Posts Tagged ‘ideas’



Are You Listening to Your Own Team?

When it comes to leadership, it’s not just a top down process. The truth is, for most companies and nonprofits, the best ideas come up from the bottom.  But sadly, most leaders are ignoring their own people.  Research has found that with most companies in America, the average employee’s ideas are only implemented once every Read the full article »

Do You Have Ideas Or Just Opinions?

The world turns on the power of ideas, and yet the social media world seems very often to revolve around shallow opinions. Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and others encourage a 24/7 barrage of opinions on every subject imaginable. In my book “Jolt” I reveal that the average employee spends up to Read the full article »

Where I Find My Creative Ideas

At conferences and workshops people often ask me where my ideas come from.  I’m no genius of course, but since I write books, speak at conferences, create media projects, and consult with clients on creative issues, I can’t afford to recycle the same old stuff. In a distracted and cluttered world, great ideas are harder and harder to come by, so if you’re struggling, perhaps some of my creative habits will help. Here’s a partial list of things that help jack up the quality of my ideas: Read the full article »

Goals Are Dreams with Deadlines

“Goals in writing are dreams with deadlines.”  -Brian Tracy, personal success coach.  Whenever I feel my dreams losing steam, I always think of Booker T. Washington. Born a slave in 1858, his childhood years were anything but pleasant. The family’s farm cabin had no glass windows, and any opening to let in light also let in the freezing wind in the winter.  The floor of the cabin was dirt. The life of slave was back-breaking work that started before the sun came up and continued long after it went down again. His childhood was also lived out during the Civil War, which created turmoil, fear, and uncertainty in the lives of Southern slaves and added additional pressure to an already hopeless state of affairs.  But in spite of that desperate situation, Read the full article »

Please Stop Following Your Dreams

I wrote this opinion piece for Fox News, and I’d love your response.  It’s completely counter-intuitive to what most people think, so check out this article  and let me know what you think…

 

 

What’s the Next "Gideon Bible" Idea?

I think it’s time to revisit this post I did a couple of years ago when I was interviewed on Crosswalk.com about the presence of Bibles in hotel rooms. Since the Gideons started the idea in 1899, they have become a global organization impacting millions of people. As I say in the article, it was a brilliant back idea then to place copies of the Bible in millions of hotel rooms, but in today’s pluralistic society, everyone else is going to want equal time. I travel about 150,000 miles a year, and in most hotels I already find a Book of Mormon next to the Bible. Before long, I predict we’ll find a Koran, Tao, Torah, I Ching, Writings of Confucius, and more. Pretty soon, there won’t be room for a bed.  So the big question becomes -
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How Well Does Your Idea Resonate?

The dictionary definition of “resonance” is: “Vibration caused by a relatively small stimulus, the intensification and enriching of a musical tone by supplementary vibration, or a quality of evoking response.”   When it comes to your ideas – do they create a vibration in the room?  Do they cause a response?  Too often, when we share or pitch our ideas, nothing happens. Then we tell ourselves that Read the full article »

Communicators: Your Choice of Words Drive Perception

If you’re a professional communicator, then you need to understand just how much your word choices can impact perception. Just look at how much the national conversation began changing when liberals started calling themselves “progressives,” or homosexuals started calling themselves “gay.”  In other places, writers and speakers began using “extremists” for positions never even considered extreme before.  Politicians casually call each other Read the full article »

Why The “Expert from Afar” Principle Works

Time after time, I’ve consulted with various clients, who energetically take my media advice. Afterwards, a frustrated employee will tell me he’d been saying something similar for years, but leadership refused to listen. But now that they pay me to come in, suddenly they’re all ears. I’ve been on both sides of the equation and experienced it from both sides and understand the frustration. Very often, it really does seem that being an “expert from afar” has a mysterious Read the full article »

Disrupt Something, and Think the Unthinkable

When was the last time you shook up the thinking at your office? If it’s been too long, then maybe it’s time to start thinking the unthinkable, seeing what nobody else can see, and breaking a few rules. We are all creatures of habit, and it usually takes a jolt to shake us out of our rut. I know – I wrote a book on the subject. But climbing outside the rut is exactly where we need to be.  So start tomorrow.  Think of the projects you’re facing at work, and then think of the most Read the full article »


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