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Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2019




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Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2019

Building upon the success of Braden Kelley’s Blogging Innovation, we launched Innovation Excellence on August 1, 2011 and so 2019 was our eighth full year of operations. To celebrate we’ve pulled together the Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2019 from our archive of nearly 7,500 innovation-related articles from more than 400 contributing authors.

Click the link if you missed the last seven years’ lists:

Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2018

Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2017

Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2016

Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2015

Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2014

Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2013

Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2012


We do some other rankings too. At the beginning of each month, we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month and we also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our Innovation Excellence Weekly email, so an annual Top 100 seems like a logical fit.

Did your favorite make the cut?

But enough delay, here are the 100 most popular innovation posts of 2019:

1. Jeff Bezos Sums Up What Separates Winners from Dreamers in Just 2 Words – by Tom Koulopoulos

2. Harvard Study Reveals One Word is the Secret to Being Likable and Emotionally Intelligent – by Tom Koulopoulos

3. Materials Science May Be The Most Important Technology Of The Next Decade. Here’s Why: – by Greg Satell

4. The Most Important Work of Jeff Bezos is Not Amazon – by Tom Koulopoulos

5. How Blockbuster, Kodak And Xerox Really Failed (It’s Not What You Think) – by Greg Satell

6. Harvard, Stanford, and MIT Researchers Have Found the Secret to Success – by Tom Koulopoulos

7. 8 Design Thinking Problems and How to Fix Them – by Braden Kelley and Adam Radziszewski


8. Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2017 – by John Carter

9. Top-down or bottom-up – How do you start building an innovative culture? – by Jesse Nieminen

10. How Artificial Intelligence Is Making The Shift From System To Ecosystem – by Greg Satell

11. The Most Dangerous and Disruptive Ideas According to Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil – by Tom Koulopoulos

12. Beyond the Business Model Canvas – by Braden Kelley

13. The Entrepreneurial Mindset – by Arlen Meyers

14. Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2018 – by Braden Kelley

15. We Actually Went Driverless 100 Years Ago – by Tom Koulopoulos

16. The Scale-Up Canvas – by Nicolas Bry

17. What you need is a Chief Culture Officer – by Yoram Solomon


18. Six Driving Forces of Innovation for 2019 and Beyond – by Robert B. Tucker

19. These Are the Skills Your Kids Will Need for the Future (Hint: It’s Not Coding) – by Greg Satell

20. These 3 Indicators May Be Projecting the Next Financial Collapse – by Tom Koulopoulos

21. The Top 10 Business Strategy Books of 2018– by Soren Kaplan

22. The Age of Innovation is Here to Stay, Are You Prepared for It?– by Jesse Nieminen

23. How Amazon Innovates – by Greg Satell

24. 5 Psychological Traits of Highly Innovative Organizations – by Pete Foley

25. 4 Things All Managers Must Know About Digital Transformation But Don’t – by Greg Satell

26. Becoming Real Innovators – by Jeff Rubingh

27. Leading People in the Imagination Age – by Janet Sernack


28. The Moonshot to Create the Next Google – by Tom Koulopoulos

29. Creating high-performing and faster-moving teams – by Janet Sernack

30. Four Things Nobody Ever Tells You About Innovation – by Greg Satell

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31. 5 Reasons Why Innovation Fails – by Enrique Ramirez

