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Why Innovation is Everyone's Job, with Dr. Jackie Freiberg
On this week’s episode of the podcast we’ll be looking at why innovation should be everyone’s job – how leaders can create a culture where everyone owns innovation, why you should empower all employees to become part of the innovation process, and pitfalls and roadblocks to avoid when doing so. Dr. Jackie Freiberg joins us to discuss these topics and more. Dr. Freiberg, along with her husband Dr. Kevin Freiberg, has written numerous books about how some of the world’s most successful companies build cultures that thrive on innovation. She was recently named one of the Top 30 Best Minds on Leadership by Leadership Excellence Magazine. Her and Kevin’s most recent book, Do Something Now: Be the One Who Makes Something Happen, came out in June, and the couple is now working on their next book, Company with a Cause: Live an Insanely Great Life While Doing Meaningful Work. In addition to being best-selling authors, Jackie and Kevin are both sought-after speakers on the subjects of innovation, execution, and corporate leadership development.
Organizing for Innovation, with David Bland
Organizing for innovation is the topic of discussion on this week's episode of the podcast. We talk about why corporate innovation is fundamentally broken on a number of levels, what you can do to fix that within your own organization, and what a typical “innovation team” should look like. David Bland joins us this week to discuss those topics and more. David is a Principal at Neo, a “full-stack innovation consulting firm,” where he advises corporations and startups alike on how to create and deliver value to their customers. Prior to Neo, David was a pioneer in lean startup and innovation services at BigVisible, where he worked with Fortune 500 companies to establish entrepreneurial teams within huge companies. He worked with Lean Startup author Eric Ries to start FastWorks at GE and is an author and speaker who helps turn the concepts of lean startup, business model generation, and customer development into actions. You can find him on Twitter and Medium and @DavidJBland. 
We're 100! The Innovator's Journey, with 3Pillar CEO David DeWolf
For a very special episode of The Innovation Engine, we welcome 3Pillar CEO David DeWolf back into the studio for our 100th episode. David was the very first guest to appear on the podcast, and he has been on the podcast numerous times to discuss technology trends and corporate leadership. On this episode, we talk about David's journey as an entrepreneur and the path he has taken over the course of the last 10 years to go from a company with fewer than 10 employees at the outset to one that now has more than 700 employees worldwide. Among the keys David cites as critical to his success are a true passion for what he does and the ability to hire the right people and then trust them to do their jobs well. We also discuss some of the trends that were the hottest topics at this summer's major technology conference, including the invasion of the bots, the connected home, and how advances on both fronts are bringing us closer to the concept of having "relationships" with technology. David DeWolf is the Founder and CEO of 3Pillar Global, one of the Mid-Atlantic’s fastest growing technology companies. Since founding 3Pillar in 2006, David has guided the company to a leadership position in the Product Development Services sector, establishing 3Pillar as the go-to innovator for content, information, and data-rich companies looking to grow revenue through software. David is passionate about software product innovation, entrepreneurship, and principled leadership. In 2012, he was named one of SmartCEO Magazine’s “Future 50.” In 2011, he was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of “40 Under 40” who are Washington, D.C.’s brightest young business leaders. David writes frequently about leadership, business, life and technology at David and/or his writing has appeared in publications like Fortune, Fast Company, Investor’s Business Daily, Pando Daily, ZDNet, and many more. Show Notes Visit David DeWolf's website: Follow David DeWolf on Twitter:  
Keys to Leading Innovative Companies, with Greg Brandeau
On this week's episode of the podcast, we look at keys to leading innovative companies. Among the topics we cover are why innovation leaders should be ringleaders and referees more than visionaries; the importance of creative abrasion, creative agility, and creative resolution to the innovation process; and why it's imperative to establish a company culture with a sense of community and psychological safety to foster innovation. Greg Brandeau is the co-author of Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation, which was named one of "The 20 Best Business Books to Read This Summer" in 2014 by Business Insider. He is the former COO & President of Maker Media and former CTO of the Walt Disney Studios. He also spent the better part of a decade as an executive at Pixar before the company was acquired by Disney, and he started his career at NeXT, where he worked with the late great Steve Jobs. 
