Author Archives: Braden Kelley

The Big Myth of Innovation

It seems like most people are starting to believe that it is inevitable that formal innovation efforts begin with high energy and wane over time. And that this is true even if you’ve built robust innovation processes and have strong support for innovation at all levels of an organization. I must say that what many people are portraying as inevitability is a myth, and falls prey to the age old quote: Continue reading

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How to Innovate – Restoring the American Dream

For those of you that missed CNN’s special “Restoring the American Dream – How to Innovate”, here it is. In the video, Fareed Zakaria speaks with the following about the keys to innovation – Eric Schmidt, Dr. Regina Dugan, Steven Johnson, Paul Romer, Len Baker, and John Kao. Continue reading

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fatal Flaws

Scott Painter, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of TrueCar, made a great comment at last year’s innovation event put on by The Economist about how all ideas have a ‘fatal flaw’. But like all great insights, on the surface the audience does not always recognize all of its potential impact on their thinking, and the author of the comment does not always recognize its transcendent ability to simplify and drive impact deep into the broader context of business. Continue reading

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Illusions of Entrepreneurship

Many of you out there are entrepreneurs, running small businesses (or big ones), struggling to make your business successful. But when did you first know that you were destined to be an entrepreneur? And what challenges or ridicule have you endured as the result of your decision to quit a stable job or perhaps to never take one? Continue reading

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Little Black Book of Innovation

Typically when organizations start a formal innovation effort and begin soliciting ideas from people inside (or even from outside) the organization, there is a spike in the number of ideas submitted within the first few days of the effort and then the submission volume begins to tail off. This is because in every organization there is backlog of innovation ideas that are lying dormant, going unused or possibly even walking out the door to the competition or to serve as the basis of new start-ups outside the organization. Continue reading

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The Language of Innovation

When I’m out on the road speaking to audiences about innovation, it is reinforced again and again that innovation has become a buzzword, and much in the same way that people struggle to define love – there is no commonly accepted definition for innovation. Try asking someone: “What is love?” And then see if their definition matches your own. Chances are it will be completely different. Then ask them: Continue reading

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News from the Innovation Front Lines

I had the honor of keynoting last year at the Imaginatik Innovation Leaders Forum at the New York Stock Exchange in New York City. But, I also had the privilege of hearing great innovation leaders speak from a diverse set of organizations including: Chubb, NYSE, Bombardier, Medco, and the General Services Administration (GSA). Continue reading

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