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May 31, 2012

50 Awesome Quotes on Vision
1. "If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney 2. "Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, and magic and power in it. Begin it now." Goethe 3. "The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." - Michelangelo 4. "It's not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?" - Henry David Thoreau 5. "You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." - Ken Kesey 6. "If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." - Antoine de SaintExupery 7. "Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside awakens." - Carl Jung 8. "The empires of the future are empires of the mind." - Winston Churchill 9. "Vision is the art of seeing things invisible." - Jonathan Swift 10. "Management has a lot to do with answers. Leadership is a function of questions. And the first question for a leader always is: 'Who do we

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intend to be?' Not 'What are we going to do?' but 'Who do we intend to be?' - Max DePree 11. "Vision without action is a daydream. Action with without vision is a nightmare." - Japanese Proverb 12. "The best way to predict the future is to create it." - Alan Kay 13."Where there is no vision the people perish." - Proverbs 29:18 14. "Vision without execution is hallucination." - Thomas Edison 15. "Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." Warren Bennis 16. "If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise." - Robert Fritz 17. "Create your future from your future, not your past." - Werner Erhard 18. "To the person who does not know where he wants to go there is no favorable wind." - Seneca 19. "You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction." - Alvin Toffler 20. "To accomplish great things we must dream as well as act.: Anatole France 21. "A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it." - Soren Kierkegaard 22. "A leader's role is to raise people's aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there." David Gergen 23. "The very essence of leadership is that you have a vision. It's got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet." Theodore Hesburgh 24. "Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then we shall find the way." - Abraham Lincoln 25. "Dreams are extremely important. You can't do it unless you can imagine it." -George Lucas 26. "Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements." - Napoleon Hill 27. "Pain pushes until vision pulls." - Michael Beckwith 28. "Vision animates, inspires, transforms purpose into action." Warren Bennis 29. "The master of the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which; he simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both." - Buddha 30. "Rowing harder doesn't help if the boat is headed in the wrong direction." - Kenichi Ohmae 31. "It's not what the vision is, it's what the vision does." - Peter Senge

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you must believe in miracles.Franklin D. "The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight. has recently been voted a top 5 speaker in the field of innovation and creativity by Speaking. "The best vision is insight. because perhaps that is instinctively where you want to be.Helen Keller 41." .Ralph Waldo Emerson 40. Enjoy a 7-minute interview with Mitch at the Ethical Sourcing Forum in NYC: 3/28/11 A deck of 55 cards to spark new ideas. a leading speaker's bureau.Gertrude Stein 36. "In order to be a realist. "In the business world. Written by Mitch Ditkoff." .32. but has no vision." ." . Paul Roth Mitch Ditkoff. And if it seems to take you off the track. passionately own the vision. and relentlessly drive it to completion. you will go dry.shtml Page 3 / 24 . "Good business leaders create a vision. "The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. "Looking up gives light. "A leader will find it difficult to articulate a coherent vision unless it expresses his core values.Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 34. Val Vadeboncoeur.Warren Buffett 33." ." .Arthur Schopenhauer 39.Rosabeth Moss Kanter 43. breakthroughs and extraordinary David Thoreau 46. really good stuff.Marcel Proust Big thanks to Val Vadeboncoeur for locating most of these quotes. the Co-Founder and President of Idea Champions." . a call to become something more.Isaac Newton 44. Seize the Future Free the Genie Idea Champions Painting= Photo Photo Illustration Illustration Photo Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at 02:34 PM | Comments (3) Contest Creative Thinking Creativity Culture of Innovation Humor Idea Management Innovation Leadership Learning Managing Creativity Poll Press Quotes Team Building Technology Unplugging Video Webinars AUTHORS Mitch Ditkoff." Jack Welsh 42. don't hold back. "I try to learn from the past. Read More! If you're looking for a powerful way to jump start innovation and get your creative juices flowing.Malcolm Forbes 35." . CoFounder and President of Idea Champions.Mark Twain 49.Donald Trump 38." . Barry Gruenberg. "You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. "A vision is not just a picture of what could be. Sarah Jacob. "Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground." ." ." . and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined. "If I have seen farther than others." . Raise the bar for innovation now! Our Blog — "The Heart of Innovation" has been named one of the World Business Forum's Featured Blogs for 2011. And if you hold back and try to be always where you have been before. That's were the fun is.Albert Einstein 37." .David Ben-Gurion 50. articulate the vision." . Buy now! Or brainstorm with our online" — Seth Godin Guy http://www.John Scully 45.Rumi 48.. One must first embark on the formidable journey of self-discovery in order to create a vision with authentic soul. "People only see what they are prepared to see. although at first it makes you dizzy. the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.ideachampions. "This is really. his basic identity. "The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious. Awake at the Wheel is for you." . "If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams. "The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. he will meet with success unexpected in common hours." . Roosevelt 47." . "You have to know what you want. "Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. but I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present. it is an appeal to our better selves.

