Jack Welch once said, "Someone, somewhere has a better idea." In this myth-busting book, the authors reveal that great business ideas do not spring from innate creativity, or necessarily from the brilliant minds of people. Rather, great ideas come to those who are in the habit of looking for great ideas all around them, all the time. Too often, people fall into the trap of thinking that the only worthwhile idea is a thoroughly original one. Idea Hunters know better. They understand that valuable ideas are already out there, waiting to be found - and not just in the usual places.Shows how to expand your capacity to find and develop winning business ideas Explains why ideas are a critical asset for every manager and professional, not just for those who do "creative" Reveals how to seek out and select the ideas that best serve your purposes and goals and define who you are, as a professional Offers practical tips on how to master the everyday habits of an Idea Hunter, which include cultivating great conversations
The book is filled with illustrative accounts of successful Idea Hunters and stories from thriving "idea" companies. Warren Buffet, Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, Mary Kay Ash, Twitter, and Pixar Animation Studios are among the many profiled.
Pam Henderson, former faculty at Carnegie Mellon University and author of You Can Kill an Idea, but You Can’t Kill An Opportunity! shows how to apply Opportunity ThinkingTM in your own organization to increase speed to market for products, eliminate idea bottlenecks, get crisp on demand space, value open innovation and increase creativity ROI.
Opportunity ThinkingTM, a new approach to innovation developed by author Pam Henderson, has transformed the way companies and organizations, from Fortune 500 to non-profits, find big ideas that win and create sustainable growth.
Opportunity ThinkingTM is a creative journey that taps six sources - market forces, business models, technology, organizations, environments, and design to discover big places to play. Not your average business book, Henderson’s clever narrative, bold visuals and countless stories of companies and brands will inspire you to think in new ways and stretch your mind to consider the possibilities.
With the second book of her Rx for Business series, Sandra Evans introduces the revolutionary Thinkivity continuum, an internal workflow system that builds a strong bridge between the internal processes of a business and the external relationships with customers, partners, and services.
Drawing on her experiences of more than two decades as a manager and change agent for some of the most dynamic corporations in the United States, Evans has created a pragmatic and well-thought-out model for using creative thinking to connect a company's vision with its customers' most urgent needs. Beginning with designing the structure for an actionable strategic vision and mission, this essential guide then provides careful instruction for building the capabilities within an organization necessary to meet those goals.
Complete with case studies and graphics to support and illustrate Evans's innovative process, Thinkivity is a pioneering system that enables performance breakthroughs for companies of any size.
Creative Aerobics is an internationally proven technique for producing creative ideas. It works for you regardless of whether you are a left-brained student, a creative writer, an engineer, a copywriter, a businessperson, a gifted writer or an artist, or an advertising or marketing professional. In other words, it is a contemporary, creative process that can work for everybody. Advertising and marketing professionals will find this book particularly helpful in extending their ideation skills, maximizing their creative potential, and reducing their time per assignment.
This technique has been tested, both in the classroom and the boardroom. Using this, American and Indian students have received more than 200 local, regional, national, and international awards for their creativity from prestigious competitions such as the AAF ADDY and the International Summit Awards. Advertising professionals, from copywriters to creative directors, have collected several awards such as the Cannes Lions, Clio, Ad Asia Pacific Awards, Media Spikes, One Show, and D&AD Pencils for the memorable and effective campaigns they have created for their agencies using this thought process.
This book is for anyone who wants to enhance their creativity! There is no aspect of life where this crucial skill is not utilized…. Get the book and get cracking!
What the world needs is more showoffs.
Showing off is a good thing. Showing off is a mindset. Showing off is about living life and doing work in a way that creates joy, jazz, and a kick in our lives and in the lives of those around us. This is a business book for almost everyone–from executives and managers to receptionists and sales clerks. Here’s the key: success is an inside job. After 26 years of studying and working with top performers, Joe Calloway shares the key factors in creating success–without pulling any punches. Work Like You’re Showing Off! isn’t for sissies; it’s a tough, realistic approach to getting the most out of life by giving more to others.
This book proves that not only is "working like you’re showing off" the smartest way to get ahead in a career, it’s also the most joyful and rewarding way to live.Work Like You're Showing Off! the absolute keys to personal and professional success including:Never be as good as you're going to be What you think of me is none of my business Expect to connect Get back inside the box Grand stupidity and absurd bravery What have you done for me next?
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to get rich easily, while others are destined for a life of financial struggle? Is the difference found in their education, intelligence, skills, timing, work habits, contacts, luck, or their choice of jobs, businesses, or investments?
The shocking answer is: None of the above!
In his groundbreaking Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, T. Harv Eker states: "Give me five minutes, and I can predict your financial future for the rest of your life!" Eker does this by identifying your "money and success blueprint." We all have a personal money blueprint ingrained in our subconscious minds, and it is this blueprint, more than anything, that will determine our financial lives. You can know everything about marketing, sales, negotiations, stocks, real estate, and the world of finance, but if your money blueprint is not set for a high level of success, you will never have a lot of money—and if somehow you do, you will most likely lose it! The good news is that now you can actually reset your money blueprint to create natural and automatic success.
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind is two books in one. Part I explains how your money blueprint works. Through Eker's rare combination of street smarts, humor, and heart, you will learn how your childhood influences have shaped your financial destiny. You will also learn how to identify your own money blueprint and "revise" it to not only create success but, more important, to keep and continually grow it.
In Part II you will be introduced to seventeen "Wealth Files," which describe exactly how rich people think and act differently than most poor and middle-class people. Each Wealth File includes action steps for you to practice in the real world in order to dramatically increase your income and accumulate wealth.
If you are not doing as well financially as you would like, you will have to change your money blueprint. Unfortunately your current money blueprint will tend to stay with you for the rest of your life, unless you identify and revise it, and that's exactly what you will do with the help of this extraordinary book. According to T. Harv Eker, it's simple. If you think like rich people think and do what rich people do, chances are you'll get rich too!
Elon Musk spotlights the technology and vision of Elon Musk, the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, who sold one of his Internet companies, PayPal, for $1.5 billion. Ashlee Vance captures the full spectacle and arc of the genius’s life and work, from his tumultuous upbringing in South Africa and flight to the United States to his dramatic technical innovations and entrepreneurial pursuits.
Vance uses Musk’s story to explore one of the pressing questions of our age: can the nation of inventors and creators who led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk—one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history—is a contemporary, visionary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.
Thorough and insightful, Elon Musk brings to life a technology industry that is rapidly and dramatically changing by examining the life of one of its most powerful and influential titans.