September 16, 2020
Great Quotes on Leadership

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"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." - Peter Drucker

"To lead people, walk beside them. As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. When the best leader's work is done, the people say, 'We did it ourselves!'" - Lao Tzu

"Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence, and making sure that impact lasts in your absence."- Sheryl Sandberg

"Average leaders raise the bar for themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar." - Orrin Woodward

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September 14, 2020
The Poop Revolution!

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September 13, 2020
AL SIRAAT COLLEGE: Team Leadership Training Testimonials


What follows is a sampling of testimonials from some of the 33 graduates of Idea Champions' Team Leadership Training, delivered to Al Siraat College, in Epping, Australia in 2020.


"This is the best professional training I have ever done in my life. I wish I'd done it many years ago, so I could have incorporated its excellent ideas and practices earlier in my professional and personal life." -- Wayne Semmens

"An extraordinary experience." -- Rahat Arain

"Invaluable to my professional development. Will definitely be carried throughout my life." -- Gulcan Ayvaz

"Amazing. Gave me a different perspective on my role as a leader. I enjoyed the creativity of the program and how huge concepts were unpacked in a simplified manner." -- Shahidah Osman

"Fantastic. A great way to interact with other Team Leaders, share ideas, and learn from each other's experiences." - Misbah Aqeel

"Delivered in a very simple and unique way, making it easy to apply in my daily life. Helped me develop confidence in my leadership." - Maryam Omer

"Never a dull moment. A very enjoyable and relaxing experience that helped keep our minds open and look for creative ideas to improve ourselves and our teams." - Daniel Saleh

"An eye opener. Empowering. Helped me look at things from different perspectives and find new ways to improve things." - Suffian Mohammed Amin

"I now feel we have a process that will be followed by all stakeholders." - Leah Hamel

"Relevant, engaging, and fun. If we are able to implement even half of what we learned, we will become a different organization." - Fazeel Arain

"I got almost immediate, desired results!" - Sitki Esenyel

"It was a blessing to have the opportunity to go inward, outward, and onward. Each session was targeted and practical. The design and delivery were always engaging and stimulating." - Evla Han

"Generated many creative ideas to improve our teams and the school." - Noori Ahmad

"As a result of the training, my team is now working more collaboratively and sharing ideas. Trust has built over time." - Elif Boz


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September 10, 2020
Zoomstorming Testimonials

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Zoomstorming is a lightly facilitated online brainstorming session that enables anyone with a need, goal, or aspiration to make a quantum leap. Bottom line, it's a GPS for the creative process -- a highly engaging way to close the gap between dream and reality. Ideal for individuals and small teams.

Short and Sweet Testimonials

"Priceless. A way to dream big, edit your dream, and then do!" -- MaryJane Fahey, Founder, Glorious Broads

"Zoomstorming is like a fan blowing fog out of a room so you can see clearly. Highly recommended." - Douglas Robinson, Composer/Musician

"A user-friendly way to think creatively, originate bold ideas, and turn theory into action." -- Mohammed Azim, Head of English Department, Al Siraat College

"Zoomstorming puts you in touch with your intuition and gut feel. Provides clarity about what you really want and need." - Prentiss Uchida, Serial Entrepreneur and Business Coach

"Zoomstorming anchored my idea to the ground and provided me with a pragmatic pathway and plan to follow." - Sitki Esenyel, Student Support Services, Al Siraat College.

"I was so inspired at the end of my hour Zoomstorming session that I committed to restarting my memoir writing project -- one that had been in the closet for years." - Gretel Rogers, Travel Agent and Writer

"Lots of fun, interactive, and surprising." - Barbara Drausel, Artist

"As a result of our Zoomstorming session, we have gained great clarity and motivation in setting a vision we are passionate about." - Shanaka Jakakody and Areeba Reusch

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September 04, 2020
41 Ways Business Leaders Can Foster a Culture of Innovation

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Yes, we know you want your organization to be more innovative. And yes, we know you want to improve your organization's culture of innovation. The best place to start? With YOU.

1. Give up needing to be the smartest person in the room.

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September 03, 2020
100 Lame Excuses for Not Moving Forward With Your Great Idea


Do you have an inspired idea or project you want to manifest, but... er... um... just can't seem to get things rolling? Chances are good your reasons why are on the list below. No problem. Join the club. Without beating yourself up, simply note the ones that are your Achilles heel, then try the simple "go beyond excuses" exercise at the end of the list. You're welcome.

1. I don't have the time.
2. I don't have the money.
3. I have neither the time nor the money
4. Coronavirus!
5. I've got too much on my plate right now

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August 24, 2020
WHY ZOOMSTORMING WORKS: Thinking Beyond the Pandemic


If you are looking for a simple way to jump start your creative mojo during these challenging times and make rapid progress on an inspired project of yours, welcome to one of the silver linings of the Covid-19 cloud -- ZoomStorming -- the brainchild of Mitch Ditkoff, innovation thought leader, award-winning author, and highly experienced brainstorm facilitator.

Simply put, ZoomStorming is an online brainstorming and idea development session that radically increases your odds of thinking creatively, originating breakthrough ideas, and establishing the kind of forward momentum you need to work your magic in the world.

