Ideas that don’t make the people sitting around the presentation table shift in their seats and give each other furtive sideways glances are a complete waste of time. The best ideas are a little frightening. The big ideas make people nervous.The nice, safe, user-friendly ideas have already been thought of and put into action by […]
Creative commands for your mental keyboard, programmed to increase your effectiveness at innovation. 1. HOMEDo not underestimate the importance of a home base from which to create ideas. A favorite space that fosters your creative spirit and surrounds you with resources to feed your innovative energy. Windows, posters, books on creativity, fun games and toys, […]
Though there are many reasons why people fear the adoption of new ideas, here are a few of the common ones I’ve run across… 1. FailureWhat we’re doing might not be perfect, but it’s working. Why risk changing it for something better on the chance the idea fails? 2. BlameIf this new idea doesn’t perform […]
I’ve really been enjoying the new show on the Discovery channel, “Pitchmen” in which each episode follows the successful (and sometimes not-so successful) course of one or two “as seen on tv” products. Legendary hucksters Billy Mays and Anthony Sullivan guide the inventors through the surprisingly interestingly (but sometimes murky) waters of direct response advertising. […]
Here’s some advice from bnet.com on how you can get The Boss to get behind your ideas. Summary of their three-pronged plan for success… 1. Present multiple concepts in a fashion that makes the person in charge feel that the ideas originated (or were at least inspired) by them. 2. Allow The Boss time to […]
Did you know the first patent for glue was issued in England for an adhesive made from fish, or that the first television remote was patented by Zenith in 1950 and was called the “Lazy Bones?” If not, you are sorely in need of a visit to About.com’s alphabetical list of famous inventions!
On the surface he’s talking about comics, but he’s really talking about understanding innovation. Learn from Everyone Follow No One Watch for Patterns Work like Hell Sounds like a plan.