September 23, 2020
The Challenge Creative People Face

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Here is one of the biggest challenges creative people face: finding the right balance between spontaneity and planning.

Spontaneity, while a huge part of the creative process, can also be a huge curse. The intoxicating nature of spontaneity -- and the likelihood that it will lead to more projects -- has a tendency to sidetrack. It's sparkly. It's fascinating. And it's fun. But it can also be a massive distraction.

The result? Many creative people have more projects "on the table" than they can execute. And while this often makes for good cocktail party conversation, it also makes for overwhelm, stress, and eventual self-loathing. Months go by (sometimes years) and the big, hairy, audacious goal remains just that -- a goal -- not a completion. The antidote? A renewed vision of what success looks like. Focus. Priorities. A game plan. A support team. And the day-by-day effort required to work the plan.

Bring your current, most fascinating project to mind? Now imagine that your efforts are totally successful. What does success look like? And how did you get there?

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September 16, 2020
Great Quotes on Leadership

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"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." - Peter Drucker

"To lead people, walk beside them. As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. When the best leader's work is done, the people say, 'We did it ourselves!'" - Lao Tzu

"Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence, and making sure that impact lasts in your absence."- Sheryl Sandberg

"Average leaders raise the bar for themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar." - Orrin Woodward

"Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing." - Albert Schweitzer

"A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be." - Rosalynn Carter

"Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity." - Reed Markham

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"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." - Norman Schwarzkopf

"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." - Warren Bennis

"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear." - Rosa Parks

"All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership." - John Kenneth Galbraith

"Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want." - Dianne Feinstein

"Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well." - Dwight Eisenhower

"A leader is a dealer in hope." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

"True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but about those they serve. It is not about exalting themselves but about lifting others up." - Sheri Dew

"A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better." - Jim Rohn

"What you do has far greater impact than what you say." - Stephen Covey

"To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn't know where he is going." - Joe Namath

"Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers who can cut through argument, debate. and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand." - Colin Powell

"The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things." - Ronald Reagan

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"Leadership is the ability to guide others without force into a direction or decision that leaves them still feeling empowered and accomplished." - Lisa Cash Hanson

"You don't have to hold a position in order to be a leader." - Henry Ford

"To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way." - Pat Riley

"Our emerging workforce is not interested in command and control leadership. They don't want to do things because I said so, they want to do things because they want to do them."- Irene Rosenfield

"The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails." - John Maxwell

"Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish." - Sam Walton

PS: Great leaders take the time to reflect on what it really means to be a leader. They turn theory into action. Towards that end, choose a quote above that you most resonate with and ask yourself how you can embody its particular wisdom on the job.

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September 13, 2020
AL SIRAAT COLLEGE: Team Leadership Training Testimonials

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What follows is a sampling of testimonials from some of the 33 graduates of Idea Champions' Team Leadership Training, delivered to Al Siraat College, in Epping, Australia in 2020.

SHORT AND SWEET

"This is the best professional training I have ever done in my life. I wish I'd done it many years ago, so I could have incorporated its excellent ideas and practices earlier in my professional and personal life." -- Wayne Semmens

"An extraordinary experience." -- Rahat Arain

"Invaluable to my professional development. Will definitely be carried throughout my life." -- Gulcan Ayvaz

"Amazing. Gave me a different perspective on my role as a leader. I enjoyed the creativity of the program and how huge concepts were unpacked in a simplified manner." -- Shahidah Osman

"Fantastic. A great way to interact with other Team Leaders, share ideas, and learn from each other's experiences." - Misbah Aqeel

"Delivered in a very simple and unique way, making it easy to apply in my daily life. Helped me develop confidence in my leadership." - Maryam Omer

"Never a dull moment. A very enjoyable and relaxing experience that helped keep our minds open and look for creative ideas to improve ourselves and our teams." - Daniel Saleh

"An eye opener. Empowering. Helped me look at things from different perspectives and find new ways to improve things." - Suffian Mohammed Amin

"I now feel we have a process that will be followed by all stakeholders." - Leah Hamel

