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Strictly for English Grammar Nerds

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An Oxford comma walks into a bar where it spends the evening watching the television, getting drunk, and smoking cigars. A dangling participle walks into a bar. Enjoying a cocktail and chatting with the bartender, the evening passes pleasantly. A bar was walked into by the passive voice.

Fly, Crash, Adapt

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Paul MacCready. Paul MacCready (1925 – 2007) was an aeronautical engineer and inventor of the first human-powered aircraft. MacCready was born in Connecticut to family of doctors. He was fascinated by engineering and airplanes from a young age. At 15 he won a national model building contest.

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A Remote Innovation Brainstorm Method

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Gibbard and Tamborello. In 2001 two musicians, Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tambrello, wanted to collaborate on some new compositions. The problem was that they lived hundreds of miles apart at opposite ends of America’s west coast.

Experiment, Experiment, Experiment

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Here is a question for leaders and managers. Would you like your people to try out their ideas for better ways to meet the needs of customers or better ways to run the business?

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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

The Accidental Innovation

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Thomas Sullivan was a tea merchant in New York. In 1908 he despatched to customers samples of tea leaves in small silken sachets for them to try. Some people thought that the sachets were to be used like metal infusers.

33 Hidden Countries

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Can you find 33 hidden countries in the text below? Don’t look back in anger,” many a wise man has said, including William Shakespeare who wrote “Much Ado about Nothing.”. The captain asked the sargent in an email if he could plug and advertise the notice in the formal information pack. He wore a jumper under his coat and a cap which protected him when the ice landed on his head. Did you happen to go to London recently?” I enquired. “I

50 Ways to Stifle Innovation

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(With apologies to Paul Simon). Say goodbye with a wave, Dave. Just get up and leave, Steve. Go for the kill, Bill. When you hear an idea. Don’t try something new, Stu. Just do what you know, Joe. Don’t mess with success, Jess. Treat failure with fear. Don’t share your concern, Bern. Don’t talk at all, Paul. Ignore the crew, Sue. Keep working alone. Adhere to the plan, Stan. Do things the same, Jane. Don’t rock the ship, Skip. You’re on your own. Don’t use your head, Fred.

How Can You Force Yourself to Think Outside the Box?

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There are many ways. Here are some suggestions: First recognise that we all live inside boxes which frame our view of the world. We all make assumptions. Stay curious and open-minded. Ask many questions about any situation and be receptive to different points of view. List the underlying groundrules and assumptions. Then for each one ask this question, ‘What if the opposite were true?’. Use some lateral thinking techniques to brainstorm wild ideas – e.g. use What if?

How to Kill Innovation Projects

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Which of these is the most important skill for a leader of innovation? Setting the vision, goals and metrics. Generation of great ideas. Selection of the best ideas. Starting exploration projects. Listening to customer feedback. Managing the portfolio and stage-gates. Gaining support and resources from other departments. Killing the weaker projects. Launching new products or services. Celebrating success.

Online Courses to Grease the Gears of your Brain

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As an author and trainer, I have run master classes around the world on lateral thinking and innovation. I have now created a number of online courses to help you acquire skills in these areas. Please take a look at these courses. Master Lateral Thinking. Problem Analysis Tools and Techniques. Six Thinking Hats and the Disney Method. Advanced Brainstorming Techniques. Supercharge Your Memory. An 11 Step Plan to get you a Great Job. The Young Person’s Guide to Success.

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11 Ways to Make a Short Remote Design Thinking Project a Success

You can achieve a huge amount in a short period with a virtual design thinking project. While some teams want to come together for several weeks or months to tackle a challenge, others want to run short, sharp projects to find a quick solution. And with the right preparation, attitude, and structure in place, that's totally possible.To help make sure your short innovation projects are a success, download this free guide from the team at Sprintbase, a virtual design thinking platform, to learn their top tips.

Ten Questions to ask during a Recession

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If your organisation is facing a difficult time during the current downturn then here are some questions to ask at your next executive meeting. Are we doing all that is necessary in order to survive? I guess that is the question that you are already sharply focussed on. So we will not go into all the ancillary questions and issues that go with it. Needless to say, survival is the number priority for most businesses during a recession.

The Power of Silly Questions

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Roger Hargreaves and the Mr Men Books. In 1970, Roger Hargreaves’ 6-year-old son Adam asked his father a question. It was a question that only a child could ask. No adult would ever conceive of it. Adam said, ‘Daddy, what does a tickle look like?’. In response Hargreaves, a cartoonist, drew a picture of a round orange blob with a face and long rubbery arms. It became the central character in Hargreaves’ first book, Mr Tickle.

Six tips to help you think better at chess – and in general.

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Here are some thinking tips to help make you a better chess player. Funnily enough the same approaches can be very helpful in other walks of life too. Develop your pieces. At the start of the game don’t move the same piece several times or launch a premature attack with just one or two pieces. This rarely works. Use each move to develop another piece and put it on a strong square. Get your knights and bishops out to guard your centre. Castle and then centralise your rooks. Have a plan.

