Where’s Your Problem-Solving Process?

Where's Your Problem-Solving Process? by Keith Harmeyer & Mitchell Rigie, Partners, SmartStorming.com   Not so long ago, a “successful business” was typically one that started with a good idea, executed that idea well, and then was effectively managed. That’s an oversimplification, to be sure; but if a business followed this basic model, it could potentially thrive for decades (and many did). Today, the requirements for business success have become more complicated. In a world driven by a demand for continuous innovation, and where tumultuous change is the only constant, whether you win or lose in the marketplace depends less on repeatedly doing a “good job,” and more on your ability to successfully navigate the tsunami of unexpected challenges that present themselves every day.…

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5 Reasons You’re Not Thinking Like an Innovator

5 Reasons You’re Not Thinking Like an Innovator by Mitchell Rigie & Keith Harmeyer, Partners, SmartStorming.com   Is there a business person in the world today that doesn't want to be more innovative? We all know that the ability to consistently reinvent ourselves and the value we deliver in the marketplace - in other words, thinking like an innovator - is critical to success. And many people and organizations invest a great deal of time, energy, and resources into strengthening their innovation skills. So why is it that some of us find thinking like an innovator so challenging? What gets in our way?…

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Steve Jobs Secrets of Life

Steve Jobs Secrets of Life It's not often you  get to hear a true visionary like Steve Jobs, candidly express his worldview.This is an excerpt from an interview with Jobs, conducted in 1994 by the Santa Clara Valley Historical Association. At the time, he was still at NeXT. Little did anyone know that he would return to Apple and ultimate make such a profound impact on our lives."So, the thing I would say is, when you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money.…

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How to Approach Presentation Design Like an Innovative Thinking Genius

How to Approach Presentation Design Like an Innovative Thinking GeniusDon’t you think the world has seen enough “me too” PowerPoint presentations? Haven’t too many people been lulled to sleep by mediocre,  status quo presentation design?All great work starts with an idea, and presentations are no exception. And the more innovative the idea, the more exceptional the end product will be.Watch the replay of our webinar (sponsored by PresentationXpert) on how to approach presentation design in the way an innovative genius would.  SmartStorming partners Mitchell Rigie and Keith Harmeyer, authors of SmartStorming: The Game-Changing Process for Generation Bigger, Better Ideas, show you how to use out-of-the-box thinking and six idea-inspiring steps to get your ideas started out right and then apply it to presentation design and delivery.…

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Ready for Action: 5 Steps You Can Take to Bring Your Ideas to Life

Ready for Action: 5 Steps You Can Take to
Bring Your Ideas to Life
by Keith Harmeyer & Mitchell Rigie, Partners, SmartStorming.com If you’re like most people today, you’ve got ideas - and you want to bring your ideas to life!We live in the era of ideas. Ideas are all around us, popping up and changing our lives every day – technology ideas, business ideas, political ideas, religious ideas, lifestyle ideas…Ideas are the name of the game in today’s innovation-driven world.But as American businessman and entrepreneur Nolan Bushnell once said, “Everyone who's ever taken a shower has an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.”In an Accenture survey of Chief Executive magazine readers, two-thirds of the CEOs surveyed recognized innovation as a key factor necessary for success and competitive advantage.Yet that same survey revealed that most companies are ultimately able to commercialize fewer than 20 percent of their best ideas.…

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