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“Forecasters who extrapolate from today inevitably get tomorrow wrong…(but) by pitting multiple scenarios of the future against one another and leaving many different doors open, you can prepare yourself for a future that is inherently unpredictable. Brainstorming pays off. And the more possibilities you can entertain, the less likely you are to be blindsided.” Peter Coy and Neil Gross, Business Week, August 30, 1999

I use this quote often in presentations because it has so dramatically shaped my thinking. It’s at the heart of the philosophies, disciplines, and tools I’ve sought to learn, compile, and develop in the past 10 years.

And when nothing is getting more certain, there’s even greater value in bringing smart, multi-disciplined people together to expand your view of the future, work through possibilities, and act on them.

Ideally, you’re finding that’s what Brainzooming is all about. Mike Brown

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Times, standards, and expectations all change. As we near July Fourth, let’s use a Founding Father to illustrate. Here’s a Thomas Jefferson quote someone tweeted several weeks ago:

  • “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do” – Thomas Jefferson

Great quote, wonderful language, very true statement.

But way too long. If Jefferson were true to his words and writing for business today, he’d need to cut it by nearly 30 percent:

  • “The most valuable talent is never using two words when one works.” –”Edited” Thomas Jefferson

And on Twitter, even more editing and a twist would be expected:

  • “Most valued talent? Not using 140 char if 100 work.” –Thomas Jefferson Updated – 51 characters

Do you get the meaning from each version? Yes.

Is the Twitter version as elegant as Jefferson’s original? Absolutely not.

The key is understanding the setting, your audience, and their expectations to make sure you are using exactly the right number of words to get your point across.


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This is a screen grab from my Tweetdeck this morning. The first three tweets of the day themed up nicely, so I wanted to share them, including the live link for the Brainzooming post on “Shooting for the Moon.” Have a great weekend!

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Here are 10 favorited creativity tweets from Twitter during the past week. If you’d like to see more, you can follow me on Twitter in a couple of places: @mikebrown or @brainzooming

@ExecVelocity Coaching DQ: What new elements can improve workplace creativity and what is holding you back from implementing them?

@douglasbrent: Authentic creativity generates ideas, not smoke and mirrors.

@Ekaterina_E “Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.” George Lois

@AW0LF The older you get, the more experienced you become. Experience inspires creativity and that’s the recipe for greatness.

@williamskim #Creativity – Frustration is as much a part of creativity as inhaling is to breathing.


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PastorChaney How will you inspire someone to realize, unleash and engage their magnificent God given creativity today?

@bsouthern “Creativity without implementation is irresponsibility.” Ted Leavitt

@EddyJFree: Creativity is great. Everybody’s got it some just don’t know it. Use it in every aspect of your life to get a fresh outlook.

@Think_Better Creativity takes the drive to try, the courage to fail, the humility to learn, and the persistence to try again.

@cartermorrison Creativity is such a bitch


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Don’t believe great ideas and fun are intertwined?

Here’s a quote from Parade Magazine by John Kirhoffer, the challenge producer for each of Survivor’s 17 seasons:

“My team and I go surfing in the morning before work – we call it ‘board meetings.’ The best ideas don’t happen in a cubicle. They happen while we’re having fun.”

So get out of your office this afternoon, find a fun place, and create new solutions to your business challenges!

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Wrap up for “Let Other People Talk” week features a few more quotes and links on various Brainzooming-oriented topics, nearly all from Twitter.

Quotes
@CynthiaY29: “Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse

@artrox: Charles Handy “The modern economies will not be constrained by lack of resources but only by lack of creativity & ideas.”

RT @boxofcrayons: RT @joevans: From Sir Ken Robinson: “If you are not prepared to be wrong — you will not come up with anything original.

RT @CreativityBoost: Action is the best way to give doubt the middle finger. via @johnhaydon
Best quote heard so far this week: “Slow down and think so you can go fast.”

RT @Orrin_Woodward: “The successful leader gets superior performance from ordinary people”. ~Al Kaltman

RT @sallyhogshead: We were born w/ the ability to do 1 thing better than anyone else on earth. Trick is to find out exactly what YOURS is.

@AdamTheHutt: Some interviewee on NPR just declared that “motherhood is the necessity of innovation”…funny idea if you think about

@Zindella: Aristotle once said: Today I am short of time, so I am going to write you a long letter.

Links

Free Ideas Ready for You to Implement! Wacha Waitin’ For? RT @plish: Hamster Burial Kits & 998 Other Business Ideas http://post.ly/1Yb

50% of companies look for strategic thinking RT @davidharkleroad: Best Companies for Ldrs, Chief Exec Magazine: http://tinyurl.com/bhuc5p

The importance of group dynamics RT @stef: The qualities that make a successful innovator are actually ones a group shares http://is.gd/juOB

Also from Heart of Innovation – 100 Lamest Reasons Not to Innovate in 2009 http://tinyurl.com/79t3t3

Heart of Innovation on “56 Reasons Business Innovation Fails” http://tinyurl.com/5df2mm
RT @mindfulmimi: Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity – Bo Bennett http://ff.im/13vPD

Comment: New way of presenting food groups RT @plish: Mindmap of foods to boost productivity (and creativity!) http://tinyurl.com/cz5h4c

Cool cust exp mktg! RT @gabysslave:..sometimes wish i had clients prepared 2b challenged w/ really great ideas like this http://bit.ly/Po7Fp

Read the Great Springboard Blog! RT @kevinfullerton: Follow Your Connections to the End http://tinyurl.com/cxad3u

Hope you’ve enjoyed the variety this week. See you back here next week!

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Here are innovation thought starters harvested from Twitter. You can follow me on Twitter in two places now: @mikebrown and @brainzooming. There’s slightly different content at each – at least for now!

@ireckon marc andreessen: innovation happens – create, destroys, recreate. Failures free up intellectual capital for next innovation

@DanKok Innovation is now the principal competitive weapon – G. Beaver. And innovation only happens with innovative people.

@pinnovation innovation demands highly motivated and engaged employees…create cultures in which people can bring their passion to the work

@roymap Innovation comes from asking great questions. Not from always having the answers.

@ransomtech Chew on this: “We tend to overestimate the short-term effects and underestimate the long-term effects of innovation” ~Chip Bruce

@Adambow #Novate Innovation is being able to combine frames of reference and draw connections between ostensibly unrelated points of view

@retailsprout “Difficult economic times, often spur great periods of creativity and invention.” – Carisa Bianchi President of TBWAChiatDay

@FullerJohn RT @JeffAbel: The world leaders in innovation and creativity will also be world leaders in everything else. ~ Harold R. McAlindonm

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