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How Twyla Tharp copes with her “five big fears”

In The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, published by Simon & Schuster (2006), Twyla Tharp (right) observes, “No one starts a creative endeavor without a certain amount of fear; the key is to learn how to keep free-floating fears from paralyzing you before…


Added by Robert Morris on January 17, 2012 at 6:38am — No Comments

Where do big ideas come from?

Here is an article written by Steve Tobak for CBS MoneyWatch, the CBS Interactive Business Network. To check out an abundance of valuable resources and obtain a free subscription to one or more of the website’s newsletters, please click…


Added by Robert Morris on January 11, 2012 at 9:31am — No Comments

Blah Blah Blah: A book review by Bob Morris

Blah Blah Blah: What to Do When Words Won’t Work

Dan Roam

Portfolio/The Penguin Group (2011)

Visual and verbal literacy “on the other side of complexity”

Those who have already read one or both of Dan Roam’s previous books,…


Added by Robert Morris on November 2, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Sugary Secret of Self-Control: A book review of Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

Here is an excerpt from an article that appeared in The New York Times (September 2, 2011). It is Steven Pinker's review of Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney's Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, recently published by Penguin Press. To read the…


Added by Robert Morris on September 23, 2011 at 5:49am — No Comments

40 Business Lessons to Learn from Southwest Airlines


Here is an excerpt from an article featured in the July issue of Southwest Airlines’ Spirit magazine. These are the first five business lessons and the last two. To read the complete article, a “must read,” please click…


Added by Robert Morris on July 16, 2011 at 2:00am — No Comments

Borrowing Brilliance: A book review by Bob Morris

Borrowing Brilliance: The Six Steps to Business Innovation by Building on the Ideas of Others

David Kord Murray

Gotham Books/The Penguin Group (2009)

A rigorous and comprehensive analysis of the evolution of a creative idea


Others have their…


Added by Robert Morris on May 18, 2011 at 11:25am — No Comments

Overcome Resistance by Building Bridges


Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription, to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here.

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Added by Robert Morris on March 9, 2011 at 4:35am — No Comments

This is Careering

Around the time of my 40th birthday, I enjoyed a great conversation with my Dad about careers. My Dad had been a career civil servant, and regretted it. He liked the people, the work less so. So when the chance for early retirement came at age 58, he took it. Dad had enough of “Better the Devil you Know” (sorry Kylie), and he suggested to me I should take care and not fall into the same trap.

At the…


Added by Doug Shaw on January 16, 2011 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Dan Roam's Unfolding the Napkin: A book review by Bob Morris

Unfolding the Napkin: The Hands-On Method for Solving Complex Problems with Simple Pictures

Dan Roam

Portfolio/Penguin (2009)

In this sequel to his previous Napkin book, Dan Roam reaffirms many of the same core values…


Added by Robert Morris on December 12, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Buy-In: Saving your good ideas from getting shot down

You have a great idea, you put together a great plan, you make a terrific presentation. And then someone says, it probably won't work here. Another person says it's risky and suggests you do more research. The result: A good idea goes nowhere. And it's not just an idea that gets shot down, but your confidence in offering up another good idea the next time.

Observe change expert John Kotter as he discusses with…

Added by Robert Morris on December 8, 2010 at 6:02am — No Comments

Employee Involvement Association

Greg will be keynoting and presenting at the annual Employee Involvement Association meeting.

The Employee Involvement Association is an international professional organization devoted to helping companies achieve excellence through engagement, involvement, innovation and suggestion programs. Founded in 1942 our members are leaders in innovation and suggestions systems. We cordially invite you to consider membership in our organization, and to inform you of the upcoming annual… Continue

Added by Gregory P. Smith on August 10, 2009 at 10:38am — No Comments

Teleseminar on running an Employee Suggestion Program

All businesses are looking for ways to cut costs and improve performance. Capturing ideas and suggestions from employees should be a top priority -- especially in this economy. Learn from an actual case study of an organization that captured over 1600 suggestions from their workforce in three weeks. These suggestions generated more than $400,000 in cost savings. Discover how to create employee suggestion systems such as Idea Campaigns, Idea Olympics, Idea-A-Day, and Vampire Extermination… Continue

Added by Gregory P. Smith on April 20, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Invite Einstein's Mother to Your Meeting

Real Questions for Real Meetings

Bored at meetings? Here’s a challenge for you. Count the number of questions that are asked around the table. Divide the questions into three categories:

1. The grade six grammar “open probes”, starting with the W’s

2. The questions that end in “yes” or “no” answers

3. And the summary type questions, such as “so what you’re saying is....?”

If you’d like to be even… Continue

Added by maggie chicoine on April 2, 2009 at 7:59am — 2 Comments

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