"Relevant, engaging, and fun. If we are able to implement even half of what we learned, we will become a different organization." - Fazeel Arain

"I got almost immediate, desired results!" - Sitki Esenyel

"It was a blessing to have the opportunity to go inward, outward, and onward. Each session was targeted and practical. The design and delivery were always engaging and stimulating." - Evla Han

"Generated many creative ideas to improve our teams and the school." - Noori Ahmad

"As a result of the training, my team is now working more collaboratively and sharing ideas. Trust has built over time." - Elif Boz

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A DEEPER DIVE INTO THE TESTIMONIALS

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"This is the best professional training I have ever done in my life. The breadth of topics was better than anything I have done before. The experience was both inspiring and practical. It was so good, in fact, that I wish I'd done this training many years ago, so I could have incorporated its excellent ideas and practices earlier in my professional and personal life." -- Wayne Semmens

"Being in the Team Leadership Training has been an extraordinary experience. We have learned through listening and peer-to-peer dialogue. It was supportive, with no rahat.jpgjudgements, a variety of tools to extend our thinking, and no homework! What more could we have asked for? I do believe I'm starting to understand and appreciate people a little more. You have modeled, for us, a beautiful way to acknowledge others in a way that will help us build good relationships with our teams." -- Rahat Arain

"Thank you very much for the wonderful training sessions! The time I spent in the Team Leadership Training has been invaluable daniel.jpgto my professional development and will definitely be carried throughout my life. I have been equipped with skills that assist my parenting of teenagers too, which was an unexpected bonus. I look forward to implementing the knowledge and tips you taught me and passing them onto others who will benefit, too." -- Gulcan Ayvaz

"The Team Leadership Training has given me an opportunity to develop my leadership skills to a different level than before. It helped me be reflective and embrace my challenges with grace and resilience. Mitch is an inspirational trainer who gives shahidah.jpghis utmost energy with passion and engagement throughout the training. He amazed me in the way he presented his uplifting and thought-provoking creative ideas and succinct content. The training gave me a different perspective on my role as a leader. I learned, immensely, about ways to improve myself and the practicality of different leadership strategies. I enjoyed the creativity of the program and how huge concepts were unpacked in a simplified manner." -- Shahidah Osam

"I was blessed to take the Team fazeel.jpgLeadership Training. I found the training was very much targeted to develop my skills in many areas because it was delivered in a very simple and unique way, making it easy to apply in my daily life. The program helped me develop confidence in my leadership." -- Maryam Omer

"The Team Leadership Training is great way to interact with other Team Leaders, to share ideas, and to learn from their experiences. Mitch is a fantastic facilitator and, during each session, not once did I think of the time or when it would end! misbah.jpg I have benefited a lot from this training, have definitely learned to run meetings better, gel my team together, and clarify our roles and responsibilities." -- Misbah Aqeel

"Mitch is a very enthusiastic facilitator, with great character, and makes everyone feel welcome. Even though there were many people in the sessions, he always made time to give people one-on-one feedback. I liked the way he infused each topic with storytelling to help get the message across. I also liked the suffian.jpg
way he got people out of their comfort zone. There was never a dull moment. All in all, it was a very enjoyable and relaxing experience that helped us keep our minds open and looking for new and creative ideas to improve ourselves and our teams." -- Daniel Saleh

"The Team Leadership Training is an eye opener and empowering. It helped me look at things from a different perspectives and to always find ways to improve things. I appreciated the time taken to unpack all the learnings and the practical examples shared by Mitch. As a result of this program, our team meetings leah.jpgehave changed for the better. Efficiency has improved." -- Suffian Mohammed Amin

"The Team Leader training allowed me to follow a set procedure in regard to implementing any new process within my team and with external teams. It assisted me in with dealing with others, particularly those in more senior positions than myself, since they have also been through the training. I now feel as though we have a process that will be followed by all stakeholders." -- Leah Hamel