Innovation & International Development, with Adarsh Desai
Adarsh Desai, the head of the World Bank Group's Innovation Labs, joins us to discuss innovation and international development on this episode of the podcast. Among the topics we cover are how the Innovation Labs are working to help the World Bank meet its goal of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030, how they are using big data and open data to fuel that mission, and why innovation and social entrepreneurship at the local level are more critical now than ever before. As the head of the World Bank Group's Innovation Labs, Adarsh oversees a variety of programs, ranging from innovations in Big Data Analytics and Social Enterprise to the Open Aid Partnership and Human Centered Design. He is passionate about leveraging technology and data-driven innovations for international development and has managed programs on big data analytics, ICT-enabled citizen engagement, Open Innovations, Geospatial data, eLearning and other technology enabled platforms. Show Notes Follow Adarsh Desai on Twitter: Read Adarsh Desai's latest blog posts on the World Bank's website:    
The RightsTech Summit 2016, with Ned Sherman, Paul Sweeting, Adi Chikara & More
On a very special episode of the podcast, we take The Innovation Engine on the road to attend the first annual RightsTech Summit in New York. The RightsTech Summit took place on July 26th and brought together a cross-section of companies, associations, and industry leaders to discuss innovation in rights management from Blockchain to Enterprise. Panel discussions included topics like Machine Readable Rights, The RightsTech Technology Stack, and RightsTech in the Enterprise. 3Pillar's Adi Chikara was a panelist on what turned out to be one of the more lively discussions of the day, on Crypto-currencies, Side-Chains, and Fiat Portals. Over the course of the episode, we have a conversation with the creators of the RightsTech Summit, and select clips from a number of panels that took place over the course of the day. We also had the opportunity to interview a few panelists who are looking to change the way compensation works for artists in the music space. We also had the 360-degree camera rolling during Adi's panel discussion and will have that available on 3Pillar's YouTube channel shortly, in addition to the "regular" video that is already live!  Show Notes Visit the RightsTech Summit website: Visit 3Pillar's YouTube channel to watch videos of Adi Chikara's session:
Ep. 151 - AI, Chatbots & Natural Language Processing: The Present & Future of Digital Healthcare
In this episode, we'll be looking at what the future of digital healthcare holds. We'll cover the role AI and chatbots will have in the future (and are already having, in some cases), some of the inherent challenges in innovating in the healthcare space, and how one leader at a Fortune 100 company in the healthcare space views the intersection of digital and healthcare. Joining us for this episode to talk about those topics and more is Greg Fitzgerald, the Staff Vice President of Digital Product Engineering at Centene. Greg is responsible for the strategic direction and development of the consumer technology products emerging from the Digital Product Engineering team at Centene. His career has included leadership positions in a number of successful healthcare startups, including running engineering teams for LiveHealthier, a digital wellness company acquired by Centene, and HealthCentral, a social community of patients and experts acquired by Remedy Health Media. Resources: Connect with Greg on LinkedIn: Read the whitepaper we discuss on the episode: “Artificial Intelligence and Conversational Agents in Healthcare” Learn more and get the full show notes at:
Unlocking the Blockchain - with Alex Tapscott
On this week's Innovation Engine, we're pleased to welcome Alex Tapscott back to talk about unlocking the blockchain. Among the topics we'll discuss are how far blockchain technology has come in just a few short years, what your company may be able to learn about organizing teams from a company called Consensus, and why blockchain may represent the “Internet of value.” Alex last joined the podcast about two years ago, when the book he co-wrote with his father Don had just been published (Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World). Alex and his father Don also co-founded The Blockchain Research Institute and, in 2014, Alex wrote the seminal report on governing digital currencies for the Global Solutions Network program at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.  Resources: Learn more online: The Blockchain Research Institute A16z on Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Jason Lopp’s Bitcoin Resources Read up on the blockchain: Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World by Alex Tapscott and Don Tapscott The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order by Michael J. Casey and Paul Vigna The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything by Michael J. Casey and Paul Vigna   Learn more and get the full show notes at:
Live from Collision Conference 2018: North America’s Fastest Growing Tech Conference - with Julia Slattery
We just concluded the second and last - for now - stop of The Innovation Engine’s Spring 2018 tour, from the floor of Collision in New Orleans. Collision is North America’s fastest growing tech conference, bringing together over 3,000 companies from over 120 countries to see how tech intersects in their lives and businesses. [1:20] Anaid Chacon is a product manager at Dropbox, a secure file hosting service that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software. [12:15] Christopher Carmichael is the Chief Technology Officer for the Stennis Space Center, which is NASA’s largest rocket testing facility. [21:50] Mercedes Soria is the VP of Software Engineering for Knightscope, a startup that utilizes autonomous robots, analytics, and engagement to predict and prevent crime. [31:10] Andrew Macharg is Head of Technology at Haymarket Consumer Media & Haymarket Network, one of the largest content marketing networks in the U.K. [37:45] Yoshi Tsuji and Tom Kruse join us from Win-Kel, a storage startup that participated in the startup competition hosted by Collision. [44:20] Jonathan Block-Verk is the coFounder & CEO of coParenter, an online dispute resolution platform that uses AI, machine learning, and live mediators to help separating, divorced, and never married parents save money and time by staying out of court. Learn more and get the full show notes at
