Category: Interviews

Having Fun with Innovation

Interview – Scott Christopher of “The Levity Effect”I had the opportunity to interview Scott Christopher, co-author of “The Levity Effect” about the importance of fun in the workplace, and about how beneficial it can be. But how important is fun to innovation?A contributing author of the bestseller “A Carrot A Day”, a regular columnist for Workplace HR and Safety magazines and a distinguished consultant on recognition, Scott travels the world speaking to leadership groups at conferences, conventions, and on-site customer meetings. Here is the text from the interview:1. When it comes to innovation, what is the biggest challenge that you see organizations facing?Boss-employee relationships. Look, all the truly useful, great ideas come from the workforce because they’re the ones that have identified a need and can actually see themselves implementing them. An engaged employee is ten times more likely to contribute his or her time, effort and energies into innovation, … Continue reading

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I had the opportunity to interview Eric Liu, author of the new book “Imagination First” at a book event last night. I’d like to share a video interview I did with Eric before the event:Interview – Eric Liu – Author “Imagination First” from Braden Kelley on Vimeo.If you prefer YouTube, I’ve split the interview into Part 1 and Part 2 there.Eric Liu was interviewed on stage during the event by Warren Etheredge and I’d also like to share some of the key insights from Eric’s talk at the event:We all have the capacity for imagination, but as we grow up we are disincentivized to share itWe need to teach kids to have respect for limits and to stretch their imaginations by giving them activities with limits and inviting them to create within those limitsWe need to be careful not to strip out the play from education”Play matters” – leaning forward … Continue reading

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I had the opportunity to interview Dan Pink, author of the new book “Drive” at a biznik event last night. If you’re not familiar with biznik, it is an online community for entreprenurs and the independently employed. Instead of just stopping there, Biznik organizes several in-person events and an annual conference called Seattle BizJam (which I spoke at in 2007), and allows members to organize their own free or fee-supported events. I think Biznik is great and they are headquartered here in Seattle.Dan Pink was interviewed on stage during the event by Warren Etheredge and some of the highlights from my tweets last night included:”A good book is a basket of ideas that is refined and spread through conversation.”People are more likely to donate blood for altruistic reasons than for cash. Offering people money moves things from the social realm to the economic realm and behaviors and expectations change. Same … Continue reading

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Steve McKee

Interview – Steve McKee of “When Growth Stalls”I had the opportunity to interview Steve McKee, the author of “When Growth Stalls” about the challenges companies face when they lose focus, lack consensus, or fail to maintain consistency with their innovation efforts. We also discuss a variety of other innovation topics including: barriers to innovation, education, and metrics.Steve McKee is president of McKee Wallwork Cleveland, a full service marketing communications firm, is a BusinessWeek.com columnist and has been published or quoted in The New York Times, USA Today, Advertising Age, Adweek, Investor’s Business Daily and The Los Angeles Times. He has appeared on CNBC, ESPN2, CNNfn, Bloomberg radio, and network television affiliates across America.Here is the text from the interview:1. When it comes to innovation, what is the biggest challenge that you see organizations facing?The biggest challenge is consistency. People tend to look at innovation as an occasional thing – a … Continue reading

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Interview – Steve Todd of “Innovate with Influence”I have the pleasure of knowing Steve Todd (the Rockette on the left), a Distinguished Engineer for EMC Corporation with a hand in generating over 140 patent applications and billions of dollars in revenue. Steve has a great sense of humor and is the author of “Innovate with Influence – tales of a high-tech intrapreneur” – a new book that tells the story of his intrapreneurial adventures and quest for innovation. I had the opportunity to interview Steve about innovation, influence, and needs of the innovation workforce. Here is the text from the interview:1. When it comes to innovation, what is the biggest challenge that you see organizations facing?Some organizations struggle to identify and tap into the expertise that exists outside of their organizations. Individual employees are at their innovative best when they can learn and collaborate outside of their own teams. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Braden Kelley

I had the opportunity to interview Kevin Roberts, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi at the World Business Forum this week at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. You can see the video interview here:Saatchi & Saatchi is a well-regarded advertising agency and Kevin Roberts has a lot of great insight on the customer. In this short video we chat about the evolving relationship between customers and their mobile devices, the state of integrated campaigns with social media as a component, and about Saatchi & Saatchi’s “Do One Thing” (aka DOT) campaign.For those of you don’t know, Kevin Roberts is a contributor here on Blogging Innovation.What do you think?Braden Kelley is the editor of Blogging Innovation and founder of Business Strategy Innovation, a consultancy focusing on innovation and marketing strategy. Braden is also @innovate on Twitter.

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Jackie Hutter

Interview – Jackie Hutter – The Hutter GroupI had the opportunity to interview Jackie Hutter, Chief IP Strategist and Founder of The Hutter Group about the intellectual property and innovation. The Hutter Group is an IP business strategy consultancy that assists innovation-driven organizations, entrepreneurs and investment professionals in identifying opportunities to identify, capture and maximize value from intellectual property and other intangible assets. Jackie, who calls herself “a recovering patent attorney,” has over 15 years of multi-faceted IP and business experience in both law firm and corporate settings.Here is the text from the interview:1. When it comes to open innovation, what is the biggest challenge that you see organizations facing?From the perspective of an intellectual property (“IP”) lawyer with both law firm and large corporate experience, I believe that an organization’s legal team can be a major impediment to successful implementation of open innovation. For lawyers, IP or otherwise, uncertainty … Continue reading

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