February 18, 2021
What Should You Charge for Your Online Course?

Good, sound advice from Thinkific on figuring out what to charge for your online course.

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February 12, 2021
How to Jump Start Organizational Innovation During Covid-19

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Covid-19 hasn't just disrupted businesses around the world, it has also disrupted their ability to innovate. And one of the biggest reasons WHY can be traced to one simple factor: isolation.

With most people working from home and scrambling to survive, the opportunities for "thought partners" to connect with each other in meaningful ways have radically declined -- and along with it opportunities to ideate, problem solve, and think out of the box.

Pre-Covid, this was the main thrust of Idea Champions' work. We designed and facilitated a wide range of creative thinking sessions for our clients -- opportunities for them to unleash their collective brilliance and make significant progress on a specific goal, initiative, or opportunity.

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February 03, 2021
A Brilliant Spin on Scamming

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January 26, 2021
The Battle of the Two Brains

Excellent TED presentation by Iain McGilchrist on the two sides of the brain, beautifully animated by the wizards at RSA Animate.

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January 24, 2021
FREE YOUR INNER GENIE: One-On-One Online Brainstorming

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If you are in the process of hatching a big idea, business, product, or navigating your way through a big life change, there's a good chance you do not have all the support you need to make a quantum leap.

That's why Idea Champions created Free the Genie -- a simple, affordable, online way for you to get the spark you need to make rapid progress on a meaningful goal, aspiration, or commitment of yours.

The service we've created is the distillation of 33 years of being "innovation provocateurs" for a wide variety of forward thinking organizations. Bottom line, we've extracted the essence of three decades worth of real world experience and are making it available to entrepreneurs, intrepreneurs, and cultural creatives everywhere. In effect, we become your online "thought partner", helping you go beyond the status quo, take a fresh look at the possibilities before you, and radically increase your odds of success.

Think of Free the Genie as a kind of chiropractic adjustment for your inner brilliance OR, if that analogy doesn't work for you, a GPS for your creative process.

It's fun. It's simple. And it works. PS: No animals were killed in the writing of this blog post. Here's a simple (free) way to get started.

Why Free the Genie works

Interested? office@ideachampions.com

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January 18, 2021
The Heroic Imagination Project

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January 15, 2021
Want to Improve Your RFP Process?

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Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Mitch Ditkoff. I am the Co-Founder of Idea Champions, an innovation consulting and training company headquartered in Woodstock, NY. We've been in business since 1986 and, since that time, have responded to more than 1,200 RFPs.

Along the way, we've noticed a curious trend.

Time and again, we've seen RFP-requesting companies get stuck with a vendor or contract that did not fulfill their needs because their RFP process got in the way -- a process that could have been a lot more effective if only it had been more open, honest, and complete.

And so, as a public service to you and all our other prospective clients, here are 10 simple guidelines to increase the odds of your RFP process getting you the kind of results you are looking for:

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January 11, 2021
Eight Ways to Create Flow

Here's a very useful article by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi -- the author of Flow on what it takes to cultivate flow -- sometimes referred to as "the zone"

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January 04, 2021
WHO ACTUALLY CREATED "The Year of Living Creatively"?

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Well then, who am I?

73 years ago, two very different people got together and created a third person -- me. Neither my mother or father were particularly "creative", but they had whatever it took to spark new life and I was very glad they did.

They are long gone now, but I am still here -- and while I am, I am committed to doing everything humanly possible to not only keeping that creative spark of life alive in myself, but in others as well -- a noble aspiration, for sure, but what are my qualifications to deliver on my commitment? Why should YOU, a person with big ideas, but precious little time, spend any of your time with me -- or more specifically -- exploring my YEAR OF LIVING CREATIVELY service?

Here's the simple reason: I've been studying the creative process for more than 40 years and understand how it works, what gets in its way, and how to help people have the best possible chance of manifesting their own, innate brilliance. And I've done it with thousands of people all over the world -- including people in these organizations.

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January 03, 2021
THE YEAR OF LIVING CREATIVELY -- 52 Weeks of Unleashing Your Mojo

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This just in! You have a big, beautiful idea that you want to manifest -- a cool project, venture, or aspiration that you want to get out of your head and into the world. Maybe you've been hatching this egg for years or maybe it's a possibility that has recently made itself known to you. But no matter how long you've been noodling on this, it's likely that you... er... uh... um.. sometimes feel doubt, disengaged, or despair. Welcome to the human race, my friend. All of this crapola comes with the territory of trying to birth something new in the world. Which is what The Year of Living Creatively is all about. And to help you get further in the zone before this service launches in March, take a look at the 52 topics covered and some very inspiring quotes by some extraordinary people who know what it takes to navigate their way through the often mysterious creative process.

1. Follow Your Calling: "Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you." - Mahatma Gandhi

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January 02, 2021
TWENTY IS PLENTY: Breakthrough Thinking for the Time-Crunched

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THIS JUST IN! You don't have the time to read this. We know it. You know it. And all the marketing bots know it. Which is why I'm going to cut to the chase.

Your lack of time is really not a problem. For us, at Brainstorm Champions, it's simply the current reality. When in Rome...

Hey, if Twitter can become the preferred communication platform for 330 million people, we can figure out how to deliver our breakthrough thinking services in bite-sized pieces.

Which is precisely what we've done.

And while the "full monte" version of our Free the Genie service is a whopping 60-minutes long, we are now offering a 20-minute version -- TWENTY IS PLENTY: Breakthrough Thinking for the Time-Crunched.

