August 15, 2018
The Syndrome Syndrome and the Rise of the New World Disorder(s)

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Here's a fun test for you: If you can read the rest of this paragraph without logging onto Facebook, tweeting, or thinking about crop circles, there's a good chance you do not have ADD, ADHD, or any other recently-identified medical condition.

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August 13, 2018
THE INSIDE STORY on a Fantastic, New National Holiday!

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I am happy to announce that today has been declared "INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DOWNLOADING MITCH DITKOFF'S NEW BOOK ON STORYTELLING." I am both humbled and honored that this is now official, even, of course, if I was the one to have declared it. A minor detail. If you are interested in the power of storytelling to build community, inspire, transmit wisdom, elevate the conversation, and spark action, this book is most definitely for you. The Kindle version is a mere $9.99 -- the price of three cappuccinos. If you are old school, the paperback version is $19.95.

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11 Amazon Reviews
Radio interviews, videos, and cool stuff

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August 10, 2018
What Business Leaders Can Learn from Sitting in an Orchestra


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This is brilliant stuff. As it turns out, the creator of the Music Paradigm (Roger Nierenberg) and I went to elementary school, junior high school, high school, and summer camp together. We reconnected a few years ago after a long hiatus. If you are looking for a way to help the leaders in your organization make a quantum leap, consider The Music Paradigm.

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STORYTELLING FOR THE REVOLUTION available as an ebook

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GOOD NEWS! My new book, Storytelling for the Revolution, is now available for downloading as an ebook from Amazon. $9.99. Paperback also available.

If you are interested in the power of personal storytelling to build community, open minds, transmit wisdom, and elevate the conversation on planet Earth, this book is for you.

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The media weighs in
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August 09, 2018
The Power of Context and Timing to Deliver a Memorable Message

So much of our experience of life depends on context and timing. The above video is a delightful, surprise performance of Ravel's Bolero in a shopping mall. Even for shoppers who are not aficionados of classical music, the experience was a positive one. My first experience of Bolero was not a positive one -- mainly due to the fact that I was forced to listen to it blindfolded, for 14 hours in a roomful of sweaty 18-year old boys. Here's the story.

What are you attempting to communicate these days that can be accomplished with greater impact if you tweak the context and timing of your expression of it?

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August 08, 2018
SPEAKER TUTORIAL: How to Stop Saying "Um", "Ah" and "You Know"

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Very useful article from Harvard Business Review on the power of longer pauses when speaking in public.

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August 07, 2018
THE ART OF MAKING YOUR CASE: The Launch of the i-Phone and i-Pod

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What follows is a slightly edited transcript of Steve Jobs' four-minute launch of the iPhone, how he transported his audience from what is to what could be. Notice how he used two classic elements of compelling narrative -- villain (old smartphones) and hero (Apple's new large screen, multi-touch technology). Also notice how he begins with the problem, then introduces the solution.

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August 06, 2018
You're Right!

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There is a scene from Fiddler on the Roof that has taught me more about life than most holy books I've read.

In it, two men are heatedly arguing over the age of a horse. When they see Tevye, the town milkman/sage, walking by, they begin passionately pleading their case.

"Tevye!" blurts the first, "I've been cheated! Last month a bought a horse from this sorry excuse for a man. He told me the horse was six, but it was 12!"

Tevye listens carefully, strokes his beard, nods his head, and smiles. "You're right!" he says.

"What!" screams the second. "No way! Not true! The horse I sold him was six years old and I have the papers to prove it!"

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July 29, 2018
Einstein Speaks!

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E = MC Hammer

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July 26, 2018
Why Jeff Bezos Has Replaced Powerpoint Presentations in His Meetings with Narrative Memos

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Here's something to consider. The richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, has banned powerpoint in all Amazon meetings. In it's place? Narrative storytelling. Here's why. Big thanks to Doug Robinson for the heads up.

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July 25, 2018
STORYTELLING FOR THE REVOLUTION now a Book-of-the-Month Club Selection

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Good news travels fast! The Institute for Management Studies has just chosen my book, Storytelling for the Revolution, to be their Book-of-the-Month selection for July. Whoo hoo!

Here's how IMS describes itself:

"Since 1974, IMS has provided its members with the most innovative development series available. The membership approach allows organizations to bring in more distinguished faculty and more programs overall at an enormously reduced cost.

Participants interact with and learn from the world's leading management thinkers on an ongoing basis. Attendees become more effective and improve their decision-making skills.

Today, over 400 major organizations worldwide, including many from the Fortune 500 list, utilize IMS as a key component of their overall development strategy. Over 20,000 people attend IMS programs each year."

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July 21, 2018
11 Amazon Reviews of My New Book

If you have been enjoying my blog, there is a good chance you will enjoy my new book, Storytelling for the Revolution. What follows are 11 Amazon reviews that will give you a good sense of the ground I cover and where I'm coming from...

