An Innovation Lesson from Walt Disney – Ignore the Doubters

Walt DisneyAs a young man Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” It was an inauspicious start for a man who went on to be one of America’s most innovative leaders. In 1921, he founded his first animation company in Kansas City. It failed. He had to dissolve his company. He could not pay the rent and it is said that he was... Read More--


Why You Should Encourage Dissent

The innovative organization has an atmosphere of constructive dissent. Anyone can challenge anything. The more sacred the cow, the more likely it is to be sacrificed. The conventional leader of years gone by who ruled by command and control is unsuited to a fast moving entrepreneurial environment. They may be decisive and dynamic but ultimately their reluctance to let go and to allow challenge... Read More--


When is a Cork like a Baby? A Remarkable Invention.

Jorge Odon Jorge Odon is an Argentinian car mechanic who has invented a simple device which could save millions of lives of mothers and babies. The story of his invention is remarkable and instructive. It all started when he was shown a YouTube video of a trick to remove a cork from inside a bottle.  He won a bet by demonstrating the trick to a friend.  The secret is to insert a plastic bag into... Read More--


Meet China’s Champion Innovator

In 1984 a young manager called Zhang Ruimin took control of a loss-making fridge factory in Qingdao, China. He was appalled at the low standards of workmanship and quality in its products.  In a dramatic expression of his wrath he gave out sledgehammers and asked factory workers to join him in smashing 76 faulty fridges in front of a large group of shocked employees.  The message was clear – poor... Read More--