February 21, 2017
BIG IDEA: Enter Our Brainstorm Training Raffle Before March 1st

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Being in the experimentation business, Idea Champions is thrilled to invite you and your organization into our next "let's see what happens" experiment. Here goes:

In ten days, we are going to raffle off our one-day Brainstorm Facilitation training, at a 65% discount, So instead of paying the usual $6,000 fee, each of our three winners will pay only $2,000 (plus expenses). Max number of participants? 12. Crazy? Yes. Financially savvy of us? No. But we want to see what happens.

Entering is simple. All you need to do is send an email to info@ideachampions.com and write the words "Conducting Genius" in the subject line. In turn, we will enter your company's name in the raffle. Three winners will be announced on March 1st (in honor of Nikola Tesla's first public demonstration of the radio).

What our clients say

PS: Our Conducting Genius raffle is only open to organizations we have never been in contact with. No employees or former employees may enter. Nor may anyone from the military industrial complex.

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February 20, 2017
Unresolved Conflict at the Top Produces Chaos in the Middle and the Bottom

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A guest post by Idea Champions' newest leadership development consultant, Dr. Barry Gruenberg.

When those in senior leadership positions avoid conflict among themselves, the unresolved conflict ripples throughout the organization and paralyzes action at every level. Key issues go unresolved and the tension at the top pervades the organization. Followers of each of the powerful protagonists must constantly demonstrate their loyalty to their sponsors in their words and deeds; they must scrutinize all that they do to ensure that they are not seen as violating the party line.

Lower level employees are often enlisted to participate in task forces or committees to deal with the various by-products of the unresolved issues.

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February 18, 2017
The Art of Evelyne Pouget

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If you, oh life long innovator, are looking for someone to do your self-portrait or the portrait of a loved one (including your pet), The Heart of Innovation would like to recommend one of our favorite artists, Evelyne Pouget. All she needs is a good photo and your preference for the medium -- oils or oil pastels.

Her website

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February 15, 2017
Brainstorm Facilitation Training for Idiot Savants (and other wise ones)

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This just in! Brainstorming in most organizations sucks. Or, if "sucks" is the wrong word, how about "severely under-delivers"? The good folks of Idea Champions (that's us) have found a way to put an end to this madness. Yes, we have. And yes, we can. Click here for a taste of where we're coming from -- 13 brief videos of us laying it all on the line. Think brainstorming is a waste of time? Click here.

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Einstein on the Imagination

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More Einstein quotes
Unlock the imagination of your workforce
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Thanks to Jesse Ditkoff for the design

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WELCOME: Brian Paul Allison!

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We like to think of Brian as a "polymath" -- a person of great learning in several fields of study. With a background in the human potential movement, Brian refined his many change agent skills as a holistic health coach and fitness professional, for 18 years, at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires.

Brian is also the former Creative Director for The Adventure Game Theater, a wildly popular experiential curriculum of play, theater, and team building, featured on PBS.

A certified Behavior Change Specialist and lifelong Brain Optimization savant, Brian has memorized hundreds of classic poems, the number pi to a thousand digits and, if you show him a randomly shuffled deck of playing cards, he will look at it once and tell you exactly the order of the cards. Will he remember your name? Highly likely. Will you remember his name? TBD.

In our clients words

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February 14, 2017
The Power of Personal Storytelling to Deliver Real Meaning

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Our new storytelling workshop
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Storytelling at Work

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February 13, 2017
The Best Written 142-Page Book on Brainstorming That Is Not For Sale

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This is the only 142-page book we know of that teaches people how to facilitate kick-ass brainstorming sessions -- including 18 creative thinking techniques, tips, tools, guidelines, checklists, rants, and the happy distillation of 27 years worth of what we've learned leading ideation sessions for companies like these who have all been very pleased with our services.

Oh, I almost forget, you cannot buy this book anywhere. It's not for sale.

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February 10, 2017
Ten Simple Ways to Establish a User Friendly Ideation Process

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Let's assume for a moment that you and your company value BIG IDEAS -- the kind of ideas that have the potential to change the game, differentiate you from the competition, and spark some major business growth.

Let's also assume that you and your company are not at a loss for these BIG IDEAS -- that they regularly make their appearance via any number of ways: brainstorming sessions, early morning team meetings, or simply the spontaneous epiphanies of the wild and crazy people down the hall.

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February 07, 2017
The Real Organizational Chart?

