About Helene Cahen

Helene Cahen is an experienced innovation consultant, facilitator, trainer, and coach with more than 20 years of insight into market research, communications and new product development.

If I Had a Hammer… Brainstorming Misunderstood

If I had a hammer I’d hammer in the morning I’d hammer in the evening All over this land… Words and music by Lee Hays and Pete Seeger Whenever I read an article or a book that explains how brainstorming "does not work" I cringe. These authors typically describe brainstorming as a forced and badly organized group activity for coming up with new ideas, before [...]

2019-09-10T23:34:22+00:00By |

Interview with Helene Cahen, Providing Strategic Insights

I had the pleasure to be interviewed by Doug Sandler for a new podcast on the human side of innovation call Human with Resources. The conversation focused on how I work with organizations to to help them be more innovative and how. Transcript of full podcast: How can one foster innovation within an organization? There is a great framework that was created by Mel [...]

2019-09-03T22:03:27+00:00By |

When Words are Not Enough, Try Visual Thinking

Visual thinking seems like a simple enough idea - add visuals to your work to complement your thinking. Simple and powerful, yet challenging for those with traditional training whether it is in business, literature or science and arguably also for artists, designers and scientists. This latter group may be familiar with creating visuals as a piece of art, to illustrate their design or draw models [...]

2019-06-20T21:00:51+00:00By |

Discovering the Power of Deep Thinking in Today’s Tech World

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a "Thinking Weekend" and it was transformative. It was a day and a half with a group of 30 participants. The theme was an inquiry into ethics in tech. We considered the topic through different lenses: corporate, education, arts, governance (local), an outside perspective to American approach, individual and operative. For each lens there was an hour [...]

2019-04-26T16:32:57+00:00By |

Book Review: Unlocking the Customer Value Chain

In his recent book, Unlocking the Customer Value Chain, Teixeira examines the myth that innovation should be focused on technology disruption because new technology companies are replacing traditional ones (think Facebook, Google and Amazon). His argument is that “…new technology isn’t driving more disruption today. Consumers are.”(p.2).” He believes, based on his research, that innovation comes from new business models focused on the needs of [...]

2019-04-26T16:32:49+00:00By |

The Best Innovation Conferences Coming Up

If you are already thinking about ways to help develop your innovation skills this year, here are a few conferences to check out. Strategy and Innovation Forum September 25 – San Francisco, CA This conference brings participants at the forefront of business strategy & innovation together, providing an outlet for thought sharing, leading to change & growth!  A day of keynote [...]

2019-09-09T19:33:01+00:00By |

Showing Up: What I Learned at TED Women 2018

I am addicted to TED. There is no other conference like it with a mix of amazing women, great conversations and great curation. Last month,  I was in Palms Spring attending my fourth TED Women conference where the theme was Showing Up — and did the speakers and attendees show up! I had fascinating conversations on topic as diverse as augmented reality, women leadership, micro [...]

2018-12-20T04:22:30+00:00By |

Trends: Nine Questions that Matter to Innovative Organizations

I recently attended the Innov8tors conference in Los Angeles which focused on sharing knowledge among corporate innovators who are working on innovation projects and leading innovation teams. Some emerging challenges came to light from the presentations, workshops and conversations— many of which echoed what I heard at the Council conference in January. While it would be great to have a simple answer to each of [...]

2019-01-24T03:25:24+00:00By |

What’s new at TED? My Takes from 2018

Having attended TED for the past 3 years, I am seeing trends about major topics and changes that are happening rapidly in the world with TED being at the front of these trends. Here  is my subjective take on the most fascinating themes from 132 talks during a five day conference. AI is no longer science fiction and will become mainstream in the next decade. [...]

2018-05-15T22:07:16+00:00By |