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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’s a video recorded for Janine Cahill and the “Foresight Innovation and Sustainability Hothouse” in Sydney, Australia. This opportunity is thanks to connecting with Janine on Twitter.

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For variety, I’m going to primarily shut up and listen this week, sharing links, quotes, and ideas on innovation, creativity, and strategic thinking. I’ll offer my thoughts in the comments section at Brainzooming. I hope to find yours there too! Let’s get started!

Creative Quickie – Creativity Quotes

Here are some quick quotes on creativity right from Twitter, so they may or may not be accurate. Enjoy them and add your cool quotes in the comments!
@ShaunConnell Rationality begets creativity. Until you understand the box, you can’t think outside the box.
@healthyincome4u Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. ~Edward De Bono
@PopWuping “If limitation spawns creativity, is the limitless resource of the Internet a good thing?” — Alec Soth
@earthXplorer “Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.” ~ Anonymous
@pixelati “Creativity is the ability to see relationships where none exist.” – Thomas Disch
@hottomali Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. – Scott Adams
@boxofcrayons RT @joevans: From Sir Ken Robinson: “If you are not prepared to be wrong — you will not come up with anything original.
@boxofcrayons RT @joevans: More Sir Ken: People are being educated out of their creative capacity. We do not grow into creativity, we grow out of it.
@JackieAustinBNC Creativity is generated by humor combined with conflict. WOW
@lildrummergie routinely doin somethin u enjoy over & over again, without variation or creativity, can diminish even that enjoyment. swimmin for instance
@pseudoliterat “Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” – Charles Mingus
@gregnyc Fast Company Editor: “[Only creativity and aggressive innovation…will fuel a turnaround.]”

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Business Week Exchange

On Tuesday, February 17, I’m scheduled to be the featured user of the day on Business Week Exchange, a new social media site from Business Week I found because of Twitter. The site provides networking and opportunities to upload and review content on a variety topics.

In just weeks, the Brainzooming links posted on Business Week Exchange have made it the number one referral source for the blog! Starting Tuesday at approximately 9:15 a.m. EST, there will be a box on the lower right of the home page with links to my profile and posted links. I’ll include a reminder Tuesday, but if you have a chance to check the site out beforehand that’s great.

Design Pepper Blog Bailout

Here’s an update on the Design Pepper blog bailout contest. Based on final voting, Brainzooming finished second (thanks for the votes), and a volunteer fire fighting department from California won. The contest (which also surfaced through Twitter activity) created many new blog visitors and the opportunity to form a Twitter relationship with several of the great Design Pepper people.

Once again, thanks to everyone for your support!

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It’s Super Bowl Monday. Despite minimal interest in the game, I watched much of it, primarily to see the commercials and Bruce Springsteen.

Since the commercials will be a hot topic of conversation at work today (although probably not as hot as the game), let me point you toward two experts (Steve Yastrow and good friend Sally Hogshead) who Tweeted about the ads live during the game last night. Their conversation is online at Tom Peters’ website, so be sure to check it out.

While you’re at it, check out Sally on the Sunday morning Today Show talking about the best Super Bowl ads of all time.

As for me, my favorites were:

Not a great year for commercials, but the football game (and Bruce telling us to get away from the guacamole dip & chicken fingers) more than made up for it!

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Exploring Twitter has been part of early changes in my 2009 online strategy. Getting exposed to interesting ideas has been one of the advantages so far. Here’s a re-presentation of quotes and links that reflect Brainzooming-oriented perspectives.

Get your clicking finger ready and head off to the web to see as many of these interesting points and people as you’d like. Have fun, and follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mikebrown!

