Author Archives: Mitch Ditkoff

Innovators, entrepreneurs, managers, team leaders, and business owners are faced with the same challenge every single day that millions of parents of teenage girls are faced with — and that is how to how to BRIDGE THE GAP between you and “that other person”… how to connect… how to engage in a way that works. Continue reading

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If there is person you know who is on the cusp of a breakthrough, big idea, or simply struggling to figure something out, there is one thing you can do that will be supremely helpful. It has nothing to do with your good ideas, insights, or intuitions, of which you probably have many. It has everything to do with your ability to listen non-judgmentally. Continue reading

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Here’s a fun test for you: If you can read the rest of this paragraph without logging onto Facebook, tweeting, or thinking about crop circles, there’s a good chance you do not have ADD, ADHD, or any other recently-identified medical condition. That’s the good news. Continue reading

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The Dark Side of Innovation Initiatives

Most newly launched corporate innovation initiatives have a dark side, a not-much-talked-about shadow side — the metaphorical alcoholic-father-in-the-basement side. And it is this… fascinating new projects are conceived, senior leaders get pumped, game plans are drawn up, but… Continue reading

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The Incremental Improvement Trap

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… Continue reading

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10 Must Haves Before Asking an Outside Innovation Consultant for Help

If someone from your company’s leadership team asks you to locate an outside consultant to help your organization raise the bar for innovation, stop for a moment and, with all due respect, ask the person asking you to locate an outside consultant to answer the following questions. If they answer “NO” to any of them or look at you as if you are ungrateful, uppity, or “not a team player”, do not accept the assignment. Continue reading

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Facilitation

Here’s a useful tip for you the next time you find yourself standing in front of a group of people and about to facilitate a meeting of any kind. Before you begin, ask people to give you permission to facilitate. Continue reading

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