Author Archives: Mitch Ditkoff

20 Qualities of an Innovator


The word “innovate” can be traced all the way back to 1440. It comes from the Middle French word “innovacyon,” meaning “renewal” or “new way of doing things”. Exactly what innovations actually happened in 1440 (rounder oxcart wheels?) is anybody’s guess, but whatever they were, it’s likely they improved the quality of life for more than a few people. These ...

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20 Reasons Why the Best Ideas Come in the Shower

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 new ideas.

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Give Employees More Time to Innovate!


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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The Accidental Breakthrough


Contrary to popular belief, breakthroughs are less about the act of inventing new things than they are the art of recognizing “happy accidents” — those unexpected moments when an elegant solution reveals itself for no particular reason. The discovery of penicillin? The result of Alexander Fleming noticing the formation of mold on the side of a Petri dish left unattended ...

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Why the 10 Top Reasons Don't Matter


Reason is highly over-rated. If you need more data to prove your point, you’ll never have enough data to prove your point. Analysis paralysis. You’re going to follow you gut, anyway. By the time you put your business case together, the market has passed you by. “Not everything that counts can be counted; and not everything that can be counted ...

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Intention – The Root of Creativity


If creativity is the flower of a human life, then intention is the root. Indeed, there are many bipeds among us who believe that without intention, there can be no creativity. More than its second cousins — hope, wish, dream, and desire — intention is the ground from which creativity springs. One of the main reasons why creativity is so ...

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Innovation Begins with Fascination

The Happy Virus

I own a huge library of books on innovation. Mostly hardcover. The $27.95 variety with big indexes and forwards by people who make more money than I do. Some of these books are actually good. Most of them bore me. (I must confess I have a secret desire, whenever I enter a bookstore, to put glue between pages 187 & ...

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Are You an Idea Addict?


There are lots of things in this world that people get addicted to: alcohol, nicotine, heroin, sex, and iPhones just to name a few. But perhaps the biggest addiction of them all is the addiction to our own ideas. Here’s how it works: We think something up. We feel a buzz. We tweak it, we name it, we pitch it, ...

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50 Awesome Quotes on Risk Taking


1. “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” — Goethe 2. “Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” — Helen Keller 3. “It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.” ...

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