Author Archives: Mitch Ditkoff

The Romance of Creativity

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If you are trying to bring something new into the world, know this: The creative process is very much like a relationship. And like most relationships, it usually begins with fascination — that curious state of mind that keeps you spellbound, charmed, and aroused. Whenever someone gets a new idea, a kind of romance begins. For many of us, just ...

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World Innovation Forum 2010

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I just returned from the World Innovation Forum in NYC. My big insight? Thought leaders will soon be a thing of the past. In their place? Feeling leaders — business savants who have made the journey from head to heart and aren’t afraid to let the rest of us know what they’ve learned along the way. I’m not talking warm ...

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100 Awesome Quotes on What It Takes To Innovate

1. “I want to put a ding in the universe.” – Steve Jobs 2. “Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them.” – Alfred North Whitehead 3. “Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.” – Jonas Salk 4. “If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong.” – Charles Kettering 5. “If you ...

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Listen to Your Subconscious Mind

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If you study the lives of people who have had Eureka moments, you’ll discover that their breakthroughs almost always came after extended periods of intense, conscious effort. They worked, they noodled, they struggled. They abandoned all hope, they recommitted — and then the breakthrough came. And often at the most unexpected of moments. They weren’t buying lottery tickets at their ...

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Rethinking the Role of a Manager

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The root of the word “manager” comes from the same root as the words “manipulate” and “maneuver”, meaning to “adapt or change something to suit one’s purpose”. Although these words may carry a pejorative meaning, there is nothing inherently wrong with them. Indeed, into each life a little manipulation and maneuvering must fall. For example, if the door to your ...

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Go Beyond Your Addiction to Incrementalism!

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In today’s nano-second, downsized, caffeine-buzzed business world, corporations are increasingly demanding that “their people” redouble their efforts to find new and better ways of getting the job done. If this were the 1950’s, an efficiency expert might be called in, a bespectacled, uncharismatic gentleman with a fascination for predictability, order, and control. His motto? “A place for everything and everything ...

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Definitions of Innovation

I just Googled “definitions of innovation” and came up with 5,240,000 choices. Good luck reading them. For now, here are ten I’ve gathered over the years that I like. How about you? And if you have a better one, let me know. “Change that creates a new dimension of performance.” – Peter Drucker “The ability to deliver new value to ...

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101 CreativiTeas for the Knew Age

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Face it. No matter how much we tell people there’s no such thing as a “magic pill,” we all want it. Well, I don’t have the magic pill, but I DO have something even better — a virtual potion that has the potential to free you up from mucho obstacles and activate your inner manifester. All you need to do ...

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56 Reasons Why Innovation Initiatives Fail

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Innovation is in these days. The word is on the lips of just about every CEO, CFO, CIO, and anyone else with a three-letter acronym after their name. As a result, many companies are launching all kinds of “innovation initiatives” – hoping to stir the soup. This is understandable. But it is also, far too often, very disappointing… Innovation initiatives ...

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Brainstorming Breakthroughs Require the Right Question!

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There’s a simple reason why so many brainstorm sessions are a waste of time. The problem statement being pitched to participants is the wrong one. This is not surprising – especially when you consider how little time most facilitators put into preparing for a session. Here’s what happens: The person who calls the session is usually scrambling – overwhelmed, over-caffeinated, ...

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