If you're stuck, ZoomStorming will get you unstuck. If you are already unstuck, ZoomStorming will provide the kind of spark you need to make a quantum leap --- or, at the very least, to take your next steps with clarity, confidence, and consciousness.

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August 22, 2020
Idea Champions Helps All Kinds of People Originate Great Ideas


Since 1987, Idea Champions has been helping a wide variety of forward thinking organizations tap into their innate creativity and originate breakthrough ideas.

"Through your brainstorm facilitation, we gained more than 100 original ideas of high quality. The best of these will guide AT&T's development for years to come." - Robert Rubin, Product Development, AT&T

"Several of the ideas we came up with in the Idea Champions session are being developed into concrete projects that are looking like very profitable opportunities." - Rudy Villa, VP, GE/RCA Licensing

"As a result of Idea Champions'efforts we have implemented more than 250 value-added Big Idea projects." - Joe Belinsky, Professional Development Manager, Goodyear

"Extremely engaging and enlightening brainstorming sessions." - Karen Lazan, Marketing Director, Pfizer

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August 20, 2020
100 Reasons Why You Don't Get Your Best Ideas At Work


Since 1987, I've asked 2,500 people where and when they get their best ideas. Less than 2% have said "the workplace."

Based on my 33 years of working with a ton of innovation-seeking organizations, here's my take on WHY you don't get your best ideas at work:

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.

5. Mental clutter.

6. Fear that someone will steal your idea.

7. You don't think of yourself as creative.

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Why Finland Has the Best Education System in the World

The school I want to begin

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August 19, 2020
The Six Sides of the So-Called Box

Unless you've been in a coma for the past 20 years, I'm sure you're familiar with the phrase "get out of the box." It's everywhere. Whole industries have sprung up around it, including mine.

No one can deny that getting out of the box is a good thing to do. Seems like a no-brainer, eh? Kind of like helping little old ladies cross the street. Or tearing down the Berlin Wall. But before you start planning your heroic escape, answer me this: What the heck is the box, anyway? What is this so-called thing that keeps us so contained, confined, caged, trapped, claustrophobic, and otherwise unable to create?

Let's start with the basics. A box has six sides, including the top and the bottom.

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August 18, 2020
100 Reasons Why You Definitely Won't Read This Blog Post

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I know you have no time. YOU know you have no time. I know you're not gonna do anything you don't wanna do. YOU know you're not gonna do anything you don't wanna do. We both know you're not going to read this blog post. It's too long and you have more important things to do.

What follows are 100 other reasons why you won't read this blog post.

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August 14, 2020
Be a Mr. Jensen

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August 13, 2020
The Power of Introverts

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August 11, 2020
Ethan Hawke on Creativity

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We Were Made for These Times!


What follows is an extraordinary call of the heart by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Not only is it worth reading, it's worth reading aloud -- so you hear it and feel it as well as see it. Then, you get to decide who you want to share it with -- and how. This is a piece of deep, soul-inspired, primal writing that deserves to travel to every corner of the Earth.

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August 06, 2020
Those Who Trust Us, Educate Us


"Those who trust us, educate us." - George Eliot

NOTE: What follows is a guest post from Mohammed Azim, Secondary School Head of English, Teacher, and Coach at Al Siraat College, in Epping, Australia. Mohammed is one of 33 teachers and staff members participating in Idea Champions' four-month Team Leadership Training, one module of which focuses on trust.

"I like the above quotation by the English novelist, Mary Ann Evans, known by her pen name George Eliot!

I am also reminded of our beloved Prophet and Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him), who said: "When a man says something to someone and then turns to you, then it is a trust." Our religion demands that we all be characterized by the nature of trust.

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20 Reasons Why People Get Their Best Ideas in the Shower


During the past 25 years, I've asked more than 10,000 people where and when they get their best ideas. I get all kinds of answers, but the one that has always fascinated me is "the shower" -- maybe because I also get so many of my good ideas there. And so, at the risk of overstating my case, I hereby offer you 20 reasons WHY the shower is so conducive to idea generation.

1. Showering signals "a new day" or "new beginning."

2. You're usually alone, with time to reflect.

3. Interruptions are rare.

4. The rush of water creates a kind of "white noise" that makes concentration easier.

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July 31, 2020
Why Tell Stories?

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In the last 60 seconds, here's what happened:

168 million emails were sent, 700,000 Google searches were launched, and 60 hours of YouTube videos were uploaded, not to mention all the spam, banner ads, phone calls, Facebook posts, tweets, texts, and telemarketing calls that found their way to your doorstep.

A whopping 90% of all data in the world has been generated in the past two years alone. Think about this: Before the dawn of civilization, approximately 5 exabytes of information had been created. Now, that much information is created every two days!

The common term for this head-spinning phenomenon is "information overload" -- the inability to absorb and process all of the information we are exposed to.

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July 30, 2020
ON TRUST: Do I Have Your Best Interests at Heart?

Here's a two-minute video on trust -- Jim Knight addressing a key component of this most important topic: "Do I have the best interests of the other person at heart?" In other words, are we being truly benevolent and caring towards "the other?" People can pick up on this vibe in a nano-second. It's not so much what we say. It's what we do. And it's not so much what we do. It's who we are. That's where trust emanates from. And if who we are is infused with authentic caring, selflessness, and empathy, everything else will follow...

Big thanks to Evla Han for the heads up

Brene Brown on Trust
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