Innovation Navigation
Episode 6 - Jon Shaeffer, Drew Boyd, Lindon Leader

In this compilation episode, Dave speaks with Jon Shaeffer, Director of New Media for the Minor League Baseball team Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs about the challenges of innovating in a business where your core product cannot change.  Next Drew Boyd, co-author of "Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough Results" tells us about how thinking "outside the box" may not be as helpful as it seems.  Finally, Dave interviews Lindon Leader, the graphic designer behind the FexEx logo, and its famous hidden arrow.

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In this compilation episode, Dave speaks with Dan Lin about the production and challenges of The Lego Movie.  Next, Daniel Lamarre sheds light on the creative process of Cirque Du Soleil.  Finally, Bill Kelley tells us about the history and innovations behind Jelly Belly.

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Innovation Navigation 11/4/14 - David Owens, Steve Blank, Michael Raynor

In this "best of" episode, host David Robertson chats with three terrific guests.  The first is David Owens, Professor for the Practice of Management and Innovation at Vanderbilt University and the Author of "Creative People Must Be Stopped: 6 Ways We Kill Innovation."  Next, Dave talks to Steve Blank, Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and academic.  Finally, he speaks to Michael Raynor, Director at Deloitte Services.

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Host Dave Robertson talks first with Playwright and two-time Emmy winnder Glen berger, author of "Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History."  Berger talks about his work on the project, which was lampooned by reviewers, loves and loathed by audiences, and boldly envisioned by its producers.  Dave's second gues is Carl Potts, former Editor-in-Chief at marvel and author of "The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling."  The final guest is Joe Alves, Academy Award-nominated Art Director, Production Designer and Director, who talks about his work on the film "Jaws," for which he designed the great white shark.

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Innovation Navigation 10/21/14 - Ed Hess, George Westerman, Sarah Robb O'Hagan, Stephen Shapiro

Host David Robertson talks first to Edward Hess, the author of Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization, who explains how neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics can all help to bring your business to the next level. His second guest is George Westerman, Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Digital Business, who talks about making a transformation to digital easier for your organization.

In the second half, Dave welcomes the President of Equinox, Sarah Robb O'Hagan, who talks about how to innovate in the sporting and fitness world. As the former Global President of Gatorade, Sarah was able to transform the sport drink company into becoming a leader of innovation, and she is doing the same thing in the gym industry. The final guest is Stephen Shapiro, author of Best Practices Are Stupid: 40 Ways to Out-Innovate the Competition.


Host Dave Robertson talks first to David Gray, founder of the business design consultancy XPLANE and author of the book "The Connected Company." He talks about getting your business to evolve, aquiring customers, and strategies to break away from the competition.  Then Dave speaks to Gary Smith, the CEO of Polartec, who is leading the charge in creating new fabrics and textiles in teh clothing industry and redefining what we wear when we go outside.

In the second half, the first guest is John Hunter, Associate Professor of Comparative Humanities at Bucknell University, who breaks down the history of the word "innovation" and how the term itself has changed over time.  Dave's last gues is Nicole Clemens, Senior VP of FX Networks, who talks about the process of developing original programming and creating iconic characters.  Find out how a network is able to establish a brand identity, and still deliver in shows that are distinct from one another.

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Host Dave Robertson talks first with Ron Ashkenas, Senior Partner of Shaffer Consulting and author of Simply Effective: How to Cut Through Complexity in Your Organization and get Things Done.  His second guest is Claudia Kotchka, whoo successfully led an innovation culture transformation at Procter & Gamble, and who now consults to Fortune 500 companies.  Next up is Joni Fedders, President of Aileron, who talks about her unique approach to helping businesses identify their problems and become more successful, productive, and innovative.  The final guest is Ryan Carson, CEO of Treehouse, a company that has no internal e-mail system and where employees have a four-day work week.  Carson explains how these and other innovations are driving the success of Treehouse.