Friday, September 10, 2010

Seven Things to RE-THINK to help launch new ideas

We've all experienced the frustration of a great idea - or at least we thought so - that went no where on your team, firm or even family. The following includes a good check-lick of things to "re-think". Wasn't it Einstein who said that the definition of insanity is " ... doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different [better] result."

Below are the Seven (7) items from the "Leading Blog" to rethink.

1. Re-think complexity. We create complexity by over-analyzing our situation; creating issues where there are none; forgetting our purpose. Complexity obscures the issues. Keep the issues as uncluttered as possible.

2. Re-think systems. Tenaciously grasping the old ways of doing things just because that is what you have always done, can stop the flow of ideas and innovative solutions and lead to hopelessness.

3. Re-think ego. Our ego frequently keeps us from exploring new ideas. We keep retrying to work the old and deceive ourselves into thinking we’re making progress when all we are doing is rearranging the deck chairs on a sinking ship.

4. Re-think boundaries. Think bigger. Think interdisciplinary. Growth often involves blurring boundaries to open your mind to new possibilities.

5. Re-think reactions. Repetitive reactions are the result of ingrained patterns of thinking that we have hard-wired into our brains long ago.

6. Re-think failure. If you’re afraid of being wrong, embarrassed by failure or paralyzed by insecurity, you will never find the solutions that lead to meaningful growth. Failure provides the nutrients for growth when we respond to them positively.

7. Re-think success. Know what success looks like. How will you know when you have arrived? Muddy expectations lead to exhaustion and defeat before you even get started.

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