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An Innovation Lesson From American Idol

Singing is one of those skills that is difficult to evaluate in ourselves. We rely on feedback from others to determine how we’re doing. (Think of American Idol.) The personal capacity to innovate is a lot like that. It’s difficult to gain an accurate sense of our own creativity or analytical skills or insight. How often have you seen people either discount their creativity or exaggerate it? It’s quite common…and not just in singing competitions.

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Do We Need an American Idol for Innovators?

In honor of Labor Day let’s raise the national conversation about self-created jobs, employment, wealth creation and…TAKING ACTION.  If a nation wishes to become more innovative, it can only do so when it acknowledges it’s current PAIN and systemically thinks, prototypes, works, designs it’s way out of the PAIN. eg: post-WWII Germany and Japan as prime examples.  Here’s one self-annointed ...

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Television: Part 2 – The Future is Bright

When all else fails, try being good. So starts New York Magazine’s excellent feature this month on why American television is better than it’s been in ages. In a world where American Idol, Survivor and Dancing with the Stars are used to being the center of attention, smaller shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and 30 Rock are changing the way Americans look at TV.

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