THOUGHTS & QUOTES FROM OTHERS

  • “Once dust settles from layoffs, we will see a surge of startups and innovation in 2009/10-what greatness lies ahead?” @amckinnis
  • “Trying to get people to realize that innovation & transformation doesn’t come from doing what you are currently doing better” @robstoltz
  • “I agree. I also think that working under constraints encourages creativity and innovation.” @TaraAgacayak: @doshdosh
  • “The metal Slurpee straw may be the greatest beverage intake innovation in the history of beverages.” @emily_l_f
  • “Right now, you could be grinning. Why aren’t you?” @DesignPepper
  • “Strategy is the art of sacrifice.” @bbhlabs “What won’t you do?” may be toughest question to answer.
  • “Always question the status quo. Complacency is no one’s friend.” Great thought for the day! @BethHarte

THOUGHTS & QUOTES FROM ME

  • Just posted business growth tip (listen, adapt & deliver) on @smallbiztrends at http://adjix.com/2hp4
  • Posted “7 Tips for Marketing in Tough Times” on Business Exchange. http://tinyurl.com/77uhte Thnx @michaelgass for pointing out this list.
  • Best co-worker quote this week: “Things are always better with collaboration.” So true! http://tinyurl.com/a3uk9x
  • Priest @ mass: “My 100 yr old aunt can’t believe how times flies. She can’t find time to get everything done!” That’s a wonderful life.
  • Innovation = A fundamental, valuable improvement relative to the status quo. reply to @stonepayton
  • Great Cust Exp-KCI airport parking attendant said, “Welcome home” at end of transaction! She didn’t have to, so it really stands out!
  • Dan Hesse in Central Park – Sprint TV Commercial – “Are those snowflakes with all the leaves on the trees?”
  • Not sure who said it: “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. When life hands you gators, make gatorade.”
  • “My Generation” by The Who on a Pepsi TV ad? Used to be you’d have to wait until the Super Bowl to see pop culture go that far off track!

SURF’S UP – LINKS WORTH FOLLOWING

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I’m a contemplator and planner by nature, trying to figure out all potential angles first. It’s who I am.

When starting the blog, however, Kathryn Lorenzen, a wonderful career coach (trust me – contact her), suggested diving in more aggressively before understanding everything about blogging. Great advice, and much of Brainzooming is about approaches to do that more.

One way I’ve become comfortable with the idea is being more open to noticing and following “hints” placed in front of me and acting on them.

An example last week was participating in the Twitter-based IDEF140 contest devised by Stone Payton. The week was full of “hints”:

Follow that Tweet@stonepayton tweeted Saturday, January 17 on a contest to define “innovation” in less than 140 characters with a $100 prize. Sounded cool, so I wrote one (Innovation = A fundamental, valuable improvement relative to the status quo) and tweeted it Saturday, thinking that was it.

Reach Out – I considered lifting the contest idea since $100 is cheap for diverse input on Twitter to help expand understanding on a topic (i.e. “creative instigation”). That was until Stone raised the potential prize to $1000. Suddenly stealing the cheap idea involved a higher prize expectation. After tweeting Stone (jokingly) about pricing “idea thieves” out of the market, it created a tweet and email conversation about alternatives. That led to visiting each others’ blogs, LinkedIn networking, and finding Chuck Dymer as a common connection.

Keeping Up with @Macker – Throughout the week, definitions were added to IDEF140 (as it became known). @Macker seemed to have an unlimited number of definitions. Seeing that forced me to write others, including a more mathematically oriented one and another (my personal favorite) tied to “Taking the NO Out of InNOvation.”

Mounting a Campaign – When voting started Thursday, I wasn’t planning much campaigning. Then two hints surfaced – Sally Hogshead voted for entry #2, and the organizers said a modest get out of the vote campaign could mean a win. That prompted a more aggressive Twitter, blog, and email effort (including a cut and paste tweet) for votes. My dad and Jan Harness signed up for Twitter and some infrequent tweeters returned to Twitter!

What Matters Is Helping Others – Trying to win wasn’t about the eventual $200 prize. It was about learning of possibilities from new online endeavors. After discovering I won (thanks everybody that voted!), I saw Stone supports the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta which helps recently homeless people and others in challenging situations secure basic furniture items (i.e., bedding, sofa, etc.). That seemed like a lot more appropriate recipient for the prize money, so it went to @FBMA.

That was last week. Diving in and following hints led to “meeting” intriguing people, challenging myself to think more about innovation, introducing friends to social media, identifying a potential opportunity to work with Sally Hogshead, and helping people financially who really need it!

Thanks for the “diving in” advice Kathryn. As always, it’s been a huge help!!!

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