September 29, 2012
The Top 10 Reasons Why the Top 10 Reasons Don't Matter

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1. Reason is highly over-rated.

2. If you need more data to prove your point, you'll never have enough data to prove your point.

3. Analysis paralysis.

4. You're going to follow your gut, anyway.

5. By the time you put your business case together, the market has passed you by.

6. "Not everything that counts can be counted; not everything that can be counted counts." - Albert Einstein

7. The scientific method came to Rene Descartes in a dream!

8. Most reasons are collected to prove to others what you have already decided to do.

9. "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man." - G.B. Shaw

10. I am, therefore I think.

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September 27, 2012
Think of a Better Name for This Blog Posting and Win Fabulous Prizes

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Click below for two new articles of mine in the Huffington Post.

THIS ONE on why you don't
get your best ideas at work.

AND THIS ONE on going beyond the addiction to "innovation process".

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September 24, 2012
Insights into the Creative Personality

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Here's an informative and inspiring article on the creative personality by the lifelong creativity researcher, renowned author of Flow (and the man with the hardest last name to pronounce in the world) -- Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi.

The aforementioned Professor C. offers deep insights into the complex and often polarized personality of creative people. Recognize yourself in any of his descriptions?

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September 21, 2012
20 Reasons Why So Many People Get Their Best Ideas in the Shower

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Ever wonder
why you
often get
your best ideas
in the
shower?
Here's why
--
my latest
Huffington Post
article.

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September 18, 2012
How Teens Can Become Humanitarians

Watch this 9-minute video to learn how an inspired bunch of Hudson Valley teenagers are taking their bold, first steps toward becoming humanitarian leaders. The One Voice for Laos project, headquartered in Woodstock, NY, is making a big difference in many ways.

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September 15, 2012
Why People Work in Cafes

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If you find yourself going to cafes to work on projects, you might find this article of mine, just published in the HuffPost, timely, amusing, and thought provoking. (I bet you can think of at least another three reasons why people like to work in cafes).

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September 11, 2012
10 Tips for Giving a Kick Ass Keynote

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If you
want
to be
an effective
keynote speaker,
and are
looking
for a few tips,
you have
come to the
right place.
Well, almost
the right place.
My article
on the subject
is actually
on the Huffington Post.
Just published.
Today.
Click here
to get there.

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September 08, 2012
The Good Thing About Bad Ideas

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One of the inevitable things you will hear at a brainstorming session is "there are no bad ideas." Not true. There are plenty of bad ideas. Nazism, for instance. Arena football. Bow ties.

What well-meaning "keep hope alive" brainstorming lovers really mean is this: Even bad ideas can lead to good ideas if the idea originators are committed enough to extract the meaning from the "bad".

Do you think that War and Peace was written in one sitting? No way. There were plenty of earlier drafts that were horrid, but eventually led to the final outcome.

The key? To find the value in what seems to be a "bad idea" and then use that extracted value as a catalyst for further exploration. The following technique, excerpted from Awake at the Wheel, shows you how...

HOW IT WORKS:

1. Bring a challenge, question, or problem to mind.
2. Conjure up a really bad idea in response to it.
3. Tell another person about your bad idea.
4. The other person thinks of something redeemable about your bad idea -- and tells you what it is.
5. Using this redeemable essence as a catalyst, the two of you brainstorm new possibilities.

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September 07, 2012
25 Reasons Why Nothing Happens After a Brainstorming Session

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How many times have you participated in a brainstorming session, only to be underwhelmed by the utter lack of follow up?

Unfortunately, in most businesses, this is often the norm.

Here's why:

1. The output of the session is underwhelming.

2. No one has taken the time, pre-brainstorm, to consider follow-up.

3. No criteria established to evaluate output.

4. No next steps are established at the end of the session.
5. No champions are identified.
6. The champions are not really committed.
7. The champions are committed, but under-estimate the effort.

8. The ideas are too threatening to stakeholders.

9. No one is accountable for results.

10. The project leader doesn't stay in contact with key players and "out of sight, out of mind" takes over.

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11. The "steering committee" takes their hands off the wheel.

12. The next brainstorming session is scheduled too quickly.

13. The output of the session is not documented.

14. No sponsors are on board.

15. Participants' managers are not supportive of the effort

16. It takes too long to document the output of the session.

17. The output is not distributed to stakeholders in a timely way.

18. Participants and stakeholders do not read the output.

19. Bureaucracy and company politics rule the day.

20. Somebody, in the session, is disengaged and sabotages the effort.

21. Teamwork is in short supply.

22. Small wins are not celebrated. People lose heart.

23. Participants perceive follow-up as "more work to do" instead of a great opportunity to really make a difference.

24. Unspoken agendas take over.

25. Workloads are unreasonable. Even well-intentioned participants have no time to follow up.

What else should be on this list?

Excerpted from Conducting Genius

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September 05, 2012
Innovation From the Inside Out

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My newest Huff Post article: Innovation From the Inside Out
My day job

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