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"The Team Leadership Training was a relevant and practical dive-in to improve ourselves and our teams. If we are able to implement even half of what we have learned, we will be a different organization than what we are now. The training was relevant, engaging, and fun." -- Fazeel Arain

"My team leadership has definitely improved because I valued the content of the training and saw its inherent value. And then, when I went to implement the theory and turn it into practice, I got almost immediate, desired results! elif.jpgIf I could graph my progress, it would resemble an upward trajectory." -- Sitki Esenyel

"The Team Leadership Training is much more than just professional development. I'm grateful to be part of a community that invests in people. In this process, some of the things I've learned is that there are emotional and cognitive barriers to receptivity and helping and that leadership and learning are seriously complex. It's a blessing to have the opportunity to go inward, outward, and onward. Each session was targeted and practical. The design and delivery was always engaging and stimulating." -- Evla Han

"As a result of the training, my team is now working more collaboratively and sharing ideas. Trust has built over time." -- Elif Boz

"I liked how the training brought all of our leaders under one roof and better understanding what everyone is going through, learning from each other. I also liked the way it was organized and how many creative ideas we came up with to improve our teams and the school." -- Noori Ahmad

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September 10, 2020
Zoomstorming Testimonials

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Zoomstorming is a lightly facilitated online brainstorming session that enables anyone with a need, goal, or aspiration to make a quantum leap of thought and action. Bottom line, it's a GPS for the creative process -- a highly engaging way to close the gap between dream and reality. Ideal for committed individuals and small teams.

Short and Sweet Testimonials

"Priceless. A way to dream big, edit your dream, and then do!" -- MaryJane Fahey, Founder, Glorious Broads

"Zoomstorming is like a fan blowing fog out of a room so you can see clearly. Highly recommended." - Douglas Robinson, Composer/Musician

"A user-friendly way to think creatively, originate bold ideas, and turn theory into action." -- Mohammed Azim, Head of English Department, Al Siraat College

"Zoomstorming puts you in touch with your intuition and gut feel. Provides clarity about what you really want and need." - Prentiss Uchida, Serial Entrepreneur and Business Coach

"I emerged from my Zoomstorming session refreshed and refocused on the many possible futures that lay ahead for me." - Doug Stuke, Career Changer and Aspiring Author

"The process revealed all the different colors of my project and then, responsively, yet systematically, synthesized them into a singular beam I could focus on to achieve my desired outcome." -- Chris Mac Vittie, Singer/Songwriter

"Zoomstorming anchored my idea to the ground and provided me with a pragmatic pathway and plan to follow." - Sitki Esenyel, Student Support Services, Al Siraat College.

"I was so inspired at the end of my hour Zoomstorming session that I committed to restarting my memoir writing project -- one that had been in the closet for years." - Gretel Rogers, Travel Agent and Writer

"Lots of fun, interactive, and surprising." - Barbara Drausel, Artist

"As a result of our Zoomstorming session, we have gained great clarity and motivation in setting a vision we are passionate about." - Shanaka Jakakody and Areeba Reusch

"Zoomstorming helped me see my situation in a new light. I was empowered from within." -- Ellen Goldberg, Therapist, Author, Mystic

"An enriching experience of connection and deep exchanges." -- Rosa Morelli, Acting Coach, Artist

A DEEPER DIVE INTO THE VALUE OF ZOOMSTORMING

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"The Zoomstorming session I experienced with Mitch was priceless. That is the word to describe it. Why priceless? Because I have invested a few thousand into the execution of a dream that I have been pursuing for five years. And we have gotten far. But not far enough. Mitch surpassed the coaches of my past with a simple method -- not an overwhelming method. A way of seeing my dream and seeing the excess of having too many dream plans at once and devising possibilities that can be reached. Dream BIG. EDIT your dream. And then -- do!" -- Maryjane Fahey, Founder, Glorious Broads

