“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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What we can learn from Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson is not only the king of pop, but a master improviser. At his concert you will see him yelling at his fans and telling them that he loves them, he then begins chanting with them and exchanging dialogue all of which is improvised. Take a look: The most memorable keynote address I delivered…

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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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Improvisational Sales

In order to be successful in sales, being a skilled improviser will help. One of the tenants of improvising is to make statements, they keep the story moving forward and develop characters- the characters in real life being you and I. In sales we have been trained to ask questions. Everything begins and ends with…

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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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Routines = Scripts

The definition of a routine is as follows: regular, unvarying, habitual, unimaginative, or rote procedure (dictionary.com) Routines are regular and unvarying in that they do not change from day to day.  Remember the McDonald’s commercial of yesteryear when a catchy slogan said “Get up, go to work, come home, go to bed” and this chant was repeated over and over again. …

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Activity Breeds Activity

Activity breeds activity which produces results.  Looking back at my life the times I am most successful in my businesses is when I am calling, writing, emailing and blogging.  Whether or not that specific activity leads to a new sale, idea, or passion isn’t the end result.  Rather, it’s a means to an end that…

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Mr. Barzo

Imagine you’re at an elementary school and you have 3 teacher’s to choose from that includes teacher “X”, teacher “Y” and Mr. Barzo. Teacher “X” and teacher “Y” operate out of their head/box and are very linear, structured and serious. They follow their lesson plans, keep the class quiet and orderly, work off a Smartboard…

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$MASHING THE BOX & MAKING $$$

Here are the financial returns for individuals who thought inside the box, out of the box and SMASHED THE BOX over a 10 year period. Inside the box- .17%- 1.988%/ Savings account & CD Outside the box- 2.6%/ Blend of equities & fixed income SMASHED THE BOX- 306%/ IBB Biotech ETF SMASH THE BOX IS…

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