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In ancient times it was easy to protect intellectual property...when chisels were stolen few thieves could write in stone.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 13, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

There's a long legacy of 'idea theft'. When our ancestors got beyond chisels and stones and into more-formal business, copyright became an issue. Apparently, the case law on copyright dates back to the 6th Century AD. 

Speaking of our ancestors... 

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Humour | Ideas | Thought Tweets

No question about it, people are interested in learning how to kill good ideas

by Rick Baker
On Apr 27, 2017

A number of years ago, I posted the following thoughts about how to kill good ideas.

It is interesting to see a number of people liked the contrarian approach. Perhaps we should spend more time communicating about how to kill good ideas? Perhaps that would encourage people to come up with more-creative ways of squashing one another's innovations, inventions, and creative thoughts? Perhaps this could go a long way toward throttling that annoying habit called Curiosity?

Regardless, at least we have 4 proven ways of getting the job done!

 

4 ways to kill a good idea

By Rick Baker
On Oct 4, 2011

As mentioned recently, I read a really interesting book. It taught me how to kill good ideas.
 
Here is a sample of what I learned, 4 ways to kill good ideas:
  1. Fear Mongering…use genuine facts from the past to create a picture of a fearful future You know many people agonize over the mistakes they have made in the past. And they worry horrible events will repeat themselves…causing misery. So, when someone has a good idea and you want to kill it you can try this strategy. Just recall some extremely painful event from the past and express your concern that this terrifying situation could happen again if we accept this new idea.

  2. Death by Delay…one great way to do this is send the idea to a committee 

    Here’s a nuance you can incorporate when you use this strategy. Dig up some abstruse fact from your company’s history. Applaud the idea then introduce the abstruse fact and talk as if you are convinced the idea and the abstruse fact must be addressed by a committee of various intelligent people. Suggest a chairperson for the committee…i.e., suggest someone you know to be a curmudgeon. 
  3. Confusion…inject lots of irrelevant facts and support them with illogical arguments

    Keep a list of irrelevant facts in a file in the MemoPad area of your BlackBerry. Gather these over time, wean out the weakest ones, and replace them as you find really-choice irrelevant facts. Have at least a dozen fresh irrelevant facts ready for use. Then, whenever people come up with ideas pull out your BlackBerry while stating something like, 'What a synchronicity…I was writing some notes around that topic last week'. Then go on to cite a list of irrelevant facts…keep it up until at least one person dozes off.
  4. Ridicule…with a good-natured demeanour and calm voice, assassinate the character of the person who has the idea

    This one should come with a warning: DO NOT show anything close to a negative emotion while you do this. That could backfire on you, making you look like some sort of unreasonable person. CAUTION: this will take practice…if you are real busy then pick another strategy. To pull this one off you must be pleasant and calm. You must prepare your assassinating words well in advance and practice them in front of a mirror so they come across just right. I recognize that is barely an introduction to this 4th way to kill ideas. But, a more-detailed explanation is beyond the scope of this Thought Post.
You may be saying to yourself, surely there must be more ways to kill good ideas.
 
Yes, do not fret; of course there are many other wonderful ways to kill ideas.
 
Footnote
The book I am referring to is ‘Buy-In, saving your good idea from being shot down’, John P. Kotter and Lorne A. Whitehead. According to the authors of the book I just read, the average person receives about 10,000 ideas [other people’s plans, demands, suggestions, and proposals] every week. That’s a lot of incoming ideas to deal with. Many people are overwhelmed. Most people figure out ways to kill the vast majority of those ideas. The authors provide some solutions…i.e., how to save your good ideas from being shot down. But, it’s a double-edge sword…you can also use their wisdom to hone your skills at killing good ideas.

Overheard at the Placebo Plant..."Listen up Boss, I've got this great new product idea."

by Rick Baker
On Apr 24, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

How would one go about recruiting employees for a placebo plant? What traits and qualities would one look for? Would quality control be discussed? How about customer service and customer satisfaction?

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Humour | Ideas | Thought Tweets

A leadership mindset generates constructive behaviour...creating, evoking, and building on great ideas.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 23, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Great ideas contain intangible potential: only in the hands of great leadership teams can that potential become reality.

About thinking.

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Creativity, Invention & Innovation | Ideas | Thinking as in Think and Grow Rich | Thought Tweets

When you aren't fully satisfied with results...

by Rick Baker
On Apr 4, 2017

Are you fully satisfied with the results you are achieving? I don't mean, are you 100% satisfied. I mean are you 90% satisfied? Are you setting challenging goals and generally achieving excellent results?

If you are then it's a great idea to keep doing what you are doing until you notice a slip off, a downturn, in the results you're achieving.

On the other hand, if you're not fully satisfied with the results you're achieving then believe there is something you can do to improve your results.

Then the big question will be - What do you need to change?

  • What things do you need to do in a different way?
  • What ways do you need to think in a different way?

And, you will need a plentiful supply of quality ideas.

How will you come up with the right ideas for positive change?

There are many ways to come up with great ideas for positive changes.

You can stop, slow yourself down, and spend more time thinking…mulling over numerous ideas…sifting them…using your capacities for ideation and intellection.

You can consult with a group of friends, for example your mastermind group, and rely on them to generate new ideas…then think them over…discuss them…take them to better places. 

You can be selective and find books that can help you generate ideas and plan the tactics that will bring them into physical reality.

The key things are recognizing the need for change and recognizing the benefits of fresh ideas, fresh thinking, and inspired action

If you can not come up with a new idea then figure out a new way to use an old one.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 29, 2017

The Thinking Behind the Tweet

In fact, many experts report this is the key to innovation. Recently, I bought a book on this topic titled ‘Borrowing Brilliance – The Six Steps To Business Innovation’. Here is a link to the book www.borrowingbrilliance.com

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Borrowing Brilliance | Creativity, Invention & Innovation | Ideas | Thought Tweets

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