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One reason why there isn't more innovation in most of our lives is because too many of us are working on our own. Not a good idea. Pause for a moment and identify at least one person with whom you need to collaborate. Who is it? What role will they play? And when will you ask for their support?

Start your idea factory
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February 01, 2017
My Open Letter to Donald Trump Published in the Huffington Post

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My open letter to Donald Trump has just been published in the Huffington Post -- my attempt to light a candle instead of cursing the darkness. If you resonate with what I've written, please forward it to friends and post on social media. Thanks! Mitch

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January 31, 2017
10 Keys for Giving a Great Keynote

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Actors want to direct. Directors want to produce. And consultants want to be kick ass speakers. And why not? The pay is good. It doesn't take much time. And it's a lot less heavy lifting than most consulting gigs.

Easier said that done, however. Delivering a kick ass keynote is not as easy as it looks. If you want to get into the game, begin by reviewing the following guidelines to see if you have what it takes.

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January 24, 2017
HOW EFFECTIVE ARE YOUR COMPANY'S BRAINSTORM SESSIONS? Find Out in 10 Minutes

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Whenever I ask clients to describe the quality of their brainstorm sessions, they usually role their eyes, shake their head, and use words like "suck", "boring", or "pitiful." But when I ask them WHY, they don't know. And they have very few clues about how to turn things around.

Idea Champions aims to change all that -- at least for the first three companies who respond to this blog post and request a FREE online Brainstorm Participant poll from Idea Champions -- the simplest way we could think of to help forward thinking organizations get a pulse check on the quality of their in-house brainstorm sessions.

Here's how it works:
1. Email info@ideachampions with "Brainstorm Poll" in the subject line.
2. We'll send you a custom link to our Brainstorm Poll
3. You forward the poll to anyone in your organization who has attended an in-house brainstorming session in the past year.
4. We'll send you the poll results, along with our observations.
5. If you want to find out how we can train your people to become masterful brainstorm facilitators, we'll talk.

Brainstorming game changer
Our training
Client testimonials

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January 23, 2017
21 Reasons Why You Like to Do Your Creative Work in Cafes

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Ever since I was old enough to realize there would never be a want ad in a newspaper that described a job I wanted, I've loved working in cafes. I never really thought much about it until a few days ago when a baffled friend of mine asked why I was so into it.

His assumption? That working in a cafe would be a distraction. A distraction? Dude, quite the opposite. I do some of my best work in cafes.

And so, at the risk of trotting out a few half-baked conclusions that my non-cafe-going critics will have a field day trashing, here goes:

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January 22, 2017
The Art of Self-Acknowledgment

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If you're a creative person regularly involved with starting new projects -- the kind unlikely to get results overnight -- here's a simple practice to keep you in a positive frame of mind and save you from the all-too-familiar phenomenon of depressing yourself by focusing on the cup being half empty.

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January 16, 2017
The International Day of Compassion + Kindness

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As a former political speechwriter and present day observer of the oddball dynamics accompanying the fast approaching U.S. Presidential Inauguration, I have developed an increasing respect for a man who, my fact checkers have assured me, has never watched CNN, FOX News, or Celebrity Apprentice -- Isaac Newton. Yes, Isaac Newton -- the bewigged, 17th century English physicist after whom the Third Law of Physics ("For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction") has been named.

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January 13, 2017
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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January 05, 2017
A Sneak Preview Into the Art and Science of Brainstorming

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Brainstorming, in most companies, is broken. Or, if not broken, breaking. Or, if not breaking, highly impaired. Those of us at Idea Champions are dedicated to changing the game -- and have been doing so for 25 years.

Here's a super simple way to see (and hear) where we're coming from. Intrigued? Click here and tell us more about your need. Or click here and let us know how to contact you.

About our brainstorm facilitation training
What our clients say
In case you think brainstorming is a waste of time

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January 03, 2017
What I Learned from Being Heckled at a Keynote Presentation

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Every person who has ever had a job has experienced at least one "moment of truth" in their life -- a time when all the chips were on the table and the decision of whether to go "all in" or not had to be made.

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January 02, 2017
Have Pluma, Will Travel

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I will be on a 10 week writer's retreat in San Miguel de Allende working on my next book, Storytelling for the Revolution. During that time I will have about 7 hours each week for free lance writing and editing projects. Contact me if you have the need: mitch@ideachampions.com

My recent book

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