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  • Not Invented Here

    Solve Problems By Being A Copycat

    What other industry has already solved your problem? When faced with a challenge, instead of trying to solve the problem from scratch – find an analog. That is, a comparison model you can copy. Ask yourself who (or what) may have solved a problem similar …

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  • Happy New Year

    A Very Merry Christmas To You And Yours!

     

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  • Watercatcher

    Creative, Elegant Temporary Solutions To Problems

    There is construction taking place at Schipol Airport in Amsterdam and a small leak has developed in the roof. They’ve put a plant in place to catch the leak. Not a mop bucket or 50-gallon trash can. You almost wouldn’t notice there was a leak. …

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  • Asset-Based Thinking

    At first I thought Asset-Based Thinking had something to do with finance and inventory… but the title, “Change The Way You See Everything: Through Asset-Based Thinking” piqued my interest. This business/self-help book by Kathryn Cramer and Hank Wasiak offers a transformational philosophy, “which can instill …

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  • Route 66 Map

    7 Steps To Build Your Annual Plan Like A Pro

    It is the time of year again when we start thinking about next year… The plans, programs, and activities that will allow us to meet and exceed our 2016 goals. We at Idea Sandbox like to approach nearly any type of planning as if it …

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  • Helicopter View, Customer Service Technique

    One of the challenges for staff in a store or restaurant, in delivering great customer experiences, is to anticipate customer needs. Delivering this high level of service involves being so tuned-in to customers, you can answer questions before they even ask. Whether it’s noticing someone …

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  • What Is A Problem?

    A simple way to define the word ‘problem’ is: a situation that needs attention. Wikipedia authors describe one as “…any situation that invites resolution.” That’s a nice way to put it – ‘invites resolution.’ A lot of folks are afraid of the word “problem.” To …

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  • Mind Your OWN Business

    You should be in business for yourself. We all should. I don’t mean quit your job and form a new company. I mean right now – at the job you are in – you should be in business for yourself. You see, we manage ourselves …

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  • Disney Brainstorming Method: Dreamer, Realist, and Spoiler

    It is said, that film producer and innovator, Walt Disney used to think-up and refine ideas by breaking the process into three distinct chunks. The dreamer, the realist, and the spoiler (or critic). The Dreamer This stage was for fantasizing. Creating the most fantastic and …

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  • Chronodex Planner

    Circle Of Time Planner

    Time management optimization… I’m always looking for different and effective ways to enhance time management. I’ve learned, better managing what you have to do frees you up for what you want to do. I’ve bumped into a novel approach to day management that you may …

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