"I experienced my first Zoomstorming session the week after I was laid off. I entered into the process disoriented and disheartened from my job loss and emerged refreshed and refocused on the many possible futures that lay ahead. Mitch's coaching and the overall process helped untangle my backward-looking thinking and ignited my passion in opportunities I had not considered as realistic previously. I recommend the process to anyone -- from business professionals to artists -- who really need a reset sparked with hope to transform potential into performance." -- Doug Stuke, Career Changer and Aspiring Author

"ZoomStorming is a timely and welcoming tool that provided me with a worthy guide to realize my goals. It proved to be a very real way to reboot my thinking and increase my determination to realize my vision. I have done four ZoomStorming sessions with Mitch, so far, and am now addicted to it. Simply put, it's is a user-friendly way to think creatively, originate bold ideas, and turn theory into action." - Mohammed Azim, Head of English Department, Al Siraat College, Melbourne Australia

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"I had two ZoomStorming sessions with Mitch and it gave me clarity of what I really want and need -- right now. It feels right. It feels good. I like it. The process is simple, fun, sometimes confronting, but you are always making the choices of what direction to go from here. No taking notes, no learning new terminology, no memory/retention to pass a test, later. You are getting it as you go. You are feeling it as you go. It puts you in touch with your intuition and your gut feel. The challenge is to really get what you want -- the thing that will take you over the top. Free the Genie! It has taken me out of retirement!" - Prentiss Uchida, Un-retired

"Zoomstorming allowed me to grab my vague and formless idea and give it a sense of composure and structure. Prior to the session, my idea was just a cloud in the sky. Zoomstorming anchored it to the ground and provided me with a pragmatic pathway and plan to follow." -- Sitki Esenyel, Student Support Services, Al Sirraat College, Melbourne, Australia

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"Thank you! You have created a creative tool that helps one create. I liken the experience of my Zoomstomring session to a prism working in reverse. The process revealed all the different colors of my project and then, responsively, yet systematically, synthesized them into a singular beam I could focus on to achieve my desired outcome. Zoomstorming put the ball back in my creative court -- right where it needs to be." -- Chris Mac Vittie, Singer/Songwriter

"True to the name of his company, Idea Champions, Mitch Ditkoff provided excellent support to help me create superb ideas for my writing project. I was so inspired at the end of our hour session, that I committed to restarting my memoir writing project -- one that had been in the closet for years." - Gretel Rogers, Travel Agent and Memoir Writer, Miami

"Two weeks ago, I began the Zoomstorming process with Mitch Ditkoff. In my work as a creative advertiser/marketer, I've done lots of brainstorming sessions for clients in my life, but none that had to do with my personal development and trying to pin down what I wanted to do for the next 1-5 years of my life, so this was unique. I can't imagine a more relaxed, yet focused, guide than Mitch. He took me through some pre-planned drills, but was able to stick with the program even as we veered into some very interesting flights of fancy and dialogue. His good humor made all the difference. He's easy to talk to, and so you find yourself doing exactly that. I don't know if everyone will have the results I've had in a such a short period of time, but even if you get half of the benefit I'm reaping from our sessions, you will be excited. My goal unfolded right before my very eyes and I've wasted no time putting together plans and starting work to achieve it. It was a like a fan blowing fog out of a room so I could see clearly. Highly recommended." - Douglas Robinson, Composer/Musician

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"I was quite impressed by what could be done in the one hour of ZoomStorming just by you listening to my ideas about what I wanted to do with my art -- without knowing me personally. Your questions were very precise and didn't let me go astray. An important aspect of ZoomStorming is that it's lots of fun, interactive, and surprising. After my session, I became a lot more clear about what I wanted to do and have already begun taking the steps to accomplish my goal." -- Barbara Drausal, Artist, Argentina

"Thank you for your tremendous care and gentle guidance with our Zoomstorming session. Your facilitation was the perfect balance of engaging, yet allowing personal exploration. We have already gained great clarity and motivation in setting a vision that we are passionate about, and are committed to executing on." - Shanaka Jakakody and Areeba Reusch

