Innovation, Reflection, Robert Genn, Seth Godin

A couple of good suggestions

One from Seth Godin – Write down what you delivered this year. He even uses the word “shipped” to make it specific. It might be a nice surprise if you thought you hadn’t done much. But whatever it is, it describes where you are now.

The other from Robert Genn. Make bets on what is on the way out. Genn cites newspapers and paper paper books for a start – fewer trees disappearing – and he lives in BC so it takes some imagination to imagine how many trees are disappearing from there when there are still so many. He likes the fact that authors still get paid – in fact they may be paid more. Paper mail is also lessening. Notice how your holiday cards are already down this year. But the good news is that fine art is up.

So what other things will go? Video stores, obviously. I’m prepared to bet that social networking will be in for a change when one of my sons threatens to leave Facebook. What will grab him next? The good thing about a new decade is that change is in store – and open to possibilities. May yours be great ones.

Creating, Creativity, Innovation, Seth Godin

Ideas, Ideas, Ideas

Seth Godin is one of my favourites. Here are his top 20 sources and observations

Where do ideas come from?

1. Ideas don’t come from watching television
2, Ideas sometimes come from listening to a lecture
3. Ideas often come while reading a book
4. Good ideas come from bad ideas, but only if there are enough of them
5. Ideas hate conference rooms, particularly conference rooms where there is a history of criticism, personal attacks or boredom
6. Ideas occur when dissimilar universes collide
7. Ideas often strive to meet expectations. If people expect them to appear, they do
8. Ideas fear experts, but they adore beginner’s mind. A little awareness is a good thing
9. Ideas come in spurts, until you get frightened. Willie Nelson wrote three of his biggest hits in one week
10. Ideas come from trouble
11. Ideas come from our ego, and they do their best when they’re generous and selfless
12. Ideas come from nature
13. Sometimes ideas come from fear (usually in movies) but often they come from confidence
14. Useful ideas come from being awake, alert enough to actually notice
15. Though sometimes ideas sneak in when we’re asleep and too numb to be afraid
16. Ideas come out of the corner of the eye, or in the shower, when we’re not trying
17. Mediocre ideas enjoy copying what happens to be working right this minute
18. Bigger ideas leapfrog the mediocre ones
19. Ideas don’t need a passport, and often cross borders (of all kinds) with impunity
20. An idea must come from somewhere, because if it merely stays where it is and doesn’t join us here, it’s hidden. And hidden ideas don’t ship, have no influence, no intersection with the market. They die, alone.

Creating, Creativity, Innovation, mind mapping, Seth Godin, VisiMap, visual mapping, workplace

Mind Map Art

When I studied Mind Mapping with the Buzan Organization several years ago, computer mind mapping was still pretty new – and the program that they recommended was a .dos one – now it seems like ancient history. So one of the objectives in class was to make maps as beautiful as possible using color, dimension and visual images. There is lots of merit in thinking visually. In fact this was the impetus for learning more about drawing and painting on a serious basis and I took myself to the Avenue Road Art School in Toronto, where I have studied on an annual basis ever since under their excellent instructors.

My maps gravitated to VisiMap software which I have used ever since to generate maps. I would be the first to say that VisiMap is not the most graceful of the many mind mapping products out there – but its purpose is different. It’s to get ideas down quickly and have better ease in expanding and re-ordering. The basis is the same as hand drawn maps, – to make use of the brain’s ability to make quick connections.

I came upon a site yesterday which specializes in mind map art as a commercial venture. I’m not a total stranger to the concept and some of the maps on the site are quite beautiful. I would. however, present a caveat. Hand drawn maps are usually highly personal. The meaning is vested in the hand of the creator. Maps that are used by groups need to watch the density of the information on a single screen. The point is to clarify thinking – not to make it overly complex.