Author Archives: Mitch Ditkoff

23 Reasons Why Brainstorming Fizzles

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How many times have you participated in a brainstorming session, only to be underwhelmed by the utter lack of follow up? Unfortunately, in most businesses, this is often the norm. Here’s why: The output of the session is underwhelming. No one has taken the time, pre-brainstorm, to consider follow-up. No criteria is established to evaluate the output. No next steps ...

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Innovators Remember Their Dreams

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Many great breakthroughs have come in dreams. Rene Descartes got the concept for the Scientific Method in a dream. Elias Howe came up with the final design for the lock stitch sewing machine in a dream. August Kekule arrived at the formulation of the Benzene molecule in a dream. In the dream state, the subconscious mind arrives at solutions that ...

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Cultivating Innovation Where You Work

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“Organizations are like gardens, not machines. We keep bringing in mechanics, when what we need are gardeners.” – Peter Senge If you want to establish a culture of innovation, there are three things you need to know: It’s possible It’s simple (but not easy) It’s just like growing vegetables Possible? Absolutely! Innovation is all about manifesting what doesn’t yet exist ...

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An Inside/Out Culture of Innovation

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If you work in an organization that wants a “culture of innovation” — you have two basic choices: outside/in or inside/out. Outside/in is the most common approach. It assumes that re-engineering systems or processes is the way to go. You know, crank up the rewards, have more brainstorming sessions, increase cross-functional collaboration, buy idea management software and so forth. Not ...

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20 Awesome Quotes on Humor, Play, and Creativity

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“To stimulate creativity one must develop childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition.” – Albert Einstein “If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.” – John Cleese “If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think.” – Clarence Darrow “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, ...

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Creating Time to Innovate

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During the past few years I’ve noticed a curious paradox heading its ugly rear among business leaders tooting the horn for innovation. On one hand they want the rank and file to step up to the plate and own the effort to innovate. On the other hand, they are unwilling to grant the people they are exhorting any more TIME ...

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50 Awesome Quotes on Possibility

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“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – St. Francis of Assisi “The Wright brother flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility.” – Charles Kettering “Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Lewis Carroll “In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.” ...

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Increasing the Odds of an AHA Moment

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What is it that allows some people to get creative breakthroughs while others get only creative breakdowns — alternately blaming themselves, society, their company, and their increasingly suspect astrological configurations? Is it true that people who experience breakthroughs are “gifted”? Or are there other factors at work — factors that we (the people) have more control over than we might ...

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