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http://www.mimbizic.com ("Power of Three" iPad educ. app)
http://www.babamim.com (American-Serb History 101)
My favorite Dr. Seuss book, ever since the 1970's, is "On Beyond Zebra!"
I attended my youngest sister's college graduation from Washington & Jefferson College and the speaker was Astronaut James Alan Lovell. He said ON BEYOND ZEBRA was his favorite book, as he could never have traveled to the moon if it weren't for people who could see more than what is.....
"The A is for apple, the B is for bear, the C is for camel, the H is for hare, through to Z.... Z is for zebra, I know them all well, said my friend Conrad Cornelius O'Donnell O'dell. Then he almost fell flat on his face on the floor, when I picked up the chalk and drew one letter more.
"In the places I go, there are things that I see, that I never could spell if I stopped with the Z!"
From that moment on, it was my favorite too, and I used it in all the talks I would give on teaching Creative Thinking Skills to other teachers around the country. I love it! ...MKB
Paul Sloane has a website "Destination Innovation" that helps people with ideas and innovation:
Learn more about SEVEN GREAT WAYS TO INNOVATE:
John Hersey is a dynamic speaker and very successful businessman. Here are some ideas he's willing to share about Self Motivation:
7 Tips for Self-Motivation
Motivation is crucial to achieve your goals, and it is also something you can achieve by yourself if you know how.
1. Keep the right focus
Focus on what you want instead of on what you don’t want. It is easy to get unmotivated by challenges and situations that come up when you are working towards your goals, however, you don’t have to let those situations stop you. You keep moving forward when you focus on what you want to achieve. Do not give importance to the problems that arise on the way, just move through them and get rid of them. Everything will pass if you can clearly visualize your dream.
2. Read success stories
Reading about how others have made it big after facing the same or similar challenges as you, will give you strength and inspiration to advance amid any negativity and problems. Read as much as you can about personal development, you will learn many valuable skills and new ways to approach situations.
3. Look for support
Get a mentor or a friend who is an inspiring influence for you. They can enhance your confidence and help you advance in an organized way. They will act as a rational spectator, giving you advice when you lose focus due to emotions. They will put your feet on the ground, and will provide unconditional support and valuable feedback.
4. Measure your progress
Write about the process daily, and track your successes and setbacks. This will give you a new perspective on things, you will be able to go back and read what happened in the past, what you learned, and what you did wrong. You will be able to see how much you have grown and in which ways.
5. Give yourself prizes
Go to the movies, go out to dinner, or buy yourself a treat; give yourself a prize every time you meet a small goal. Praise your courage and strength. This will direct your mind to success. It will become a habit, because behavior that gets a reward is repeated.
6. Learn something from every failure
Don’t get upset at yourself for failing at something, but analyze what happened and amend your course towards your goal. See it like this: you can now advance knowing that a certain thing doesn’t work; you are gaining experience. You can move on with more confidence because you know what you did wrong and can correct it, and you are certainly closer to achieving your goal.
Working towards your goals should be fun. Don’t get stressed because you don’t see results fast, enjoy the ride, because that’s where experience, knowledge, and value reside. If you are moving forward, it means you are already succeeding, so relax and cherish every moment. You will do more if you think it is fun; acknowledge that you are growing every step of the way. Remember that, whatever happens, it is worth it, because you are becoming a much better, more experienced, and more mature individual. There is nothing more rewarding than making your dreams come true and living the life of your dreams, thus, get going and never look back!
Like these? Read more from John on his Blog:
Quick Movie: Positive Thinking Is not Enough!
11 Ways To Improve Your Interpersonal Communication Skills
Your Internet Wealth Strategy Coach
Robert Brands is the founder of InnovationCoach.com and the author of Robert's Rules of Innovation: a 10-Step Program for Corporate Survival.
"Inspiration sparks, propels, and steers innovation, which, in turn, fosters creative thinking and new business development. It motivates teams, encourages shared goals, and ultimately drives value to the bottom line."
Risk and Reward
most of all, INSPIRATION!
Check out more ideas from Robert here:
Inspire & Innovate: Initiate
No risk-no Innovation
New Product Development Process
Training & Coaching
Idea Management Process
Observe & Measure
New Result & Reward
"Creativity is what happens when imagination has focus; Innovation is what happens when creativity has a bottom line; Enterprise is what happens when innovation meets ability, Entrepreneurship is what happens when all the aforementioned are put on the same cart and passion becomes the fuel."
Barry Bassnet, Editor of THE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION. 4/30/10
First seen on INNOVATE THE FUTURE Forum on Linked-In.
the Secret to Innovation and Creativity. With thanks to ee cumming.
ARE YOU A DUCK OR AN EAGLE?