The Language of Innovation, with Doug Williams
Chief Research Officer and Principal Analyst at Innovation Excellence Doug Williams joins us to talk about the language of innovation on the 31st episode of "The Innovation Engine" podcast. We discuss what companies stand to gain by creating a common language for innovation, the top sources of waste created by uncertainty around innovation endeavors, and the difference between ideas, invention, and innovation. Innovation Excellence is the world’s leading online gathering place for innovation professionals, with more than 1.3 million page views per month and close to 25K members in their LinkedIn group. In his role at Innovation Excellence, Doug writes research reports like the one we discuss on this episode, "The Role of Communication in Successful Innovation." He also writes for Innovation Excellence on topics like New Product Development and innovation in the health care space, as well as for outside publications like the GE Ideas Lab website. Before joining Innovation Excellence, Doug was an analyst at Forrester who covered open innovation, co-creation, and new product development. 
The Importance of Being Open, with Russ Schoen
Openness and innovation are 2 words that we often hear mentioned in the same breath. Why is being "open" so crucial for companies and individuals looking to boost their innovation capacity, and how can you ensure openness between individuals, departments, and teams? Russ Schoen of Foursight and Mindgarden Innovation joins us on the 12th episode of the podcast to help answer these questions and more. 
Behind the Screens: The Making of The Innovation Engine Podcast's iOS App, with 3Pillar Global
For a very special episode of the podcast, we talk with some of the team behind the forthcoming iOS app for The Innovation Engine podcast. We talk about where the idea and inspiration for the app came from in the first place, what the process of developing the app has been like, and when you can expect to see it in the App Store. Guests on this week's episode include 3Pillar’s Kevin Boyle, Matt Sich, Paul Axente, Chris Graham, and David DeWolf. Kevin Boyle talks about the origins of the app and the void he and colleagues experienced that it could help fill. Matt Sich, a “unicorn” designer/developer, talks about trial and error during the development process and why iterative design is additive rather than subtractive. Paul Axente is a UX Engineer who took Matt's first concepts and built upon them. Paul talks about 3D Touch interactions in iOS 9, how he envisions future versions of the app employing 3D Touch, and the inspiration for the visual treatment he gave the app. Chris Graham, of episode 78 fame, helped shape the vision for the project. He narrates a walk-through of a demo version of the app once it’s nearly ready to submit to Apple for approval. 3Pillar CEO David DeWolf, who has appeared in numerous previous episodes, closes out the episode. David talks about why he green lit the app’s development in the first place and the benefits of getting outside your comfort zone to do something different.
Managing Innovation, with Greg Satell
Managing innovation is the topic of discussion on this week's podcast. We discuss what network science tells us about corporate hierarchies, how to know what kind of innovation your company is best equipped to pursue, and what “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow” means. Greg Satell joins us to talk about these topics and more. Greg's work is published frequently on sites like and, and in publications like the Harvard Business Review. He also blogs often on issues at the crossroads of media, marketing, and technology at  Read Greg's work on Read Greg's work on the Harvard Business Review  Read Greg's work on Innovation  
Ep. 153 - How to Become an Insights-Driven Organization - with Tyler McDaniel
On this episode of The Innovation Engine, we discuss how to become an insights-driven business and how what we at 3Pillar call the Product Mindset can set you on the path to becoming one. Among the topics that we'll discuss are what it means to be insights-driven, the advantages that are inherent in focusing your efforts on driving business outcomes, and the (possibly surprisingly) role that is becoming the driving force behind this shift within organizations. Joining us on this episode to talk those topics and more is Tyler McDaniel, Vice President of Buyer Experience Analytics at Forrester. Tyler manages a team of product managers and analytics insights professionals who help Forrester clients understand technology adoption trends, buyer behavior, and customer journey information for purchases of products and services. Resources: Learn more at Connect with Tyler on LinkedIn: Learn more and get the full show notes at:
Starting the Innovation Process, with Mike Shipulski
Mike Shipulski, the #1-ranked innovation blogger of 2014, joins us to talk about starting the innovation process. We discuss the concept of an Innovation Burst Event, why extreme time limits can spark creativity, and why the 2 most valuable phrases in the corporate lexicon are "Thank you for your amazing work" and "What kind of pizza would you like?"  Mike Shipulski is a Product Development Executive with 15+ years of experience leading product development efforts. In 2014, Mike was named the #1 innovation blogger in the world at He was a Six Sigma at GE when the company started its Six Sigma efforts. Mike writes about innovation every week at You can follow him on Twitter at @MikeShipulski.   
