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Making Great Ideas Happen

Tuesday July 1, 2014 #640

“Great ideas need landing gear, as well as wings.” ~C. O. Jackson


In any team there are idea generators and there are executers.  Both talents are necessary for great ideas to become actionable and their potential to be realized. It is rare (and wonderful!) to find an individual who possesses great skills in ideation and execution – and if you find them, keep them!  Most people however, will be more skilled in one or the other.  Executers may get frustrated in brainstorming sessions, and ideators can feel trapped by the rules of effective execution.  Your job as leader is to understand your team’s individual skills and leverage them.  Use your idea generators when brainstorming is needed, decide on an idea to take forward, and give it to the executers to make it happen.


July 5, 2014 Posted by | achievement, innovation, leadership, Take Action | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Enthusiasm & Perseverance

Tuesday April 22, 2014 #620

“In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.”


 There are two modes of thought that must be employed intentionally and at the right moment to achieve success and worthy goals:  enthusiasm and perseverance.  To make a good decision and/or determine what you want to achieve, you need ideas – lots of them.  Ideas come from brainstorming, reading, observing, and asking questions.  You must approach these activities with enthusiasm in order to generate the ideas you need to decide on what you want to achieve and a viable course of action to get you there.  Without enthusiasm, you will likely miss out on generating the ideas you need.

Now it is time to do the hard, serious work necessary to achieve you goals.  Enthusiasm will help, but it alone will not get you there.  The tool you need now is perseverance.  Perseverance gives you the strength to push through fear and the inevitable failures and obstacles you will find between you and any worthy goal.

Enthusiasm + Perseverance = likely success.

May 3, 2014 Posted by | achievement, Goal Setting, problem solving, Success, Take Action | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Acting outside the box

Tuesday October 30, 2012 #467


“It isn’t enough to think outside the box. Thinking is passive. Get used to acting outside the box.”


~Tim Ferriss


There is such a push today for innovative and creative ideas.  We’re constantly encouraged to ‘think outside of the box’ and imagine new possibilities.  But like all thinking exercises, nothing happens with those thoughts unless action is taken.  Before you spend more time in creative brainstorming sessions, look back at your notes from the last several meetings and see what you can act upon now.

December 29, 2012 Posted by | imagination, Take Action | , , , , , , | Leave a comment