From Kurt Divich & Daily Acts of Kindness
"Possibilities in our Society: Good/Bad Service"
Create high quality connections
Meditate on loving kindness
Learn & apply stsrengths
Dispute negative thinking
Visualize your future
Find nearby nature
Source: ?? back of old envelop
Thank you to Richard D. Smith for allowing us the opportunity to share his great ideas with our readers.
Watch the Slide Show called
ENTERPRISE ROAD TO RECOVERY
Richard is the Chairman & CEO at U.S. Road to Recovery LLC and President & Managing Principal at SMITH-TRG.
Richard is a proven executive leader (visionary, strategist and innovator) who specializes in solving complex business performance and value creation problems. Leverages 25 years of consulting, general management and senior business development experience across industries, global markets, and technologies to enable stakeholders to capitalize on anticipated changes in customer priorities and their competitive landscape.
As business performance & value creation consultant/advisor, he has enabled organizations, including 4 of 'Business Week's 25 Most Innovative Companies' to amass $17 Billion in accumulated new revenues. Delivered 34:1 average short-term payback on engagements.
In 2008, he started/ spearheaded "The U.S. Road To Recovery Project" nation-wide initiative. 2010 became Chairman/CEO of U.S. Road To Recovery LLC.
2007, founded The Patriots Project a pro-bono business community initative to directly assist today's 'Wounded-Warriors' recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center
His past achievements include being CEO & Founder at Audient Media, CEO & Founder at Saint CRISPIN.
Richard shared this very exciting "motivator" on Linked-In's Motivational Quotes page:
Excerpt from HENRY V,
Act 4, Scene 3 – Eve of the battle of Agincourt, France, October 25th, 1415
King Henry’s speech to his 500 war weary men the morning before they fought ten thousand fresh French troops and won.
"This day is called the feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say “To-morrow is Saint Crispian:”
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
And say ‘These wounds I had on Crispin’s day.’
"Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day: then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words
Harry the King, Bedford, Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember’d.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember’d;
"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint CRISPIN’s day."
St. Crispen's Day Speech: William Shakespeare, 1599
Be sure to check out the link above about
The Social Construction of Reality
Jim Rohn wrote about Ending Procrastination:
June 7, 2010
"Perseverance is about as important to achievement as gasoline is to driving a car. Sure, there will be times when you feel like you're spinning your wheels, but you'll always get out of the rut with genuine perseverance. Without it, you won't even be able to start your engine.
"The opposite of perseverance is procrastination. Perseverance means you never quit. Procrastination usually means you never get started, although the inability to finish something is also a form of procrastination. "
Read more about it on his website:
Want to have a look at the future? Look here:
Gary Marshall, from my Linked-In "Innovate the Future" group, shared these Key www Sites for Inventors & Investors with us!
Thanks for sharing, Gary!
"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
"You must do the things today that others will not do so that you can have the things tomorrow that others will not have."
"If you wait until you see the robin, spring will already be over." Warren Buffet
"Pearls don't lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it." -- Chinese proverb
This Inventors Society of South Florida website is great for ideas on education, motivation, and collaborative support for Inventors:
(Click above for more information!)
Here are 4 of the 10 important tips for making sure your ideas or inventions stay your property from their July, 2009 newsletter.
1. File for protection. One way to safeguard your invention or idea is to file for protection under U.S. patent, trademark, and copyright laws. However, it can be tricky to decide which of these three vehicles is most appropriate for the protection of your work -- some products or services require a patent, a trademark, and/or a copyright. Each category protects a distinct aspect of a creative work or expression, and all three categories fall under the heading of “intellectual property.”
2. Invest in legal counsel. It’s worth the investment to engage the services of an experienced small business or intellectual property (IP) attorney. He or she can help you to make the proper distinction regarding whether or not to file for a patent, a trademark, and/or copyright.
3. Arm yourself with knowledge. Even though it’s advisable to leave the big decisions to an attorney, it’s a smart idea to bone up on intellectual property rights yourself, even if you just read some books on the subject. Knowledge is power.
4. Be realistic. Don’t convince yourself that just because you’ve had an idea trademarked, it will be successful. It just means the idea is protected should it become a success.
Need a job? Here's an excellent interview with Linda Heasley, president and chief Executive of The Limited, conducted by Adam Bryant and printed in the New York Times.
Good Leaders Constantly Recruit Their Workers
Linda lists qualities and skills she looks for:
Passion, Curiosity, Energy level, Sense of Humor, Risk Taking, Demonstrated Performance, Relationship building, what books you've read and more.
Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/04/business/04corner.html
A person needs TIME, some RESOURCES, MEANINGFUL COLLABORATION, and PERIODIC REALITY CHECKS.
From the Heart of Innovation/Idea Champions
Great ideas here + 3 short videos from
Business.com offers some helpful hints for starting a small business in Real Estate, Restaurant Management, Retail Management, Construction, Health Care and more.
