November 28, 2010
Immerse Yourself!

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You are trying
to boil water,
but keep taking
the lid off
to see
if it's boiling.
Not a good idea.
If you really
want a breakthrough,
immerse yourself!
Unplug
from the distractions
and focus
on what you really want
to create.
It's possible -
if even only for a day.

Free the Genie
kick ass
Innovation Coaching


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November 26, 2010
Virtual Innovation Coaching

Aspiring innovators have a lot going for them -- big ideas, inspiration, and the willingness to work hard. What they usually don't have is time, meaningful feedback, and the knack for discovering elegant solutions on the fly.

Why? Because they tend to work alone.

Faced with the challenge of balancing right-brain thinking with the left-brain demands of monetizing the fruits of their labor, they are frequently stranded between two worlds -- the world of infinite possibility and the world of "getting the product out the door."

The result? Confusion, doubt, and brick walls...

Historically, aspiring innovators have had few options: 1) Struggle in obscurity; 2) Scramble for a collaborator; 3) Seek the council of (only occasionally available) friends, family, and colleagues.

With the extraordinary rise of the internet, however, a fourth option is now available -- a way for entrepreneurs, creative thinkers, and anyone with an inspired idea to get the support they need to increase their odds of success.

Think of this fourth option as a kind of "innovation insurance" -- a virtual network of skilled allies, advisors, and brainstorm partners with the time and expertise to help aspiring innovators get over the hump.

And so... I am happy to announce that Idea Champions has decided to launch this much-needed service by January 15th.

At this stage of the game, we're still tuning into the need. Which is why we're asking for three minutes of your time, now, to respond to our online poll . We want to know what you find compelling about our new venture.

If you want to be notified when The Power of Two launches in January, click here.

Until then, do your best to keep the flame alive. Honor your ideas. Make effort every day. And if you need a reminder, click here or here or here.

Our clients

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November 23, 2010
The Wisdom of Steve Jobs

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"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma -- which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." -- Steve Jobs

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November 14, 2010
Innovation as a Happy Accident

A little known fact about innovation is that many breakthroughs have not been the result of genius, but "happy accidents" -- those surprise moments when an answer revealed itself for no particular reason.

The discovery of penicillin, for example, was the result of Alexander Fleming noting the formation of mold on the side of petri dish left uncleaned overnight.

Vulcanized Rubber was discovered in 1839 when Charles Goodyear accidentally dropped a lump of the polymer substance he was experimenting with onto his wife's cook stove.

More recently, 3M's post-it was also the result of an accident in the lab.

Breakthroughs aren't always about invention, but the intervention required, by the aspiring innovator, to notice something new, unexpected, and intriguing.

WHAT TO DO:

1. Think about a recent project, pilot, or business of yours that did not turn out the way you expected.

2. Ask yourself if any of the unexpected results offer you a clue or insight about how you might proceed differently.

3. Instead of interpreting your results as "failure," consider the fact that the results are simply nature's way of getting you to see something new -- something that merits further exploration.


Excerpted from Awake at the Wheel: Getting Your Great Ideas Rolling (in an Uphill World

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November 12, 2010
Friends, Roamers, and Countrymen!

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A few days ago, I was nominated by a leading speaker's bureau as one of the top speakers in the field of innovation and creativity.

Now the fun begins, or should I say "the voting."

I can't promise I will lower taxes, but I can promise I will raise awareness of what it really takes to innovate.

Casting your ballot takes less than a minute. (Thank you!!!)

1. Click this link
2. Scroll to the 7th category
3. Click the box next to Mitchell Ditkoff
4. Scroll to the end of the page and fill out a few fields
5. Click "submit"

For more info about my kick ass speaking service, click here. For a quick tutorial on what it takes to be good public speaker, click here.

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November 11, 2010
Minimize Distractions

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Creativity is free.
It doesn't cost a thing.
You don't need
to pay a penny for it,
but you do need
to pay something --
and that is your
attention.
How can you expect
to create something awesome
if you keep getting
distracted all the time?
Face it.
If you want to
open your mind,
sometimes
you need to
close your door.

Free the Genie
Awake at the Wheel

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November 08, 2010
Build a Business Case!

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Attention, right brainers!
You obviously
have a great idea.
I know you
are pumped, excited,
fascinated, juiced,
and convinced
your idea
is the next Facebook
or yoyo or whatever.
But it's not enough
for YOU to be convinced.
If you want your idea
to manifest,
you'll need to
convince others,
and that will require
some left brain
business case building.
You can do this!
Start today!

Free the Genie

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November 03, 2010
Fast Forward to 2100

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While no one
really knows
what the future holds,
it's always useful
to do a bit of projecting.
Imagine it's
90 years from now.
and the project you are
most committed to
is in full swing,
being enjoyed by
the children of your
children's children.
What clues do you get
from this scenario
that can help you
shape your product, service,
or marketing approach, now?


Free the Genie
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Idea Champions is a consulting and training company dedicated to awakening and nurturing the spirit of innovation. We help individuals, teams and entire organizations tap into their innate ability to create, develop and implement ideas that make a difference.

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Mitch Ditkoff, the Co-Founder and President of Idea Champions, has recently been voted a top 5 speaker in the field of innovation and creativity by Speakers Platform, a leading speaker's bureau.
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