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Areas of Interest

Foreword from the Author

As long as I can remember I’ve been interested in creating ideas that solve problems. New ideas, unique ideas, novel ideas. Some were definitely better than others, but I always had fun and people told me they liked what I created.

Today, I write about creativity, innovation and design thinking. I share experiences from my projects, I include references from my classrooms, and resources that help me do my job as an innovator.

Review the articles, find something of interest and dig in. If you ask a question, I’ll answer. If you share a comment, I’ll reply. If you want to talk we’ll schedule a call. You see, this is what I do for fun – I’m just looking for people who want to play.

  • Playbook: How to Create an Innovation Funnel

    If you don't have a process to create new ideas, your company is not likely to have new ideas. Companies need new ideas to compete. Leadership needs ideas that solve a specific problem, when they need them, and within budget. Management needs clear direction on the problem, and a method to communicate up the chain and down the line. Employees need to know how they can contribute, and that their contributions are valued.

  • Lecture: How to Solve Business Problems Using Creativity

    Every CEO has a business problem, and every one of them can be solved with a good idea. In my lecture, attendees learn a process for generating solutions to business problems using Design Thinking, and understand how to apply the process to theirs. With the addition of a Project Plan, a CEO can move confidently into addressing the issues that impact their brand, their differentiation or revenue goals.

  • Creative Approaches: Alaska Airlines Magazine

    When I accepted the challenge to create a design thinking lab at San Diego State University one of the goals was "to attain national recognition." With this feature in the January 2019 issue of Alaska Airlines magazine I'll check that box now.

2807, 2019

Playbook: How to Create an Innovation Funnel

July 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|

If you don't have a process to create new ideas, your company is not likely to have new ideas. Companies need new ideas to compete. Leadership needs ideas that solve a specific problem, when they need them, and within budget. Management needs clear direction on the problem, and a method to communicate up the chain and down the line. Employees need to know how they can contribute, and that their contributions are valued.

503, 2019

Lecture: How to Solve Business Problems Using Creativity

March 5th, 2019|Business, Design Thinking|

Every CEO has a business problem, and every one of them can be solved with a good idea. In my lecture, attendees learn a process for generating solutions to business problems using Design Thinking, and understand how to apply the process to theirs. With the addition of a Project Plan, a CEO can move confidently into addressing the issues that impact their brand, their differentiation or revenue goals.

1109, 2018

Using Creativity to Solve Problems for CEO’s

September 11th, 2018|Articles, Creativity|

Every problem a CEO faces can be solved with Creativity. When a new CEO takes control of a company, there is usually a list of problems, prioritized by a Board, to be addressed by some action—sooner than later. The specifics vary by industry, but the issues tend to fall into one of these three categories...

2408, 2017

TEDx | How Creativity Can Change the World, One Bad Drawing at a Time

August 24th, 2017|Articles, Creativity|

Everybody is creative, to some degree, in one way or another. In fact, 98% of children measure as divergent thinkers – people who can generate a volume of ideas in a short amount of time. Yet only 2% of adults score as divergent thinkers.

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