Posts Tagged ‘creativity’

Creativity is Not All the Same

Creativity causes most people to think of an artist, designer, composer, or similar types of people. Yet, it is more than that. In the posting Creativity | Vital to Your Business we considered some of the practical reasons creativity matters to a business being successful. Yet creativity is not all the same, so let’s look at creativity a different way. Read the rest of this entry »

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Be Different

Commonality

There is without a doubt great benefit to having standards by which we operate and behave in both our business and personal lives. Without this nobody knows what to expect out of us. This should be pretty consistent. But there is an unannounced danger as well.

Blindly Following

The picture below reminds me of the story called the Pied Piper of Hamelin. As you will recall in the story the pied piper is hired to use his magic pipe to lead the rats out of the town. When the people refuse to pay him, he uses the same magic pipe to lure their children out of town. While this is just a story, it does illustrate a danger to commonality.

blindly-following

Just like the children in the story, in business and personal life we often automatically, as they say, Read the rest of this entry »

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Cross Sales and Up Sales

Nearly every company is trying to figure out ways to increase sales and generate sales that deliver better margins. But are they turning over every stone to do so?

The Typical Approach

One of the first things most companies do is put pressure on sales people to generate more sales. Along with that they often become more lenient in sales terms, thus creating more accounts receivables and in the process likely increasing days to collect. Be careful when you decide to relax your credit terms. This can be a recipe for disaster and reduced cash flow. See 3 Reasons Past Due Receivables May be Worthless and 3 Low Cost Sources of Cash – Part 2 for more on this. But suppose it is not practical to grant more lenient sales terms? What are some other ways to generate increased sales? Read the rest of this entry »

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Get Unstuck

It happens to all of us at some point. We seem to be frozen, unable to move forward. Here are some thoughts on overcoming that.

Mindset

In her terrific book, Mindset, Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D presents a detailed discussion of the impact of mindsets. One of the things I look for when deciding Read the rest of this entry »

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Be Different

Before acting do you make the effort to seriously consider if you are conforming out of habit or because you have considered the implications? Don’t misunderstand me as there are times when it is to the benefit of you and others to go with the flow. These are times when it contributes to efficiency and really does not need deep thought.

The Danger of the Crowd

“Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.” – Mark Twain.

Now we know he wasn’t meaning this in all situations, but rather said it as a Read the rest of this entry »

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Seeking Success

Dictionary.com defines success as the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors. That is probably what most of us think of when the think of success. But, I believe it is more than that.

Success from Failure

Some of our greatest successes actually come out of the things we learn when we fail. For example, consider the quote attributed to Thomas Edison as he attempted to make a light bulb. “I have not failed 1,000 times. I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways to NOT make a light bulb.” While there remains some question as to whether Edison really said this, the idea is valid. We often experience Read the rest of this entry »

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The Age Issue

What’s In a Number?

If you have followed the job market at all you are probably familiar with the issue of age discrimination. It is real, but perhaps overblown. Or, is it? So, what is in a number? Is there some magical number for someone’s age at which they are no longer useful in the work world? Let’s look a little closer.

When Age May Matter

Suppose your company needs someone who is able to Read the rest of this entry »

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Will It Work Again?

How many times have you heard someone say (or said it yourself), it worked before and it will work again? Maybe it will, but then again, maybe it won’t. Understand I’m not talking about absolutes. Yes, some things really don’t change, but an awful lot does.

Experience – A Great Teacher, Sometimes

We all have experiences that we draw on to make decisions on the best way to approach solving a problem. Our memory serves a useful purpose in this regard in that we don’t have to Read the rest of this entry »

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Creativity | Vital to Your Business

As you have undoubtedly heard, the world has gone through periods known as the Agricultural Age, the Industrial Age, and the Information Age. Both the industrial age and the Information Age were driven by advances in ways to accomplish work. Additionally, each also made certain abilities and skills highly valuable and others became less valuable. Now we are told that a new age is upon us – the Age of Creativity.

The Driving Force

In a nutshell, one of the key driving forces for the Age of Creativity is the ability to Read the rest of this entry »

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