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Exit the Wheel, Take the Escalator

You know that swift glide-y feeling you get when you walk on an escalator. You’re moving faster than you normally would with the same effort. That’s the feeling we all want when we work. Instead, it often feels more like running in an exercise wheel. We spend lots of energy and break a sweat; we are working hard. However, when …

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Four Situations, Why You Would Need To Brainstorm

While there are innumerable reasons for hosting a brainstorming session, the purpose for meeting can be summarized with four situations. They are the need to meet to: (1) Fix Something / Solve Problem,   (2) Grow Something,   (3) Think-Up Ideas / Fill Idea Pipeline, and   (4) Innovate / Create Something New (1) Fix Something / Solve Problem This …

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“How to Solve Problems” 1947-style

I recently discovered this 8th grade arithmetic book from 1947 on the bookshelves at my parents’ house. It’s got a great collection of images that match the mid-century art style of Idea Sandbox. In addition to the images, I found this piece on page 304 providing suggestions for students on problem solving. [click for larger view]  HOW TO SOLVE PROBLEMS …

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How To Think Big At Work (And Life)

“Where success is concerned, people are not measured in feet and inches, or pounds, or college degrees, or family background; they are measured by the size of their thinking. How big we think, determines the size of our accomplishments.”   Great words of wisdom from David Schwartz and his book The Magic Of Thinking Big. Written 50 years ago, (even …

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Thwart The “Idea Killers” with BINGO

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””] [vc_column width=”1/1″] [vc_column_text]We’re all familiar with the game BINGO. Fill out the game card, get five in a row to win. Yell, “BINGO!” Nearly as many of us are familiar with business jargon-based BINGO cards. These cards feature overused phrases and jargon we leverage and maximize like low-hanging fruit. Online, you can find BS Bingo, Ad …

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Now Is When You’re Waiting For

Many of us have been waiting for the right moment. The right moment to… ask the boss for a raise; find a job that’s more satisfying; pitch your new product idea; propose; start writing your book; launch your own blog; suggest that better way of doing things. So we wait. We wait until the time is right. Until after the …

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How To Drive Sales – The Basics

Ah… “Drive Sales.” Is there a company that doesn’t have “sales driving” as a key strategy? It can’t be much simpler than a choice of three levers. (1)Find New Customers Create a New Market with a new product or service, or Go deeper with your existing targets (2)Increase Frequency – Get existing customers to use your business more often. (3)Increase …

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Childlike Creativity

At Idea Sandbox we talk a lot about being childlike and using your imagination… how solving problems is about creativity and how creativity is driven by your ability to imagine new ideas… I found this interesting bit about being more like a child in Rob Eastaway’s book, “Out of the Box: 101 Ideas for Thinking Creatively” Adults are often overly …

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