.Your competition is not other people but the time you kill, the ill will you create, the knowledge you neglect to learn, the connections you fail to build, the health you sacrifice along the path, your inability to generate ideas, the people around you who don't support and love your efforts, and whatever god you curse for your bad luck..
--- James Altucher
Harnessing the ideas that pop in and out of our minds on a daily basis can be challenging. It is like trying to slap those sand fleas we have along some parts of our Florida coast. We know they are there, we feel them, but when we want to stop them in their tracks they escape. Our ideas do that too. We want to save the good ones and somehow make them profitable for the business. But by the time we chase them down, we get sidetracked by business and life issues and the great ideas slip away.
Business experts tell us that ideas are the easy part. It is the implementation of those ideas that separate the successful from the unsuccessful. It is taking those great ideas and putting feet on them that leads us to simply dropping the thought and moving on to putting out fires.
.Managing bottom-up change is its own art..
--- Kevin Kelly
Part of the challenge of converting ideas to profits is that we put the generation and implementation of ideas solely on ourselves. We have great people working in our business, (or we should since we hired them!), why don.t we share the burden of taking ideas from thought to reality we our team members. They may have a better view of things from their positions and may be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel when we can hardly see our to-do calendar.
.Wealth today has been created by a world view dominated by fast-moving networks, open information, bottom-up entrepreneurialism..
--- Jacqueline Novogratz
The term bottom feeders has been given a bad rap. Bottom feeders are the fish and crustaceans in the water that feed off of what is left over from those at the top. There is nothing wrong with that created design of life. Of course, if you have employees who are riding on the coattails of other, more productive employees, that can be an issue and perhaps fodder for another newsletter. But what if we had top feeders, those who manage and run the company soliciting ideas and creative strategies for putting feet on those ideas from the troops? Wouldn.t it be great to have an idea generator in your business?
.No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world..
--- Robin Williams
I suggest we make Wednesdays, (just seems like a good day), Idea Generation Day. Let.s use that one day per week to tap into our resource of talent to find those ideas that team members can put into action to catapult the business further. We can feed from those within the business and create a perpetual cycle of success.
.Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity..
--- Thomas J. Watson
Are You Finished Yet? Part 1
By Ray Weiss
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