July 31, 2011
The Write Stuff


I don't usually use this space to promote my friends, but today I'm going to make an exception. My good buddy, Carl Frankel (Princeton graduate, Kingston, NY resident, journalist/writer extraordinaire) has just decided to offer his services as a ghostwriter to movers and shakers and I want you to know that.

Carl has written extensively on a number of subjects and is the author of two books -- Out of the Labyrinth and In Earth's Company -- a book, that according to one reviewer, "took the literature on sustainable development to a new level."

As an editor, Carl played a major role in shaping a book that won a national book award.

If you have a story to tell or ideas to share, Carl's your man. He brings more than three decades' experience to the table as a journalist, writer, and entrepreneur, provides great value, is easy to work with, and cuts to the chase with elegance.

I strongly encourage you to consider working with Carl to share your story with the world.

CONTACT: carlfrankel@gmail.com

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July 30, 2011
The Bridge Over the River Loan

Well, America's financial crisis has finally hit home for me. Today, as I was withdrawing money from my local ATM, the guy behind me -- shirtless and smiling -- asked me if I would be willing to give him a $5,000 "bridge loan" until September.

He goes on to tell me that he's in the process of selling his house and would definitely pay me back in six weeks. Maybe sooner.

Fasten your seat belts, folks! This is going to be an interesting ride.

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July 26, 2011
The Big To Do



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July 19, 2011
Musing on Virtual Collaboration

There's an infinite amount of extraordinary experiences you can manifest when you have an inspired vision, the right technology, and committed people willing to go for it. Turn up the volume!

How can you collaborate virtually to create big time results?

Idea Champions

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July 18, 2011
You May Know Where Good Ideas Come From, But Do You Know Where Babies Come From?

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July 17, 2011
Unleash Your Inner Genie, Virtually


In olden times (pre-Starbucks, pre-Twitter, pre-Lady Gaga), the quickest way to get your wishes fulfilled was to rub a magic lamp and wait for the genie to appear.

Times have changed.

Now you need a life coach and a social media strategy.

Me? I long for simplicity.

Breakthrough is not about complexity. It's about getting out of your way long enough to arrive at extraordinary, new possibilities.

Which is why I'm thrilled to announce the launch of Idea Champions' new, virtual Free the Genie tool -- an engaging desktop tool that makes it easy for anyone with a challenge to generate, develop, and share their new ideas with others.


You've heard of the One Minute Manager? Well, this is the One Minute Innovator. Or five. Or ten -- depending on how much time you've got.

Intrigued? Please accept our gift of a free 15-day trial subscription.

So, go ahead. Rub our lamp. Kick our virtual tires. Do whatever it takes to free your genie.

Free the Genie cards
What organizations say about us

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July 15, 2011
We Need More Poetry!

Poetry, like looking up at the moon instead of down at a Blackberry, is all too rare these days.

We need more poetry! We need more poets! We need more business people willing to express their "softer" side on the job -- especially if we want to raise the bar for creativity and bold new ideas.

We also need more YouTube videos like this one featuring the delightful words of Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Go, Billy, go!

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July 11, 2011
Where Good Ideas Come From

The Idea Lottery

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July 08, 2011
Introducing Whatify


Whatify.org, a very cool online innovation magazine, has just published my Six Sides of the So-Called Box article (also, by the way, available as an interactive keynote, workshop, or cheese grater).

Check it out, along with a lot of other interesting articles by various mavericks, thought leaders, and unidentified flying consultants.

And while you're at it, here's a few simple things to noodle on before you die:

1. Who are you?
2. Why are you here?
3. How can you make your greatest contribution to mankind?

Six Sides on this blog
Need more time?

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July 04, 2011
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

We now interrupt this blog about innovation and creative thinking to bring you a beautiful song by a relatively unknown singer, Daya Rawat. Hey, it's the July 4th weekend! No working! No heavy thinking. No planning! It's time to celebrate your independence!


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July 02, 2011
Dan Pink on Motivation 3.0


Here's a refreshing six-minute interview with Dan Pink (author of Drive and A Whole New Mind) on what it takes for organizations to go from Motivation 2.0 to Motivation 3.0

In other words, how to move towards a workplace environment that creates more soulful employee engagement.

If you're interested in exploring ways of providing employees more time to innovate on the job -- much like Google, 3M, W.L. Gore, and Atlassian have done, this is for you.

Idea Champions

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Storytelling at Work
Storytelling at Work is Mitch Ditkoff's newly published book about the power of personal storytelling in business – why it matters and what you and your organization can do to leverage the impact of storytelling in the workplace.
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