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Ten Ways to Develop Logical Thinking, Ten Ways to Develop Lateral Thinking

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Image by Elisa Riva on Pixabay. Here are ten ways to develop your logical thinking skills. Play chess. Solve soduko puzzles. Make lists, analyse your work, break it down into smaller tasks. Learn problem analysis methods such as six sigma and why, why. Learn critical path methods. Study Mathematics.

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The Five People you Need in Your Life

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Vidusha. Vidusha Nathavitharana is an author and trainer on leadership issues. He argues that you need five key people in your close circle. A Supporter. This is someone who believes in you and likes you. They are generally positive and supportive about your plans and ambitions.

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The Double-Handed Approach to Innovation

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Most new products and services are developments or combinations of existing offerings. But just adding features can lead to a product overloaded with ‘feature bloat’ Instead try giving with one hand and taking away with the other.

The Power of the Outsider Mindset

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Elon Musk. What do the following people have in common? Levi Strauss, Henry Ford, Estee Lauder, Walt Disney, Elon Musk, Arianna Huffington, Sergey Brin? They are all famous entrepreneurs who founded successful new businesses. But also they are all immigrants or the children of immigrants.

Professional Development Your Employees Actually Want

Did you know? Language learning is a proven PD tool that many employees already want, whether their organization is multilingual or not. In this eBook, you’ll learn how language learning makes employees more productive, reduces turnover, and more.

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.

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.

Harness the Random with this Method

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The use of chance is a key element in lateral thinking. How can you deliberately introduce chance into your creative thinking? The Random Word method is very good. Here is another brainstorm method for you to try – Roll the Dice.

Six Reasons Why You Should Post Articles on LinkedIn

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LinkedIn is the primary social media platform for business professionals. Your profile is important but so is your activity. There are several benefits in posting articles on LinkedIn (LI). 1. It demonstrates your expertise.

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Write Your Future News Report

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Image by Neven Divkovic from Pixabay. If you are planning a major change, a big initiative, a new product launch or something really innovative then try writing a future news story. Imagine that the project has been a surprisingly big success.

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If You Want to be More Creative, Mix With More Creative People

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According to Jim Rohn, you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. The people you associate with help shape what you think and who you are. We tend to congregate with friends who are like us in background, interests, education, attitudes and opinions.

5 Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

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 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.

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.

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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.

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.

9 Warning Signs Your Employees Need Language Training

Most global companies are diverse in perspectives, backgrounds, and yes, language. Language barriers can compound existing communication problems, often resulting in business losses. Learn the 9 warning signs your employees need language training today!

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.

Games that Boost the Creative Brain

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I love playing games. I believe that there are great benefits in playing games and in adopting a playful approach to life in general. Games help develop a range of vital skills in children and they love playing them.

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.

Be More Open and Less Directive

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In the 1970s, psychologist Matie Flowers carried out an experiment to study how teams discuss and make decisions. Flowers asked 40 separate teams to come up with plans to solve a hypothetical problem at a school. This involved a mix of issues including staff conflicts, inadequate budgets and classroom discipline. Each team consisted of four people who played different roles; superintendent, principal, counselor and parent representative. They were given different sets of information.

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The Forrester Wave™: B2B Marketing Data Providers, Q2 2021

In our 24-criterion evaluation of B2B marketing data providers, we identified the 11 most significant vendors — Data Axle, Dun & Bradstreet, Enlyft, Global Database, InsideView, Leadspace, Oracle, SMARTe, Spiceworks Ziff Davis, TechTarget, and ZoomInfo Technologies — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps B2B marketing professionals select the right one for their needs.

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.

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.

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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

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.

4 AI Hacks to Make Sales Teams More Efficient

Over the last two years, there’s been a 76 percent increase in AI adoption across sales organizations. For sales teams, AI opens up a world of new possibilities, including automating outreach, identifying best-fit buyers, and keeping CRMs flush with fresh data. Read on to learn the four AI hacks sales teams need to improve their performance. Download the eBook 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.

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.

Tony Hsieh – The Remarkable Cultural Innovator at Zappos

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Tony Hsieh (pronounced Shay) was born in 1973 in Illinois. His parents were immigrants from Taiwan who met at graduate school. Hsieh studied computer science at Harvard University where he was a member of a prize-winning programming contest team.

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.

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How to Overcome the Pain Points of Your CRM

CRM software is a powerful tool when used correctly, yet another obstacle to a sales team’s efficiency when it’s not. Leveraging research and commentary from industry analysts, this eBook explores how your sales team can get back valuable time by overcoming some pain points with your CRM, such as low adoption rates, integrations, and data quality.

The Hostility of Tribes

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Why are tribes so hostile to those who depart from the norms of the tribe? Joseph Palmer was born in 1791 in Massachusetts, one of 14 children. He grew up to be a successful farmer. He took to wearing a beard which was a most uncommon practice at the time.

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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 Questions Leaders of Change Must Answer

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If you want to lead a transformation in the business, then you have to sell the idea over and over again to people throughout the organisation. In particular, the leader has to answer these questions which are present in people’s minds even if they are unspoken. Why do we need to change?

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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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4 Data-Driven Steps To Drive Successful B2B Demand Generation

Fact: Good data lives at the core of every successful B2B demand generation strategy. Without quality data, it’s nearly impossible to identify and segment your target audience and create messaging that speaks to their values and interests. Whether you’re stepping into a new position or you’re new to demand generation, learning the tricks of the trade can be, well, tricky. In this eBook, you’ll discover how to improve your demand generation program—and your bottom line.

Facing a Difficult Decision? Just Spin a Coin.

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How do you go about making a really tough decision? Like whether to quit your job, buy a house or dump your boyfriend? You have weighed up all the options, written down the pros and cons, tossed and turned in your bed but still cannot decide.

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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?

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.

The Modern Customer Success Playbook

The evolution of every high-functioning, effective customer success strategy centers around three C’s: connected experiences, an engaging customer journey, and a culture built on customer-centricity. Satisfaction won’t cut it. Quarterbacking your customers to long-term success and growth is proven to combat churn and transform customer success teams into revenue-drivers. But where do you start? Download the playbook today!