• Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

  • Summer Doldrums

    If you’re like me, the mid-summer period can be challenging in business. Client and staff vacations, warm weather & abundant sunshine, and a general “I’d rather be doing something outside” mentality all compete for your attention and get in the way of getting things done.

    What’s a business professional to do?

    summertime blues



  • Thursday, October 4th, 2012

  • Brainstorming certification

    We’ve all been through brainstorming sessions. Some have been productive, others a waste of valuable time. Whether attempting to come up with a new product name, or trying to solve a marketing challenge, real brainstorming can be an excellent way to gather the team and generate valuable ideas.

    I recently attended a workshop through which I became certified in brainstorming. Yes, really.  And believe me, this time-tested and proven process will change your perception of how, when and why to brainstorm.

    In short, the process successfully pushed participants to quickly come up with new and inventive ideas…then push them aside, in an effort to delve even deeper into the brainstorming process. The end result is a listing of ideas that will directly address the challenge at hand, and motivate your team along the way.

    Check out before-after.com and let me know if you have any questions.

  • Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

  • Where the ideas are

    Where do the great ideas come from? Is it something you eat, a special prayer before you go to bed or how about vitamins? I say none of the above (although the praying doesn’t hurt); it’s bicycling.

    Out there in the saddle between Burlington and Union, Woodstock and Genoa City, Lake Geneva and Mukwonago (yes, that Mukwonago), there’s nothing on your mind except the pain in your butt. This is where great ideas are born — a clear conscience, no agenda to think about beyond the next rest stop and a 25 mph gale that always seems to be in your face. (more…)

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  • Thursday, February 25th, 2010

  • The potential and kinetic value of ideas

    I recently took part in a discussion on LinkedIn, “Do ideas have value?”  I thought it was a really intriguing question. So many others did too that the string had well over 500 posts by the end of the day. Opinions varied widely, but the crux of the debate seemed to focus on two things:

    1)      How is “value” defined, and …

    2)      Does what happens to the idea somehow determine the value of the idea? (more…)

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