Getting Past the Creativity Myth, with David Burkus
On this week’s episode of the podcast we take a look at why it’s important to get past some of the most common myths surrounding creativity in order to drive innovation. Among the topics we discuss are why creativity isn’t merely limited to those with “the creative gene,” the 4 conditions that must be met for creativity to flourish, and why the quest to build a better mousetrap is a mousetrap in and of itself. David Burkus joins us to discuss those topics and many more. David is the author of The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies Generate Great Ideas. He is also an assistant professor of management at Oral Roberts University, where he teaches courses on organizational behavior, creativity and innovation, and strategic leadership. David writes regularly for the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, PsychologyToday, and 99U. His writing has also appeared in Fast Company, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and an assortment of author publications. He’s also the founder and host of LDRLB, a podcast that shares insights on leadership, innovation, and strategy.
The Innovator's Method, with Nathan Furr
On this week's episode of the podcast we discuss "The Innovator's Method." We cover topics like how lean start-up principles and design thinking can help accelerate the innovation process, the 4-step process that makes up the innovator’s method, and the merits of using Minimum Awesome Products to test out concepts and validate ideas.  Nathan Furr joins us to discuss those topics and more. Nathan is an author, speaker, and Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Strategy at Brigham Young University. His most recent book is The Innovator’s Method: Bringing the Lean Start-Up Into Your Organization, which he co-authored with Jeff Dyer. Nathan is also the co-author of Nail It Then Scale It: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Creating and Managing Breakthrough Innovation, which he wrote with Paul Ahlstrom. Among the outlets in which Nathan's writing has appeared are and the Harvard Business Review. 
Visual Intelligence, with Amy Herman
On this episode of the podcast, we look at the concept of "visual intelligence" and discuss how to see and communicate more clearly in all aspects of life. We talk about how to benefit from looking at the world around you the way you look at a piece of art, the three questions you can ask yourself to immediately make sense of a situation, and how one word can drastically change the way we understand a situation. Amy Herman joins us to talk about those topics and more. Amy is the author of the recently released book Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life. She is a lawyer and art historian who uses great works of art to systematically sharpen observation, analysis, and observation skills. Amy has instituted a multitude of programs to help medical students and members of the FBI, the State Department, Fortune 500 companies, and the armed forces improve their observational skills so they can recognize and synthesize the most useful information in any given situation. She was also the Head of Education at The Frick Collection for over 10 years, where she oversaw all of the Collection’s educational collaborations and community initiatives. Amy's work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, on CBS This Morning, and on NPR, among others. Show Notes  Visit the Artful Perception website: Buy Visual Intelligence on the Artful Perception website: Watch Amy's TEDEd video, How Art Can Help You Analyze:
Storytelling for the Revolution - with Mitch Ditkoff
On this episode of The Innovation Engine, we'll be looking at the connection between story and innovation, why story can be a powerful tool to get teams in the right state for creating the new and novel, how you can learn to tell stories (whether you think you're good at it or not), and how to make sure your stories actually get heard in a world that's increasingly noisy.  Here with us again to talk about all that and more, including his new book Storytelling for the Revolution, is Mitch Ditkoff. Mitch often speaks, conducts workshops, and provides private consulting, all in the name of empowering people to become more innovative.  Resources: Learn more at Connect with Mitch: Twitter | LinkedIn Storytelling for the Revolution by Mitch Ditkoff   Learn more and get the full show notes at:
The Art of the Pivot, with Laura Roeder