Read A&E Television Network's rave about it here." Theodore Levitt Idea Champions Home Products About Us Contact Us Articles http://www. It is no longer enough to do the same thing better .Pablo Picasso "Everyone who's ever taken a shower has had an idea." . I patent most of them. ." . Innovation is doing new things. Collaborate. 2012 25 Awesome Quotes on Creativity BrainTrust. wizards. Great food.are the primary sources of creativity." . It's the person who gets out of the shower. Check out The Heart of Innovation. Here's your one-stop shopping for everything you need (but forgot to ask for) in order to jump start innovation. have fun.Thomas Edison "Creativity is thinking up new things.ideachampions. Idea Champions' "rent a brain" network of visionaries. Read More! More Even more Einstein quotes Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at 12:05 AM | Comments (0) Our 360° Mission  Statement ProcessTM helps your entire workforce dissolve silos and realign with new purpose while drafting your new company mission statement. "Inno-waiters With Whine Lists" – The Breakthrough Cafe featured in January 2006 issue of May 27." . and subscribe! Innovation Kits. I'm frightened of the old no longer enough to be efficient and solve problems. Breakthrough Cafe." . imbalances .shtml Page 4 / 24 .fluctuations. and sooner or later.'" . Great food for thought. the need for creative thinking increases. dries off and does something about it who makes a difference. Read More! "The things we fear most in organizations . Great people.The Intuitive Mind is a Sacred Gift Kawasaki's Alltop "online magazine rack" has recognized Idea Champions' blog as one of the leading innovation blogs on the web. . get out of the box.Alfred North Whitehead "The chief enemy of creativity is 'good sense. products and services on your behalf. disturbances..Nolan Bushnell "I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas.Edward de Bono "I make more mistakes than anyone else I know. and creative thinkers ready and able to conjure up breakthrough ideas.John Cage "As competition intensifies.. A totally unique brainstorming salon.

the more obvious it seems afterwards.Eric Hoffer "A truly creative person rids him or herself of all self-imposed limitations. and anything self-conscious is lousy. It's self-conscious. You simply must do things.Albert Einstein "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. it's what you see. 2012 The Power of Pause http://www. Art is knowing which ones to keep. but why do people not create." .Carl Jung Photo Image Illustration Thanks to Val Vadeboncoeur for finding these great quotes.Abraham Maslow "To live a creative life. Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at 01:32 AM | Comments (4) May 09. we must lose our fear of being wrong.Bill Moyers "The new meaning of soul is creativity and mysticism." . then there isn't."The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.Jean-Luc Picard "Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.Scott Adams "Don't think. the more you have." . These will become the foundation of the new psychological type and with him or her will come the new civilization.Gerald Jampolsky "Things are only impossible until they're not.Ray Bradbury "Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity.S.Joseph Chilton Pierce "You can't use up creativity." .Edwin Land "There's room for everybody on the planet to be creative and conscious if you are your own person.Otto Rank "The more original a discovery." ." ." . The more you use." . If you're trying to be like somebody else. Eliot "Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous." .com/weblogs/archives/quotes/index. then perhaps you create yourself." ." .Tori Amos "The key question isn't 'What fosters creativity?' But it is why in God's name isn't everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create." .Henry David Thoreau "If you have nothing at all to create." .Arthur Koestler "It's not what you look at that matters.T. we create it.ideachampions." ." .shtml Page 5 / 24 . Thinking is the enemy of creativity." . The non-existent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. You can't try to do things." ." Maya Angelou "By believing passionately in something that still does not exist.Nikos Kazantzakis "Creativity is discontent translated into arts.