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POSITIVE INSIGHTS TO TRANSFORM THESE TIMES

"Inspiring and provocative, this book reminds us all that we must act and tell our stories to the stir soul of possibility in others. What I love about Mitch's writing is that it always bends toward the positive and whispers, 'Come on. Join me in this journey'. If you are looking to transform your energy into action and use your voice to shape a positive future, you came to the right place!" -- Doug Stuke


LIKE SPARKLING LIGHT SHINING ON A LAKE

"Mitch Ditkoff's 40 stories are like sparkling light shining on a lake on a glorious summer day. You many think I'm exaggerating. I'm not. Mitch brings his characters to life with vivid detail -- they are altogether believable: his canasta playing mother, his entrepreneurial father, his congenial family rabbi. There is the ecstatic Shlomo Carlebach. But most intriguing is of his beloved teacher, Prem, who gives Mitch two words of advice: More spice. These two words, Mitch takes to heart in this, his newest collection -- it is indeed spicy! But it's not just the splashy moments that make it into this book -- the simple quiet moments are there as well, as in 'A Bag of Small Red Berries.' Reading these stories by Mitch Ditkoff made me want to dig and recover my own stories. I was enraptured." -- Jiya Kowarsky


INSPIRING, INFORMATIVE, VALUABLE and a COMPELLING READ

"After you read this book, you too will agree that we could create change in the world if we could all tell our stories. When we have the courage to tell our stories, we form a bond with each other that no one can defeat or overwhelm. The book is a compelling read because the stories are wonderful, and then, Mitch provides us with an extraordinary, step-by-step guide to using storytelling in your life: in schools, workplaces, organizations, families, among friends. His "Field Guide" is inspiring, accessible, and user-friendly! This book is original and a much-needed manual for healing our planet!" -- Susan Page

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July 17, 2018
If You Plan on Asking an Outside Innovation Consultant for Help

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If someone from your company's leadership team asks you to locate an outside consultant to help your organization raise the bar for innovation, stop for a moment and ask the person asking you to locate an outside consultant to answer the following questions.

If they answer "NO" to any of them or look at you as if you are ungrateful, uppity, or "not a team player", do not accept the assignment.

Really. I mean it. DO NOT ACCEPT THE ASSIGNMENT.

If you're afraid to decline the assignment, not only is the project doomed, but you will soon end up experiencing the kind of low grade corporate virus that leads people to drink too much, feel depressed, or become overly judgmental of their colleagues.

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July 09, 2018
The Only Risk is Not to Risk

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50 quotes on risktaking
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July 05, 2018
My New Book Now On Amazon

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I am thrilled to announce that my new book, Storytelling for the Revolution, is now available on Amazon. If you are a fan of storytelling, insight, wisdom, love, choice, humor, learning, breathing, the human condition, or this blog, there is a good chance you will enjoy my book. Right now, only the paperback version is available. In a few days, the Kindle version will also be available. Click below for testimonials...

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July 04, 2018
Storytelling that Creates Monumental Change

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Here's a refreshing, 36-minute podcast/interview on the power of storytelling to spark big, positive changes in organizations. Especially relevant to business people engaged in Six Sigma or Lean Six Sigma projects. The interviewers are Elisabeth Swan and Tracey Roarke -- two movers and shakers in the world of LeanSixSigma.

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June 26, 2018
100 Awesome Quotes on What It Really Takes To Innovate

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1. "I want to put a ding in the universe." - Steve Jobs

2. "Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them." - Alfred North Whitehead

3. "Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next." - Jonas Salk

4. "If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong." - Charles Kettering

5. "Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." - Helen Keller

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

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June 23, 2018
Paul McCartney's Carpool Karaoke

Talk about innovation!

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June 22, 2018
13 Awesome Quotes on Planning

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"A goal without a plan is just a wish." -- Antoine de Saint Exupery

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." -- Abraham Lincoln

"Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential." -- Winston Churchill

"No matter what the work you are doing, be always ready to drop it. And plan it, so as to be able to leave it." -- Leo Tolstoy

"Pray to Allah, but tie your camel." -- The Prophet Muhammed

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." -- Benjamin Franklin

"If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else." -- Yogi Berra

"The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining." -- John F. Kennedy

"It's takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Plan for what is difficult while it is easy. Do what is great while it is small." -- Sun Tzu

"A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow." -- George S. Patton

"Many people spend more time in planning the wedding than the do the marriage." -- Zig Ziglar

"All human plans are subject to ruthless revision by Nature, or Fate, or whatever one preferred to call the powers behind the Universe." -- Arthur C. Clarke

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June 20, 2018
How to Spark Innovation in Your Company in 10 Minutes Per Week

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Do you work in an organization that is trying to raise the bar for innovation, teamwork, storytelling, and leadership, but doesn't have the budget to pay for trainings, keynotes, and workshops? Here's an alternative -- Idea Champions' Micro-Learning for Innovators service. It all happens online. At your own pace.

The price? YOU decide on the value of our service and make us an offer. 95% of the time we go with what our prospective clients suggest. 5% of the time we decline. Interested? mitch@ideachampions.com

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