Why Ideas need to be studied. These are my notes from the session. Sorry for the disorganized nature of the post. :)
Lack of Leadership
Disorganized & isolated networks – no real approach to building network, lack of feedback exchange
Interviewed productive teams and how do you make ideas happen, what are best practices
used action method: interviewed everyone who is productive and asked who else do you know
Macro – creative people how they organize and present themselves prof
Micro – creative people in teams. how do they become more organized.
Behanced network. not ranking, rather appreciate others work on the site. vertical sites have launched. all an effort to organize creative works.
How productive people keep track of their projects. action method online for teams to keep track of. for iphone as well.
What they’ve learned – ideas don’t happen because they’re great or by accident. making ideas happen = ideas + org + communal forces + leadership. generating ideas in moderation – surplus of ideas is as dangerous as a drought. people who kill ideas – debbie downers. play an important role. drink creative juice sparingly – creative comprise.
distinguish urgent vs important- people who are action tend to hoard urgent items. find times in your schedule to put away urgent to make time for important. before you open everything, you have to consume the non-stimulation things to keep ideas prioritized.
creativity x organization = impact
5×0 = o
100×0 = 0
3×2 = 6
Organize with a bias to Action
achievement is actions taken.
any brainstorm, any meeting, any dream. 3 things come out of it
- action steps
- keep separeate from reference items
- each one start with a VERB
- Delegated start with a person’s name
- reference items
- helpful for legal reasons
- helpful when someone absent
- Backburner items (someday actionable, but now aren’t)
- poss actions for future
- Not actionable
Measure a meeting in action steps- measure meetings with action steps, if you leave and nothing was actionable, than that should have been an email or phonecall. posting meetings. mgrs have these to catch up, not to be productive
Don’t meet just to Meet- Publicize Productivity – some teams relish progress. brainstorm is easy, action is hard. decorate and celebrate action taken.
Create a backburner ritual – one Sunday ever month – keeps a word document keeps all backburner ideas. running backburner list. prints out list and takes out if makes name sense and files and organizes his list. interesting idea
culture of capturing action steps – after meeting go roundtable for action items. see who has what.
attraction breeds loyalty
prioritize projects visually: energy line – all projects on the table the team is doing – find what is important and not – and then take what is important and take care of that. extreme, high, medium, and on idle side. create action areas – person who gets it doesnt mean they should do it. anything actionable should be in one place.
the doers, dreamers and incrementalists
seek cross-pollination (Book-Medichi Effect)
foster the different ideas, push comfort zone when hiring. foster this intersection
Share ideas liberally – share before they’re ready. passionate people don’t like sharing until they’re really ready to share. since they don’t share, they suffer as a result. Chris Anderson lets everything go and sees what sticks. Doesn’t keep anything to himself, wants to see what others think.
Fight your way though breakthroughs – fighting is really important to get excellence. as they wrestle they explore the design space of point of view. encourage to not let go of ideas. “how comfy are you with fighting”
Don’t become burdened by Consensus – find things you want, conceed things that aren’t important
Get-Respect Overcome Sitgma of Self-Marketing – it’s a best practice. get respect for their strenghts. not being recgonized for the people they work for. It’s your career, take control of it and market it. Take control so no one passes you by.
Leaders Talk last (Silence the Visionary!) – if you layout what should happen first, you won’t explore the contradictory ideas, you wont see the crazy ideas.
Reduce Amount of Insecurity Work – stuff they do all the day that takes all your time. Info Porn. Constantly looking at it. Takes up all the time. we’re worried we’re missing something. identify this out of insecurity versus business need.
Value the teams immune system – when did things go wrong. when we didn’t kill ideas when we should have. need the debbie downers. need people to shoot down the ideas-they’re infections-but they need to be killed. Foster the immune system and know when to surpress it.
Stop focusing on the visionaries – campaigns that win awards don’t always help the business. everyone gets drunk on their koolaid. We design things for people like us, rather than what others need.
Unique is Opportune – shun people who go against the grain and then celebrate them when they become successful. meet leaders who really made it.