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


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".

LIKE! Tweet! Post on FB! Comment! Floss!

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September 24, 2012
Insights into the Creative Personality


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?

Awake at the Wheel
The Creative Mind Keynote

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


Ever wonder
why you
often get
your best ideas
in the
Here's why
my latest
Huffington Post

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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


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
to be
an effective
keynote speaker,
and are
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.
Click here
to get there.

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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.


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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