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What our clients say February 25, 2017
NOW IS THE TIME TO BEGIN!
February 24, 2017
WIN A LIFETIME SUBSCRIPTION to FREE THE GENIE!
OK, ladies and gentlemen of the innosphere, this is your lucky day. I'm not sure if it was the cappuccino or the Mexican sun,but I am compelled to give away three lifetime subscriptions to our very cool (and under-marketed) online creative thinking tool -- Free the Genie.
Here's how it works:
1. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with "Free the Genie" in the subject line.
2. We'll write your name on a 3x5 index card, fold it, and put it in a hat.
3. On March 5th, blindfolded, we'll pull out three cards. The winners!
4. If it's YOU, we'll send you a link to your lifetime subscription. And we'll post all the winners names on this blog the day after. Or maybe two days. Or whatever.
If you want to buy the hard copy deck, you are most welcome.February 22, 2017
HEART OF INNOVATION Lauded as the 13th Best Innovation Blog
"13" is traditionally considered an unlucky number. Today? Not so. We have just learned that Idea Champions' blog, The Heart of Innovation -- the one you are now reading -- was designated as the 13th best innovation blog on the planet by Feedspot, a leading, browser-based RSS reader.
Thank you, Feedspot. We appreciate your kind acknowledgment. Click here to see the top 50 innovation blog winners and a simple way to subscribe to any of them.
BIG IDEA: Enter Our Brainstorm Training Raffle Before March 1st
Being in the experimentation business, Idea Champions is thrilled to invite you and your organization into our next "let's see what happens" experiment. Here goes:
In ten days, we are going to raffle off our one-day Brainstorm Facilitation training, at a 65% discount, So instead of paying the usual $6,000 fee, each of our three winners will pay only $2,000 (plus expenses). Max number of participants? 12. Crazy? Yes. Financially savvy of us? No. But we want to see what happens.
Entering is simple. All you need to do is send an email to email@example.com and write the words "Conducting Genius" in the subject line. In turn, we will enter your company's name in the raffle. Three winners will be announced on March 1st (in honor of Nikola Tesla's first public demonstration of the radio).
NOTE: If your organization is outside of the USA, we reserve the right to deliver the training online. (It's a long way from Woodstock to Australia).February 20, 2017
Unresolved Conflict at the Top Produces Chaos in the Middle and the Bottom
A guest post by Idea Champions' newest leadership development consultant, Dr. Barry Gruenberg.
When those in senior leadership positions avoid conflict among themselves, the unresolved conflict ripples throughout the organization and paralyzes action at every level. Key issues go unresolved and the tension at the top pervades the organization. Followers of each of the powerful protagonists must constantly demonstrate their loyalty to their sponsors in their words and deeds; they must scrutinize all that they do to ensure that they are not seen as violating the party line.
Lower level employees are often enlisted to participate in task forces or committees to deal with the various by-products of the unresolved issues.
These efforts are virtually guaranteed to fail since any recommendations for resolution will compromise at least one of the contending senior managers who will usually use their power to veto the idea, leaving the task force frustrated and progress hindered.
This is ironic because the members of the task force will have attempted to remain loyal to their constituency throughout the proceedings and will usually feel that they have salvaged the most important interests of their group in the negotiation process. But the senior managers, who have delegated their conflict, will generally take an all or nothing posture on the outcome.
The only true resolution to this phenomenon requires the direct participation of the protagonists -- their committed effort to resolve their differences before the symptoms of their misalignment irrevocably muddies the organizational waters.February 18, 2017
The Art of Evelyne Pouget
If you, oh life long innovator, are looking for someone to do your self-portrait or the portrait of a loved one (including your pet), The Heart of Innovation would like to recommend one of our favorite artists, Evelyne Pouget. All she needs is a good photo and your preference for the medium -- oils or oil pastels.February 15, 2017
Brainstorm Facilitation Training for Idiot Savants (and other wise ones)
This just in! Brainstorming in most organizations sucks. Or, if "sucks" is the wrong word, how about "severely under-delivers"? The good folks of Idea Champions (that's us) have found a way to put an end to this madness. Yes, we have. And yes, we can. Click here for a taste of where we're coming from -- 13 brief videos of us laying it all on the line. Think brainstorming is a waste of time? Click here.WELCOME: Brian Paul Allison!
Idea Champions is thrilled to welcome a fantastic, new member of our team, Brian Paul Allison. Brian plays two inter-related roles in what some past and present clients refer to as our "boutique consulting and training company": Sales Director and Creative Thinking Facilitator.
We like to think of Brian as a "polymath" -- a person of great learning in several fields of study. With a background in the human potential movement, Brian refined his many change agent skills as a holistic health coach and fitness professional, for 18 years, at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires.
Brian is also the former Creative Director for The Adventure Game Theater, a wildly popular experiential curriculum of play, theater, and team building, featured on PBS.
A certified Behavior Change Specialist and lifelong Brain Optimization savant, Brian has memorized hundreds of classic poems, the number pi to a thousand digits and, if you show him a randomly shuffled deck of playing cards, he will look at it once and tell you exactly the order of the cards. Will he remember your name? Highly likely. Will you remember his name? TBD.February 14, 2017
The Power of Personal Storytelling to Deliver Real Meaning
The Best Written 142-Page Book on Brainstorming That Is Not For Sale
This is the only 142-page book we know of that teaches people how to facilitate kick-ass brainstorming sessions -- including 18 creative thinking techniques, tips, tools, guidelines, checklists, rants, and the happy distillation of 27 years worth of what we've learned leading ideation sessions for companies like these who have all been very pleased with our services.
Oh, I almost forget, you cannot buy this book anywhere. It's not for sale.
We thought about selling it, but that felt like a sell-out. So we're not selling it. We are, however, giving it away if you bring us in to train your movers and shakers how to run brainstorm sessions. Reading the book is fine, but it's a little like watching a Bruce Lee movie and expecting to break bricks five minutes later. Ain't gonna happen. For that, you need to go to the dojo.February 07, 2017
The Real Organizational Chart?
One reason why there isn't more innovation in most of our lives is because too many of us are working on our own. Not a good idea. Pause for a moment and identify at least one person with whom you need to collaborate. Who is it? What role will they play? And when will you ask for their support?February 01, 2017
My Open Letter to Donald Trump Published in the Huffington Post
My open letter to Donald Trump has just been published in the Huffington Post -- my attempt to light a candle instead of cursing the darkness. If you resonate with what I've written, please forward it to friends and post on social media. Thanks! Mitch