Disney Brainstorming Method: Dreamer, Realist, and Spoiler

It is said, that film producer and innovator, Walt Disney used to think-up and refine ideas by breaking the process into three distinct chunks. The dreamer, the realist, and the spoiler (or critic). The Dreamer This stage was for fantasizing. Creating the most fantastic and absurd ideas as possible. No filter. Just wonderful, raw ideas. This stage was about “why …

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Circle Of Time Planner

Time management optimization… I’m always looking for different and effective ways to enhance time management. I’ve learned, better managing what you have to do frees you up for what you want to do. I’ve bumped into a novel approach to day management that you may want to try out. You’re familiar with daily planner pages that use a grid/table to …

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Build Sales Faster With The Networking Follow-Up Guide

Do you regularly attend networking events? Do you have a system for processing the names and business cards you gather to quickly follow-up with new contacts? New to my market, I’ve made it a goal to get out of the office once a week to meet and mingle. When attending networking events with the goal of driving sales, your strategy …

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Powerful Sentence Starter: “So That…”

Do you describe the value your products and services provide for your customers? Some of your customers may be interested in features. They want to compare yours to the competitor. Your camera has patented image-stabilization technology. Some may be interested in the benefits. Your image-stabilization technology reduces blurring of photos. Deep down, they want to know the “so that…” So …

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Exit the Wheel, Take the Escalator

You know that swift glide-y feeling you get when you walk on an escalator. You’re moving faster than you normally would with the same effort. That’s the feeling we all want when we work. Instead, it often feels more like running in an exercise wheel. We spend lots of energy and break a sweat; we are working hard. However, when …

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“How to Solve Problems” 1947-style

I recently discovered this 8th grade arithmetic book from 1947 on the bookshelves at my parents’ house. It’s got a great collection of images that match the mid-century art style of Idea Sandbox. In addition to the images, I found this piece on page 304 providing suggestions for students on problem solving. [click for larger view]  HOW TO SOLVE PROBLEMS …

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How To Think Big At Work (And Life)

“Where success is concerned, people are not measured in feet and inches, or pounds, or college degrees, or family background; they are measured by the size of their thinking. How big we think, determines the size of our accomplishments.”   Great words of wisdom from David Schwartz and his book The Magic Of Thinking Big. Written 50 years ago, (even …

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Thwart The “Idea Killers” with BINGO

We're all familiar with the game BINGO. Fill out the game card, get five in a row to win. Yell, "BINGO!" Nearly as many of us are familiar with business jargon-based BINGO cards. These cards feature overused phrases and jargon we leverage and maximize like low-hanging fruit. Online, you can find BS Bingo, Ad Agency Jargon Bingo, Social Media Jargon ...Read More

Now Is When You’re Waiting For

Many of us have been waiting for the right moment. The right moment to… ask the boss for a raise; find a job that’s more satisfying; pitch your new product idea; propose; start writing your book; launch your own blog; suggest that better way of doing things. So we wait. We wait until the time is right. Until after the …

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How To Drive Sales – The Basics

Ah… “Drive Sales.” Is there a company that doesn’t have “sales driving” as a key strategy? It can’t be much simpler than a choice of three levers. (1)Find New Customers Create a New Market with a new product or service, or Go deeper with your existing targets (2)Increase Frequency – Get existing customers to use your business more often. (3)Increase …

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