Author Archives: Mitch Ditkoff
In an extraordinary move, destined to be emulated by forward thinking business leaders everywhere, I’ve just outsourced all my sleep to a guy named Namdev in New Delhi. Yes, it’s true. I no longer need to sleep. Namdev does it for me. It’s astounding how much more productive I’ve been this week. And, as if my sleep breakthrough wasn’t enough, I’ve also outsourced all my exercise to a guy named Sung Lee in Malaysia. God bless Sung Lee! He’s been on the Stairmaster three hours today and will be working on our delts and pecs tomorrow. Needless to say, I’m feeling totally buff at the moment. I was just about to have a big piece of cherry cheesecake to celebrate my innovative, time-saving enhancements, but I’ve outsourced all my eating to a woman named Min Yung in Taiwan. I’m down to 145. Hallelujah! All my pants fit! The only thing … Continue reading
There’s an infinite amount of extraordinary experiences you can manifest when you have an inspired vision, the right technology, and committed people willing to go for it. Turn up the volume! How can you collaborate virtually to create big time results? Don’t miss an article (2,900+) – 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.
If someone from your company’s leadership team asks you to locate an outside consultant to help your organization establish a culture of innovation, STOP for a moment and, with all due respect, ask the requesting member of the leadership team to answer the following questions. If they answer “NO” to any of them, do not accept the assignment. Really. I mean it. If you’re afraid to decline the assignment, there’s no hope for you, your senior team, or your organization. Zero. If you say YES without understanding the current reality of the senior team, you will only be going on a wild goose chase — wasting your time, theirs, and the TBD consulting company’s who will be asked to generate a hefty proposal that none of your senior leaders will be ready, willing, or able to respond to. 10 Questions to Ask Senior Leaders Before Looking for an Outside Innovation … Continue reading
“It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller “If two men on the same job agree all the time, then one is useless. If they disagree all the time, both are useless.” – Darryl F. Zanuck “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford “Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Isaac Newton “It takes two to speak the truth — one to speak, and another to hear.” – Henry David Thoreau “If you have an apple and I have an apple and … Continue reading
Let’s cut to the chase: Innovation doesn’t begin with processes, structures, and protocols. It begins with inspiration. And where does inspiration come from? It comes from inside the impassioned mind and heart of each person who works in your organization. When people’s mind/mindset is in the right place (i.e. open, curious, imaginative, communicative), your organization is home to thousands of daily, spontaneous opportunities for innovation to take root. But all too often it doesn’t. And the reason it doesn’t is because the people who work in your organization don’t necessarily know how to maximize what I have come to call seed of innovation moments — those naturally occurring interactions where inspired people share their new ideas with each other. Idea seeds are being sown all the time, but all too often they are falling on hard ground. The people you work with are originating — and communicating — their ideas … Continue reading
WC Fields was always an exceptionally gifted performer. But some of his most unforgettable performances took place off-camera. Like most actors in the start of their career, Fields found himself a little short of cash. A problem? Not for him. The non-traditional Mr. Fields simply created a “Blue Ocean” job for himself in Atlantic City, one summer, as a professional drowner. Here’s how it worked: Several times a day, Fields would swim out to sea, pretend to be drowning, and then be “rescued” by one of his accomplices, the lifeguard. Invariably, a large crowd would gather on the beach as the no longer struggling actor was “resuscitated.” Once it was clear that this poor fellow was going to live, the suddenly relieved crowd would turn to Field’s third accomplice, the hot dog vendor, (who just happened to be standing nearby) and treat themselves to an “I’m-so-glad-he’s-alive” snack. At the end … Continue reading