Innovation Lessons from the Master, Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was adopted at birth in 1955. He grew up in California. He dropped out of college but voluntarily took a course in calligraphy. He found it beautiful and fascinating. The marriage of aesthetics and technology became his life-long obsession. Jobs led a company which embodied the combination of art and science. He was an eclectic revolutionary. Computers, cell phones, tablets, films, animation,... Read More--

Apply your Creativity Everywhere – Like Salvador Dali

In January 1952 the renowned artist Salvador Dali appeared on the US TV game show, ‘What’s My Line?’ The panel members were blindfolded and had to question the guest to determine his identity. Almost every question they asked he answered in the affirmative. ‘Are you a performer?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Are you a writer?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Are you an artist?’ ‘Yes.’ And so on until one of panellists... Read More--

How a Boy enabled the Blind to Read

Louis Braille Louis Braille was born in 1809 in Coupvray, a village near Paris. His father was a saddler and little Louis liked to play in his father’s workshop. Unfortunately at the age of three he accidentally pushed a sharp tool called an awl into his eye. His eye became infected. The infection spread to his other eye leaving the small child completely blind. Despite this terrible setback, Louis... Read More--

Reinvent Yourself

Madonna Louise Ciccone has sold over 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records. She was born in 1958 in Bay City Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance before joining the group Breakfast Club where she sang, and played drums and guitar. In 1981 she left the band to... Read More--

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--