Innovation Navigation (innovation management)
2/3/15 - James Kerr, Kevin Ashton, Todd Henry, Thomas Thurston

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes James Kerr, a Partner at BlumShapiro Consulting and the author of "The Executive Checklist: A Guide for Setting Direction and Managing Change."  His second guest is Kevin Ashton, author of "How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Inventon, and Discovery," who discusses whether some people are born creative and others are not. Ashton is recognized as the person who coined the phrase, "The Internet of Things."

In the second half, Dave's first guest is Todd Henry, Founder of Accidental Creative and author of "Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day."  The final guest is Thomas Thurston, CEO of Growth Science, a research firm that uses algorithms to predict the success or failure of innovations.


1/27/15 - Martin Bruncko, Ron Padzensky, Matt Homann, Tom Andrews

Host Dave Robertson speaks first to Martin Bruncko, Chief Strategy Officer at Aeromobil, which has designed a flying car. What are the practical applications of this technology and are we facing a future of all flying cars? Then Dave talks to Ron Padzensky, author at Augmera.com, which is exploring augmented reality. They talk about what that means and how augmented reality is being utilized by companies now, and in the future.

In the second half, Dave's first guest is Matt Homann, a serial entrepreneur whis is the Co-Founder of InvisibleGirlfriend.com an InvisibleBoyfriend.com. He talks about the interest the site is generating and who he and his team are targeting with this venture. The final guest is Tom Andrews, President of SYPartners, a consulting firm. He talks to Dave about bringing new ideas to a business.


Episode 15 - Innovation Navigation at the Detroit Auto Show

Last week, we heard from Bill Ford, the Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company.

In Part Two of Innovation Navigation's special on Ford Motor Company, host Dave Robertson talks with several more Ford executives at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.  The guests are Don Butler, Executive Director of Connected Vehicle and Services;  Mark Fields, CEO and President;  Raj Nair, Group VP and Chief Technical Officer, Global Product Development;  and Sheryl Connelly, Manager of Global Consumer Trends and Futuring.

Direct download: Ford_Special_-_Part_2_-_Detroit_Auto_Show.mp3
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Episode 14 - Interview with Bill Ford, Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company

Innovation Navigation visits the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan to bring you a deep dive into one of the most recognized brands in the United States: the Ford Motor Company.

In Part One, Dave speaks with Bill Ford, Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company and the great-grandson of Henry Ford himself.  They discuss the ways Ford approaches innovation, the struggle to bring environmental considerations to the fore in the company's leadership, and how ongoing changes in global society are affecting the ways people seek mobility from their automobiles.

Stay tuned for Part Two, where our special coverage from the North American Auto Show continues!

Direct download: Ford_Special_-_Part_1_-_Bill_Ford.mp3
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1/6/15 - Rita Gunther McGrath, Nick Bayer, Max Wessel, Jack Zenger

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes Rita Gunther McGrath, Professor at Columbia Business School, who talks about the changing nature of competitive advantage and how this affects the need for innovation. Next, Nick bayer, CEO and Founder of Saxby's Coffee, talks about how experimentation is playing a vital role in his company's success.

In the second half, Dave looks at successful innovative leaders. First, Mawell Wessel, VP of Innovation Strategy at SAP, discusses the evolving ways his company is bringing innovation to other businesses. Finally, Jack Zenger, Co-Founder and CEO of Zenger Folkman, recently studied the traits that make a great innovative leader. He talks to Dave about the necessary skills to become a role model of innovation.

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Episode 12 - Joshua Wolf Shenk, Nancy Tennant, Jean-Phillipe Deschamps, Carla Diana

In this show, which originally aired on September 16, 2014, Dave Robertson talks first with Joshua Wolf Shenk, the author of "Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation In Pairs."  His second guest is Nancy Tennant, the Chief Innovation Officer at Whirlpool, who talks about the company's successful turnaround plan.

In the second half, Dave's first guest is Jean-Phillippe Deschamps, Professor Emeritus at IMD, who is the author of "Innovation Governance: How Top Management Organizes and Mobilizes for Innovation."  Finally, Dave speaks with Carla Diana, a product designer and creative consultant who is the author of "Leo the Maker Prince."


In this archival episode, Dave talks first with Roger Dooley, Author of "Brainfluence: 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince Customers With Neuromerketing."  He talks about how understanding customer psychology can affect not only marketing, but also innovation in product design as well.

Next, we hear from Dr. Dean Schroeder, co-author of "The Idea-Driven Organization: Unlocking the Power in Bottom-Up Ideas."  He tells us why it is important to not jsut look at Innovation from a top-down perspective, but look for ideas from front-line employees as well.

Finally Drew Marshall, Founder and Principal of Primed Associates, LLC explains how he helps businesses fit both breakthrough and continuing innovation into their practices and culture by finding the right "points of entry" for a given situation.

Direct download: InnovationNavigationPodcast_12-23-14.mp3
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12/16/14 - Ron Adner, Chris Trimble, Jesse Schell, Joey Neal

Host Dave Robertson brings back two more of his favorite authors of 2014:  Ron Adnerm Professor of strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and author of "The Wide Lens: A New Strategy for Innovation"; and Chris Trimble, Adjunct Associate Professor of Business Administration at Tuck, who has writen a number of books, including "How Stella Saved the Farm: A Tale About Making Innovation Happen," and "Beyond the Idea: How to Execute Innovation in Any Organization."

In the second half, Dave talks first to game designer Jesse Schell, CEO of Schell Games and author of "The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses."  The final guest is Joey Neal, VP of Digital Products at Makerbot, a global leader in the desktop 3D printer industry.

Direct download: InnovationNavigationPodcast_12-16-14.mp3
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For the month of December, Dave is bringing back some of his favorite authors of the past year, as well as speaking with guests about innovation in toys and games.  Up first this week is Mikkel Rasmussen, Director of ReD Associates and author of “The Moment of Clarity: Using the Human Sciences to Solve Your Toughest Business Challenges.”  Next Dave talks to Scott Anthony, the Managing Partner of Innosight.  Scott talks about the sometimes hard work of innovation, and his book “The First Mile: A Launch Manual for Getting Great Ideas Into the Market.”

In the second half, Dave chats with Leslie Scott, the inventor of Jenga.  She talks about how she came up with the game itself, as well as the curious path it took to intellectual property protection… without a patent!  Finally, Brenda Romero tells us about her work as a video game designer, and what innovation challenges one faces during game development.

Direct download: InnovationNavigationPodcast_12-09-14.mp3
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12/2/14 - David Burkus, Orkan Telhan, Andrew Brentano, Keith Ferrazzi

Host Dave Robertson talks first with David Burkus, author of "The Myths or Creativity: The TRUTH About How Innovative Companies Generate Great Ideas."  His second guest is Orkan Telhan, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts-Emerging Design Practices at The University of Pennsylvania, who discusses how he is using his interdisciplinary design experience to bring a concept for a new educational toy to market via Kickstarter.

Next Andrew Brentano, Co-Founder of Tiny Farms, talks about how he's trying to introduce bugs into the American diet and food system.  Finally Keith Ferrazzi, CEO of Ferrazi Greenlight, discusses effective virtual team building.

Direct download: InnovationNavigationPodcast_12-02-14.mp3
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