April 22, 2018
20 Reasons Why People Get Their Best Ideas in the Shower

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During the past 25 years, I've asked more than 10,000 people where and when they get their best ideas. I get all kinds of answers, but the one that has always fascinated me is "the shower" -- maybe because I also get so many of my good ideas there. And so, at the risk of overstating my case, I hereby offer you 20 reasons WHY the shower is so conducive to idea generation.

1. Showering signals "a new day" or "new beginning."

2. You're usually alone, with time to reflect.

3. Interruptions are rare.

4. The rush of water creates a kind of "white noise" that makes concentration easier.

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April 17, 2018
20 Awesome Quotes on Beginning

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1."Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

2. "There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth -- not going all the way, and not starting." - Buddha

3. "Be willing to be a beginner every single morning." - Meister Eckhart

4. "All great ideas and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning." - Albert Camus

5. "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao Tzu

6. "Beginnings are always messy." - John Galsworthy

7. "When there is a start to be made, don't step over! Start where you are." - Edgar Cayce

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April 16, 2018
International Good Idea Day!

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Let me be the first to inform you that today is the first annual International Good Idea Day -- a day I am officially declaring without the approval from my dysfunctional government or any slick lobbying group attempting to hustle other people's products or services for a hefty commission.

As the official creator of this fabulous new holiday, it is my honor to explain that the purpose of this way-better-than-groundhog-day extravaganza is for YOU to pitch your hottest new idea to someone in the next 60 minutes. Got it? Good! Go! (And if anything comes of it, please let me know).

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April 14, 2018
The Samurai Guide To Managing Difficult Clients (and having a life)

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You are smart. You are creative. You are committed. And you have an awesome grasp of social media. Of course you do, you are a mover and a shaker in a company trying to stay relevant, make some magic, and diffentiate itself from the competition. You are also going slightly insane.

Why? Because your clients routinely make insane demands on you, expecting miracles with very little notice. Part of you actually enjoys this phenomenon, given your fascination for big challenges and the ever-present potential to become heroic. Another part of you does not enjoy this phenomenon, often feeling like the deck is stacked against you. And guess what? It is -- not just because your client --internal or external, older, higher paid, or more experienced -- is constantly disregarding the fact that you have a life outside the workplace, but because this kind of client-driven behavior, unfortunately, has become the norm these days.

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April 12, 2018
Two Simple Steps to Sell Anybody on Your Vision

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You are a visionary. Or, if that word feels too inflated for you, then at least someone with an inspired vision of the future for your organization. To you, it's obvious. To others? Not so much. Your challenge? Communicating your vision in such a way that that people not only SEE it, but embrace it. Here's one thing to keep in mind as you proceeed -- some words of wisdom from Fast Company Magazine.

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April 11, 2018
SEIZE THE FUTURE (coming soon!)

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Since 1987, when I Co-Founded Idea Champions, I have met truckloads of keynote speakers, change agents, organizational consultants, facilitators, and trainers. Good people. Committed people. Skilled people. Of all of them, the one I've learned the most from is Steven McHugh. Steven and I Co-Founded Idea Champions back in the day and worked side by side, breath by breath for ten extraordinary years until we decided to go our separate ways.

Now the wheel turns once again and Steven and I are entering into the next phase of our partnership: COLLABORATION 2.0. Hooray!

One of the gifts that Steven has in spades is his ability to help teams, departments, and entire organizations co-create a clear, compelling, unified vision of their future. Many is the time I watched him work his magic, astounded at his energy, discernment, know how, and soulfulness. If his middle name wasn't "Raymond", it would be "Seymour".

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April 10, 2018
STORYTELLING FOR THE REVOLUTION: The Introduction

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"Those who tell the story, rule the world." -- Hopi Indian saying

If you are wondering why I chose to call my book: Storytelling for the Revolution -- a title some people might think is incendiary, inflated, or overly dramatic, here's the reason: We need a revolution. We do. But the revolution I'm inviting you to join is not a political one. It has nothing to do with a change of government, laws, sanctions, or social structures. It has to do with a change of mind and a change of heart and a change in the way we communicate to each other.

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On Creating an Innovation Mindset

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If you want to spark innovation in your organization and are looking for the diamond cutters stroke, consider storytelling. Since 1987, I've tried everything under the sun to help my clients raise the bar for innovation. What I've discovered is that innovation begins in the mind and that unless people are in the right mindset, innovation will never be more than a pipe dream. Storytelling, I've learned, is the simplest, fastest, most memorable way to get people into an innovation mindset. Here's how we do it. And if you only have 90 minutes, this is how we do it. Its also boosts employee engagement.

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April 05, 2018
HOW TO RAISE YOUR COMPANY'S CORE COMPETENCY OF INNOVATION (in 15 min. per week)

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Want to boost innovation in your organization, but have precious little time to do so? Our Micro-Learning for Innovators program may be just the ticket. And the fee? Name your own price. We be walking the talk. Here's what one of our clients says about it.

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April 02, 2018
50 Awesome Quotes on Vision

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1. "If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney

2. "Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, and magic and power in it. Begin it now." - Goethe

3. "The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." - Michelangelo

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EXCELLENT (Free) WEBINAR ON TEAMWORK: April 2 or 3

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Click here to register for the Ignite Your Unstoppable Team webinar presented by Shane Hipps. His online Masterclass will include the following:

-- The #1 ingredient to attract the best people to your team

-- The best way to double your team's productivity

-- How to maximize your profit/impact with a few tweaks to your strategy

-- Simple tools to mobilize others to take action

I first heard about Shane from Tim Gallwey, of the Inner Game. Shane's coached some of the best and brightest leaders in the world, like Ije Nwokorie, a senior director at Apple, and Greg Henry, winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Go for it!