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Deliberately Look in a Different Direction

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Until 1954 there was only one television channel in the UK. It was the publicly owned BBC. In that year the government auctioned licences for commercial TV stations. These would be regional operations which could offer advertising on TV for the first time. Various companies were interested in this opportunity and they naturally focussed on the regions with the best demographics – it seemed natural that rich regions would generate more advertising revenue.

Great Women Innovators and Pioneers – the Quiz

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Women are under-represented in the lists of great inventors, innovators and pioneers. How many can you name in this quiz? Who was the first woman to be elected head of state in modern history? Which pioneer of nursing was the first person to use pie charts and was the first woman member of the Royal Statistical Society? Which female mathematician is considered to be the world’s first computer programmer? Who invented the modern life raft?

The D&I Garden: Seeds of Innovation that Grow into Creative Breakthroughs

Speaker: Donald Fan, Senior Director of the Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at Walmart Inc.

In the digital era, rife with uncertainty and ambiguity, innovation plays an essential role in sustaining organic growth and outperforming the global competition. Research proves time and again, there exists a robust bond between innovation and diversity & inclusion (D&I); our challenge is to help our leaders understand how to plant the seeds of innovation in the fertile D&I garden in order to drive a strategic and competitive advantage from the office and in the digital landscape.

Recession, Survival and Innovation

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In times of severe recession should you cut costs and focus on survival or take the opportunity to invest in innovation so that you can benefit from the eventual recovery? Well the short answer is that you have to survive first. If the cash dries up and you cannot pay the rent then a pipeline of great innovative products and services is of little help. So it is natural that companies hunker down, cut costs and focus on getting through the recession with the business still intact.

Three Creative Thinking Challenges

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Are you creative? I want to show you that you are can be more creative than you might think. Please take a moment to view these three Creativity Challenges on Youtube. Creative Challenge #1. Creative Challenge #2. Creative Challenge #3. Please try the challenges and prove to yourself just how creative you can be! They are taken from six creative challenges included in my new course – Boost Your Personal Creativity.

Overcome the Customer’s Concern – Transfer the Risk

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During the economic depression which followed the financial crash of 2009 car sales slumped across America. Automobile makers tried all sorts of promotions, many featuring big price cuts, but they could not lure buyers onto their forecourts and persuade them to buy. Rebates and other traditional incentives just were not working. Hyundai USA took a different approach. They kept asking why and went past the most obvious answers. Why are sales down? Because people are not buying.

Three Short Video Tips to Improve your Memory

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Supercharge your memory with my online course. Here are three video clips from my five day memory challenge which introduced the course. How to remember names. Memory pegging – how to remember a list. Memory pegging part 2. Enroll on the full course for more great memory tips and techniques. The post Three Short Video Tips to Improve your Memory appeared first on Destination Innovation. Self Improvement memory memory pegging remember more remember names supercharge

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B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

Letter Combinations Quiz

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Each question contains a three letter combination in capitals. There follows a short clue with the length of the answer shown in brackets. You have to find the word which contains the unusual letter combination. For example if the question were TTH, restrain (8) the answer would be WITHHOLD. The three letter combination can appear anywhere in the answer as three consecutive letters. Take your time to consider each question. Please enter your answer in the box below the question.

What if the current use of your product were banned?

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Have you ever used a knife as a screwdriver or a shoe as a hammer? If so you repurposed a product for an application that the producer did not foresee. You put the product to another use. This idea can be a fruitful source of innovations for your product or service if you only you can think laterally. De Beers is a diamond mining company founded in South Africa in 1888.

How to Stop Killing your Staff

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Are you the kind of boss who gets in at 7.30 am, works hard till 7 pm and expects all your people to do the same? Are you finding it hard to recruit people who want to? Trust me when I tell you that this approach is not so good. There is considerable evidence that in office work, long hours do not lead to increased output. And there are negative consequences to overwork. People get burnt out. They lose motivation and creativity.

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Marketing Lessons from David and Goliath

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Let’s start this marketing innovation blog with a Bible story from the book of Samuel. Now the Philistines gathered their forces for war and assembled at Sokoh in Judah. They pitched camp at Ephes Dammim, between Sokoh and Azekah. Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines. The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them.

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

Six Things I wish I had known before I accepted the position of Chief Innovation Officer

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Image by Mhouge from Pixabay. I was pleased and proud to be appointed to the position of CIO (Chief Innovation Officer). It seemed like a great opportunity to join a dynamic executive team and help drive the growth and ambition which inspired the company. Unfortunately, things did not work out well and there are some hard lessons to be shared. Here are some things I wish I had anticipated. The CEO had the goal and the vision but not the commitment.

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Lateral Thinking in the Fight Against Crime. The Northern Bank Robbery Story.

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On the night of Sunday 19 December 2004, two groups of armed men, masquerading as police officers, arrived at the homes of Christopher Ward and Kevin McMullan in Belfast. Both men were officials of the Northern Bank, one of the largest banks in Northern Ireland. Their families were taken hostage and the men were told to go into work as normal the next day. Ward and McMullan followed instructions and gave the robbers entry to bank the next evening.