"What I got from Zoomstorming was my own ideas, elicited from me, and turned back to me, so that they felt both authentically mine, and yet fresh. I saw my situation in a new light. Everything I received came from inside myself. My ideas, niggling at the edge of consciousness, things I knew, but now know in a way that has set me free. I went past an interior hurdle that has been troubling me for over a year. I've taken action because it has lost its power over me. Another way to say this is: I was empowered from within." -- Ellen Goldberg, Therapist, Author, Mystic

"The Zoomstorming session with Mitch was a generous offer of open, focused, and non-judgmental listening. He provided back insights that have widened my perception of the issue, eliciting creative ways to deal with was seemed set in stone. An enriching experience of connection and deep exchanges." -- Rosa Morelli, Acting Coach, Artist

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September 04, 2020
41 Ways Business Leaders Can Foster a Culture of Innovation

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Yes, we know you want your organization to be more innovative. And yes, we know you want to improve your organization's culture of innovation. The best place to start? With YOU.

1. Give up needing to be the smartest person in the room.

2. Seek out people who think differently than you do.

3. Reward new thinking.

4. When you delegate, delegate.

5. Listen more, tell less.

6. Create an environment where no idea is considered dumb.
7. Be a learner, not a know-it-all.

8. Require that 30% of all budget proposals include innovative
products, processes, strategies, business models, or management
approaches.

9. Celebrate failures and learn from them.

10. Don't rush to resolve differences. Tolerate ambiguity while
gaining a deep understanding of the thought processes underlying
all positions.

11. Surface conflict and support minority positions.
12. Let go of your way of doing things.
13. Explore the territory before seeking a destination.
14. Reward people who disagree with you.

15. Protect the new from the old.

16. Get feedback to test whether what you think you communicated is what people actually heard.

17. Do whatever is necessary to deeply engage employees in the realm of the possible.

18. Do whatever is necessary to create widespread understanding and commitment to a shared vision of the future.

19. Reward teamwork and unselfish effort -- not individual heroics.
20. Accept as much of yourself as you can.
21. Recognize the talents of those around you and leverage them to the max.

22. Pave the way for your subordinate's success.
23. Develop all your reports to be your successor.
24. Provide very specific, timely, behavior-based positive feedback.
25. Begin your feedback with what you like about a new idea.

26. Make the path to considering, evaluating, and deciding on new ideas clear and easy to navigate.

27. Look behind "wild ideas" for potential new directions.

28. Never write anyone off. Try to understand where they are coming from before judging them.

29. Don't forget that everything you do is scrutinized for meaning.

30. Spend at least 20% of your time in two-way communication with people at all levels of your organization -- and spend most of this time listening, not explaining.

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31. Be intentional and deliberate. Be clear about what you are trying to achieve and test whether that is what you are getting.

32. Stick your neck out for what you believe in and value.

33. Acknowledge when you don't know -- and rely on others to help you figure it out.

34. Give the work back. Your job is to get the best that everyone has to give -- not come up with all the answers yourself.

35. Eliminate fear from the workplace. Foster excitement and commitment.

36. Acknowledge when you are wrong. Don't defend yourself. Just learn from your mistakes.

37. Engage others in the exploration of what is possible. (Don't create unnecessary limits).

38. Keep your organization in the zone of "productive disequilibrium." Resist efforts to revert to the "tried and true."

39. Increase freedom and accountability. Let employees experiment with whatever approaches they think are worth exploring while remaining accountable for results. Let them own the "how." You own the "what".

40. Provide timely feedback and data to everyone so they can identify what is working and what needs fixing.

41. Remember that the only person you can change is yourself.

-- Barry Gruenberg

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September 03, 2020
100 Lame Excuses for Not Moving Forward With Your Great Idea

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Do you have an inspired idea or project you want to manifest, but... er... um... just can't seem to get things rolling? Chances are good your reasons why are on the list below. No problem. Join the club. Without beating yourself up, simply note the ones that are your Achilles heel, then try the simple "go beyond excuses" exercise at the end of the list. You're welcome.

