Storytelling is a Powerful Way to Transmit Tacit Knowledge March 24, 2017
Free Online Innovation and Creativity Summit 2017
Here's Nick Skillicorn introducing the upcoming, online Innovation and Creativity Summit 2017. I am happy to announce that I will be one of the 45 presenters. My topic? The power of storytelling to spark innovation. Cost? Zero. Zippo. Zilch. Click here to register. Summit begins on April 2.March 23, 2017
50 Awesome Quotes on Vision
1. "If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney
2. "Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, and magic and power in it. Begin it now." - Goethe
3. "The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." - MichelangeloMarch 19, 2017
The Launch of Mitch Ditkoff.com
Greetings, oh faithful and semi-faithful Heart of Innovation readers. After a ridiculously long amount of procrastination, I have finally launched MitchDitkoff.com -- a simple way to better understand who I am, what I do, and how I do it. Yes, you can click around the Idea Champions website to learn more about my capabilities, but it is too difficult. So I've simplified things for you. The main focus of my new site? Keynotes, workshops, and ideation. Big shout out to Jesse Ditkoff for creating my new website.
THE DNA OF BRAINSTORMING and The Power of Three
Every brainstorm session you will ever facilitate or attend, like any good movie you will ever see, can be divided into three parts: the beginning, the middle, and the end. No matter what the topic, who's in the room, or how stale the muffins, you will cycle through the same three phases again and again. How well you will cycle through these phases is another story.March 17, 2017
Anti-Complaining Medicine for Bummed Out, Cranky Innovators
March 13, 2017
The Man Behind The Heart of Innovation and His Daughter
March 10, 2017
Making the Time to Be Creative
One of the biggest obstacles to creativity and, by extension, innovation, is the lack of time that is so prevalent in today's ADD culture. This two-minute video makes a very compelling case for you and all the people you work with to take some more time if you REALLY want to crank up the creativity.March 07, 2017
Innovation Begins with Fascination
I own a huge library of books on innovation. Mostly hardcover. The $27.95 variety with big indexes and forwards by people who make more money than I do.
Some of these books are actually good. Most of them bore me. (I must confess I have a secret desire, whenever I enter a bookstore, to put glue between pages 187 & 188 in all of the new releases just to see if the publishers get any complaints).
The books attempt to describe the origins of innovation. You know, stuff like "the innate human impulse to find a better way" and "the imperative to find a competitive edge." That sort of thing.
Corporate-speak, in other words.21 Awesome Quotes on Intuition
"The only real valuable thing is intuition." - Albert Einstein
"Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do." - Benjamin Spock
"Systems die; instincts remain." - Oliver Wendell HolmesMarch 04, 2017
FOSTERING A CULTURE OF INNOVATION: The Keynote
Changing a corporate culture is about as easy as getting a teenage girl to clean up her room. Translation? It's not easy.
If your organization is committed to creating a culture of innovation, you'll need to begin by getting your head out of the OD clouds, come down to earth, and roll up your sleeves. The way gardeners do. Indeed, the process a gardener goes through to get a yield is the exact same process your organization will need to go through in order to establish a culture of innovation.
And I will show you how. But more than that, I will help everyone in the audience own their role, then generate their own ideas and game plan for HOW they can turn theory into practice. Seeds are what they need, not magic pills. Fertilizer, not bullshit. I've got the fertilizer and just enough tools to help everyone break new ground in a way that engages, empowers, and enlightens. Ripe tomatoes anyone?
Here's what my clients say
Interested? Contact Mike Frick, Speaking.com
Learn to Lead Breakthrough Brainstorming Sessions from the Leader in the Field
If you need to radically upgrade your ability to facilitate kick-ass brainstorm sessions -- either internally, for your own company, or externally for clients looking to you to work some magic, look no further. Mitch Ditkoff (that's me), Co-Founder and President of Idea Champions, is now offering customized, live, one-on-one, just-in-time online tutorials for committed catalysts of brilliance. Highly engaging. Affordable. Fun. And immediately applicable to real-time business needs. Curious? Intrigued? firstname.lastname@example.org
PS: Longer, onsite, small group trainings also available.March 02, 2017
20 Ways to Get Feedback on Your Coolest, Newest, Boldest Idea
You've got a great idea. I know you do. But I also know it's just sitting there. In your head. Like a lump. Why? Because you haven't pitched it to anyone.
