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Why did Intel get right out of the left field with Will.i.Am?

 How to deal with ‘left of field’ disruptive innovation

In 2011, tech giant Intel announced Will.i.Am as their new Director of Creative Innovation. The announcement was suitably exciting but vague, and left a lot of tech-heads wondering why the world’s biggest maker of chips and microprocessors was interested in teaming up with the ‘Black Eyed Peas guy’.

"Beware of the Shark's Fin" - 3 Lessons from Jaws about Business Disruption.

In the epic 1975 movie Jaws, the ominous presence of a shark’s fin cuts the ocean surface.

A young woman leaves an evening beach party on New England's Amity Island to go skinny dipping, only to be dragged back and forth and then pulled under the water by an unseen force. 

How a keep it simple idea with paper glue took over the world.

How a keep it simple idea with paper glue took over the world.

Try and imagine any trip to the stationery store when your fingers didn’t itch to grab a stack of yellow Post-its to help organise your thoughts on that 400-page report.

And yet … it’s just paper and glue. The Post-it is proof that the simplest ideas are often the most effective. This doesn’t mean that its genesis was a simple process, however.

Back in the late-1960s, Dr. Spencer Silver of 3M was working on an ultra-sticky glue, and instead came up with a glue that couldn’t bond with any surface permanently. He launched his product without much success, and kept tinkering.

Innovation Myths - 3 Eureka Moments of the Lone Wild Haired Inventor

There is a strong narrative in our culture about the lone, wild-haired inventor. 

The genius with the ‘lightbulb moment’ who elevates the ordinary into the extraordinary by leaping out of a bath or scribbling feverishly into the night. The one in a billion. 

That narrative drives a lot of ‘eureka moment” thinking around driving innovation

It’s probably time to put that narrative to bed. 

What Australians can learn from Innovation Leaders Finland

Every aspect of Finnish society is embedded in innovation. From schools to technology and medicine, to start-ups and creativity, Finland is routinely listed amongst the most innovative economies in the world. 

And it’s always fascinating to see what they’ll come up with next. 

One original idea I love is Polar Bear Pitching, a competition where startups pitch to investors and media as quickly as they can from a freezing hole cut in the ice. It’s based in Oulu, a town ranked by Fortune as one of the best cities in the world for start-ups.