Visionaries- Why so few?

Ever wonder why so few people get the label “Visionary?” This word is reserved for the elites like Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. Why are there so few visionaries in the world? What is a visionary? A visionary is someone who thinks about or plans for the future with imagination and…

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge”

Albert Einstein famously said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Do you agree with this statement? I would say most men and women in working America would disagree. The question becomes why? Why do we put a higher premium on knowledge than imagination? Compare knowledge and imagination in these 3 areas: #1 Idea Generation- Imagine…

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Now

“Now” is a powerful word because it leaves no chance of future planning. Many of us want to plan our lives away without ever taking action. What if you took action now by: 1. Booking your dream vacation 2. Reading books on a daily basis 3. Exercising My most recent “Now” moment included reading 2…

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Kick Out the Ladder

Soichoro Honda (Founder of Honda) personally experienced numerous crisis and unexpected setbacks in his early years in the auto industry which included: 1. Factory destroyed by fire 2. Supplies rationed during wartime 3. Designs failed and threw productions schedules into a panic While the crisis weren’t welcomed, Honda began to note how each crisis improved…

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“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”- Jim Rohn

What 5 people do you spend the majority of your time with outside your family? Are you the average of those 5 people in regards to your social and economic status, work ethic, energy and drive? Our environment has a major impact on all aspects of our life and often times it is overlooked or…

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Unspoken Cues

Next time you are in a conversation sitting down take a look at your feet and notice which way they are pointed. Are they pointed toward the person you are talking too, or the door? If they are pointed toward the door (subconsciously of course) you are ready for the conversation to be over, however,…

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Busy

Is your calendar filled Monday- Friday from 8:00 am- 5:00 pm?  If not filled, is it full?  We negate ourselves the opportunity to be creative at work by filling up our day with endless meetings, conference calls, and appointments?  The question is do you ever have time to be present during your day?  Actually, in…

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Fail Fast

We must allow ourselves the opportunity to fail in that the cornerstone for creativity is experimentation and exploration.  Creativity hinges on these two pillars and when one experiments and explores failure will undoubtedly be part of the process.  The key is to embrace failure- but do it fast! Marissa Mayer (CEO/ Yahoo) talks about the…

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Free Flow

Idea generation is the key to innovating and creating.  Everything starts and ends with the strength or weakness of an idea.  If an idea is new, fresh, and exciting that particular group will have planted seeds for a culture of innovation.  The more seeds that are planted, the more chance of coming up with the…

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Innovative Culture

Open-plan offices make employees less productive, less happy, and more likely to get sick

A well-designed office is a happy office. As facilities managers strive to save space and cash, they’re reshuffling desks and fiddling with temperature gauges. All of which has an impact on workers’ performance. Open-plan offices may make some kinds of collaboration easier, but are they more conducive to productivity? What’s the most irritating workplace distraction? And are those state-of-the-art workstations actually more comfortable? Here’s the…

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Tap Into The 7 Secrets Of Silicon Valley’s Innovation Culture

Silicon Valley isn’t just a spot on a map. It’s a brand—a global symbol of enduring innovation. Mark Zuckerberg moved Facebook from his Harvard dorm room to Silicon Valley. Steve Jobs grew up there. The stereotypical image of the entrepreneurial garage comes from the real one in Palo Alto that housed HP. But what, exactly,…

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Change Your Character in 2015

The characters we play in life are determined by the choices we make. Create a character (the character being you) that is motivated, inspired and energized by knowing your super objective in 2015. A super objective is the single most important thing you want to do or accomplish in the coming year. Do you know…

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