Why the best idea doesn’t always win

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This is an excerpt from the bestseller, The Myths of Innovation. You can read a summary of the entire book here. Why people believe the best wins Fairy tales and hero stories follow similar patterns: good guys win, bad guys lose, and people who do the right thing get nice prizes. These rules are pleasant, […]

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The 177 truths of innovation

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In making the mega list of 177 innovation myths, I hoped the hours it took to research would pay off in others building on it. Designer Stefan Klocek was first by inverting all the myths as an experiment, creating a list of 177 innovation truths. Of course semantic inversions don’t always work, but some are interesting especially […]

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The 177 Myths of Innovation: Mega summary

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The term Myths of Innovation has become popular on the web, but few of these articles link to each other, which is sad. Much like the abuse of the term innovation itself, the meaning stretches further all the time. And somehow in all this innovation abuse we’ve forgotten inventions like web searches, links and footnotes to […]

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The Ten Myths of Innovation: the best summary

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I wrote the popular book The Myths of Innovation to capture everything I wish I learned about big ideas before I started my career. I’ve seen bloggers summarize the book into simple lists (or cheezy videos), but here’s a version written by my own hand. You can also see my compilation of 177 Innovation myths others have written. […]

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A class full of The Myths of Innovation

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Many universities use The Myths of Innovation in courses on entrepreneurship or creativity, but David Burkus lined up his class for a photo, which I promised to post here. Among other places he teaches at OSLEP, a program for top students across Oklahoma and they’re seen here. If you use my book in a course, […]

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The gift of Innovation (photo)

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Timothy Meaney, CEO of Kindling, a collaboration tool used by Symantec, Motley Fool, Nordstrom and Credit Suisse, sent out copies of The Myths of Innovation to some of their favorite customers. He kindly sent me a photo, which I promised to post here. Should you be inspired to do something similar with one of my books […]

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Free copies of Myths of Innovation

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O’Reilly Media has started a new blogger review program – If you’re willing to write a review, both on your blog and on amazon.com, you can get free copies of many of their books. And of course you are free to write positive or negative reviews. The paperback edition of my bestseller, The Myths of […]

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You are Don Draper: Pick the ad

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You can be Don Draper and help pick an advertisement. I can’t offer you bourbon or a smoke, but you can weigh in and give judgment, which might be a fun break on a boring day. Some books on amazon.com are allowed to put a video ad on the book’s page to help promote the […]

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New Myths Webcast: Now on youtube

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Thanks to O’Reilly Media, last week’s webcast on the new edition of Myths of Innovation is now available free online. Bonus links: There’s also an extended Q&A writeup (questions I didn’t have time to answer during the webcast). Free sample chapters here (PDF) Buy the book on amazon.com (or read the 50+ reviews)

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Today is Myths of Innovation day! help wanted

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If you have been waiting to buy 6,434 copies of the myths of innovation for your entire company, or have a coupon for a hour of advertising on all major networks burning a hole in your pocket, now is the best time ever in history to pull the trigger. There are people who like my […]

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Free Myths Webcast: Wed Oct 13th

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As part of Myths of Innovation day, I’ll be doing a free, live webcast on all things innovation, Wed Oct 13th 2010, at 10am PST. I’ll be talking about new material – using stuff from previous talks as little as possible. So we’re calling it Remixed and Remastered. Description: With the release of the new […]

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Myths trivia #2: signed copy + $25 amazon giftcard

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As part of the countdown to Myths of Innovation day (Oct 13th – sign-up here, or on facebook), we’re running trivia and other contests, with some fun and unusual prizes.  Some questions require looking at the free sample chapters found here (PDF). The Prize:  A signed copy of the new paperback edition of Myths of […]

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Myths Trivia Contest: Win signed copy + prizes

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As part of the countdown to Myths of Innovation day (Oct 13th – sign-up here), we’re running trivia and other contests, with some fun and unusual prizes.  Some questions require looking at the free sample chapters found here (PDF). The Prize:  A signed copy of the new paperback edition of Myths of Innovation. Rules: anyone […]

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Research Challenge: Guns, Cats and Parachutes

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Things are chugging along with the updated edition of The Myths of Innovation. But there are two nagging research issues I’m hoping someone with some investigative chops might want to take on. Deadline: Friday May 7th Reward: Acknowledgement in book + signed copy (see bottom) 1. DDT disaster / Parachuting cat’s into Borneo The story […]

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Innovation in a book about Innovation?

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When I wrote the original edition of Myths of Innovation, I asked you folks for ideas to make a book itself innovative. There were some good ideas, some of which made it into the book. One idea I had was the ranked bibliography, shown below, where instead of listing my sources alphabetically, which is useless, […]

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Help me improve The Myths of Innovation!

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I’m working on the paperback edition of my 2007 bestseller, the Myths of Innovation. I’d love to involve some of you in the process and have a small crew of people who can help me scrub, polish, and refine the book over the next few weeks. If you’re interested – leave a comment or contact […]

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Help w/ new edition of Myths of Innovation

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Currently I’m in talks with O’Reilly Media about releasing an updated version of The Myths of Innovation in paperback some time this year. I have a few obvious things to take care of: Correct these errata Add a chapter on applying the lessons from the chapters to projects Mind you, this is not a complete […]

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