As a child, when I first sat down to watch a series of Mickey Mouse shorts on Sunday night, I had no idea that the light-hearted old man who introduced that night’s selection was dead. Walt’s brother Roy was running the business. They had been partners ever since Walt’s first attempt at an animation studio

Facing Opposition as an Innovator

If you have been pursuing studies on what corporations want in leadership, you may have noticed the term “creative” appearing more frequently. At least until a year ago or so. The problem came with reminders that creative people can be difficult to get along with. For example, Øyvind L. Martinsen, professor at BI Norwegian Business

The Conundrum of a Creative Leader

Over the course of our lifetime, we have seen the public trust in leaders, both political and business, decline. When George W. Bush was president, he decried the lack of honesty in leadership for corporate America after the financial scandals at World Com and Enron. Recently, we have heard how the Bo Xilai scandal reveals

Rebuilding Honesty in Leadership

Skimming through a discussion about what constitutes creativity in the field of instructional design, I noticed a comment a person made. They claim to be creative because they use all the latest trends. I cringed a bit when I read this. Sadly, many people assume that being an “early adaptor” is the same as being

Innovators and Adaptors