We live in an era when business cycles are measured in months,not years. The only way to sustain long term innovation and growthis through creativity-at all levels of an organization.Disciplined Dreaming shows you how to create profitable newideas, empower all your employees to be creative, and sustain yourcompetitive advantage over the long term. Linkner distills hisyears of experience in business and jazz — as well ashundreds of interviews with CEOs, entrepreneurs, and artists— into a 5-step process that will make creativity easy foryou and your organization. The methodology is simple, backed byproven results.
Disciplined Dreaming shows even the stuffiest corporatebureaucracies how to cultivate creativity in order to become morecompetitive in today's shifting marketplace.
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Josh Linkner is founder and chairman of ePrize, a dominant player in the promotions industry serving 74 of the top 100 brands. He is a four-time entrepreneur, venture capitalist, accomplished jazz musician, and highly sought-after keynote speaker. He has won several business, technology, and design awards, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Crain's 40 under 40, Automation Alley's CEO of the Year, and the Detroit Executive of the Year.
For more information, please visit www.joshlinkner.com
The most successful companies, brands, and individuals make reinvention a regular part of their business strategies. Transformation demands an ongoing process of discovery and imagination, and The Road to Reinvention lays out a systematic approach for continually challenging and reinventing yourself and your business. Venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur Josh Linkner identifies six elements in any business that are ripe for reinvention and shares examples, methods, and step-by-step techniques for creating deliberate, productive disruption.
Throughout The Road to Reinvention, Linkner also explores the history—the great rise, unprecedented fall, and now rebirth—of his beloved hometown, Detroit. First rising to greatness as the result of breathtaking innovation, Detroit had generations of booming growth before succumbing to apathy, atrophy, and finally bankruptcy. Now, the city is rising from the ashes and driving sustainable success through an intense focus on reinvention. Linkner brings an insider's view of this incredible story of grit, determination, and creativity, sharing his perspective on Detroit's successes and setbacks as a profound example of large-scale organizational and personal transformation.
Change is inevitable. You need to decide: Will you drive that change, or be driven away by it? Will you disrupt or be disrupted? By choosing to deliberately reimagine your own status quo, you can secure a strong future for both your company and your career.
This book is designed to bring transparency to the venture capital funding process and includes such topics as:How to raise money;What terms matter and which ones don’t;How to negotiate a fair deal for everyone;What makes venture capitalists tick, including how they are compensated and motivated;How companies are valued by venture capitalists;How all current structures of funding work, including convertible debt, crowdfunding, pre-sales and other non-traditional methods;How these particular issues change through different stages of financing (seed, early, mid and late); andHow to avoid business and legal pitfalls that many entrepreneurs make.
And as in the previous editions, this book isn’t just a one-sided opinion from venture capitalists, but also has helpful commentary throughout from a veteran CEO who has raised many rounds of financing from many different investors.
If you are ready to learn all the secrets and ins and outs of fundraising, Venture Deals is an essential read.
You’re at the airport waiting for a flight, burning time by checking your e-mail. Then you spot the CEO of a company you’ve wanted to connect with for ages. He’s also waiting for his flight. Your flight! Should you walk over? What would you say?
We’ve all been there. An opportunity presents itself and you have one chance to share your important message. The clock is ticking. And in this age of information overload, no business skill is more essential than being able to connect with others quickly, whether in a one-on-one meeting or in front of thousands of people.
Acclaimed speaker and consultant Terri Sjodin defines an elevator speech as a brief presentation that introduces a product, service, or idea. Its purpose isn’t to say everything about your topic—just to intrigue and inspire the listener to want to hear more. And Sjodin suggests you expand your vision of what it can do. “Don’t just think of an elevator speech as a generic tool you use in chance moments—consider the concept as a strategy to manage multiple talking points and to communicate more complex ideas as well.”
Her bestselling book is an entertaining, practical guide to making your message concise, compelling, and effective. She reveals, for instance, how to:Build a convincing case using six of the most consistently effective arguments. Incorporate unique illustrations to bring your message to life. Speak in your own authentic voice; the art is in your delivery!
In this newly updated edition, Sjodin offers her time-tested strategies and advice, including simple outlines, worksheets, a sample elevator speech, evaluation forms, and much more.
Whatever your goal, you can learn to craft a fresh, brief, convincing message that generates tangible results.
With the prevalence of computer technology and outsourcing, newjobs and fulfilling lives will rely heavily on creativity andinnovation. Keith Sawyer draws from his expansive research of thecreative journey, exceptional creators, creative abilities, andworld-changing innovations to create an accessible, eight-stepprogram to increasing anyone's creative potential. Sawyer revealsthe surprising secrets of highly creative people (such as learningto ask better questions when faced with a problem), demonstrateshow to come up with better ideas, and explains how to carry thoseideas to fruition most effectively.
This science-backed, step-by step method can maximize ourcreative potential in any sphere of life.Offers a proven method for developing new ideas and creativeproblem-solving no matter what your professionIncludes an eight-step method, 30 practices, and more than 100techniques that can be launched at any point in a creativejourneyPsychologist, jazz pianist, and author Keith Sawyer studiedwith world-famous creativity expert Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Sawyer's book offers a wealth of easy to apply strategies andideas for anyone who wants to tap into their creative power.