August 28, 2011
Dizzy's Wisdom

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Take heed, oh aspiring innovators. Often, less is more...

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August 27, 2011
The Creative Impulse

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Excerpted from this slide show
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August 26, 2011
A Leadership of the Average

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"No institution
can possibly survive
if it needs geniuses
or supermen
to manage it.
It must be organized
in such a way
as to be able to get along
under a leadership
composed of
average human beings."

- Peter Drucker

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August 23, 2011
Create More Time to Innovate If you are one of millions of people who want to innovate IF ONLY YOU HAD THE TIME -- the above slide show is for you. It's a simple exercise to help you identify simple ways you can simplify your work life so you have more time to innovate. (Click the FULL SCREEN option for max impact).


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Awake At The Wheel
Free the Genie

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August 22, 2011
TEENS FOR CHANGE: One Voice for Laos

Here is an intro to a wonderful non-profit venture, based in Woodstock, NY and coordinated by my wife, Evelyne Pouget. One thing that makes this project so exciting is the fact that more than 20 Hudson Valley teenagers are actively involved with fundraising and producing a documentary film of the project. If you want to make a donation or volunteer, contact evelynepouget@hvc.rr.com

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August 20, 2011
Exit Through the Gift Shop

It took me a while to finally watch this movie, but now that I have, I am beyond inspired. If you have even the slightest bit of desire to walk the high wire of beautiful insanity in service to whatever it is you are passionate about, this movie is for you. A force of nature. A farce of nature. A testimony to what's possible if you follow the yellow brick road with a camera and a can of spray paint.

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August 19, 2011
INNOVATORS: Be Who You Are!

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Awake at the Wheel
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August 16, 2011
Greetings from Our Chief Fire Starter

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Greetings! My name is Og, Idea Champions' CFS (Chief Fire Starter). I'm in charge of helping our clients ignite new possibilities.

I just wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that the economic downturn has not, in any way, affected our business. We are absolutely fine. (The desk furniture we're burning for heat makes our office quite toasty).

We realize, of course, that YOUR business may be struggling -- with the market being as volatile as it is and consumer confidence way down.

If so, feel free to call me at 800-755-IDEA. (Now that I have use of both my opposable thumbs, answering the phone has become quite a positive experience). At that time, I'll be happy to explain how we can help your organization raise the bar for innovation.

Or, if you want to get started today, buy our Founder's award-winning book (which is the only book I've seen that gives me the credit I so richly deserve as the inventor of the wheel.) Oh, I almost forgot to mention, I'm available for keynote grunting, bar mitzvahs, and webinars.

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August 15, 2011
A Message to Workaholics

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"The foolish man
is always
doing,
yet much
remains
to be done.
The wise man
does nothing,
yet nothing
remains
undone."

- Lao Tzu
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August 11, 2011
Cultivating Innovation Where You Work

"Organizations are like gardens, not machines. We keep bringing in mechanics, when what we need are gardeners." - Peter Senge

If you want to establish a culture of innovation, there are three things you need to know:

1. It's possible
2. It's simple (but not easy)
3. It's just like growing vegetables

Possible? Absolutely! Innovation is all about manifesting what doesn't yet exist -- but could (or, as the more entrepreneurial among us might say, manifesting the seemingly impossible).

Simple? That, too. But simple isn't always easy, especially since human beings have an odd tendency to make things complicated (especially business processes designed to increase innovation).

Growing vegetables? Really? Yup. If you want the fruits of your labor to yield results, you will need to make the same kind of effort a gardener makes. Forget about theory for a moment. It's a harvest you're after.

How to begin? Get the ground ready. Oh ... and one more thing: Roll up your sleeves and get to work.

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Who Are We?

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.

Top 5 Speaker
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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Highly engaging learning experiences that increase each participant's ability to become a creative force for positive change
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Your "best and brightest" are the future leaders of your company, but unless they know how to foster a culture of innovation, their impact will be limited. A one-day workshop with us is all they need to begin this journey.
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Our Heart of Innovation blog is a daily destination for movers and shakers everywhere — gleefully produced by our President, Mitch Ditkoff, voted "best innovation blogger in the world" two years running.
What's the Problem
Einstein once said that if he had 60 minutes to solve a problem, he'd spend the first 55 thinking about the problem, and the next 5 solving it. This is the workshop he would have invented if time wasn't so relative.
Team Innovation
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