Human-centered innovation methods
Play-to-Win strategy development framework
Value-optimizing incremental innovation
Brain Game Workshop
Advanced creative thinking technique
“Matt, I want to convey the important impact you clearly had on our team and emphasize how much we value learning at AppNexus. I look forward to celebrating both quick wins and complete rethinks your session today ultimately triggers.”
Framestorming before brainstorming
Senior management strategic ideation
Multi-day rapid prototyping & testing
Time-bound operational workflow simplification
“Matt, our sessions with you gave us the forethought and foresight that enabled us to not only weather the recent real estate crash, but positioned us to launch a new brand for an entirely new home purchaser and emerge the winner in our market.”
Guidance on creative structures & spaces
Guidance on rapid entrepreneurial innovation
Guidance on product/service launch
Guidance on aligning the innovation pipeline
“Matt, thank you for the guidance you have provided the Senior System Leadership Team. You add depth to our thinking on how we are developing people to improve unique processes to create superior value and win in the marketplace.”
My library: five books in ten years
“This book should be a must-read for any innovator, business leader or problem solver.”
BRAD SMITH, Chairman and CEO, Intuit
My latest book is the culmination of giving a real-world thought challenge to thousands of people over the course of ten years, and reveals seven observable problem-solving patterns that can block our best thinking. I call on modern neuroscience and psychology to help explain things, and draw insights from some of the world’s most innovative thinkers. Finally, I offer a super-curated, field-tested set of “fixes” proven to raise your thinking game.
a sampling of contributions to well-known publications
The FEDEX Logo StoryFast Co.
Kill The Stupid Rules99-U
The Weekend Creativity BoosterInc.
Zen & The Art of SimplicityRotman Magazine
The Art of SubtractionRotman Magazine
7 Zen Design PrinciplesFast Co.
The Most Engaging Ideas Leave Something OutHBR
Got A Career Strategy?99-U
Addition By SubtractionNYT
Skunk WorksRotman Magazine
How to Reset Your BrainInc.
Perils of Self-Censoring99-U
Neuroscience of ChangeRotman Magazine
Create The Cartoonist WayFast Co.
Breakthrough Borne Of ConflictHBR
Connecting The Dots The WSJ WayFast Co.
6 Secrets To Doing LessStrategy + Business
The Art of BosslessnessFast Co.
How to Quiet Your MindHBR
7 Targets for Lean InnovationHBR
Mindfulness Without MeditationNYT
Creativity Loves LimitsHBR
The Secret to Solving Problems CreativelyInc.
Mastering Creative TensionRotman Magazine
Winning the Brain Game InterviewRotman Magazine
How to Hold Lean Meetings99-U
Observe First, Design SecondRotman Magazine
Stealing Ideas Is Harder On Your BrainInc.
Loose Reins ManagementHBR