YOU: “But Bill, you’re my hero! I’ve modeled my entire career–my entire life–around you!”
Yes, and in most cases you’d be correct to do so. But not in this one particular aspect. Let me explain.
For 15 years, I was the Executive Producer of a sketch comedy TV show ...Continue Reading →
You want to know who’s really bad at coming up with innovative ideas? Clones. Also goldfish, but for now let’s stick to clones. Why are clones so bad at coming up with innovative ideas? Because they all think alike! They can’t help it—they’re clones!
It stands to reason then, that if you’re looking for an innovative solution ...Continue Reading →
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I’m currently reading a fascinating new book by Megan McArdle called The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success. In it, she argues that failure is vital to success, partially because it’s only through making mistakes (failing) that ...
My friend and fellow motivational speaker (I could also include “Seattle business legend” and “self made millionaire”) Sunny Kobe Cook has an interesting theory, and one with which I agree:
Being innovative in business usually starts with a question.
Asking a question is one of the best ways to spark creativity and innovation, either individually or within a team. Why? Because our brains will try their best to answer whatever question(s) we put to ...Continue Reading →
When the Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show some 50 years ago, none of us could have predicted the unprecedented heights they would subsequently scale. Yet they still electrified the nation. What was it about them that was so captivating–and, more important, how can we apply these lessons to our own businesses?Continue Reading →
Have you ever watched the TV show Shark Tank? Or, if TV’s not your thing, maybe you’ve read the spin-off book: Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business: How to Launch and Grow a Business from Concept to Cash.
Basically, it’s a show where entrepreneurs pitch ...Continue Reading →
I’m sure you’ve heard some version of this. You’ve read it in a dozen books, you’ve heard it in a dozen motivational speeches. (And, by the way, if that last part is true, congratulations on surviving a dozen motivational speeches.)
“If you keep doing what you’ve always been doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.”
I’d like to respectfully disagree. Actually, I’d like to vehemently ...Continue Reading →