July 29, 2014
How to Sell Without Selling


Two years ago, my wife and I bought a Turkish rug from Mehmet, Istanbul's Steve Jobs of rug merchants.

If I could run my company as well he could sell, I'd be a very wealthy man.

Technically, speaking, Mehmet didn't really sell us anything. He simply created the conditions that allowed us to buy (which some people, I know, will think is really just a clever form of selling, but it wasn't.)

How did Mehmet work his magic, when all we did was sit down at his cafe to drink some coffee with no conscious desire to buy a rug?

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July 25, 2014
You Think YOU Have a Long Commute?

And now for a little perspective, just in case business is slow or you haven't gotten the promotion you think you deserved.

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July 24, 2014
My Doctor Right Kinetic Video

My Doctor Right by Sixty Second Stories from Laura Eisman on Vimeo.

Brilliant two-minute kinetic video from Fahey Design.

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July 23, 2014
It's National TRUST YOURSELF Week!


This week, oh aspiring innovators, it's time to trust yourself. That's right. Trust. For the moment, forget about the business cases, spread sheets, best practices, data points, decision grids and the overly somber Six Sigmafication of your soul. You already know what to do. You do! You've known for a while. Now all you need to do is do it!


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July 18, 2014
Upgrade Your In-House Brainstorm Facilitation Skills the Simple Way

Want to upgrade your change agents' brainstorm facilitation skills? Looking for a simple way to open the creative floodgates in your organization? Here's one way.

Read this if you think brainstorming is bogus.

Covers for our new 142-page facilitator guidebook

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July 17, 2014
100 Awesome Quotes on What It Really Takes To Innovate


1. "I want to put a ding in the universe." - Steve Jobs

2. "Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them." - Alfred North Whitehead

3. "Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next." - Jonas Salk

4. "If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong." - Charles Kettering

5. "Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." - Helen Keller

6. "If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney

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July 16, 2014
15 Awesome Quotes on Collaboration

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1. "It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed." - Charles Darwin

2. "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller

3. "If two men on the same job agree all the time, then one is useless. If they disagree all the time, both are useless." - Darryl F. Zanuck

4. "If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." - Henry Ford

5. "Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

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July 14, 2014
10 Things You Can Do in the Next 3 Minutes

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2. Brush your teeth
3. Sing a song
4. Make a to do list
5. Google yourself
6. Take your dog for a very short walk
7. Forgive your parents for being imperfect
8. Complain about the government
9. Write a mediocre haiku
10. Submit a 10-minute-or-less peace-themed video (or a link to a video) to PeaceCast, an organization of inspired volunteers who are producing a 48-hour livestream, on September 21st, to celebrate the UN-sanctioned International Day of Peace. Three minutes. That's all it takes. Three minutes to communicate a message of peace to a world that sorely needs it. Or you could brush your teeth. Click here.

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July 11, 2014
NOTES FROM THE EDGE: Creative Destruction Breeds New Growth


The Heart of Innovation is pleased to post this wonderful piece by Lynnea Brinkerhoff, our OD Empress who recently attended a WOBI conference in NYC. This is her report.

This just in! Notable disruptions at the edge of the universe include the following:

In 2014, California lost 7B in agriculture due to drought conditions; Banks are bigger in the US now than before the 2008 bailout; There is a reverse effect of GDP and the "happiness factor" in the US; In the UK, there has been an grand exodus away from mainstream energy companies, bringing 600M in revenue to green utilities over the past five years; Japan has a ratio of pay for top executive to the worker on the floor of 11:1 versus the US, which has 475:1 ratio; happy nurses are the top measure of a high functioning hospital system and patient satisfaction rates; oceans are acidifying, threatening all life.

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July 07, 2014
Rene Descartes Had It Backwards


Rene Descartes, the famous French philosopher, mathematician, and writer is remembered by many as the author of the famous phrase, "I think therefore I am."

With all due respect to the probably-way-smarter-than-me Mr.Descartes, I don't buy it.

Based on my non-Aristotelian, late night sojourns into the flip side of thinking, it's become very clear to me that a more accurate statement would be "I am therefore I think."

Then again, since we all know Werner Heisenberg irrefutably proved that the experimenter affects the experiment, it is likely that the truest philosophical statement of being would probably take on the shape of the person who said it.

And so, in a highly non-caffeinated fit of blogospheric bravado, I present to you 15 alternate statements of epistemological coolitude that give Descartes' tired phrase (and mine) a run for their money.

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July 01, 2014
Creativity and the Play Instinct


Quotes on humor and playfulness
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June 27, 2014
We Speak Right Brain AND Left Brain

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Because our blog is entertaining and our home office is in Woodstock, some organizations overlook us -- assuming we are a niche player. Not true. Here's a sampling of our clients And, by the way, we were the first company ever hired by AT&T to teach creative thinking to their work force. We speak right brain AND left brain.

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June 22, 2014
Blue State Digital in the House!


We're psyched!

Blue State Digital -- a new media strategy and technology firm that specializes in online fundraising, advocacy, social networking, and constituency development has invited Idea Champions to custom design and lead a three-day brainstorm facilitation training for some of their movers and shakers in September.

We're honored and are very much looking forward to working with these fine folks to see how they can make their brainstorm sessions even more engaging and effective.

How did they find us? By googling "brainstorm facilitation."

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June 21, 2014
Einstein Recommends Idea Champions!


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June 18, 2014
An Airport, an I-Phone, and Magic

OK, all you under-funded entrepreneurs, start-ups, filmmakers, non-profits, dreamers, teen wizards, and closet geniuses -- here's your inspiration for the day: a 5-minute video shot by weary traveler and lighting designer, Richard Dunn, on his iPhone, late one night at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas. On the making of the video

All by myself from Richard Dunn on Vimeo.

In what ways can YOU create some kind of "selfie" media moment to get the word out to the rest of us -- something that entertains and inspires? You don't need a lot of money. Or any. All you need is a good imagination, some time, and the willingness to do something different.

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June 16, 2014
Covering Our Assets, Part 2

You have opinions, yes? Well, we want them. Let us know which of the following possible covers for our new Brainstorm Facilitation Guidebook is most pleasing to you. Thank you!





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June 13, 2014
100 Reasons Why You Don't Get Your Best Ideas At Work


Since 1986, I've asked 10,000 people where and when they get their best ideas. Less than 2% have said "the workplace."

Based on my 25 years of working with a ton of innovation-seeking organizations, here's my take on WHY:

1. Too much to do, not enough time.

2. Too many distractions and interruptions.

3. You work in a risk averse organization.

4. Sleep deprivation.

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June 11, 2014
Brainstorming Website Coming Soon!

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June 10, 2014
20 Awesome Quotes on Beginning


1."Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

2. "There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth -- not going all the way, and not starting." - Buddha

3. "Be willing to be a beginner every single morning." - Meister Eckhart

4. "All great ideas and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning." - Albert Camus

5. "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao Tzu

6. "Beginnings are always messy." - John Galsworthy

7. "When there is a start to be made, don't step over! Start where you are." - Edgar Cayce

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June 07, 2014
Got Ideation Process?


Need one?

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