Author Archives: Mitch Ditkoff

36 Awesome Quotes on Time


The biggest excuse people make about why they can’t innovate is the lack of time. Really? “Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time’ is to say ‘I don’t want to.'” – Lao Tzu “To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” – Leonard Bernstein “Don’t say you don’t have ...

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20 Awesome Quotes on Beginning


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 ...

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When Innovation Best Practice is Worst Practice


I’m a collector of best practices. I like to find out what forward thinking individuals and organizations have done to accomplish extraordinary results. Sometimes I share these stories in my keynotes or workshops. Invariably, my stock rises when I tell these stories. People think I know stuff. They get giddy. They take notes. They think about how to adapt these ...

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12 Ways to Make Bad Decisions


There are three things that continue to astound me about most organizations: The cro-magnon way performance reviews are done; the pitiful way brainstorm sessions are run and; the voodoo way decisions are made. What follows is an elaboration of the third — twelve all-too-common phenomena that contribute to funky decision making. (As you read, think about the teams you work ...

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The Good Thing About Bad Ideas


One of the inevitable things you will hear at a brainstorming session is “there are no bad ideas.” Well, guess what? There are plenty of bad ideas. Nazism, for instance. Arena football. Bow ties. What well-meaning “keep hope alive” brainstorming lovers really mean is this: Even bad ideas can lead to good ideas if the idea originators are committed enough ...

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Top 10 Reasons Why Some CEOs Sabotage Innovation


There’s a huge gap between CEOs saying they want their companies to innovate and actually acting in a way consistent with what they say. This lack of congruence drives internal change agents crazy, catatonic, or out the door. At the very least, it makes them cranky and unwilling to go the extra yard required to turn their inspired ideas into ...

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Christmas 2.0

A fun peek into how the news would have gotten out differently 2,010 years ago if social media tools had been around. (Click full screen). Thanks to David Passes for the heads up. Editor’s Note: And for those of you who have already celebrated Hanukkah, here is a fun video – and if you celebrate Kwanza or any other winter ...

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Who's Really Innovative?


Here’s a real treat: Gary Hamel’s Who’s Really Innovative? article recently published on (in?) the Wall Street Journal blog. Once again, the lucid, straight shooting, and refreshing Hamel, hits a home run — taking on the phenomenon of annual “most innovative companies” lists. Hamel makes some very useful distinctions between the four different kinds of innovative companies: Tyros, Nobel Laureates, ...

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34 Awesome Quotes on Leadership

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, ...

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Wake Up the Passion to Innovate


Innovation is a big fat generic concept in most corporations — like life on other planets or ending the war in Iraq. Unless the individuals within an organization have a genuine sense of urgency, personal ownership, and an authentic passion for innovation, nothing much will happen. Innovation begins within the mind of each person. Corporate initiatives that fail to awaken ...

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