How do you get a lot of ideas?

Don The Idea Guy Linus Pauling said the best way to get a good idea was to get a lot of ideas -- but the question then becomes, how do you get a lot of ideas? The answer is easy... DON THE IDEA GUY!

22 April 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Helpful Humor (and Cheesecake Appetizers) Break Response Patterns

I’ve been exploring the idea of “Helpful Humor” in some recent blog posts. First on the Emergency Coffee article and then on my coverage of Dollar Shave Club’s colon cancer awareness campaign. In both instances these companies used humor to break their prospect of a pre-programmed response. According to a study I found referenced on […]

08 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Breaking Things and Breaking Through

Sometimes things fall apart. You own and care for something long enough, and things are bound to wear out or the odds catch up with you and it breaks. For me, it’s been a week of broken things. I’ve been blogging for decades. I don’t even recall the first platform I used (before they even […]

31 March 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Back-Up Coffee

This morning I arrived early for a meeting at a local Bob Evans. I told the greeter (who also turned out to be the server) that I was expecting to meet one other person. They noticed my laptop bag and asked if we’d need a place to plug-in. WOW… Nice job paying attention and trying […]

11 March 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Wiping Out Cancer

Continuing on the trend of Helpful Humor I’ve been noticing lately, I wanted to share the activity of possibly one of the funniest businesses I’ve had the pleasure to spend my money with — Dollar Shave Club. Still the BEST commercial you’ll never see on television, these guys didn’t quit with a one-hit wonder (technically, […]

05 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Making Creative Waves

As you may have guessed from some recent blog posts, I’ve spent some time on the west coast during the past couple months and many ideas were spawned by that seaside setting — like this one about creativity and ocean waves. While walking along the beach watching the waves come crashing into rocks and wash […]

03 March 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Emergency Coffee

A few weeks ago I was in San Diego taking a few vacation days after delivering three workshops at the DogWatch Hidden Fence annual Dealer conference in Huntington Beach, California. My fiance and I had asked an employee at The Nat gift shop if she could recommend any local restaurants near our hotel, and without […]

27 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Don Draper meets Dr. Seuss

As most of you, as a kid I was a Dr. Seuss fan. Unlike most of you, I continued to not only be a Dr. Seuss fan as an adult — but look back on the old “children’s books” that Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote and see lessons for grown-ups. As a child Green Eggs and […]

24 February 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Let’s Not “Not Reinvent The Wheel”

Some people go out of their way to “not reinvent the wheel”. “Let’s not reinvent the wheel” is a pretty common phrase in meetings. It’s used as a statement of intent not to over invest in time, labor, money or creativity in order to get something done. But sometime’s it’s worthwhile to reinvent the wheel […]

18 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

200,000 Bad Drawings

The father of animation legend Chuck Jones tried and failed at many different types of start-up businesses. Each time he launched a new business venture, he would buy stationery and pencils with the company name and logo on them. When the business eventually failed, he’d give the papers and pencils to Chuck and his siblings […]

16 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Happy High-Fives

Awhile back I wrote my prediction that your next big network would be small — limited to your favorite and most meaningful five connections. I’ve received feedback from others and had conversations at conferences on the subject, and many people agree. I’ve also noticed several other indicators online since then (I should be keeping better […]