MUSINGS & WRITINGS 2018-05-08T22:09:55+00:00

Musings & Writings

The Exceptionals

Being exceptional is special. We have all been amazed by the achievements of a special set of incredibly gifted and talented individuals. In every field there are people who have achieved a rare and elite status. Their talents and accomplishments are admired and envied and emulated, all at the same time. These are the individuals that have scaled the top of the […]

It’s not all about Grit

Most of my research recently has been around what makes certain individuals exceptional. What makes a very small subset of people achieve a rare and elite level of excellence in their field. They may be athletes who are household names, or people you have never heard about who have invented lifesaving medicines or are recognized as Nobel Laureates […]

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 of times my kids have actually listened to me, my son did end […]

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 your users. The most innovative companies do this instinctively – perhaps because of […]

The Full Innovation List – 2018

Worlds top 2500 R&D companies along with many relevant stats. How does your company compare to every other:

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Past data: 2016
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Driving Innovation

Kumar’s recent interview on driving innovation with The Smart Manager. Read the full interview below.

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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 corporation, the process of innovation is a jumbled mess, with multiple and sometimes […]

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 that come with being a trailblazing innovator. They often have multiple ideas and […]

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 outside their organizations and wonder how successful entrepreneurs did it. They want to […]

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, one of the biggest barriers in sports, a feat that was considered by […]

How a smaller country can become an innovation leader

This article originally appeared on on January 10, 2018
By Kumar Mehta

There are approximately 35 countries with a population range of 1-5mn people (the population of Oman is approximately 4.5mn).

There are also approximately 35 countries with populations greater than 40mn people. This latter set of countries control the world’s innovation. They spend the most on R&D and […]

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 than successes, more misses than hits. No one knows beforehand what will work […]

Unleashing Creativity — the first step to innovation

We revere and admire the great innovators, the people who have truly changed the world over the course of history. We often think of these people as geniuses or imagine they have some particular trait we can learn or hire for that will lead to unbridled creativity and priceless innovation. Well, the truth is, there is no single […]

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 next iPhone.” Corporations are looking for someone to tell them what trends and […]

The Number One Leadership Activity to Drive Innovation

This article originally appeared on on January 11, 2018
By Kumar Mehta

Every leader wants to consistently create mind-blowing products and offerings that customers love and line up for. They know that if they don’t innovate, they will be left behind, the world’s simply moving way too fast. They are looking to institutionalize the innovation process. […]

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 science of innovation presented in The Innovation Biome.

Step 1

Visible commitment of your organization’s […]

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 is, it’s hard to think of any business challenge where real pro­gress has […]

Full Innovation List – 2017

Worlds top 2500 R&D companies along with many relevant stats. How does your company compare to every other

Download the Full Excel Version or View as an HTML document

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