Laura Roeder joins us on this episode to talk about "the art of the pivot." We start with looking at some of the pivots Laura has made over the course of her career to go from Junior Designer to CEO of Edgar. Edgar's SaaS social media product, available at, allows users to get more mileage out of their social media posts. We also look at the types of questions the leader of a business like Edgar is considering when looking to make a big change in pricing, as recently happened with On a more micro level, Laura talks about how frequently changes are being made to the end product at MeetEdgar and how involved she is - or isn't - in those decisions. Laura Roeder is the founder of Edgar, a new social media automation tool designed to prevent updates from going to waste. Since 2009, she’s been teaching entrepreneurs how to harness the power of social media marketing and create their own fame at LKR Social Media. Laura was named one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under 35 in 2011, 2013 and 2014 and spoke at the White House about the value of entrepreneurship. Laura has spoken at numerous influential industry conferences including, BlogWorld, The South by Southwest Interactive Conference, Real Estate Connect, The Social Communications Summit and Blogher, discussing online marketing, social media, and personal branding. Laura has been seen on Fox News,, CNET, the Los Angeles Times, Fast Company, Mashable, Yahoo Finance and many more influential publications and media channels. Show Notes Hear more from Laura on social media strategy: Visit the MeetEdgar website: Follow Laura on Twitter: Follow MeetEdgar on Twitter:
Innovation & Business Transformation, with Dr. Sunil Mithas
Innovation and business transformation is the topic of discussion on this episode of the podcast. We talk with Dr. Sunil Mithas of the University of Maryland about what companies can learn from the Tata Group's ascension to becoming one of the world's most well-known - and profitable - businesses in the world. Dr. Mithas has studied the Tata Group's success in-depth for his just published book, Dancing Elephants and Leaping Jaguars: How to Excel, Innovate, and Transform Your Organization the Tata Way. On this episode we discuss the Malcolm Baldridge framework for measuring innovation, why it's important to have a long-term vision for innovation, and a number of different innovation competitions that Tata has set up to encourage innovation within its companies.
Innovation & The Future of Payments, with Kenal Shah and Brian Oh
The Future of Payments is the topic of discussion on the 40th episode of “The Innovation Engine” podcast. Kenal Shah and Brian Oh join me to discuss how the payments ecosystem will change over the short and long term and how technology will fuel consumer adoption of new payment platforms. We talk about the hot and heavy battle currently taking place between Apple Pay and the Merchant Customer Exchange, how we’ll all be parting with our hard-earned money 5 years from now, the Poynt point-of-sale system, and whether there’s actually pent-up demand from consumers for new ways to pay.  
The Art of the Launch, with Monica Phillips
Monica Phillips joins us this week to talk about the art of the launch and how to launch the right mix of products to stay competitive. Among the topics we discuss are the importance of getting ideas off the page and into the real world, why the elevator pitch is not one size fits all, and how putting an emphasis on launching new products or services can help you and others break habits that may be keeping you locked into the same old way of doing things. Monica Phillips is a motivational speaker, leadership coach, and the President of Spark Plug Labs, a consulting organization that provides coaching and training to leaders at startups and companies across a wide range of industries. She's an active member of the startup community in Silicon Valley, where she works closely with The Coaching Fellowship, a community of advisors that help female entrepreneurs bring their visions to life. Monica is also the host of Powerful Conversations, a podcast and radio show on the Voice America Network that features talks with thought leaders across industries and locations on a variety of business-oriented leadership and entrepreneurial topics.
Building Your Own Innovation Engine, with Scott Anthony
Looking to turn your company into an innovation factory? Scott Anthony, Managing Partner of Innosight, joins us on this week's episode to discuss how to build your company's very own innovation engine. We talk about the 4 component pieces that drive an innovation factory, what the first 90 days of building your innovation engine should look like, and why it's important to kill "zombie projects" that drain valuable time and resources. In addition to serving as Manager Partner at Innosight, Scott is the author of a number of books, including The First Mile: A Launch Manual for Getting Great Ideas Into the Market, The Little Black Book of Innovation, and the Harvard Business Review Single Building A Growth Factory. Scott is a frequent speaker on the topics of innovation and success, having delivered keynote addresses on five different continents. You can follow Scott on Twitter at @ScottDAnthony. 
The Return of The Innovation Engine!
A short message from The Innovation Engine's host, Will Sherlin, reminding listeners that we haven't forgotten about them. We've spent the first part of the summer in the studio retooling the podcast a bit. In addition to that little tidbit of news, we're also excited that Jennifer Ives will be stepping into the studio to guest host a few episodes soon, and that fresh new episodes are on the way starting July 19th! 
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