an excellent interactive chart created by the folks in Podio highlighting the daily rituals of a number of inspiring and …

Infographics

You Can Boost Your Creativity by Imagining You're Someone Else

Break out of a rut by giving another persona a try.<p>Do you feel like you are creatively blocked? Well, we have a solution for you: psychological halloweenism.<p>No, you’re not going to wear orange and black, play <i>the Monster Mash</i> and try to figure out the Wolfman’s childhood trauma. Well, you could, but …

Creativity

Creative people really do see the world differently

What is it about a creative work such as a painting or piece of music that elicits our awe and admiration? Is it the thrill of being shown something …

Creativity

What Drives Innovation [INFOGRAPHIC]

What drives innovation? That's a good question...<p>Innovation is essential as, without it, we simply wouldn't progress and evolve as a species. But …

Innovation

25 Examples of A.I. That Will Seem Normal in 2027

From cooking to dating to art.<p>In the last ten years, artificial intelligence has changed the world in subtle but sweeping ways, but it’s got nothing …