Author Archives: Mitch Ditkoff
Do you have what it takes to innovate? I’m not talking IQ, degree, or job title. No. I’m talking the curious confluence of behaviors that come with the territory of being the kind of person who turns top of the line ideas into bottom line realities. Continue reading
Do you know what the opposite of a “professional” is? A “con-fessional.” And, at the risk of being unprofessional, here’s mine: One of the great secrets to manifesting anything on planet Earth is to act as if — to proceed in the spirit of already having succeeded — or what Steven Covey refers to as “beginning with the end in mind.” Continue reading
As I understand it, Peter Drucker (world class management guru) was totally committed to driving fear out of the workplace.
He knew (as you do, on a good day) that you cannot have a successful business if fear is running the show. Fear constricts. Fear depresses. Continue reading
This is the first of my postings from the World Business Forum, which we recently attended in NYC. The conference was very inspiring. Great speakers. Timely content. And lots of food for thought (and feeling). Continue reading
If you want to create a culture of innovation in your organization, make sure you are matching people to projects that have passion for and have enough competence to succeed in. If you’re sensing that “things” aren’t going all that well, it may be due to the fact that you’ve got fish climbing trees. Your task? Find a pond for the fish… and find some lovers of tree-climbing to pick the fruit or swing from the branches. Problem solved. Don’t miss an article (3,300+) – Subscribe to our RSS feed and join our Innovation Excellence group! Mitch Ditkoff is the Co-Founder and President of Idea Champions and the author of “Awake at the Wheel”, as well as the very popular Heart of Innovation blog.
How many times have you participated in a brainstorming session, only to be underwhelmed by the utter lack of follow up? Unfortunately, in most businesses, this is often the norm. Here’s why: The output of the session is underwhelming. No one has taken the time, pre-brainstorm, to consider follow-up. No criteria is established to evaluate the output. No next steps are established at the end of the session. No champions (i.e. process owners) are identified. The champions are not really committed. The champions are committed, but under-estimate the effort. The ideas are too threatening to key stakeholders. No one is accountable for results. The project leader doesn’t stay in contact with key players and “out of sight, out of mind” takes over. The “steering committee” takes their hands off the wheel. The next brainstorming session is scheduled too quickly. The output of the session is not documented. No sponsors are … Continue reading
Many great breakthroughs have come in dreams. Rene Descartes got the concept for the Scientific Method in a dream. Elias Howe came up with the final design for the lock stitch sewing machine in a dream. August Kekule arrived at the formulation of the Benzene molecule in a dream. In the dream state, the subconscious mind arrives at solutions that the conscious mind is unlikely to discover during the daily grind — no matter much it obsesses, gathers data, or blames the “organization.” That’s why Thomas Edison and Salvadore Dali used to take naps during the day. They knew they got their best ideas in dreams, so they decided to wake up more than once a day. Yes! WHAT YOU CAN DO: Before going to bed tonight, bring to mind a compelling question, challenge, or opportunity that you’ve been wrestling with. As you fall asleep, stay focused on it. When … Continue reading