What is a

Midnight Lunch?


In my ​new book Midnight Lunch, ​learn how you can begin applying Edison's world-changing collaboration process in your teams now.  Read how to:

- Make collaboration thrive
- Foster collaborative dialogue
- Groom innovation catalysts
- Propel collaborative innovation

In this 4-minute video, Sarah describes the origin of Edison's midnight lunch collaboration sessions. Filmed for McGladrey - a client that serves the manufacturing sector - learn why midnight lunch became ​a powerful accelerator for Edison's innovation process.

 

 

2nd Midnight Lunch Lab Debuts In

San Diego

America's 2nd Midnight Lunch™ Lab opened last week in San Diego! Built by Chicago-based manufacturing firm Bi-Link - a global provider of complex, highly engineered parts - this unique collaboration space serves as a 'third place' for engineers and teams engaged in the innovation process.

Thomas Edison worked with small teams in intensive collaborations after hours that became known as "midnight lunch" sessions.The new San Diego Midnight Lunch Lab draws upon the same intensive approach that Edison used with his teams, allowing today's knowledge workers to deepen their collaboration skills.

Today, project teams can shaved months off their timetables using the Midnight Lunch collaboration process, propelling the disruptive thinking so crucial in today's market environment. Read more, or schedule a free one-hour Midnight Lunch preview here.  

 

Midnight Lunch in Fast Company

This Fast Company article on Midnight Lunch highlights how Edison's collaboration process can accelerate innovation in teams today. Learn about all 4 phases of collaboration: Capacity, Context, Coherence, and Complexity.  



 

New on Forbes:
4 Strategic Imperatives For New Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins  

My Forbes post this week examines how new Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins can ignite new growth. A sales wunderkind anointed by outgoing chief John Chambers, Robbins has big shoes to fill. Chambers piloted Cisco through the early years of the Internet, the dot-com bubble, the rise of the search engine, and the Great Recession.

 

Read how Robbins must remap Cisco's task-oriented culture to create new forms of collaboration, enabling the company to pursue dominance in the Internet of Everything: Four Strategic Imperatives For New Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins.  

 

Download the Audible.com Version of Midnight Lunch

Now you can share Midnight Lunch with your entire team anywhere in the world! Download the new audio version from Audible.com, Plus, work with your team on concepts in the book using these free worksheets!  

Why Is Thomas Edison Still Relevant Today?

Offering the largest learning 2015 marks the fifth year that the 92nd Street Y in New York City has featured Genius Week - an in-depth examination of genius. Sarah's Edison research was highlighted ​as part of this year's Genius Week program! Her 3-minute video reminds us that we can see Edison's revolutionary technologies present in the smartphone!

 
 
 

"Inventing the Future, Edison Style"

Sarah Miller Caldicott's TEDx Speech

 

 

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Build Competitive Advantage Using Edison’s Five Competencies of Innovation™

We work with organizations that want to ​develop new innovation capability, driving growth and creating relevance. Drawing upon the timeless innovation methods that propelled Edison's success, contact us for a consultation about how our live and virtual innovation training programs, workshops, and collaboration experiences can help your teams:

  • Think and work like innovators
  • Create a common language for innovation
  • Identify growth platforms for profitable new products and services
  • Create true collaboration
  • Develop creative problem-solving skills

What processes for innovation do you have in place? Contact us to learn how you can begin to Innovate Like Edison starting now.