Innovation Lessons from a Milkshake-Drinking, Kite-Flying Shark

On May 25, 2016, I stood before an imposing audience. I was intimidated—cowed, even. The feeling I first felt when in front of a crowd of more than ten people? Nothing compared to this. The moment I completely froze while staring for the first time at the red light on top of a video camera? A breeze.

I took a deep breath and started simply: “Good morning.”

“Good morning Mr. Anthony,” replied 290 fourth-grade students, including my ten-year-old son, Charlie, in unison.

I was at Stamford American International School (SAIS) in Singapore, explaining key innovation concepts to Charlie’s class. SAIS entered the Singapore market in 2009. As part of its ...

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