It’s Grow Time!

It’s spring… grow time. The birds are returning to Madison, Wisconsin. The snow is melting, and I have added about 5 new hobbies this past week. They include: Using eBay to identify the best value in Greek coins. Bidding, winning, … Continue reading

New Guide Released for Programs: Innovation Step-by-Step

After teaching and refining my innovation system for years, I am happy to release the pdf version of my new book: Innovation Step-by-Step: How to Systematically Create & Develop Ideas for Any Challenge. Innovation is a high value process. People … Continue reading

Visualize Your Innovative Future

Innovation inspires motivation! Innovation is a motivator to take action. We love to come up with that new idea.  We love to figure out how to do something better, or solve a problem.  We love to take these opportunities and … Continue reading

Why Innovate? Respond to Change Naturally.

Responding to Change In many cases, we need to innovate because we must respond to some kind of change. This change could be something we perceive as bad and we want to fix.  It could be something we don’t know … Continue reading

Blogging and the Future of Higher Ed

What is important in higher ed right now? Recently, we have been working to really think about what is important in higher education right now.  For the last few months, we’ve been looking at various aspects of higher ed as … Continue reading

How To Hack Your Own Higher Education… For FREE

Innovation in Higher Education With tight budgets, busy lifestyles and demanding employers, having a solid education is more important now than ever.  The last few years have seen an explosion in the increasing cost of a college education. Don’t fear, … Continue reading

Recommended Higher Ed Blogs for University Faculty & Staff

If you would like to improve or innovate within higher education, blogs and university video sites should be a source you turn to for ideas, news, and trends. You probably already read journals in your field (where articles are validated, … Continue reading

Tools for Self-Understanding: Inventories, Assessments, & Surveys

At some point, you have probably taken a survey, or maybe even used a fun app to help you gain a greater understanding of yourself. Maybe you played the “true colors” board game. Perhaps you’ve done the popular Myers-Briggs (MBTI Personality … Continue reading

Discover and Use your Personal Strengths and Valuable Skills to Create your Life

How are you using knowledge of your strengths and skills to create your future? Create your life and career path from your strengths and high level skills. I find a personal strengths or “valuable skills” focus to be particularly valuable … Continue reading

Passionate Interests: Don’t Just Follow – Unearth and Integrate

Now, let’s zoom in your passionate interests. What lights your fire? What do you love doing? What do you really, truly care about? What are you passionately interested in? Close your eyes, and identify at least five passionate interests. Go … Continue reading