October 19, 2018
The Return of Idea Champions Extraordinary Co-Founder!

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Idea Champions is thrilled to announce the full return of Co-Founder, Steven Raymond McHugh to our roster of innovation consultants, trainers, facilitators, and change agents.

Steven and I (Mitch Ditkoff) founded Idea Champions 30 years ago and have delivered services to a wide variety of forward-thinking organizations since then. Bottom line, Idea Champions would not have materialized without Steven's brilliance, wisdom, energy, humor, vision, soulfulness and love of coffee. As far as facilitators of group process goes, he is in the 99th percentile of WOW. Tuned in, totally engaging, awake, and skillful beyond the norm. I have learned a lot from him and continue to do so.

Ten years after Steven and I started Idea Champions we decided to go our separate ways for a variety of reasons that were not necessarily reasonable at the time, but needed to happen. In the interim, we have stayed in touch -- as friends, fellow change agents, and referring sources. Now the wheel has turned and we are back in the saddle again -- a phenomenon of possible great value to you and your organization.

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Phase One of Steven's return to Idea Champions includes the facilitation of two game-changing workshops and trainings for our clients: Seize the Future and Agile Leadership/Agile Teams.

If either of these interest you, feel free to call us at 845.679.1066 or email: info@ideachampions and Steven will get back to you within 24 hours to explore the possibilities. If you are looking to raise the bar for innovation, increase leadership capabilities, and get the collaboration juices flowing, this is for you.

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October 18, 2018
What You Can Learn About Innovation from 25 Amazing Artists

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If you are an aspiring innovator, there's a lot you can learn from some of planet Earth's most revered artists. These are the people who stare at a blank canvas or a lump of clay and end up making magic. This is your task as well. Your life is the blank canvas. The idea you are toying with is your first stroke. What will happen next (or not) is up to you. While some pundits have reduced innovation to a science, my experience has shown me that it is at least 50% art. Or maybe 90%.

Here is my invitation to you in order to get the most value from the 25 quotes that follow -- the distillation of a life's work from some of the most creative people on the planet:

1. Bring your most inspired project to mind. See it. Feel it.
2. Read quotes below
3. Choose the quote that most sings to you
4. Apply the message embedded in that quote to your life/project
5. Find someone you love and trust and tell them why

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1." If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint." -- Edward Hopper

2. "The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel." -- Piet Mondrian

3. "The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery." -- Francis Bacon

4. "Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing." - Georgia O'Keeffe

5. "The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity." - Alberto Giacometti

6. "Every good painter paints what he is." - Jackson Pollock

7. "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." - Edgar Degas

8. "I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality. - Frida Kahlo

9. "What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough." - Eugene Delacroix

10. "If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing." - Marc Chagall

11. "A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art." - Paul Cezanne

12. "Doubt tempers belief with sanity." -Barbara Krueger

13. "Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it." - Salvador Dali

14. "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." - Michelangelo

15. "One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself." - Leonardo da Vinci

16. "Painting doesn't freeze time. It circulates and recycles time like a wheel that turns. Those who were first might well be last. Painting is a very slow art. It doesn't travel with the speed of light. That's why dead painters shine so bright." - Marlene Dumas

17. "An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it." - Paul Valery

18. "An artist is not paid for his labor, but for his vision." - James McNeill Whistler

19. "Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." - Vincent Van Gogh

20. "An artist's failures are as valuable as his successes. By misjudging one thing he conforms something else, even if at the time he does not know what that something else is." - Bridget Riley

22. "It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child." - Pablo Picasso

23. "The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

24. "The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable." - Robert Henri

25. "I invent nothing, I rediscover." - Auguste Rodin

Photo: Andrian Valeanu, Unsplash
Digital Art: Evelyne Pouget

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October 12, 2018
An Invitation to Forward Thinking Readers of This Blog

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GREETINGS! Mitch Ditkoff here, author of this blog. I have just launched a GoFundMe campaign to create the support I need to write, edit, publish, and promote my next book on storytelling, tentatively entitled Storytelling for the Revelation. Click this link for more info and a simple way to contribute. Every little bit helps. Thanks for considering this and for being a Heart of Innovation reader.

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October 10, 2018
INNOVATION MICRO-LEARNING (in less than 15 minutes per week)

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This. Just. In. None of Idea Champions clients have any time. And because they don't, we have recently launched an exciting, new micro-learning service to help them stay on top of their innovation game. In less than 15 minutes per week. Virtually. At whatever time is convenient for them. Click here to take our micro-learning poll and see what micro-learning topics we are offering in 2018.

More about it here

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October 04, 2018
Want to Teach in a Wonderful Islamic School in Australia?

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The forward-thinking Islamic school, in Melbourne, Australia, that I have been consulting with for the past year (Al Siraat College) has some new job openings for teachers in their Primary and Elementary schools. This is a great opportunity for an open-minded, committed, adventurous educator to make a big difference and have an extraordinary experience at the same time.

Click here for more info. And here, as well.

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