You can check out some sales strategies, finding and using a small business incubator, enticing customers with coupons, etc.
How about this great link if you're thinking about a business?
The National Business Incubator Association (NBIA) offers resources for defining and evaluating the concept of business incubation.
The NBIA is the world's learning organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship, serving almost 2,000 members in over 60 nations. 25% of the NBIA membership is from outside the USA.
You'll find the U.S. State Incubation Associates listed here, as well as a Resource Library.
You'll learn how to LEAD: Learn, Experiment, Adapt, Differentiate.
Here are some success stories for you of Innovators selected for the 2010 Incubator Awards.
And another: Venturepreneur, where you'll learn to build and lead a High-Growth Start-Up Venture:
Watch Blaise Aguera talk about BING Mapping and Augmented-Reality. Talk about Innovation! Truly shows that mapping is not just about cartography, but panoramic imagery too, creating a three-dimensional area of a city, telepresence, bringing meta-data to you! Or, the integration of WorldWide Telescope into their maps showing the constellations in the sky above, or even the Moon, getting an astronomically complete representation of the sky integrated right into the Earth.
Blaise Aguera's Photosynth website:
When Patty Martinovich (artist) of Vancouver, BC, Canada saw the above sites, she wrote:
"Fascinating! You know, I'm waiting for the virtual reality computer...in a room with a closed door, all 6 walls are your monitor. You can go everywhere you want to go. Temperature in room controlled by the computer as well including breezes (but okay, not fire or rain)...imagine the ceiling bathing the room in sunlight, the sound of birds chirping around you in a park, people walking by, a slight breeze in the air, the sound of distant church bells ringing....either it's going to be a Microsoft/Apple thing or I'm going to do this someday as an art installation!"
Innovation Leadership Network
This thoughtful blog is written by Tim Kastelle and John Steen, members of the Technology & Innovation Centre in the Business School at the University of Queensland. Good ideas.
One of Tim & John's blogs about Innovation is about Ambiguity, using the 1892 rabbit/duck illustration as an example.
To check this out further, see Amy Krouse Rosenthal's and Tom Lichtenheld's children's book/YouTube video found here:
The link above is called FAST COMPANY's 100 Most Creative People in Business..... where you want to be too!
On the A/S/K website, members of the team were asked to share answers to some questions. Here are two that I liked:
If you could talk to your younger self, what advice would you give them?
"Spend less time trying to learn and more time learning to think."
What one thing do you think every organization would most benefit from doing or doing differently?
"Change accounting practice so that the value of all people ‘assets’ is captured in the Balance Sheet." (Robert Terry, Managing Director)
("World leaders in the transer and application of high impact learning solutions." )
"Good leaders make the workplace HEROIC. They are Storytellers, Celebrators and Legend-Makers Supreme." Carla Barnes
The ones who miss all the fun
Are those who say, "It can't be done."
In solemn pride they stand aloof
And greet each venture with reproof.
Had they the power they'd efface
The history of the human race.
We'd have no radio or motor cars,
No street lit by electric stars;
No telegraph nor telephone,
We'd linger in the age of stone.
The world would sleep if things were run
By those who say, "It can't be done."
Posted by Anshu Tyagi, Manager at EazeWork,
on eMarketing Forum on Linked-IN, 4/30/10
A WHOLE NEW MIND by Daniel Pink caused quite an educational stir and rightly so. "The future belongs to a different kind of person," Pink says. "Designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers — creative and empathetic right-brain thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't." Pink claims we're living in a different era, a different age. An age in which those who "Think different" may be valued even more than ever.
Read Garr Reynolds' description of his meanings of Pink's Six Fundamental Aptitudes: Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play and Meaning.
Here's a great site from the Doblin group called:
THE TEN TYPES OF INNOVATION
"Innovation involves setting innovation strategy, developing and implementing innovations, and building capabilities...."
Robert Alan Black in a discussion about Innovation with Stefan Lindegaard of 15inno, on March 14, 2010 at 12:40 PM listed his definitions:
"One of the things I learned while working on and completing my doctorate in Creative Thinking is that I need to be consistent in my thinking in order to observe, measure and learn from observations in order to apply learnings acquired.
So I work with simple definitions:
Creative Thinking = generation of new ideas or new combinations of existing ideas
Innovative thinking (innovation) = improvement of existing ideas, methods, processes, products.
Imagination = pretending in order to produce creative (new or new combinations of ideas)
then add to those how we might do each:
Senator Bob Casey offers some resources here to help fellow Pennsylvanians in their job searches. Click below to find more info on Pennsylvania Careerlink, Job Fairs, USA Jobs, CareerOneStop and others from the state & federal governments.