Huff Post Blogging 'R Us
Just in case you haven't heard, Mitch is now a twice-a-week blogger for the HuffPost. Click here for easy access to his articles. If you like what you read, FAN him to receive email alerts.December 13, 2012
What's Next After Twitter
This just in! Twitter is dead.
Or if not dead, dying. Or if not dying, passe. It's time has come and gone.
Industry experts agree. There is now a way more streamlined option available to you. Find out here -- noted in my most recent Huffington Post article.August 28, 2012
Mitch Ditkoff Now a Huffington Post Business and Innovation Blogger
Dear Heart of Innovation Readers:
I am happy to announce that the Huffington Post has invited me to become one of their business and innovation bloggers. Twice a week. How cool is that?
If you like it, LIKE IT -- and tweet it -- and anything else you care to do with it to share it with your friends, co-workers, boss, chiropractor, mother, ex-spouse, accountant, clients, or neighbors.January 02, 2012
Top Innovation Bloggers of 2011
Well, I've got good news and great news to share with you.
Now the great news: 2012 is going to be an awesome year for you -- full of happiness, abundance, creativity, collaboration, community, fun, gratitude and, yes, innovation. That is, if you want it to be.
I'd like to take this moment to thank all of you who voted for me. (And by the way, for those of you who think that all I do is write about innovation, please know that this is just a sideline).
My real work is in the trenches...
I'd also like to acknowledge some amazing people who have inspired and encouraged me throughout the years.
These include Evelyne Pouget, Tim Gallwey, Prentiss Uchida, Seth Godin, Gary Hamel, Ben Zander, Roger van Oech, Guy Kawasaki, Erika Andersen, Rumi, Hafiz, Kabir, Morihei Ueshiba, the entire Idea Champions team, Joe and Eddie, Ron Brent, Phyllis Rosen, Joan Apter and, most of all, Prem Rawat (aka Maharaji).
I first heard about Prem Rawat when he was 13 (and I was 24). At that very young age, he came to America (from India) to bring a very powerful message of peace -- a message he doesn't just talk about, but helps people experience for themselves.
He is not the first to talk about this message. Nor will he be the last. But he is here and now -- helping thousands of people, from all walks of life, go beyond ideas to find their way to the source of peace within themselves.
His dedication, brilliance, love, and endless commitment to innovating is a great source of inspiration to me.
December 18, 2010
Who's Really Innovative?
Here's a real treat: Gary Hamel's Who's Really Innovative? article recently published on (in?) the Wall Street Journal blog.
Once again, the lucid, straight shooting, and refreshing Hamel, hits a home run -- taking on the phenomenon of annual "most innovative companies" lists.
Hamel makes some very useful distinctions between the four different kinds of innovative companies: Tyros, Nobel Laureates, Artistes, and Cyborgs. Lots to learn here.
The paradox? By the time you finish reading Hamel's article, at least three more publications will come out with yet another list of the "most innovative companies of 2010."September 24, 2010
Getting Higher in the Blogosphere
Ta da! Whoop! Whoop! Drum roll, please...
Idea Champions is happy to announce that our semi-fearless President, Mitch Ditkoff, has just been voted the #1 innovation blogger in a contest sponsored by the #1-rated innovation blog, Blogging Innovation.
A big thank you to those of you who voted for him. And a big thank you to those of you who continue reading this blog. Much appreciated.
If you have friends, co-workers, relatives, neighbors, customers, clients, or parole officers who might enjoy this blog, feel free to forward them this link.September 15, 2010
Vote For Me!
If you are reading this, chances are good that you are an occassional reader of this blog. And if you are an occasional reader of this blog, chances are good that you like my writing. And if you like my writing, then now is your chance to vote for me as your favorite innovation blogger.
Assuming, of course, that I am.
The contest is sponsored by Blogging Innovation, Braden Kelley's superfine blog.
Your vote won't only increase my chances of winning the "Best Innovation Blogger" contest, it will also enter you into a contest that may yield you some fabulous prizes.
So, vote already. It will take you less time than it did to read this.July 28, 2010
The Heart of Innovation Is Now Available on Kindle
The Heart of Innovation blog is now available to read on Kindle.
Please check it out and spread the word.
If you enjoy the blog, please consider writing a review of it.
You don't need to be a Kindle owner to write a review.
"What is now proved was once only imagined." - William BlakeMay 08, 2009
Smoke Signals in Cyberspace
Hey innovation-seeking humanoids!