with one kid about to go to college and the other not far behind . but flawless and timely with absolutely no carbon's starting to make sense that I claim what is rightfully mine. epistemological savants. nor do I have any regrets about my that will take you less time than it will to read this anonymous pearl of mine . there wasn't even a "me" involved.ideachampions.. I am pleased to announce that YOU. Since I am claiming no royalties whatsoever from my past writings (many of which. After countless hours of consultations with pundits. Nor were any animals harmed in the writing of this paragraph. and refrigerator magnets). I have written thousands of things I've never signed my name to.. I'm not complaining. Bottom line. I couldn't.or order a take-out pizza. True. I was in such a state of presence as these pearls of wisdom appeared.Who can wait quietly while the mud settles? . Actually. It felt right at the time. but that was all free stuff.Lao Tzu Illustration Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at 06:21 AM | Comments (0) May 06. http://www.. went on to become blockbuster movies. I did sign my birth name . get to play a key role going forward .. Like a storm. bumper stickers. I've never really gotten my some pieces.shtml Page 6 / 24 . 2012 The Mystery of "Anonymous" Revealed I have a confession to make. numerologists. I mean . I think it is only fair to request that every time.and that was to sign what I wrote with the now all-too-familiar word "anonymous". The vast majority of what I've written? All "anonymous".the writing just came through me. In fact.. it's more like a revelation than a confession. It's true. so how could I sign my name? So I did the only thing I could do . including most of the blog posts on Heart of Innovation and Heart of the Matter. by the way. novels.Mitchell Ditkoff .. dear reader. How could I when millions of my readers never knew that "anonymous" was my pseudonym? Please don't get me wrong. But now . I've arrived at an approach that is not only honorable and fair. You know all those fabulous quotes and articles you've read over the years with no attribution other than "anonymous"? It was me.. and intellectual property

"The manager asks how and when. Drucker 2. This. "Management is doing things right." . yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.Harold S. leadership is doing the right things. the leader asks what and why." . 2012 34 Awesome Quotes on Leadership 1. "Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob." . "The led must not be compelled. you are a leader." .Eric Hoffer 9. they will say 'we did it ourselves. but if you want to test a man's character. "A leader is best when people barely know he exists. give him power. is the essence of leadership. The last is to say thank you. Free the Genie cards Free the Genie online Awake at the Wheel Innovation Kits Idea Champions University It's AHAppening! The goal? To model what it is like to claim one's true inheritance and take the risk that this post will go viral and I will have to answer a lot of questions from slick talk show hosts more interested in their own TV ratings than my no longer anonymous success.John Quincy Adams 8.Lao Tzu 4.ideachampions. Geneen 14. but far enough ahead to motivate them. they must be able to choose their own leader.John Kenneth Galbraith 13." .from now on in. Inventories can be managed but people must be lead.Peter F. "If your actions inspire others to dream more. do more and become more.Albert Einstein 5.John Maxwell http://www. "Lead and inspire people." ." Warren Bennis 6.'" ." .Max DePree 7. Don't try to manage and manipulate people. learn more.shtml Page 7 / 24 . "All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. and not much else.Dee Hock Perot 11. "The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.' then you know nothing of leadership." .Oscar Wilde 12. "Nearly all men can stand adversity. you encounter anything attributed to "anonymous" you link it to my website or any of the following cyberpalatial residences of mine. A small example of what I've never been paid for Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at 09:37 PM | Comments (7) April 22." . "If you don't understand that you work for your mislabeled 'subordinates. "Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions. When his work is done.†." . "The leader has to be practical and a realist. You know only tyranny. his aim fulfilled.Abraham Lincoln 10. "Leaders must be close enough to relate to others." .

" Stephen Covey 29." ." . "The key to successful leadership today is influence.Peter Drucker 30. leadership has taken a great leap backwards to the familiar territory of command and control." .Theodore Roosevelt 31. That's not authority.Jim Loehr 20. "The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision." .Bill Gates 22. "Effective leadership is putting first things first. not more followers. But if you must be without one." .ideachampions." . "Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be." . be without the strategy. "To be able to lead others. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.15. and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.Napoleon Bonaparte 32.Harry Truman 33.Ralph Waldo Emerson 19." .John Gardner 18. "A leader is a dealer in hope.Kenneth Blanchard 17. "The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done. a man must be willing to go forward alone.Norman Schwarzkopf 23.Harvey S." .Ralph Nader 27." Dwight D. "Example is not the main thing in influencing others. "Leaders conceive and articulate goals that lift people out of their petty preoccupations and unite them in pursuit of objectives worthy of their best efforts. Effective management is discipline. carrying it out. "The function of leadership is to produce more leaders. "Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. not leadership.Margaret Wheatley 24." . Idea Champions Ingenious Leadership How Leaders Foster a Culture of Innovation Illustration Illustration Illustration Photo http://www." . leaders will be those who empower others." .Theodore Roosevelt Big thanks to Val Vadeboncoeur for locating most of these quotes. ever since uncertainty became our insistent 21st century companion. Eisenhower 28." . "The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership. "No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. "You don't lead by hitting people over the head. As we look ahead into the next century." .General George Patton 21." ."Theodore Hesburgh 16. and the boss in covert. "Never tell people how to do things. Firestone 25. it is the only thing.shtml Page 8 / 24 ." . I'm sad to report that in the past few years. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.Albert Schweitzer 34. "The ability to summon positive emotions during periods of intense stress lies at the heart of effective leadership." . The leader works in the open.Arnold Glasow 26. "One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. "People ask the difference between a leader and a boss.

. "Every exit is an entry somewhere else." . They don't overcome inertia.Buddha 3.I Ching 16." .Plato 11. You don't have to see the whole staircase. "Start by doing what's necessary. then do what's possible. "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." ." Seneca 10. "What's well begun is half done. and suddenly you are doing the impossible.W..shtml Page 9 / 24 .continuing hard. just take the first step." . "When there is a start to be made."The beginnings of all things are small. "The greatest masterpieces were once only pigments on a palette. "The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.not going all the way." .." . 2012 20 Awesome Quotes on Beginning 1. "There will come a time when you believe everything is finished."Whatever you "No good ending can be expected in the absence of the right beginning. "Beginnings are always messy."Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at 09:06 AM | Comments (1) April 11. "All great ideas and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. That will be the beginning.Meister Eckhart 4." ."The beginning is the most important part of the work.Cicero 12." .they don't go. They don't begin.Japanese Proverb 18. "Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.St." . "Beginning is easy ." ." Albert Camus 5.John Galsworthy 7." .Henry Hoskins 20. Francis of Assisi Thanks to Val Vadeboncoeur for locating these quotes Idea Champions Free the Genie Awake at the Wheel Our webinars Illustration Photo Photo Photo http://www. don't step over! Start where you are.Tom Stoppard 14." . and not starting." .ideachampions. begin it.Louis L'Amour 19.Lao Tzu 6. "So many fail because they don't get started . Clement Stone 9. or dream you can." ." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 2.Edgar Cayce 8." . "Take the first step in faith. "There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth .Martin Luther King 17." Horace 13. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it." Chinese Proverb 15.

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"An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. and sooner or later." . the idea is not absurd.Our new webinar series Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at 12:35 AM | Comments (0) March 23.Albert Einstein 2. then there is no hope for it.Rollo May 3.Albert Einstein Idea Champions Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at 09:44 PM | Comments (0) 50 Awesome Quotes on the Power of Your Ideas 1. http://www. you will have betrayed yourself." . if you do not listen to your own being.Thomas Edison Rethinking Failure Risk taking quotes Innovation keynotes Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at 06:46 PM | Comments (0) March 18. I patent most of them. "If you do not express your own original ideas." . "Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree.Oscar Wilde 4. 2012 Thomas Edison on Making Mistakes "I make more mistakes than anyone else I know." .com/weblogs/archives/quotes/index.shtml Page 12 / 24 ." . "If at first.ideachampions. it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. 2012 Einstein on Stupidity "Everybody is a genius.

Emile Chartier 15.Earl Nightengale 22.F.Henry Ford 21. You can get both of these things. and go about your business. "The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away. Curiosity. They are knocking you in the head all the time. "The air is full of ideas. "No grand idea was ever born in a conference. "Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have.Napoleon Hill 10.Albert Einstein http://www. Suddenly. but if you can't get them across." ." . "I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent. once stretched by a new idea. Something must be done about them." Lee Iacocca" ." .Linus Pauling 6.Carl Jung 18." . then forget it." John Steinbeck 5. "A new idea is delicate." . "I had a monumental idea this morning. never regains its original dimensions. obsession and dogged endurance." . It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn." . "There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world. but a lot of foolish ideas have died there. all earned riches. "Ideas won't keep. Scott Fitzgerald 12. Experience isn't that important. your ideas won't get you anywhere.Alfred North Whitehead 8.Mary Kay Ash 24. "We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us." ." . have brought me to my ideas." . like a ghost. "One's mind." .shtml Page 13 / 24 . and then he gets discouraged. What is important is ideas. must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself. "A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one."Friedrich Nietzche 25.Harvey Firestone 23. "Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible. "It is the essence of genius to make use of the simplest ideas. "Why is it I always get my best ideas while shaving?" . have their beginning in an idea. combined with selfcriticism." .and pretty soon you have a dozen.Victor Hugo 7. "All achievements.Albert Einstein 19. the idea will come through. "Everything begins with an idea." .Charles Dickens 17. It was there all the time.Oliver Wendell Holmes 20." . "You can have brilliant ideas.Ovid 9.ideachampions. You only have to know what you want. That's not the place to become discouraged.Charles Peguy 14. but I didn't like it. it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow. "An idea. "Capital isn't that important in business." . and that is an idea whose time has come." Samuel Goldwyn 16. "Everyone is in love with their own ideas." Thomas Edison 13.

you even smell it. "Money never starts an idea.ideachampions. I get an idea about city government.Alfred Noble 36. If I get an idea next week. Make that one idea your life." . you find it expressed everywhere. So every once in a while I get an idea about plumbing. Think of it. "If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good.Swami Vivekananda 37. If not." Mark Twain 44. it is the idea that starts the money. "I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else. muscles." Jerry Garcia Exupery 27." . 2) It probably can be done. I'll do something. This is the way to success. "A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind. nerves. "The ability to express an idea is well nigh as important as the idea itself.until the idea succeeds. "You can kill a man. "No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered. "You do things when the opportunities come along." . Let the brain.26. and just leave every other idea alone. and later turn it into an idea.shtml Page 14 / 24 .Medgar Evers 42.Antoine St. many companies must relearn instead to trust their people and encourage them to use neglected creative capacities in order to tap the most potent economic stimulus of all: idea power. "Take up one idea." .Paula Poundstone 34. and they come the way they come.William J. Cameron 38. 3) I knew it was a good idea all along!" . but you can't kill an idea. That is way great spiritual giants are produced." . dream of it. Clarke 32.Pablo Picasso 31.Steve Jobs 45." . "If you want to kill any idea in the world. but I think I can get the money to make it into a concept." .Winston Churchill 39." Bernard Baruch 41. "To turn really interesting ideas and fledgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years. I am satisfied. "If you are possessed by an idea. "I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas.. get a committee working on it." . and I've had long dry spells.Charles Kettering 28.Thomas Mann 40." ." . "Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they're looking for ideas. "Right now it's only a notion.Frank Lloyd Wright 46. "An idea is salvation by imagination. live on that idea. I've had periods in my life when I've had a bundle of ideas come along." Rosabeth Moss Kanter 43." .Alfred North Whitehead 33. "Almost all really new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are just produced. I won't do a damn thing." . but it's not worth doing." . "New ideas pass through three periods: 1) It can't be done. "The man with a new idea is a crank .Woody Allen 29." . every part of your body.Arthur C.Warren Buffet 35. requires a lot of discipline. I'm http://www." . "Just because you're a musician doesn't mean all your ideas are about music. "After years of telling corporate citizens to 'trust the system'. be full of that idea.

What we write about is the fruit of our experience.shtml Page 15 / 24 .." .Sam Walton 50. "The new idea either finds a champion or it dies. Better to hear what our clients say about us than what we say. Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at 04:17 AM | Comments (0) January at least not all of the time.John Cage 47.a compulsive effort to validate that which you and everyone else already know to be true.Albert Einstein If you have even the slightest respect for the wild-haired father of modern physics." -. 2012 The Art and Science of Losing Count "Not everything that can be counted counts. The core of your company's "innovation process" is actually less about mind. I'm not suggesting you abandon metrics (I track. and more about heart. More from Albert Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at 08:17 AM | Comments (0) January 17. (And if you're about to ask me how I know that.Goethe Idea Generating Keynotes Idea Champions Free the Genie Innovation Kit Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at 05:20 PM | Comments (0) February 29.. Our main thing is helping organizations innovate. daily." . but they may start a winning game. how may unique visitors make it to my website) ." . 2012 24 Awesome Quotes on Good http://www.Thomas Watson 48. Interested? See the value? Click here. please read the Einstein quote one more time).ideachampions.frightened of the old ones. Not true." . "Our best ideas come from clerks and stockboys. "Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward: they may be beaten. 2012 What Our Clients Say About Us Some readers of this blog think all we do is write this blog.Tom Peters 49.all I'm saying is not everything needs to be measured. "The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas of enthusiasm." . and not everything that counts can be counted. consider this: Your organization's fascination with metrics is often nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to quantify the unquantifiable . No ordinary involvement with a new idea provides the energy required to cope with the indifference and resistance that change provokes.

Someone isn't listening."Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. and say it hot. pictures still speak the most universally understood language. always seems to start with bad communication." . fools. "That which we are capable of feeling. to understanding." .Rollo May 12.Laurence Peters 6." .Jeff Daly 16." .and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret. "The two words information and communication are often used interchangeably. "We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do." Ernest Hemingway 20. because words diminish them." George Bernard Shaw 3." .Earl Wilson 14. Lawrence 18.D. because they have to say something." . but they signify quite different things.Tom Peters 15.Communication 1.William Butler Yeats 4. "Two monologues do not make a dialogue. "The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said. Information is giving out.ideachampions. within a family." Epictetus 5. Most people never listen. "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.Leo Rosten 13." . when genuine passion moves you. and just as hard to sleep after. listen completely. communication is getting through." ." Cervantes http://www." .Stephen Covey 7." .shtml Page 16 / 24 . "You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.Plato 17. say what you've got to say. "Any problem. "Science may never come up with a better office communication system than the coffee "Wise men talk because they have something to say." ." . we are capable of saying. "Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee. "Speak when you are angry . big or small.Peter Drucker 2. "Be still when you have nothing to say. intimacy and mutual valuing." . "When people talk." ." ." .Sydney Harris 11." . that is.Emma Thompson 19. "Humor is the affectionate communication of insight. "Communication is everyone's panacea for everything. "Of all of our inventions for mass communication.Stephen King 8." .Mark Twain 22.H..Scott Peck 21.Anne Morrow Lindbergh 10. "The most important things are the hardest to say.Walt Disney 9. "In the last analysis. "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. "Communication leads to community.

" . 2012 50 Awesome Quotes on Possibility http://www. therefore I am." . "I have an answering machine in my car." .shtml Page 17 / 24 . 2012 Rene Descartes Had It Backwards Rene Descartes.Sarah Palin blink. But leave a message and I'll call when I'm out. therefore I am.Pepe LePew 6.Descartes. Based on my non-Aristotelian." ." .Ernest Kaai A big thank you to Cary Bayer and Barney Stacher for a bunch of the aforementioned pearls of wisdom. 2. therefore I am. 5. in a highly non-caffeinated fit of blogospheric bravado. it is likely that the truest philosophical statement of being would probably take on the shape of the person who said it. the famous French philosopher. mathematician.Kinkos 8.Ray Davies 11. "I "I "I "I "I wink.Wayne Gretzky 10." .Malcolm Gladwell link.Steven Wright 24. since we all know Werner Heisenberg irrefutably proved that the experimenter affects the experiment. therefore I am. it's become very clear to me that a more accurate statement would be "I am therefore I think.ideachampions.WC Fields 7. 'I'm home now.Moet Chandon "I fink." . therefore I am. therefore I am." . 14." . therefore I am." . "I ink. therefore I am." . therefore I am." .Mary Kay "I therefore I am. "I clink. "I think therefore I am.Bob Marley "I plink.Davey Jones and his Locker stink therefore I am. It says. "I kink. I don't buy it. 3. late night sojourns into the flip side of thinking." . and writer is remembered by many as the author of the famous phrase." . 15. "I drink. 12. 13.23. therefore I am. therefore I am. I present to you 15 alternate statements of epistemological coolitude that give Descartes' tired phrase (and mine) a run for their money. 4. "Give me the gift of a listening heart." .'" .Larry Page and Sergey Brin sink therefore I am. therefore I am." Then again.King Solomon Thanks to Val Vadeboncoeur for locating a bunch of these Idea Champions Cartoon Photo Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at 09:01 PM | Comments (0) January 15.Vinny "The Rat" Scalucci "I pink. 1." With all due respect to the probablyway-smarter-than-me Mr. Others we might include on our list? Idea Champions Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at 06:39 PM | Comments (0) January 09." .Marilyn Monroe 9. "I slink. And so. "I rink.

"The secret of life is to have a task." . "In order to attain the impossible. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing. They are confined by the niche in the world that they carve out for themselves.Henry Moore 6.Henry Ford 14.Arthur C." ." . I only regret.St. "God created a number of possibilities in case some of his prototypes failed." . it must be something you cannot possibly do. every minute of the day for the rest of your life. They limit themselves to fewer possibilities by the narrowness of their vision. Truth isn't. but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. "In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. That is the meaning of evolution. "The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible. And the most important thing is. "Most people are not really free. certain occasions and possibilities I didn't embrace.Lewis Carroll 3." . Naipaul 15. something you bring everything to. Clarke 11." . "It's kind of fun to do the impossible!" .shtml Page 18 / 24 ." . in the expert's http://www.Walt Disney 7." .com/weblogs/archives/quotes/index. in my chilled age.Graham Greene 13. you're right. "The Wright brother flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility.1.Henry James 16.William Blake 9. and suddenly you are doing the impossible.ideachampions. "I don't regret a single excess of my responsive youth. "What is now proved. "Whether you believe you can or not. something you devote your entire life to. "Truth is stranger than fiction. "Start by doing what's necessary.S. one must attempt the absurd. Francis of Assisi 2. was once only imagined." .V. "I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities." . "Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.John Andrew Holmes 12. "Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done. then do what's possible." ." Miguel de Cervantes 5.Charles Kettering 4.Mark Twain 10.Whoopi Goldberg 8." ." .

