Many great ideas emerge from the bottom of companies where the employees are working closer to the problem. If you want your employees to come up with great ideas for your business, then you need to create a Culture of Creativity. The first step in doing that is to give your staff time to innovate.
The purpose I had set out to achieve was accomplished: she found my information useful and implemented it. The lesson I learned was to keep telling good stories, but give the audience something with my name on it to take home, so they could remember and recommend me to others.
Creative thinkers have a strong sense of self-efficacy, and they are willing to take risks. Neither of these matter, however, if one other characteristic is missing: They must be open-minded to new experiences.
Is there a business you believe you would be successful in? You would not be dreaming about it -- seeing yourself doing it -- if you didn't believe you could! Michael Jordan didn't become a basketball star without developing the skills he needed first. He took as many as 2,000 practice shots a day to imprint those skills into his mental and physical circuitry. Perhaps all you need is practice.
One of the problems is that, as a society, we don’t really look at the motives behind bullying. Bullies seek attention, so that they will feel wanted, desired, and appreciated. Unfortunately, they don’t know how to achieve that through normal channels. If we can take a moment to have empathy for them, perhaps we can give them what they need, and cut off the problem at the source.
Recently I was asked by the sales manager of a company if I could reach his staff with a message he had been trying to "beat into their heads for months." Uh, his words not mine. In order to convince them, I knew I needed to translate the company's mission into human terms. In short, I needed to come up with a story they could personally relate to.