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Addition by Subtraction: 11 is Greater Than 12

Posted in Beliefs, Business, Creativity, Fuhgetaboutit, Innovation, Less is More, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Opposite May Also be True, Paradox, The Way We See the Problem

“You can get 12 months of work done in 11 months but you can’t get 12 months of work done in 12 months.” Please re-read the above sentence. At first glance, it doesn’t make any sense. Upon reflection, however, you may come to see the wisdom embedded within the statement. If you are constantly working,…


Every Rule Has an Exception: Weird

Posted in Assumptions, Beliefs, Creativity, General, Intuition, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Opposite May Also be True, Quiz, Unlearning Lesson

Most of us are familiar with the famous classroom dictum: i before e except after c. It is helpful most of the time but not always. For example, do you find it weird that the word “weird” isn’t spelled wierd? If you wish to stay open to unlearning, it’s helpful to remember that every rule…


25 Questions for the Truly Innovative Company or Organization

Posted in Ask a New Question, Business, Creativity, Innovation, Questions

“Sometime over the next decade your company or organization will be challenged to change in a way for which it has no precedent.” –Gary Hamel in The Future of Management Most companies and organizations claim creativity and innovation hold the keys to future success. As a business forecaster, futurist and change management professional, I agree….


A World of Possibilities

Posted in Behavior, Business Models, Creativity, Future, Marketing, Opposite May Also be True, Problems into Opportunities, Retail, See What Isn't There

Yesterday, on my other website, I shared how Google’s new “Project Glass” might soon allow users to receive real-time voice translations of foreign conversations and, thus, render the need to learn a second language unnecessary. Many people–especially pessimists–immediately grasp how the technology might cause some foreign language instructors to lose their jobs. This is overly…


The “i” in Teamwork

Posted in Creativity, New Cards, The Way We See the Problem

Never underestimate the creative power of the “I”ndividual!


Step Into Your Discomfort Zone

Posted in Behavior, Change, Creativity

Why would you ever want to knowingly step into a discomfort zone? For one reason, you’re more likely to make a new, different and more meaningful connection. For instance, did you know that if you’re in the market for a new job you are more likely to learn of a new job from someone outside…


Unlearning in a Box

Posted in Blog, Creativity, Innovation

Last year, in a survey of global CEO’s, it was said that creativity and innovative thinking would be the most critical skills of the future. As a futurist and business forecaster, I agree. It’s a cliche to say we need “to think outside the box” but I want to share with you just two ideas…


A Board of Reverse Mentors

Posted in Blog, Business, Creativity, Innovation, Mentor, Retail

I’ve written about the importance of getting a “reverse mentor” on numerous occasions. I recently happened upon this article highlighting Tesco’s decision to create an advisory board of children ages 9 to 12. To be sure, the board’s directive is focused on a narrow area but the idea of tapping into the creative energy of…


Unlearning & the Future of Food

Posted in Agriculture, Ask a New Question, Blog, Change, Creativity, Food, Health Care, Innovation, Perspective, Retail, Senses, TED

What if we could end childhood diabetes, fight world poverty and engage in a more sustainable form of agriculture just by tricking our taste buds? Sounds farfetched–if not impossible–doesn’t it? After watching this insightful TEDx talk by Homaru Canto and Ben Roche, two innovative chefs from Chicago, I think you might have a more open…


Balancing Requires Falling

Posted in Behavior, Creativity, Failure, Metaphor, One minute unlearning, Risk

Before Philippe Petit could undertake his daring 1974 tightrope walk across the World Trade Center Towers, my guess is that he fell off a lot of ropes while practicing. It might be obvious but it’s worth remembering that a person can only learn to balance by falling. Related Post Practice Intentional Imperfection


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