EppsNet Archive: Ideas

When Did We Forget Our Dreams?

xkcd: “The solution doesn’t involve watering down my every little idea and creative impulse for the sake of someday easing my fit into a mold. It doesn’t involve tempering my life to better fit someone’s expectations. It doesn’t involve constantly holding back for fear of shaking things up. . . .” Click through to read the whole thing . .… Read more →

Steal Like an Artist

There’s an economic theory out there that if you take the incomes of your five closest friends and average them, the resulting number will be pretty close to your own income. I think the same thing is true of idea incomes. You’re only going to be as good as the stuff you surround yourself with. — Austin Kleon, Steal Like… Read more →

If You Want to Be Great

If you want to be great, you need to learn about all the possible relevant ideas that have worked for others. You need to create new ideas, blend, adapt and prioritize them, and constantly test the best ideas to see which ones work for you. Only then can you fully implement — while continuously adjusting — the ideas that really… Read more →

In a Conference Room

Stop being false just because you’re in a conference room. Start actively engaging. For example, when you think an idea someone states, or one a group adopts, is a poor one, investigate it. Either you don’t understand it, or it is a poor idea. Stop everything, and find out why someone would say such a thing at this time. What… Read more →

In Creative Work, the More Ideas the Better

Simply encouraging “idea-consciousness” can have a profound impact. For a group to realize they are working with too few ideas is a tremendous step. — Jim McCarthy Read more →

Convergence

The distinctive conduct that marks successful project teams is this: They know there is a time to diverge and a time to converge. That is, in each of the project planning phases (e. g., feasibility, conceptual, definition, execution), the team first moves outward (diverge) to gather information and ideas and to generate alternatives — only then does the team move… Read more →

The Safety to Express Ideas

Teams must intentionally create an environment where it is safe to express all ideas. — Jim McCarthy Read more →

Twitter: 2009-06-08

RT @diablocody: Re: people using the word “robust” when describing technology. It’s a phone, not Bolognese sauce. # Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when it’s the only one you have. — Emile-Auguste Chartier # Oxymoron of the day: optional requirements # Read more →

Stealing Ideas

Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down peoples’ throats. — Howard Aiken Read more →