Here's my Idea Discovery for today to help you do just that.
Mind-mapping tools are one of the ways we can organize our thoughts and ideas. Check out this article from Mashable.com for 30+ mind-mapping tools; paid AND free! Mind-mapping – writing out details and steps for your thoughts is part of my IMPACT process. Having a process to follow to get clarity, organized, and implementing your idea helps you get your idea out of your head and into action.
The culmination of this entire CPSI experience! It hit me in my final session that I was making my notes more visually-appealing (to retain info more effectively), playing with toys (to unlock my brain and focus on the session content), and jotting ideas onto separate note sheets so I could put them where they needed to go in other notes). Here's my certificate. I'm ready to help you (even more) get your ideas out of your head and into action!
If you think a picture is worth a hundred words, imagine what a picture deck is worth! I attended yet another session to get tools for helping my clients with their ideas. This tool was a picture deck – basically a pack of cards with photographs taken by our facilitator. Lesson: Photographs, especially of abstract objects, helps us "loosen" our brains with visual stimulation so that we can make get ideas flowing. Mash-ups (taking 2 disparate photos and coming up with ideas that combine both) and making up stories about a photo also help get our idea juices flowing. Check out her photo deck at
We retain 60% of what we see versus just 15% of what we hear. Had a great, too-short session with Leanna Murphy (Organized for Discovery, LLC). She did a visuals "night flight" program and this was exactly up my alley! We practiced how to draw figures, scenery, concepts, and lettering in a fast-paced 90 minutes. I love making my reference materials and notes more visually-interesting and Leanna's techniques help me do just that. Another program to watch for … "Back of the Napkin" by Dan Roam. I have the course info and materials to start, and it's difficult for me to get going on it as an online course. Lesson: There are only 10 basic seed shapes for drawing. Check out MS Office – "insert shapes" menu. We can draw just about anything using squares, circles, triangles, lines, rectangles, curves, hearts, starts, spirals, and bursts! Check out Leanna's website for examples.
Learning continues. Ignore the three-stage process I posted in post #6! The four basic steps to Creative Problem Solving are (1) clarity, (2) ideate, (3) develop, and (4) implement. They all came together for me when we helped a "client" work through his idea from start to finish. Six of us in the class volunteered to take parts of the process and facilitate his idea. It's amazing how much you learn when you do!
Idea Discovery: Article – The Entrepreneurial Paradox: What Got You Into Business Isn’t The Best Way To Be Successful
I read this article online today – "The Entrepreneurial Paradox: What Got You Into Business Isn't The Best Way To Be Successful" by Paul B. Brown, Contributor Forbes Magazine.
It's a reminder that you can't always do it alone if you want to grow and flourish as an entrepreneur. Enjoy and please share!
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For 2.5 days I am immersed in an intensive Creative Problem Solving program called Springboard. How ironic considering my business entity name! This program adds to the discipline of the process I already use (IMPACT(c)) to help people get ideas out of their heads. Part of the process is to complete an assessment called FourSight where we identify ourselves as Clarifiers, Ideators, Developers, or Implementors and identify our primary, secondary, and tertiary identifiers. I know I'm in the right business because I am an Implementor, Clarifier, and Ideator (primary, secondary, and tertiary). As with any assessment we've learned what our characteristics are, what we need, and how we must interact with people who are otherwise. The application to my clients is that once I identify "what" they are, I can better facilitate their progress through their strengths and help to supplement their weakest areas. The benefit is a better-facilitated Idea Success session with (hopefully) more-targeted results for clients.
CPSI Expert Forum Session: "Visual Thinking – Drawing Out the Best in Your Brain". Facilitated by Jon Pearson -
"See how to picture your thoughts and double your thinking. Go beyond words to the place from which words spring. Learn simple ways to tap the river of images flowing beneath verbal thought. Explore six levels of imagination. Discover rapid, “off-road” drawing techniques that mimic how your brain actually thinks. Learn how to draw “poorly” well and multiply the ideation power of any group."