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Decision Making

Three Simple Decision-Making Tools

We make decisions all the time. Big ones, small ones, easy and challenging. Making the right choice can be obvious, and sometimes it requires time invested in thought. Luckily we have simple tools to help. (1) Pro & Con First, the basic Pro and Con list. A list of the good and bad aspects of a particular choice. If listing …

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How To Deal With Change

It is vexing, despite the fact that change constantly takes place in our lives, at times it can still throw us off-kilter? So what can we do to not let change get the best of us? The Facts NEVER: Change is never going to stop. In fact, they say the only constant in life IS change! So we need to …

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Black Box Problem Solving

Project Stuck? Try Using A “Black Box.”

When a scientist or engineer designs a new process, they run into many unknowns. You can expect that when creating something from scratch. However, they could have so many unknowns, if they tried to solve each as they occurred, they’d get mired in minutia and never finish the project. To deal with these sticky spots, they put each unknown into …

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Idea Generation: Great Ideas Are Looking Up

Ever wonder why great ideas seem to pop into your head at the strangest (and sometimes inopportune) times? Like when you’re… falling asleep, in the shower, or exercising? It’s not a coincidence. These are times when your body is switched to autopilot, and your conscious mind doesn’t need to labor to perform these routine tasks. So the mind creatively wanders …

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7 Steps To Build Your Annual Plan Like A Pro

It is the time of year again when we start thinking about next year… The plans, programs, and activities that will allow us to meet and exceed our 2016 goals. We at Idea Sandbox like to approach nearly any type of planning as if it were a road trip. Like a road trip, you need to figure out: Where you …

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12 Tips For Successful In-Store Events

No matter what you call them… your customers, clients, consumers or participants – they are all Guests when they visit your location. Being a great host to those visiting your location is no different from entertaining friends and neighbors at your house. While we do think about details when planning a big event at home, as restaurant and retail owners, …

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Go Beyond Customer Rewards, Create Loyalty

Sand for Your Inbox December 2013 We all want our customers to return to us. In a moment of choice, we hope they would choose us again over a competitor. That they’ll be loyal to us. Google will provide you with thousands of ideas for both reward and loyalty programs. You’ll find the terms Reward and Loyalty used interchangeably. This …

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The One Question You Need To Solve Business Challenges

When business isn’t running as we’d like, it is easy to become fixated on end results. “If we could just drive sales….” “If we could just get more traffic…” While these results are important, what we really need is the how. The strategies, tactics, and action steps that will get us to the end results. Team members repeating “I need …

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Achieve Goals + Resolutions With Bite-Sized Chunks

Have you ever tried to put together a jigsaw puzzle with 500 or 1,000 pieces? It takes a while… And, needs to be done in more than one sitting. One of the reasons we miss achieving goals, New Year’s resolutions, and business strategies is that we try to accomplish too much at once. We approach the 1,000-piece goal as if it can …

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10 Steps To Take Brainstorming From Good To Wicked Good

Sand for Your Inbox How many brainstorming sessions, filled with potentially brilliant ideas, have ended up as rolled up flip charts under someone’s desk? Taking ideas to the next step post-brainstorming can be a challenge. When I get near the end of the brainstorming process, I use a simple filtering process that moves ideas from concept to near-ready to implement. …

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