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Change the Point of Attack – Insights from Nelson

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On October 21 1805, the French and Spanish fleets, consisting of 33 ships under the command of Admiral Villeneuve, were intercepted by a British fleet of 27 vessels under Admiral Nelson, off the coast of Cadiz in Spain. What followed, the battle of Trafalgar, was to determine the balance of power on the high seas and across Europe for the next century. In those times naval battles were fought by two opposing fleets which lined up in parallel and fired canon at each other.

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If you want more Creativity, Move the Kettle!

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Alex Pentland. Alex Pentland is a professor at MIT who combined staff identity badges with GPS positioning technology. This enabled him to observe the movements of workers in an office much in the same way as we might watch streams of ants crossing the gorund. Among the many fascinating findings in his book, Social Physics, he notes, ‘Email has very little to do with productivity or creative output.

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of impact of the global pandemic that has upended the globe. Any return to normalcy may seem far-off, but sales and marketing are on the front lines of restarting the economy. When the dust settles, we have a responsibility to turn our shock and grief into fierce determination, and lead the charge of responsible, strategic, sustainable future growth. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department. Marketers are uniquely positioned to provide creative solutions to aid their organization in times of change and chart a course for navigating success.

15 Things Leaders should Not Do – if they want Innovation.

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We hear plenty of advice for leaders on what they should do to drive entrepreneurship and innovation in their organizations. It might be smarter to just stop making some of the common mistakes which inhibit innovation. Here is a list of things that leaders should definitely not do. Do not encourage people to contribute ideas unless you mean to act on them.

Wrong Diagnosis means Wrong Remedy

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We tend to revere our clinicians as towering experts in their fields. So how often do you think doctors misdiagnose? How often might your doctor tell you that you have some illness or condition, but it’s not right? For example, a doctor might diagnose the flu, but the patient really has something much more serious – like Lyme Disease. You might be surprised.

Best TV Box Sets

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Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad. Here are my choices for the top TV box sets to binge watch. Breaking Bad. The very best. Bryan Cranston is brilliant as a high school chemistry teacher who starts a new career as a meth producer. Five seasons of compelling drama. The Sopranos. A gripping tale of an everyday Mafia family. Tony Gandolfini stars as Tony Soprano, a complete villain, who you cannot help supporting. Six fantastic seasons.

Encourage Action with the Get Out of Jail Free Card

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Is your organization a little too comfortable? Are your people risk averse? Is there a blame culture? How can you encourage innovation by getting men and women to be more adventurous and entrepreneurial? How can you get them to take more risks? Here is an idea that is borrowed from the game of Monopoly – the Get out of Jail Free (GOJF) card. Give every member of your team two GOJF cards at the beginning of the year.

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How ZoomInfo Helps Overcome the Top Pain Points of Inside Sales

Recent digital transformation has shifted the B2B landscape by ushering in the era of buyer empowerment. With more access to user reviews, analyst opinion, and industry research, decision-makers are more informed than ever while navigating what is now known as the “buyer’s journey.”

The Innovation Sophistication Index

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How can you assess how innovative your business is? The Innovation Sophistication Index is a list of just 24 statements. For each statement you score one point if you fully agree with it for your organization. Please try the list below now. If your score is less than six then you are probably at Stage 1. This is the Launch phase where the need for innovation is recognised but not much has been achieved so far. Many public sector bodies and staid companies are at this stage.

Assess Your Promotability Index

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Which of these is the best approach to working with your manager? Avoid them and just get on with the job. Do exactly what they say. Try to become very good friends. Understand their needs and help them succeed. Which social media site is most important for business? Tik Tok. LinkedIn. Facebook. Instagram. Which person shows the most management potential? Someone who coaches fellow-workers. Someone who always gets the job done. Someone who fits the corporate culture.

When the World Zigs, Zag.

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John Bartle, Nigel Bogle and John Hegarty founded their eponymous agency in 1982 after leaving the TBWA agency. They started with a highly unusual principle for an advertising agency – no creative pitches. Nigel Bogle argued that if they really were more creative than other agencies, they should not give away their best ideas free in their pitches. They should focus on strategy. It was a radical idea and one which many experts thought that was business suicide.

Wikipedia – A Lateral Idea in Action

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In the 1930s there were 2000 salesmen in the USA knocking on doors and selling sets of Encyclopedia Britannica. They were selling a highly regarded product and were on handsome commissions. By 2000 the set comprised 32 volumes of carefully researched entries provided by 100 full time editors and 4000 contributors. First published in Edinburgh in 1768, Encyclopedia Britannica became a trusted reference work in homes, schools and offices around the world.

Reader Survey 2021 Business Innovation Brief

Can you believe we are in 2021? 2020 was a challenging year for innovation and strategy professionals. Here at Business Innovation Brief, we have worked tirelessly to provide guidance and a sense of community for our viewers. Business Innovation Brief’s many thought-leaders eased the physical distance between us by sharing their wisdom and empathy. Our goal is that through our site, we helped make 2020 as rewarding as it was challenging. We would love for you to share your experience about how the site has affected your learning, and also your thoughts on how to make it better. The total time to complete the survey is 3-5 minutes To view the survey, click the “View Now” button below: