Jul 9, 2018

GTD Methods for Visual Learners

Getting Things Done for Teens: Take Control of Your Life in a Distracting World

 

This new book, Getting Things Done for Teens offers a fresh take on the GTD methodology, framing life as a game to play and GTD as the game pieces and strategies to play your most effective game. It presents GTD in a highly visual way and frames the methodology as not only as a system for being productive in school but as a set of tools for everyday life. It is described as a how-to manual for the next generation--a strategic guidebook for creating the conditions for a fruitful and effective future.

 

About: Mike Williams was president and CEO of the David Allen Company from 2011 to 2016, is on the board of directors for the Association for Talent Development and is the Getting Things Done Enterprise Architect at Zappos.com.  Mike describes himself as a family man, business executive, author, speaker, and executive coach - who happens to ride an electronic skateboard to work for fun.

 

P.S. I think the book is suited for any visual learner. I was immediately drawn to is and as I say in the podcast, it was not a book that I read cover to cover, Instead, I noticed a certain graphics and read around it (pages before and after). As a result, I ended up reading all the book and certain parts several times. If you really want to give it to your teenager, I would buy two, one for yourself. 

 

Amazon Book Link: https://amzn.to/2NCXMos

 

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Jun 4, 2018

The Thinking Process of an Artist

Elizabeth Shanahan grew up in the foothills of North Carolina, a rural area that is nevertheless saturated with fine and performing arts. This being the case, she was exposed to and fascinated with the arts from a young age. Her homeschool education had a deep focus on art, music, theater, and literature, and these early exposures have a significant impact on her work and life today.

 

Since 2015, Shanahan's work has been shown in group exhibitions throughout the Southeast, as well as New York and the Louvre Museum in Paris. She has had solo exhibitions at the Looking Glass Gallery in Boone, NC, and the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum in Blowing Rock, NC, and a two-person exhibition with artist Rebecca Bremer at the Nth Degree Gallery in Boone, NC. In 2017, she began traveling to show in art fairs in the Southeast and has shown at art fairs from Virginia to Florida.

 

Upcoming Events:

June 15-17 American Artisan Festival, Nashville, TN
June 20 Early Morning Limited Edition Collection Closes
July 7-8 Downtown Asheville Festival of the Arts
September 1-2 Labor Day Weekend Downtown Asheville Festival of the Arts

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Feb 15, 2018

Branding: Always at the Forefront of Your Marketing

The first edition of the toolkit was made possible by 271 backers on Kickstarter in 2015 and from crowdfunded, self-publishing success to bookstores across the world: Brand the Change is now published by BIS publishers.

 

With over twelve years of experience as a brand developer, Anne Miltenburg has worked with organizations and people as diverse as tech companies, artisans, women’s rights activists and bankers, from Zambia to Tunisia and from the USA to Saudi Arabia. To help her clients and workshop participants think like brand strategists, Anne has furthered developed tools and exercises to make the branding process easy to comprehend and apply at here company The Brandling.

 

Amazon Link for Brand the Change: http://amzn.to/2CnFD6W

 

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Jan 31, 2018

Poker: Lessons in Decision Making with Annie Duke

Annie Duke brings her background in cognitive science and poker together to understand how we make decisions. In the workplace, success depends on how we make those choices through decision strategy. Everyone, from the newest employees to the principals, is part of the continuous cycle of deciding and learning. These same strategies determine the quality of choices in relationships, health, and lifestyle, investing and consumerism, and parenting. Drawing on the unique combination of training as a behavioral scientist and 20 years as a professional poker player, Annie Duke offers frank assessments of the challenges presented by decision strategy and practical ways of confronting those challenges.

 

Annie's new book, Thinking in Bets http://amzn.to/2E1FBGT, publishes February 6th but is available for pre-order. This is one of a handful of books that I read cover to cover this year. 

 

Do you encourage objections? How are dissenters viewed?

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Oct 2, 2017

Service Design Audio Collection

A special collection of Business901 podcasts on the subject of Service Design. The collection totals over four hours and the guests are listed in the order of appearance.

 

Marc Stickdorn graduated in Strategic Management and Marketing and worked in various tourism projects throughout Europe. A leading proponent thru the years of Service Design, Marc co-authored This is Service Design Thinking.

 

Arne van Oosterom, Partner at DesignThinkers is a Strategic Design agency that specializes in social innovations, service innovations, customer centered design, marketing 2.0 and branding. They provide a bridge between business opportunities and creative solutions.

 

At Work•Play•Experience Adam St. John (aka Adam Lawrence) turns good services into memorable service experiences that start people talking. Adam says, “Your customers will feel better served, will appreciate the value of your work and will be more loyal to your company.

 

Service Design Teacher and Practitioner, Vincenzo Di Maria trained as a designer at Central St. Martin’s College of Art Design in London where he still teaches. Vincenzo is the co-founder of Common Ground, a service design firm working across Europe. Their work focuses on socially responsive design and innovation ranging from products to services and experiences.

 

Lance A. Bettencourt, PhD, has led job-centric innovation projects with many of the world’s leading companies and his thought-leadership is evident his publications on job-centric innovation. His book Service Innovation: How to Go from Customer Needs to Breakthrough Services was my introduction to Service Design

 

Economist by education, Sylvain Cottong has spent his career at the intersections of business, society, technology, science & culture, with the value of design for process, service & product development and more generally with leadership & innovation. You can find him at  strategybuilders.eu, a Luxembourg based network of international consultants.

 

A founding partner of Livework,  Ben Reason now leads the London studio on service design and innovation projects for both UK and international clients. Ben is the co-author of Service Design: From Insight to Implementation and Service Design for Business: A Practical Guide to Optimizing the Customer Experience.

 

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Aug 29, 2017

Failure as an Art Form

Stefana Saxton serves as a Business Excellence Innovation Leader for Business Excellence (BEx®) at Black & Veatch where she works with internal and external clients to identify, prioritize, and execute mission critical business improvements and innovations that add value to the company, its business partners, and clients globally. Stefana has worked with clients in healthcare, finance, engineering, programs, operations, information technology, manufacturing, and development.

 

We had a great conversation about development and in particular her upcoming session, Innovation, the Art of Being Wrong at The LPPDE North America 2017 conference in San Jose this September. In her session, she will demonstrate how organizations must embrace failure to accelerate innovation. Through mental framing, learn to create freedom from the fear of failure using adaptive analytical perspectives that encourage ideas and discovery. How to keep your organization innovative and successful by creating a culture of passion, drive, and ambition in the midst of failure.

 

The Lean Product and Process Development Exchange, Inc. is a nonprofit organization created to foster opportunities to grow and share the knowledge, expertise, and experiences that help organizations use lean product development to dramatically improve product development performance.

 

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Aug 22, 2017

The Negotiated Journey

Geurt Jan de Heus is a medical doctor by training. After several years in management positions in the pharmaceutical industry, he changed his life and career to join RoutsLaeven. This small agency, founded 30 years ago, specializes in negotiation training, coaching and consulting. 

 

Geurt Jan is passionate about making the world a better place through more ‘constructive dialogues’. These dialogues are grounded in an open and exploratory mindset, with respect for others and yourself, aiming for fair distribution and fair processes. Helping others to live out these principles with confidence and agility ‑ even when confronted with the oppositional win-as-much-as-you-can style ‑ is an important part of his mission. With his 20-plus years, Geurt Jan is frequently asked to act as an advisor during difficult negotiation processes involving the public sector, larger corporations, and family businesses.

 

His new book, Mastering the Art of Negotiation: Seven Guides for Creating your Journey is an excellent resource and a book as I say in the podcast, just good to have around. Enjoy the podcast. 

 

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Jul 5, 2017

TRIZ for Business

Victor Fey, a TRIZ Master and a close associate of Genrikh Altshuller, the founder of TRIZ, has over 35 years’ experience in TRIZ research, training, and application. Since The TRIZ Group’s inception in 1995, Victor has collected more than two decades of consulting experience serving the Global 1000. In this innovation consulting capacity, Victor’s work has ranged the gamut from teaching, coaching and consulting, to facilitating and leading cross-functional teams in delivering critical breakthrough product and technology solutions. Victor co-authored the book, Innovation on Demand: New Product Development Using TRIZ.

 

The TRIZ Group, LLC provides technical innovative solutions and training in TRIZ-based breakthrough concept development. We bring together a unique combination of value-added solutions, training and expertise that have helped our clients reach and maintain competitive superiority. As a direct consequence of our collaborative efforts, our clients have resolved their most vexing technological problems, filed for and obtained numerous patents, implemented breakthrough solutions, and introduced new products to the market.

 

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Jun 27, 2017

Thinking Visually

Willemien Brand has turned her passion for drawing and design into her life’s work. She graduated with distinction from the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands and enjoyed an award-winning career as an industrial designer with ATAG 

 

Keukentechniek before setting up the successful design studios Buro BRAND and BRAND Business. To be able to help other people unleash their creativity and use it to achieve better results in their work gives her joy and renews her passion for drawing.

 

Now she shares this passion with companies throughout the world as one of the leading figures in the visual communication revolution. In the podcast, we discussed Willemien's new book, Visual Thinking: Empowering People & Organizations Through Visual Collaboration.

 

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Jun 11, 2017

Accelerate Breakthrough Thinking with TRIZ

Karen Gadd has worked on nothing but TRIZ since discovering and learning its power to give us all the routes, to all the solutions, to all problems. In 1998 Karen started Oxford Creativity to concentrate on developing simple and practical TRIZ problem solving for the European market. Karen's book TRIZ for Engineers: Enabling Inventive Problem Solving published by WileyBlackwell in 2011, has now been translated into Korean, German, and Hebrew. If you are new to TRIZ, Karen's daughter, Lilly published a Dummies book last year called, of course, TRIZ for Dummies.

 

Recently, I have intended several of the workshop offered by Oxford Creativity and found them presented well and at a good pace. I am finding the principles of TRIZ to coincide very well with current day practices of innovation. It is striking similar to some of the other processes in innovation like the JOBS-to-be-Done work of Tony Ulwick. Both are good examples of what the rigor of a process can accomplish. 

 

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Jun 4, 2017

Where Will Your Next Big Idea Come From?

Bernadette Jiwa thinks it might come from Hunch which also happens to be the name of her new book; Hunch: Turn Your Everyday Insights Into The Next Big Thing. Filled with success stories, reflection exercises, and writing prompts, Hunch is the indispensable guide to embracing your unique potential and discovering your own winning ideas.

 

Bernadette has written a number of successful books and most are short, actionable and to the point.

 

All of the Amazon Links: http://amzn.to/2hgg9iu
Meaningful: The Story of Ideas that Fly
Marketing: A Love Story: How to Matter to Your Customers
Difference: The one-page method for reimagining your business and reinventing your marketing
Make Your Idea Matter: Stand out with a better story
The Fortune Cookie Principle: The 20 keys to a great brand story and why your business needs one.

 

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Apr 6, 2017

Dan Roam on Winning thru Drawing

This is a compilation of all five interview segments and lasts about fifty minutes. Dan Roam is the author of the international bestseller, The Back of the Napkin (Expanded Edition): Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures, the most popular visual-thinking business book of all time. You could credit Dan as putting the idea of drawing and visual thinking on every business’s napkin (table) 10 years ago. Since that time, he has authored numerous books, and with Draw to Win: A Crash Course on How to Lead, Sell, and Innovate With Your Visual Mind just recently released.

 

 This was previously published as a video series.

 

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