Articles Tagged ‘Values’

How to Unleash the Power of Innovation in Your Life and Business

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

I’m often asked, “How do we come up with new ideas to grow our organization?” This is an interesting question and a simple one line answer cannot do it justice. There’s really no simple answer, but let me use this time together to share why I believe innovation combined with implementation is the best course of action.

Having gone back through my third book recently, I was struck once again by chapter six titled, Innovation Trumps Mediocrity and how it addresses the power of ideas and harnessing them to your advantage.

Here’s a partial excerpt from the chapter with a helpful list of twelve strategies to help inspire and motivate you to ignite the power of innovation in your own life, business, or career!

The World Needs You to Step Up
and Take Action

No one can save you but yourself. You must reengage your talents, ideas, habits, knowledge base, associations and dreams to turn things around in your own life. The bailout mentality is a short term illusion that does not solve long-term problems.

If we’re to turn the economy around it will require you to move past the status quo thinking of “security” to a new paradigm of trusting in your own God-given abilities and working on them relentlessly. My friend Patrick Snow describes this process as “creating your own destiny” and he’s spot on with his assessment.

Great ideas and solutions are always present. The challenge for most of us is to capture them when they strike and act on them. There’s no shortage of ideas. The world has millions of great ideas floating around looking for the right person to seize and mold them into physical form. The real challenge is a shortage of belief in the ideas, and an even greater shortage of those who act on them.

12 great ways to “Capture” the power of innovation and take more positive action within your life:

1. Study and read in multiple disciplines
2. Always maintain curiosity as to why things are the way they are
3, Listen for problems in your market or industry and create or find ways to solve them
4. Learn how great organizations get ahead and model their success within your business
5. Always capture and record great ideas immediately when they strike by having a pen and paper ready
6. Bounce new ideas off of key associates, customers, and those you network with online and offline
7. Circulate by attending new events
8. Hang around successful people and soak in their wisdom and ideas
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Happiness, Contentment

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

“Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to
you.” – Lao Tzu

From 8 in the morning until 5 at at night, Monday through Friday, I coach professionals on how to reach their goals and achieve more in their lives.

About 4 years ago, I came across this quote and recognized that I needed to balance this push for achievement with an appreciation for present.

This balance is difficult because the world has convinced us that the only path to happiness is through achievement and acquisition.

This week, practice being grateful for all you have been given.

C.J. McClanahan
Reachmore Strategies
317-576-8492
cjm@goreachmore.com

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“Why” Stories: Understanding the Why of Our Business

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

  
“Why” Stories

By John Gifford

Too often we blithely go along running our business without considering any deeper level of meaning. When I attended the November 18th Power Circle conducted by Noah Shabman and Luke Russell I was expecting the supportive, relationship-building, and accountability-inducing group I had attended before. Much more was in store.

Noah led an exercise in mental and emotional exploration inspired by Simon Sinek’s book, “Start with Why.” What is the reason behind your being in the business you are in?

Noah’s questions got people to think deeply about their motivations for doing the work that they do. Because people felt comfortable enough to respond honestly and thoughtfully, it allowed me and I believe others in the group to clarify the reasons they are pursuing the work they are currently doing.

Noah subsequently wrote up a summary of the discussion topics from that Power Circle.
Because I believe that identifying the “Why” of your business is important for both personal and ROI reasons, I have asked Noah to help me facilitate a series of “Why” stories about people’s businesses and jobs, written by the persons themselves. The article below will be the first in this series, followed by one written by myself. We thought if we are going to ask others to jump into the deep end of the pool, we need to go first.

If you are interested in the “Why Story” challenge for yourself, as well as providing great benefit to our readers, contact Noah Shabman at noah@arkitindy.com or me (John Gifford) at johng@indysmallbiz.com and we will provide you with the details and format for your “Why” article.
    

The Why of My Business


By Noah Shabman

It was both easy and hard finding out the answer to WHY. Hard to really open up to myself and analyze why my business exists. It became much easier once I started. It became a snowball gaining size rolling down the mountain. Ideas began to flow but nothing really resonated within me.

To recap from a previous article, Simon Sinek, author of “Start With Why” describes what he calls the Golden Circle.

Imagine three concentric rings. The outermost is WHAT. The second is HOW. The innermost is WHY. I am paraphrasing Sinek as follows:
The majority of companies start from the outside and only work in as far as HOW.

Apple as well as great leaders and companies of any size start with WHY and work from the inside out. Here is how Apple really communicates.

(WHY) Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo. We believe in thinking differently
(HOW)The way we challenge the status quo is by making our products beautifully designed, simple to use and user-friendly
(WHAT) and we happen to make great computers. Wanna buy one?

I was on a quest to find out that one reason, that one thought that described the very drive that inspires me and my employees to become something more. How do I stand out amongst all the other companies that do WHAT it is I do? How do I find a WHY that rings as true as Apple.
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Know Why You Do What You Do

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

I have been trying to find something. It was something I thought I already had. I knew there is much to learn as a leader and business owner. In this case it’s about me.

Why is my business not growing exponentially?

Every business owner knows WHAT they do without question. Most of us know HOW we do it. It turns out great leaders know WHY they do it. In my journey I came across a video of Simon Sinek, author of “Start with Why” that I am presently reading and recommend. And what he said resonated within me.

Now I know that you can swing a dead cat and hit an I.T. person. I thought that courtesy, follow-up cards, pro-active and high quality service, and networking would elevate me above my competition. But those actions are really only the minimum requirement to be in business in the first place. I have found that I am only communicating in the first two levels of what Sinek calls the Golden Circle.

Imagine three concentric rings. The outermost is WHAT. The second is HOW. The innermost is WHY. I am paraphrasing with my own interjections the succinct words of Sinek as follows:
If Apple were like most other companies, a marketing message from them would move from the outside in of the Golden Circle.

(WHAT) We make great computers

(HOW) They’re beautifully designed, simple to use and user-friendly. Wanna buy one?

Neh.

Apple as well as great leaders and companies of any size start with WHY and work from the inside out. Here is how Apple really communicates.
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