May 23, 2018
Why It's Almost Impossible to Juggle 15 Balls

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May 22, 2018
WHAT IS YOUR WOW PROJECT?

Here's the only creative thinking technique you will ever need. Three minutes worth. Ready? Answer this question: "What is one thing you want to manifest in this world before you die -- something that will stretch you to the limits and be of service to others?

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May 15, 2018
VIDEO: Nine Steps to Creating a Culture of Innovation

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Big thanks to Jon Peters, of Athena Online (the Micro-Learning Gods) for getting the word out about my culture of innovation work. Click here to watch the video. And here's Idea Champions' Micro-Learning offering to help you raise the bar for innovation. Simple. Self-paced. Cost-effective. Interested? info@ideachampions.com

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May 14, 2018
The Kindness-At-Work Manifesto

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It has recently come to my attention that some of the most loving, passionate, well-intentioned people in the world have a tendency to treat their co-workers unkindly -- especially during times of stress or on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.

Consumed by their need to do something extraordinary for humanity, they forget the people they work with are human.

And so, in an effort to restore a Culture of Caring to organizations everywhere. it is my honor to present to you the Kindness-At-Work Manifesto -- 40 daily opportunities to go beyond the imperfections of your co-workers and rise to a place of uncommon goodness.

Where does it begin? With your intention to maintain your commitment to kindness any time one of your co-workers does not.

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May 09, 2018
An Alternative to Launching Yet Another Innovation Initiative

Superman and sky.jpg Many organizations committed to raising the bar for innovation, end up launching some kind of internally branded "innovation initiative". Logically speaking, this makes sense, but logic is not the most powerful driver of innovation. Most employees cringe at the thought of yet another "initiative" being foisted on them.

So... instead of launching an initiative, help people take initiative by becoming more committed to fostering innovation in every conversation they have on the job -- something you can learn more about, in then next three minutes, by watching this newly produced 3-minute video of me addressing this topic.

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May 07, 2018
Perfect Advice for Anyone In Your Organization Resistant to Change

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Breaking the Unbreakable Barrier

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As the story goes, several years ago the CEO of Dow Corning walked into his company's R&D lab and spoke two sentences: "Glass breaks," was the first. "Why don't you do something about it?" was the second. That's it. Just two sentences. Then he turned and left the room.

The R&D team, a brilliant group of inventors, was curious, but they were also skeptical. After all, at that time, one of the properties of glass was breakable, just like one of the properties of water was wet. Unbreakable glass? What? Huh? A paradox. A condundrum. A seeming impossibility. Nevertheless, the R&D team got busy and ended up creating 18 different unbreakable glass products. Three of them became commercially viable and one, the now famous Corelle line of dinnerware, became a multi-million dollar line of revenue.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: What powerful question can YOU ask your team, department, or entire organization today? What seemingly impossible breakthrough can you spark by getting people curious enough to go beyond the status quo?

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May 05, 2018
27 Best Practices of High Performing Volunteer Organizations

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Unless you've been in a coma your entire life, chances are good that, at some time in your life (maybe now?) you've been a volunteer for a non-profit organization.

That's the good news.

The not-so-good news is that many volunteer organizations, without even knowing it, sabotage the value their volunteers bring to the table and you, as a result, may have backed off, gone south, or found yourself grumbling to the other volunteers.

I've recently done some informal research on the subject and have identified 27 "best practices" high performing volunteer organizations abide by. Take a peek. Then, volunteer to share the list with the leaders of whatever volunteer organizations you would like to see succeed at a higher level. Can do?

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May 04, 2018
These Eight Forward Thinking Executives Walk Into a Bar

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"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." -- Alan Kay

Here's how. A highly engaging, productive, enjoyable two-day offsite for Senior Teams committed to co-creating a compelling, unified vision of the future for their team, department, or entire organization. Not for the faint of heart...

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May 03, 2018
34 Quotes on Leadership

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

2. "If you don't understand that you work for your mislabeled 'subordinates,' then you know nothing of leadership. You know only tyranny." - Dee Hock

3. "A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say 'we did it ourselves.'" - Lao Tzu

4. "The led must not be compelled; they must be able to choose their own leader." - Albert Einstein

5. "The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why." - Warren Bennis

6. "The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you." - Max DePree

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May 02, 2018
One Quality of a Good Executive

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May 01, 2018
Visioning and Strategic Planning Sessions for Executive Teams

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"The best way to predict the future is to create it." -- Alan Kay

Face it. Most corporate strategic planning processes are boring, tedious, and highly ineffective -- a day or two of smart, highly paid executives sitting in a hotel meeting room and wishing it was over. Bad muffins. Bad lighting. And plastic ferns. The outcomes? Some new ideas, a rarely-read report, and the vague recollection that the same thing happened last year. Bottom line, a lost opportunity.

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April 30, 2018
The Eight Characteristics of a High Performing Team

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Lots of organizations acknowledge the need to raise the bar for teamwork and collaboration. That's a good thing. The not-so-good thing is that their process for doing so is often vague, insufficient, or confused. Of all the models on teamwork, Idea Champions prefers the one one outlined by Larson and LaFasto in their wonderful book, TEAMWORK: What Must Go Right/What Can Go Wrong.

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1. Clear compelling goal
2. Standards of excellence
3. Competent members
4. Unified commitment
5. Climate of collaboration
6. Results driven structure
7. Principled leadership
8. External support and recognition

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April 29, 2018
Be Frightened of Old Ideas

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April 26, 2018
Micro-Learning for Innovators in Just 15 Minutes Per Week

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PS: If you want to know how much it costs, text me at 845.389.9096 and I'll let you know ASAP.


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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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