Back in my day, whenever we wanted to get the word out, it was dirt simple. Smoke signals was the name of the game. Or maybe a primal scream or two.
We didn't have no email, no YouTube, no Twitter, no FaceBook, no MySpace... or the ten thousand other things you modern day Technoids use in your endless effort to make sense of things.
And we certainly didn't have no PR Web Press Releases either, like the one Digital Diva Nettie Hartsock just forwarded to Mr. Finally-Got-Use-of-His-Opposable-Thumbs-Axiom-Award-Winner What's-His-Name today.June 10, 2008
Getting All Googley
Interesting summary of Google CEO's speech to the Economic Club of Washington this Monday.
Among other things, Schmidt talked about his company's attempts to innovate, including allowing engineers to use 20 percent of their time to work on projects of their own choosing. Schmidt acknowledged that trusting the workforce to follow their fascination has resulted in many successes for the enterprise. "Part of Google's success is creating more luck," he said.
Success also needs a positive environment and encouragement for employees to be more creative and innovative, Schmidt said.
"It is possible to build a culture around innovation, it is possible to build a culture around leadership, and it is possible to build a culture around optimism," added the googley Mr. Schmidt
Blog Talk Radio Interview
OK. It's official. My new book, Awake at the Wheel, hit the bookstores yesterday.
In celebration of its coming out, Wayne Hurlbert of BlogTalkRadio, did a 60 minute interview with me last night. Click here, if you want to listen. Click here if you don't want to listen. In either case, I hope things are clicking for you, no matter what you choose to do.April 18, 2008
24,000 Year Old Cave Man Invites You to a Book Signing in Woodstock
See that Neanderthal to your left? That's Og, the mythical inventor of the wheel and the hero of Mitch Ditkoff's new book which hits the book stores on May 1.
In honor of Og, I am inviting you to the book signing at the Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY, Saturday, April 26th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
Here's what Og has to say about the book signing:
Morkel noophpa umphh! Kiaww noofti agu. Brrpp. Obama! Rok. Remu! Ditkoff sumphfta jabu.
"Hey bipeds with Blackberries and cash flow problems! You don't even need to know how to read to enjoy a book signing! Free wine! Free cheese! The tribe reconvenes! And Mitch Ditkoff, who has recently developed full use of both opposable thumbs, will be signing books. Or eating crackers. Or talking too much.
Bring a friend. Bring two. Really, you don't have to buy a single book if you don't want to. Just come and be part of the fun.
And support the fabulous Golden Notebook!
If you want to listen to Mitch's two minute rap about the book, click here.
PS: If you can't make it to the book signing, so be it. You can still buy a copy here.August 25, 2007
Fair Winds: linkage report
At the ripe young age of one month, The Heart of Innovation has been attracting some attention on the Web. Several blogs have picked up on our conversation recently:
Fast Company --
FC Now, Fast Company magazine's regular staff blog, ran an Innovation Wednesday feature, "Corel's Virtual Garage" (8/22) based on Mitch's post, "It's Innovation Time at the OK Corel."
They really got into it in depth:
"Intrigued by the Corel concept -- I first heard about it here - I got in touch with Adam McKinty, Director of User Experience Design at Corel, and Jennifer Fraser, the Lead User Experience Designer, who walked me through the development of the system."
And they got off one pretty sly remark in particular:
"At the end of the day, innovation must create value. (Otherwise it's just bloviation, which can also only be measured using trailing indicators.)"
"Tim tells this innovation case history in a very engaging style. I highly recommend that you read it," Frey says.
"En weblog om IP og Innovation,' Denmark. This Danish blog also just published an item on Tim's Newton story, "Succesfuld innovation lÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¸ser det rigtige problem." But we really can't tell you anything about their take, because it is in Danish, which AltaVista's Babelfish translation ne parlez pas.
For anyone who does read the language, though, you'll be amused by their conclusion:
"Apple tabte markedet og en halv milliard dollars i forsknings udgifter. Hvad er moralen? Den er:
* fokuser pÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¥ din kunde
* hvad vil han have for en lÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¸sning,
* vil din lÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¸sning give ham mere vÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¦rdi i forhold til andre
"Det er jo ren LEAN ;-) "
Added us to their Blogrolls
- InnovationTools, "Innovation & Creativity Weblogs"
- Think For A Change (Paul Williams), "Innovation Blogroll"
(We watch these developments mostly from our lofty treetop perch on Technorati, where we can spot who in their network, at least, has found us.)
Thanks for reading!