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The single most important skill to teach your kids

When my children were young, I used to tell them to study anything they wanted in college, as long as it gave them quantitative skills. I was effectively telling them to become a “quant” in some way. While I can count on one hand the number […]

Recognizing Innovation Right in Front of You

This post originally appeared in ThoughtLeaders July 30, 2018
By Kumar Mehta

Establishing the conditions that encourage innovation is the best way for your company to consciously develop an environment that consistently lets you produce offerings with new and novel value – innovations in the eyes of […]

The Only Way to Innovate (really)

There are thousands of books and millions of articles written about innovation. However, there is still no clear view on what innovation is and how companies can become more innovative. And as important as innovation is to the continued success and very existence of a […]

How You Can Start Betting On The Right Ideas

This article originally appeared in The CEO Magazine Jan 4, 2018
By Kumar Mehta

Every business leader wants to bring transformative and world changing innovation to their customers. They want to bring new and novel value to the world, and in doing so reap the vast rewards […]

Cultivate Innovation From Within

This article originally appeared on ExecuNet on December 6, 2017
By Kumar Mehta

All business leaders want to innovate and release those rare, inspirational and highly desirable products that their customers line up to buy. In their quest to learn how to innovate they often look […]

Roger Bannister

Sad to learn about Roger Bannister’s passing. Sharing his story and how his innovation, being the first human to run a mile in under four minutes, influenced my research on innovation and book The Innovation Biome. (


On a windy day in May 1954, […]

Failure in Innovation

Failure in Innovation, what does it really teach you?

New value creation is a leap of faith, and a high degree of failure is expected. If you study the most innovative companies you can think of, you will find that they have had far more failures […]

The Fallacy of the Next Big Thing

Kumar Mehta, Ph.D.

Every company is continually looking for the next big thing. I can’t count the number of times I have heard executives say something along the lines of “I want to know what’s going to be the next iPhone before it becomes the […]

8 Steps to Creating an Innovation Biome

8 steps to building a sustained environment where innovation thrives.

Follow these eight steps to build a sustained environment where innovation thrives. A culture where breakthroughs are expected, not simply desired. Without the correct approach, innovation efforts are a shot in the dark.   Based on the […]

The 5 Requirements of a Truly Innovative Company

Below is a fantastic read by HBR by Gary Hamel and Nancy Tennant in April 2015. A lot of the concepts presented here are shared by the BRIDGE method. Read on……


Can you think of any business topic that’s been hotter for longer than innovation? Trouble […]