In this sense." .shtml Page 19 / 24 .Albert Einstein 24. but a" . "One's only rival is one's own potentialities. every man can be a king. "If I were to wish for anything." . and must therefore be treated like a king." . "The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.ideachampions." ." . what so intoxicating." . a pessimist expects his nightmares to. Pleasure disappoints. "All things are possible until they are proved impossible. "Imagination is more important than knowledge. you'll never have the possibility of being great. One's only failure is failing to live up to one's own possibilities. "The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious. "This has always been a motto of mine: Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work. We can do things we don't even dream we can do." ." .mind there are few.Cher 28.John Sculley 18.Bette Davis http://www. and all there ever will be to know and understand.Margaret Drabble 23." . but for the passionate sense of the potential.Abraham Maslow 19. Even the impossible may only be so." . "Until you're ready to look foolish. possibility never.Pearl S. as possibility!" . as of now. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand. while imagination embraces the entire world. everything is possible. sees the possible. "An optimist expects his dreams to come true." .Max Lerner 25.George Bernard Shaw 20. And what wine is so sparkling.Shunryu Suzuki 17. what so fragrant. Peter 22. ever young and ardent. Buck 27.Soren Kierkegaard 26.Dale Carnegie 21. for the eye which. I should not wish for wealth and power. "When nothing is sure.Laurence J. "I am neither an optimist nor pessimist. "We all have possibilities we don't know about.

Even if you miss." .Pablo Picasso 42.ideachampions.Mark Twain 39." . I dream for a living.Thomas Edison 43." ." ." . "If not you." ." . that shows you what to do.Les Brown 44." ." .Emily Dickinson 41. "Every man is an impossibility until he is born.Deepak Chopra 30. who? If not now." .James Dean 48. If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams. "The shell must break before the bird can fly.George Bernard Shaw 31. you must. "If we all did the things we are capable of doing." .Goethe 33. "Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done." .Ralph Waldo Emerson 34. in order that I may learn how to do it. If you must.Steven Spielberg 49. In every moment of our existence. "I love those who yearn for the impossible." . It wasn't the answer. 2012 21 Awesome Quotes on Intuition http://www.Eleanor Roosevelt 38." . "Some people see things as they are and say 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and say 'Why not?'" .John Lennon 32. "The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had.Aristotle 36.shtml Page 20 / 24 . "Dream as if you'll live forever. Brandeis 40. "You must do the thing you think you cannot do." ." . we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices." . you can.Louis D.Tony Robbins 35. "A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility. you'll land among the "You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility. when?" . "I don't dream at night.Martin Luther 47.Rabbi Hillel Something else that's possible Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at 11:11 PM | Comments (2) January 05.John Cage 37. "Everything that is done in the world is done by hope. "Shoot for the moon. "I am always doing that which I cannot do. he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. we would literally astound ourselves.Henry David Thoreau 45." . Live as if you'll die today. "If someone says can't. "If you can't. "The possible's slow fuse is lit by the imagination. I dream all day.Picasso 46.29." ." . and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined.Alfred Tennyson 50. "Everything you can imagine in real. "Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.

" .com/weblogs/archives/quotes/index." .Steve Jobs "The more and more each is impelled by that which is intuitive. or the relying upon the soul force within.Albert Einstein "Trust yourself. the more constructive may be the result.William Butler Yeats http://www.Albert Einstein "You must train your intuition.Billy Wilder "Your time is limited." ." . If I go along against her. the farther. instead of someone else's." ." .Henri Poincare "Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data.Benjamin Spock "Systems die." . It's my partner.Ingrid Bergman "The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days. the deeper." . ." . she'll screw me every time.John Naisbitt "A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something. but through intuition that we discover.Immanuel Kant "Trust your own instinct." Edgar Cayce "I feel there are two people inside me -. Your mistakes might as well be your own. I work with it and rely on it. like gifts from the sea." ." . instincts remain.Oliver Wendell Holmes "It is through science that we prove." ." . Don't let the noise of other's opinion drown your own inner voice.Lao Tzu "People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.Jonas Salk "All human knowledge thus begins with intuitions.Robert Graves "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. we get along quite nicely. and ends with ideas.Kim Basinger "Intuition is the supra-logic that cuts out all the routine processes of thought and leaps straight from the problem to the answer. You must trust the small voice inside which tells you exactly what to say. what to decide. which is living the result of other people's thinking." . Don't be trapped by dogma.Frank Capra "It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to and my intuition. proceeds thence to concepts.shtml Page 21 / 24 ."The only real valuable thing is intuition." . the greater. don't waste it living someone else's life. and if I follow her.ideachampions. Everything else is secondary. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. the broader. You know more than you think you do.