1. I don't have the time.
2. I don't have the money.
3. I have neither the time nor the money
4. Coronavirus!
5. I've got too much on my plate right now

6. I'm just not feeling it
7. I'll feel crappy if I fail
8. I'm just not that organized
9. I'm juggling way too many projects
10. My moon is in Sagitarius

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11. I'm not good at presenting my ideas
12. I don't have enough support
13. The Illuminati!
14. My customers aren't asking for it
15. I don't have any customers

16. I don't have an office/studio/desk
17. I'm an artist, not a business person
18. My day job takes all my time
19. I don't have the right equipment
20. What if I'm just kidding myself?

21. I've already got enough headaches
22. I don't need yet another thing to do
23. My home life will suffer
24. I'm not disciplined enough
25. It's an idea way ahead of its time

26. I don't have an assistant
27. I don't have enough information
28. Someone will probably steal my idea
29. It will take me way too long to get results
30. We're in a down economy

31. I don't like filling out paperwork
32. People will laugh at me
33. My significant other will think I'm crazy
34. I need to chill for a while
35. The concept is too disruptive

36. I have to take care of my parents
37. I don't tolerate ambiguity all that well
38. I have to walk the dog
39. Now is not a good time to start a new project
40. I don't have the right personality for this

41. I'm going through too many changes right now
42. Where do I even begin?
43. If I succeed, too much will be expected of me
44. My laptop's in the shop
45. Things are changing so fast, my head is spinning

46. I need a break
47. I don't have enough clout to get things done
48. It's just not worth the effort
49. I'm getting close to retirement
50. My other projects will suffer

51. Been there, done that
52. I don't want another thing to think about
53. I won't have any time left for my family
54. A more nimble competitor will beat me to the punch
55. I don't have the right collaborator

56. I've never done anything like this before
57. I probably won't make any money from this
58. I'm not as young as I used to be
59. I don't have the right credentials
60. I need more information

61. I can't find my wallet
62. It will be hard sustaining the motivation
63. I've tried before and failed
64. I'm not smart enough to pull this off
65. I don't want to go to any more meetings

66. It will take too long to get up to speed
67. I have to do my laundry
68. I don't know how to get the funding I need
69. Winter's coming
70. The marketplace is too volatile

71. This is a luxury I can't afford
72. I need to get my ducks in a row first
73. I don't have any ducks
74. I'm trying to simplify my life, not complicate it
75. The dog ate my homework

76. I don't like long lists like this
77. I have to pay the bills
78. I don't have the patience
79. What if this doesn't work?
80. I'm too right-brained for this sort of thing

81. I need to lose five pounds
82. I'm getting too old for this
83. Who am I kidding? It's a ridiculous idea.
84. I don't have a business plan
85. I don't have an instagram account

86. It's just not in the cards
87. What's that sound? Over there. By the refrigerator.
88. Market conditions aren't right
89. I need to focus on making some money first
90. My carbon footprint is too big

91. What I really need is a vacation
92. I don't have a marketing plan
93. Mercury is in retrograde.
94. Nostradamus didn't predict it
95. Maybe next year

96. Time for dinner
97. Project? What project?
98. I would if I could, but I can't, so I won't
99. I can't afford a lawyer
100.I just don't have the time


HOW TO GO BEYOND THESE LAME EXCUSES

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1. Make a list of your most bothersome excuses.

2. Turn each excuse into a question, beginning with the words "How can I?" (For example, if your excuse is "I don't have the time", ask yourself "How can I make the time?")

3. Brainstorm each question -- alone and with a friend.

4. Try this. It's free

5. DO something about it within the next 48 hours.

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Team Innovation
Innovation is a team sport. Brilliant ideas go nowhere unless your people are aligned, collaborative, and team-oriented. That doesn't happen automatically, however. It takes intention, clarity, selflessness, and a new way of operating.
Awake at the Wheel, Book about big ideas If you're looking for a powerful way to jump start innovation and get your creative juices flowing, Awake at the Wheel is for you. Written by Mitch Ditkoff, Co-Founder and President of Idea Champions.
Face the Music Blues Band The world's first interactive business blues band. A great way to help your workforce go beyond complaint.

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