Episode #16: Learn How To Build Your Innovation Chops

With Tyson Weinert

“From my house to the White House.” – Tyson Weinert

When my next guest, Tyson Weinert, talks about innovation – I listen.  That’s because he has a long and successful track record of teaching innovation.  He’s equipped individuals and organizations with the tools of innovation across a variety of domains.

He even had the honor of helping the first lady – Michelle Obama – using human centered design methods to help develop the Joining Forces Program led by Michelle Obama.

You may be thinking that innovation and creativity aren’t important, but think again.  The world is changing.  While Information Management defined the 20th century, Innovation Management is defining the 21st century.  It’s not enough to just be good at your job or for an organization to be good.  Innovation is becoming as important to success as any other ability or skill.

Learn how to build your own innovation chops with Human Centered Design in my conversation with Tyson.  Tyson is a human centered designer and program director for LUMA – where he and his colleagues help equip organizations and individuals with the capacity to innovate.

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Episode #15: Build Your Thriving Community With Maryland Governor Candidate Alec Ross

Our first interview of the year just might be our most important.  That’s because I speak with Alec Ross – a 2018 Maryland gubernatorial candidate, New York Times best selling author, tech entrepreneur and former senior advisor on Innovation, to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

This conversation is different from our previous interviews because we focus on community and other people.  In particular, Alec and I talk about how we can create thriving communities that are stronger … that lift each other up, and help everyone to thrive.

When we think about how we can really improve our lives to thrive, we often look inward.  That’s a real missed opportunity if we don’t look outward as well.  Other People Matter.  Just about everything good we experience in life – be it at work, in our families, at school, in sports … whatever it is, is almost always in the presence of other people.

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Learn The Most Effective Habits & Practices From Some Of The World’s Best Experts

I asked some of my favorite experts and thought leaders – people that are world class performers in what they do – for quick and uncommon habits and practices that we can adopt to help us thrive in life and at work every day. They really came through with some priceless wisdom and tips that will help you on day 1.

When you’re done reading, I would love to hear a quick and uncommon habit or practice from you, in the comments!

On Wellness, Health, & Fitness

Take 5 minutes each day to practice sitting completely still. This takes the meditation one step further. By committing to stillness, you’re forced to meet, be with, and find an inner grounding amidst all of the things you might typically try to move away from (e.g. an itch, low back pain, extra energy in the body). Doing this over time develops calm, resilience and confidence to meet the various discomforts that may arise.”     Cory Muscara, Long Island Center For Mindfulness
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Episode #003: How You Can Become A Creative Powerhouse With Monica Kang

From Nuclear Non-Proliferation Policy Expert to CEO And Founder of InnovatorsBox

I teach creativity and innovation courses at the Unvirsity of Maryland’s Academy of Innovation & Entrepreneurship.  One of the questions I ask my students often is, “How many of you think you are creative?”  The response is always the same – one or two hands respond yes – that’s less than 10% every time.

Most people just don’t think they are creative or can ever be creative.  If that describes you, or if you want to learn how you pump up your creativity, then today’s episode is definitely for you.

Today I speak with Monica Kang, CEO and founder of InnovatorsBox, a company that is helping individuals and organizations learn to be creative and reach their full potential.

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