" .Heraclitus 7.Oprah Winfrey Idea Champions Free the Genie Thanks to Val Vadeboncoeur for finding most of these quotes Photo Illustration Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at 06:24 PM | Comments (0) December 20.Jack Welch 3. Francis of Assisi 15. nor the most intelligent.Carlos Casteneda "Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.Benjamin Franklin http://www. "I put a dollar in one of those change machines. is to let go of fear. they change.Leo Tolstoy 5.Ralph Waldo Emerson 16."Conclusions arrived at through reasoning have very little or no influence in altering the course of our lives. They never do it before then. "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. but no one thinks of changing himself." . that's all who ever have.Jonas Salk "Trust your hunches.Albert Einstein 6. Joyce Brothers "Follow your instincts. "We change whether we like it or not. the courage to change the things I can." . They resist being changed!" . and the wisdom to know the difference."-George Carlin 10. "Change before you have to.Margaret Mead 9." . just like when they do want to..Andy Warhol 12. "The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. "The key to change.Peter Senge 4.Henry David Thoreau 14. and sometimes they die before they get around to it." . "When people are ready to. indeed. Nothing changed. "It is not the strongest of the species that survive. You can't make them change if they don't want to. "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. 2011 38 Awesome Quotes on Change 1." ." ." .St." . "Everyone thinks of changing the world. To change something." .Rosanne Cash 11." .. For.Mahatma Gandhi 13. build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.Buckminster Fuller 8. "Nothing endures but change." . It cannot be changed without changing our thinking." .shtml Page 22 / 24 . we change." ." . "Things do not change. "Be the change you want to see in the world. "Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.ideachampions. "When you're finished changing. but the one most responsive to change. That's where true wisdom manifests itself. you're finished." .com/weblogs/archives/quotes/index." . "People don't resist change.". you can't stop them.Dr.Charles Darwin 2.

move with it. although it is true." Woodrow Wilson 21. try to change something.17.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 25. competition in most industries will probably speed up even more in the next few decades. "All changes. "If you don't like something.shtml Page 23 / 24 . almost everyone gets busy on the proof." . "We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing. If anything.Anatole France 18. we cannot find perfect composure. If you can't change it." . we are challenged to change ourselves. But unfortunately." .R.D. "When we are no longer able to change a situation. "Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so. "The world hates change. "The rate of change is not going to slow down anytime" . "If you want to make enemies." . "Life belongs to the living." . change your attitude.ideachampions.John Lilly 23.Victor Frankl 19. it is difficult for us to accept it.Maya Angelou 24. "The only way to make sense of change is to plunge into it. we suffer. for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves. and join the dance. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience. yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.Shunryu Suzuki 20." .John Kotter http://www." . and he who lives must be prepared for changes.John Kenneth Galbraith 22. "Without accepting the fact that everything changes. we must die to one life before we can enter another." ." . change it." .Lillian Hellman 29.Charles Kettering 27. "People change and forget to tell each other. Laing 28. have their melancholy. "Our only security is our ability to change." . even the most longed for.Alan Watts 26.

but pretty soon.Joseph Campbell 35.everything's different." .C." . nothing seems to change."-J. "If you always do what you've always done.Anon Big thanks to Val Vadeboncouer for locating these quotes.ideachampions. We must be hatched or go bad. "Never worry about numbers. "Company cultures are like country cultures." Barbara Kingsolver 38." . Idea Champions Keynotes on Change Photo Photo Cartoon Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at 01:00 PM | Comments (0) December 19. to work with what you've got..Lao Tzu 37. "We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned. Help one person at a time. 2011 15 Awesome Quotes on the Real Meaning of Work 1. instead. We are like eggs at present. decent egg. Never try to change And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary." ." .Mahatma Gandhi 2. Lewis 36. experience could be your worst enemy." . "Know what's weird? Day by day. you may end up where you are heading. S. "Change your thoughts and you change your world.Peter Drucker 31." .shtml Page 24 / 24 .Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes 34. "If you do not change direction. and always start with the person http://www.30. "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Paul Getty 32. "In times of rapid change.. Try. you'll always get what you've always got. "The changes we dread most may contain our salvation." .Norman Vincent Peale 33. "It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.

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