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April 01, 2018
The 10 Personas of an Effective Brainstorm Facilitator

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Allow me to make a wild guess. You have participated in more than a few brainstorm sessions in your life. Yes?

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March 30, 2018
THE FIRST RULE OF GOOD MEETING FACILITATION

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Let's face it. Most meetings under-deliver. The reasons are many -- everything from no agenda, wrong people, sterile meeting room, poor facilitation, monologues, lack of real listening, constant interruptions, late arrivals, and no real closure. But of all the reasons why most meetings disappoint, the biggest can be traced back to one, often over-looked phenomenon: the cluttered mind of the facilitator.

When meeting facilitators are scurrying from one meeting to another, multi-tracking, or just plain mentally overloaded with the flora and fauna of that day's activities, it is difficult for them to be fully present. And unless they are fully present, the odds are low that any of the people attending the meeting will be fully present, resulting in any number of funky meeting behaviors.

Sound familiar? If so, consider honoring the following guidelines for good meeting facilitation.

1. Create your meeting agenda at least 24 hours before your meeting.

2. Unplug from everything else you're doing at least 20 minutes before your meeting.

3. Get to the meeting room at least 15 minutes before your meeting.

4. On the way to your meeting, do not stop and talk to people who "only want a minute of your time." Ask them to email their request and explain that you are on your way to an important meeting.

5. If the meeting room is cluttered, unclutter it.

6. Do whatever you can do to relax, refresh, and focus. This might include meditating, listening to music, going for a walk, or reviewing your agenda. Whatever works.

7. Remember the words of Marshall McCluhan, "The medium is the message." And YOU, my friend, are the medium. The more relaxed, focused, and present you are, the better chances your meeting has of succeeding.

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March 29, 2018
WE'RE NUMBER SEVEN!

natalia-y-339470.jpgHow cool is this. I just stumbled on the Consultants500 website -- an online business advisors marketplace -- and discovered that Heart of Innovation (this blog) is rated the 7th best innovation blog out of 161 innovation blogs surveyed. Whoo! Whoo!

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March 28, 2018
50 Awesome Quotes on Possibility

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1. "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." - St. Francis of Assisi

2. "Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." - Lewis Carroll

3. "The Wright brother flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility." - Charles Kettering

4. "In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd." - Miguel de Cervantes

5. "The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for the rest of your life. And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do." - Henry Moore

6. "It's kind of fun to do the impossible!" - Walt Disney

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March 24, 2018
Storytelling & the Creative Process

This is bleeping brilliant. Not only WHAT its says, but HOW it's presented. Two minutes on what it takes to really do creative work. Inspiring. Truthful. And in your face like a fresh arctic wind off a lake you've been waiting too long to sail on...

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March 23, 2018
The DNA of Idea Champions Workshops and Trainings

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Most people think that the ability to be innovative is a mystical state available only to the chosen few.

The effort, they imagine, takes a lot of time and hard work. And since they don't have time and don't like hard work, they reason that innovation just isn't in the cards for them.

But innovation is not a mystical state. It's a natural state -- a human birthright. The people in your organization, in fact, already are innovative. The only thing is: their natural ability to be innovative is being obscured by their own habits of mind and a variety of bothersome organizational constraints.

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DO SCHOOLS KILL CREATIVITY?

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March 22, 2018
A Big Clue for Meeting Facilitators

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If you facilitate meetings for your company, school, volunteer organization, or team, please know that your STATE OF MIND is going to very much impact the outcomes of the meeting. If your mind is cluttered, the quality of the meetings you facilitate will be severely compromised. If you want your meetings to be more enjoyable and productive, consider these simple guidelines:

1. Always create your meeting agenda at least one day before

2. Make sure your meeting room is set up, ahead of time

3. Unplug from whatever else you are doing at least 30 minutes before.

4. If, on the way to the meeting, someone asks for "just one minute of your time," explain that you are on your way to a meeting and ask them to email their request to you. Do not get distracted!

5. Use whatever techniques you like to "clear your head" before your meeting begins (i.e. go for walk, listen to music, meditate, etc.)

6. Arrive no less than 10 minutes before your meeting begins. Settle down. Center yourself. Make sure you are ready to receive people.

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March 21, 2018
Micro-Learning for Storytellers

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Time-crunched as you are, I know you don't even have two-minutes to read this. So thanks for your 119 seconds.

I'm not going to sell you on the power of storytelling. You already know it's powerful. What you don't know is how to make it real in your organization. I know how to do that. That's what my Micro-Learning for Storytellers service is about. And all it takes is 15 minutes a week.

What you will get is 52 weeks of my content (i.e. videos, podcasts, stories, and articles) to distribute to your workforce one bite-sized piece of wisdom at a time. Mind openers. Thought starters. Tips. Tools. Techniques. Guidelines. And just enough inspiration for people to make the effort they need to become storytelling masters on the job. Or in the class. Or wherever.

WHO AM I?: Mitch Ditkoff, President of Idea Champions, author of the award-winning Storytelling at Work and the forthcoming Storytelling for the Revolution. My clients.

Intrigued? Email me today with the word STORYTELLING in the subject line: mitch@ideachampions.com and I will get back to you with more details.

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