That's it. You in? If so, here are your next steps:

1. Click this link and fill in the blanks
2. Select a day and time from our Calendly calendar
3. Pay $45 in advance, via PayPal.

Don't yet fully trust us?

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January 01, 2021
THE YEAR of LIVING CREATIVELY: Unleash Your Creative Mojo

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While it may be true that most "ideas are a dime a dozen," some ideas are actually priceless -- and that includes at least one of yours. You know... that idea for the new venture you want to launch... or the book you want to write... or the change you want to make -- that deeply felt possibility bubbling up from the core of your being.

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FOLLOW YOUR CALLING!

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"Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck. Your profession is what you're put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling." - Vincent van Gogh

"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you." - Gospel of Thomas

"Love your calling with passion. It is the meaning of your life." - Auguste Rodin

"Vocation does not come from a voice out there calling me to be something I am not. It comes from a voice in here calling me to be the person I was born to be." - Thomas Merton

"You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off of you." - Maya Angelou

"If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I will answer you: I am here to live out loud." - Emile Zola

"If God gives you something you can do, why in God's name wouldn't you do it?" - Stephen King

"I don't ask for the full ringing of the bell. I don't ask for a clap of thunder. A scrawny cry will do." - Wallace Stevens

"I think it would be well, and proper, and obedient, and pure, to grasp your one necessity and not let it go, to dangle from it limp wherever it takes you." - Annie Dillard

"The only durable sense of success is if you've followed your calling." - Jim Harrison

"Those who have a WHY to live can bear with almost any HOW." - Viktor Frankl

"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.'" - Martin Luther King

"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something -- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." - Steve Jobs

"The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it." - Steven Pressfield

"I believe there's a calling for all of us. I know that every human being has value and purpose. The real work of our lives is to become aware. And awakened. To answer the call." - Oprah Winfrey

"When the flower opens, the bees will come." - Kabir

A simple way to follow your calling

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December 26, 2020
Find Joy in Your Work!

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December 18, 2020
Want to Become a Certified FREE THE GENIE Facilitator?

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Idea Champions has recently developed an extraordinary online, ideation service which we call "Free the Genie." For now, only two of our staff are trained to deliver this service -- but we will soon be opening it up to the rest of the known universe. If YOU are interested in being trained to become a Free the Genie facilitator, read on).

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December 10, 2020
How Verbal Aikido Can Help You Avoid Stupid Arguments

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Great article on skillful communication and how to free yourself up from the quicksand of stupid arguments. Author: Don Johnson

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December 01, 2020
One of the Biggest Obstacles to Genuine Communication

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"When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen." -- Ernest Hemingway

One of the biggest obstacles to good communication between two people can be summarized in four words: "I already know that."

This all-too-common phrase heads its ugly rear when the listener, having heard as little as a single sentence from the speaker, assumes they already understand what the speaker is going to say. It is this snap judgment, often made unconsciously, that subverts even the faintest hope of communication. But even more than that, it subverts trust, intimacy, connection, and the possibility of meaningful collaboration.

And while it's possible, of course, that the listener does know what the speaker is about to say -- especially if the two of them have a longstanding relationship -- all too often, the listener does not, at least at the depth of what the speaker wants to express.

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November 02, 2020
If You Plan on Asking an Outside Innovation Consultant for Help

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If someone from your company's leadership team asks you to locate an outside consultant to help your organization raise the bar for innovation, stop for a moment and ask the person asking you to locate an outside consultant to answer the following questions.

If they answer "NO" to any of them or look at you as if you are ungrateful, uppity, or "not a team player", do not accept the assignment.

Really. I mean it. DO NOT ACCEPT THE ASSIGNMENT.

If you're afraid to decline the assignment, not only is the project doomed, but you will soon end up experiencing the kind of low grade corporate virus that leads people to drink too much, feel depressed, or become overly judgmental of their colleagues.

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October 17, 2020
HOW MUCH DOES LUNCH COST? Pay What You Want!

During these economic melt down times of the Coronavirus, all bets are off. "Business as usual" just won't cut it anymore. Businesses and entrepreneurs are quickly changing business models, pricing models, staffing models, while simultaneously trying to figure out how to use ZOOM.

Forward thinking restaurateurs have been at this game for a while, as the above 2017 video makes abundantly clear.

Idea Champions is also experimenting in this realm. For example, instead of offering a two-week free trial of our online Free the Genie tool, we've decided to extend it to a free 10-year trial -- one way we can give back and be of assistance to people in need. Will we ever "profit" from this experiment? I have no idea. For now, it just feels like the right thing to do.

What can YOU or your business do to adapt to these radically changing times? What might you give away for free? How can you simplify your product or service? What might home delivery look like?

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October 01, 2020
Skillset vs. Mindset

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A few years ago, as one of my clients introduced me to a roomful of people attending a leadership development workshop I was facilitating, something she said caught my attention: Innovation skills. That's what she was telling the 41 business leaders of the future they were going to learn from me.

Yes, it was true. I was going to help these people learn and practice some new skills. But that was only half the story. Actually, less than half. Much less.

If there's one thing I've learned these past 33 years of working as an innovation provocateur, it's this: mindset -- not skillset -- is the name of the game in business these days.

When a person's mindset (i.e. receptivity, curiosity, adaptability, enthusiasm, focus) is in the right place, skillset becomes secondary.

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"The world is not made of atoms," wrote the poet, Muriel Rukeyser. "It's made of stories." Learn how to discover, honor, and unpack the stories of yours that show up "on the job" in Mitch Ditkoff's award-winning 2015 book, Storytelling at Work.
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