The gentleman who attended one of my talks on creativity and innovation—the theme of The Boiling Frog Dilemma book—could perhaps be excused for making these remarks. After all, he was a small business owner in southern Ontario with a modest metal fabricating shop. He needs clients and revenue to keep his shop open. All of this talk of colouring with crayons and thinking creatively was, well, almost insulting.
I never had the chance to speak with him directly (his comments were passed on to me by the conference moderator). But if I could have, here’s what I would have said.