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Guaranteed Great Reading List

Sand for Your Inbox April 2007 So…you wish you were more creative or a better problem solver? But aren’t sure where to get the information you need to improve? Today is your lucky day! The folks at the Idea Sandbox Institute are voracious readers and remove the guesswork out of finding the most helpful books by furnishing this “Guaranteed Great”* …

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Be the Wrong Thing, In the Wrong Place

Sand for Your Inbox March 2007 Life often requires that we stand out from the crowd and get noticed… Perhaps by the boss, by someone you’re attracted to, by a new employer, or by potential clients… These are times when you need to be remarkable. Achieving this with the advice “be the wrong thing in the wrong place” sounds crazy. …

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Your Elevator Pitch

Sand for Your Inbox February 2007 Ever sat next to a potential client or employer on an airplane flight and wished you had a quick pitch prepared? Ever been at a loss for the right words while riding the company elevator? A senior exec approaches you with something along the lines of… “You work on the 8th floor in marketing, …

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New Year’s Resolution: Comp Yourself

The beginning of a new year is resolution season. How do you avoid the let-down, after you have enthusiastically created resolutions for a new year, starting with a clean slate, and by February you’ve stopped working at them? Here is a New Year’s Resolution… nay… a life philosophy… that you may adopt that I can nearly guarantee you’ll be able …

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Keeping Your Battery Charged

If you’re like me… being tired = becoming cranky (or is it ‘hangry?’) and low energy = low ideas. Avoid being tired and low energy with the collection of practical and realistic ways to help restore and maintain your energy level. Before Going to Work Wake to Music: Replace your jolting beep-style alarm clock with a radio alarm clock. Tune …

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Take Your Inner Child To Work Day

When it comes to curiosity and creative problem solving, kids have the process down pat. They are expert problem solvers. (Only a kid can transform an oversized box into a lunar lander!) Having this imagination around the office can be pretty handy. But how can you make this happen without breaking child labor laws or getting into trouble with school …

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Idea Generation: Be An Explorist, Let Your Get-Away Inspire You

Traveling offers a perfect opportunity for creative inspiration. Experiencing out-of-the-ordinary sites, sounds, tastes, people, and culture helps stimulate out of the ordinary thinking and ideas. Get the Inside Scoop Before you leave for your destination, consult insider/underground guides for the places you are visiting. These guides often provide more insight than tourist guidebooks and share the gritty aspects of local …

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Take A Step Back, Then Look For More

Often what we identify as a problem or opportunity isn’t the true problem. At times our focus may be too narrow preventing us from solving the larger issue causing the problem. Let’s imagine we operate a specialty wine, cheese, and bread store. Our challenge is: Customers don’t purchase our specialty products frequently enough. Our first reaction may be to create …

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Idea Generation: Let Mother Nature Provide Solutions

A time-tested technique for problem-solving is to take your challenge out of context and look at it from a different perspective. One context we all can relate to is nature. Mother Nature offers much for us to learn. To generate solutions with the help of Mother Nature, ask: “How does nature deal with a situation like this?” Or, “How do plants and animals …

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New Ideas: Pause Before You Pounce

New ideas can lead to innovations. Often the speed in which we conduct business causes us to make rapid decisions. As a result, we may be robbing ourselves of good ideas. New ideas can be fragile things. We’ve all experienced it… In a meeting, you muster up the courage to offer a new or unique thought that you feel will …

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