Everyone -- even your best friends -- all seem so busy, right? And even if they're not busy, you... um....er... uh... don't really know how to kick-start the conversation to get them to help you develop your idea. The hardest part? Beginning. And so, here's a way to start -- actually, 20 ways to start -- phrases you can use to increase the odds of someone giving you the feedback you need to develop your bold, new idea.
Go ahead. Get your idea out there. Invite someone to give you feedback. You can do this.March 01, 2017
A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO HELPING ORPHANS: One Man's Journey
There are 140 million orphans in the world. That's 14 million more than the entire population of Japan. And it's getting worse with every war, earthquake, and disaster. If you want to read the story of how one man is making a difference in this little understood arena and what YOU can do to begin getting involved, click here. And if you want to do something about it today, consider making a donation to the Himalayan Children's Charity -- a fantastic organization that is attempting to raise $10,000 to continue providing a wide range of services to orphans in Nepal.February 26, 2017
The $750 Online Brainstorm Facilitation Training
More about the training
What our clients say February 25, 2017
NOW IS THE TIME TO BEGIN!
February 24, 2017
WIN A LIFETIME SUBSCRIPTION to FREE THE GENIE!
OK, ladies and gentlemen of the innosphere, this is your lucky day. I'm not sure if it was the cappuccino or the Mexican sun,but I am compelled to give away three lifetime subscriptions to our very cool (and under-marketed) online creative thinking tool -- Free the Genie.
Here's how it works:
1. Send an email to email@example.com, with "Free the Genie" in the subject line.
2. We'll write your name on a 3x5 index card, fold it, and put it in a hat.
3. On March 5th, blindfolded, we'll pull out three cards. The winners!
4. If it's YOU, we'll send you a link to your lifetime subscription. And we'll post all the winners names on this blog the day after. Or maybe two days. Or whatever.
If you want to buy the hard copy deck, you are most welcome.February 22, 2017
HEART OF INNOVATION Lauded as the 13th Best Innovation Blog
"13" is traditionally considered an unlucky number. Today? Not so. We have just learned that Idea Champions' blog, The Heart of Innovation -- the one you are now reading -- was designated as the 13th best innovation blog on the planet by Feedspot, a leading, browser-based RSS reader.
Thank you, Feedspot. We appreciate your kind acknowledgment. Click here to see the top 50 innovation blog winners and a simple way to subscribe to any of them.
BIG IDEA: Enter Our Brainstorm Training Raffle Before March 1st
Being in the experimentation business, Idea Champions is thrilled to invite you and your organization into our next "let's see what happens" experiment. Here goes:
In ten days, we are going to raffle off our one-day Brainstorm Facilitation training, at a 65% discount, So instead of paying the usual $6,000 fee, each of our three winners will pay only $2,000 (plus expenses). Max number of participants? 12. Crazy? Yes. Financially savvy of us? No. But we want to see what happens.
Entering is simple. All you need to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and write the words "Conducting Genius" in the subject line. In turn, we will enter your company's name in the raffle. Three winners will be announced on March 1st (in honor of Nikola Tesla's first public demonstration of the radio).
NOTE: If your organization is outside of the USA, we reserve the right to deliver the training online. (It's a long way from Woodstock to Australia).February 20, 2017
Unresolved Conflict at the Top Produces Chaos in the Middle and the Bottom
A guest post by Idea Champions' newest leadership development consultant, Dr. Barry Gruenberg.
When those in senior leadership positions avoid conflict among themselves, the unresolved conflict ripples throughout the organization and paralyzes action at every level. Key issues go unresolved and the tension at the top pervades the organization. Followers of each of the powerful protagonists must constantly demonstrate their loyalty to their sponsors in their words and deeds; they must scrutinize all that they do to ensure that they are not seen as violating the party line.
Lower level employees are often enlisted to participate in task forces or committees to deal with the various by-products of the unresolved issues.
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