Innovation Navigation

A low-risk, high-reward approach to innovation.

To mark the release of host Dave Robertson's new book, "The Power of Little Ideas," Dave takes us into the stories and speaks to some of the inspirational figures who discovered how to effectively innovate around a product to make it more competitive and appealing.

Hear Donal Ballance and Darren Fagan discuss their journey in working with Guinness to build authentic Irish pubs around the world and ultimately bring business to the iconic dry stout.  You'll also find out about the cannabis industry, and innovation at Victoria's Secret, from reporter Debra Borchardt.

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How do you become an innovation leader? Host Dave Robertson is joined by Sarah Robb O'Hagan, former President of Gatorade, Former President of Equinox Fitness and Current CEO of Flywheel Sports to discuss the process of innovating your life to not only reach your own full potential but also discovering the greatest potential for your business. Learn how to accept risk and embrace failure. Her new book is called "Extreme YOU: Step Up. Step Out. Kick Ass. Repeat."


First, how can your business be ready for the threat of disruption?  Host Dave Robertson talks with Scott Anthony, Managing Partner of Insight and author of "Dual Transformation: How to Reposition Today's Business While Creating the Future," who explains how to create the next version of your business.

Then Dave welcomes Dan Widmaier, CEO and Co-Founder of Bolt Threads, who is looking towards nature to spin up the future of fashion.

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The history of artificial intelligence.  Host Dave Robertson first welcomes Luke Dormehl, tech journalist and author of "Thinking Machines: The Quest for Artificial Intelligence - And Where It's Taking Us Next."  Hear how AI began and what advanced technology's historical past can teach us about the future.

Plus, Dollar Tree Co-Founder Macon Brock talks to Dave about his book "One Buck at a Time."  Hear how this business is able to maintain its founding principle and stick with a one-dollar price point.


Host Dave Robertson is first joined by Scott Barry Kaufman, Scientific Director of the Imagination Institute and author of "Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind," who discusses strategies that promote creative thinking.

Plus, the evolution of play.  Game Designer Rob Daviau discusses designing board games for the modern era.

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A house built by 3-D printing.

Host Dave Robertson is joined by Larry Haines, Founder of Sunconomy.com and the entrepreneur bringing 3D printed housed to the US.  Hear how new technology is transforming the field of construction and providing more sustainable solutions for future housing.

Plus, Erik Wahl, author of "The Spark and the Grind: Ignite the Power of Disciplined Creativity," discusses the journey to discover a great idea.  Do breakthroughs happen as "AHA" moments or do they prevail in a process of trial and error?

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Host Dave Robertson is joined by Dr. Dan Skovronsky, SVP of Clinical and Product Development for Eli Lilly and Company, as they discuss the process of trying to solve some of the world's most complicated diseases.  From experimentation to cross-field collaboration, learn the work that goes into life-saving drugs.

Plus, Dr. Stanley B. Burns takes us on a journey through medicine's past. Discover the revolutionary ideas that transformed our healthcare system and find out how medicine's history continues to shape the industry's future.

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Host Dave Robertson is joined first by Ashlee Vance, Bloomberg writer and author of "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future." Hear the incredible story of how Elon became one of the most influential and striking figures in American business. How is he changing industries and what does his success have in common with inventors like Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs?

In the second half of the show Dave welcomes Fran Maier, the Co-Founder and first General Manager of Match.com. She's now using the insight from that earlier venture to manage and run Babierge, a baby equipment rental marketplace.

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2/14/17 - Innovative Scents; Lingerie

Fragrances are a popular gift on Valentine's Day, but could smell help you actually fall in love with a brand?  Host Dave Robertson is joined by Mark Schmidt, ScentAir's VP of Marketing and Fragrances Development, and Ed Burke, VP of Customer Strategy and Communications, as they discuss the process of building a brand's scent.  From retail stores to hotel lobbies, hear how smells are created to build a customer base and develop a brand identity. Dave also learns about how data is being used to design better-fitting lingerie.

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Bill Taylor is the guest for the full hour.  Taylor is the co-founder and founding editor of media outlet Fast Company, a business that has gone on to win countless awards and become recognized as one of the leading publications within the business world.  He talks to host Dave Robertson about his latest book "Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways."

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