32. Innovation Follows Culture Follows Structure – by Ralph Ohr

33. 13 Guidelines for Navigating the New Decade Ahead – by Robert B. Tucker

34. Seven Trends Driving The Future of Innovation – by Robert B. Tucker

35. What You Must Know Before Creating an Innovation Culture – by John Bessant

36. Six Trends Shaping the Future of Health Care – by Soren Kaplan

37. The Packaging Industry is Massive, and It’s About to Be Disrupted – by Soren Kaplan


38. Cultivating A Culture of Curiosity to Drive More Innovation – by Jesse Nieminen

39. Creating a Movement that Drives Transformational Change – by Braden Kelley

40. Are You Ready to Run a Digital Business for the Digital Age?– by Braden Kelley

41. Harvard Study Reveals One Exercise That Predicts 96% Lower Cardiovascular Risk – by Tom Koulopoulos

42. Here’s What Most People Get Wrong About Minimum Viable Products – by Greg Satell

43. You Don’t Have an Innovation Problem, You Have a Trust Problem! (Part 1) – by Jesse Nieminen

44. The Gladwell Trap – by Greg Satell

45. Steve Jobs Leadership Masterclass – in Four Words – by Tom Koulopoulos

46. Is Organizational Structure The Secret to Innovation? – by Soren Kaplan

47. Apple Inadvertently Revealed its Next Big Thing – by Tom Koulopoulos


48. The Harvard Innovation Labs: becoming an experimentation machine – by Nicolas Bry

49. Why Google Can No Longer Innovate – According to a 13-Year Veteran – by Tom Koulopoulos

50. Successful Kids Are Taught This Most Important Lesson – by Tom Koulopoulos

51. How Behavioral Economics is Killing Innovation – by Yoram Solomon

52. Here’s Why No One Cares About Your Ideas – by Greg Satell

53. Four Myths About Empowering Change– by Greg Satell

54. Why Most Corporate Innovation Programs Fail (And How To Make Them Succeed) – by Greg Satell

55. The Elusive Skill – Strategic Thinking – How To Get and Measure– by Tamara Ghandour

56. How to Score Innovative Ideas – by Arlen Meyers

57. Why Corporate Transformations Fail So Consistently (And How To Fix It) – by Greg Satell


58. Eight Reasons why Innovation beats Efficiency – by Paul Sloane

59. It’s Ecosystems, Not Inventions That Truly Change the World – by Greg Satell

60. The One Genius Google Innovation Strategy That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of– by Greg Satell

61. These Are The Biggest Innovation Challenges We Must Solve Over The Next Decade – by Greg Satell

62. How Big Companies and Startups Use Co-Creation to Innovate – by Soren Kaplan

63. Are Petrol Stations the Future of Starbucks? – by Braden Kelley

64. The Right Way to Choose the Best Idea – by Mike Shipulski

65. Time Travel Innovation – by Braden Kelley

66. Innovation is the Means, Not an End in Itself – by Jesse Nieminen

67. What is the Cost of a Failed Innovation Project or Change Initiative? – by Braden Kelley


68. Silicon Valley’s Next Target: Disrupt the Construction and Real Estate Industries – by Soren Kaplan

69. Truth Behind Sears Collapse and How Your Business Can Avoid It– by Tom Koulopoulos

70. These Nine Powerful Technologies Are Now Ready for Rollout – by Robert B. Tucker

71. A Scaled Agile framework with real autonomous teams? – The Value Board – by Jan Martijn Everts

72. 5 Things Managers Should Know About Innovation (But Most Don’t) – by Greg Satell

73. It’s Time To Be Skeptical About The Lean Startup. Here’s Why: – by Greg Satell

74. The Intrapreneurs’ Factory – by Nicolas Bry

75. We Need to Stop Glorifying Failure and Do This Instead – by Greg Satell

76. How IBM, Google and Amazon Innovate Differently – by Greg Satell

77. The Whole System is Rigged Against Innovation – by Michael Graber


78. Why Your Innovation Center Will Fail– by Arlen Meyers

79. Culture Remains the Strongest Innovation Litmus Test – by Michael Graber

80. One Negotiation Strategy That Will Make You a World-Class Negotiator – by Tom Koulopoulos

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81. Simple Mind Game Shows How Fast Technology is Accelerating – by Tom Koulopoulos

82. Innovation: Don’t flirt if you don’t mean business – by Michael Graber

83. We Need to Re-engineer Our Organizations for a New Era of Innovation – by Greg Satell

84. Rethink Creativity: How to innovate, inspire, and thrive at work. – by Michael Graber

85. Why iPhone X’s Face Recognition Failed – by Tom Koulopoulos

86. The Top Seven Impediments to Innovation– by Paul Sloane

87. IBM is Building a Network to Drive the Future of Quantum Computing – by Greg Satell


88. Four Principles Of Digital Transformation– by Greg Satell

89. Empathy, Integrative Thinking and Innovation – by Pete Foley

90. The Leadership Gap in Innovation – by Jesse Nieminen

91. Innovation Intelligence – 4 Thinking Tools for Innovators – by Pete Foley

92. The interplay between innovation, creativity, and consciousness – by Janet Sernack

93. Facebook’s Latest Move Should Terrify You – by Tom Koulopoulos

94. The Industrial Era is Coming to an End. Here’s What’s Next – by Tom Koulopoulos

95. How to Pick the Right Problem – by Arlen Meyers

96. Why Do So Many Innovation Programs Fail? – by Jesse Nieminen

97. Bringing Agile Innovation into the Stage Gate Process – by Shelly Greenway


98. Are Empathy and Innovation in the Cards? – by Braden Kelley

99. Cognitive Diversity is the DNA of Innovation – by Steve Graham

100. Disruptive Innovative Dominoes: How Great Leaders Inspire Innovation – by Andy Heikkila

Curious which article just missed the cut? Well here it is just for fun:

101. How to Manage Early Stage Innovation – by John Carter

These are the Top 100 innovation articles of 2019 based on the number of page views. If your favorite Innovation Excellence article didn’t make the cut, then send a tweet to @ixchat and maybe we’ll consider doing a People’s Choice List for 2019.

If you’re not familiar with Innovation Excellence, we publish 1-4 new articles every day built around innovation and marketing insights from our roster of contributing authors and ad hoc submissions from community members. Get the articles right in your Facebook feed or on Twitter or Linkedin too!

Editor’s Note: Innovation Excellence is open to contributions from any and all innovation professionals out there (practitioners, professors, researchers, consultants, authors, etc.) who have a valuable innovation insight to share with everyone for the greater good. If you’d like to contribute, contact us.


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