Author Archives: Mitch Ditkoff

10 Ways to Help Left Brainers Tap Into Creativity

If your job requires you to lead meetings, brainstorming sessions, or problem solving gatherings of any kind, chances are good that most of the people you come in contact with are left-brain dominant: analytical, logical, linear folks with a passion for results and a huge fear that the meeting you are about to lead will end with a rousing chorus of kumbaya. Continue reading

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The Kindness-At-Work Manifesto

It has recently come to my attention that some of the most loving, passionate, well-intentioned people in the world have a tendency to treat their co-workers unkindly — especially during times of stress or on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Consumed by their need to do something extraordinary for humanity, they forget the people they work with are human. Continue reading

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The Value of Confusion

Are you confused about how to proceed with your hottest new idea or project? If so, take heart! Confusion is not always a bad thing. In fact, it’s often a necessary part of the creative process. Continue reading

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Cultivating the Value of Ideas

Everything begins as an idea. Whether you’re in business, school, jail, or debt, that’s how it all gets rolling. First there’s the idea, then there’s the manifestation of the idea — assuming, of course, that the person with the idea has their act together. Continue reading

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21 Awesome Quotes on Intuition

Thanks to Val Vadeboncoeur for finding most of these quotes. 1. “The only real valuable thing is intuition.” – Albert Einstein … Continue reading

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Act Like an Innovation Samurai

If you expect to innovate in 2012, you will need to be more like a Samurai and less like a Slacker. Towards that end, here are the seven classic virtues of a Samurai. Food for thought… and action! Continue reading

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Naming the Product First

Conventional wisdom has it that the best time to name a new product is after you create it. Unconventional wisdom has it the other way around: first you give your product a name, then you create it. With this approach, the name — instead of being the description of your creation — becomes the catalyst for its existence. Continue reading

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