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Idea Hunter How to Find the Best Ideas and Make Them Happen

ISBN-10: 0470767766
ISBN-13: 9780470767764
Edition: 2011
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Description: Jack Welch once said that, "Someone somewhere has a better idea." In this myth busting book the authors reveal that great business ideas do not spring from innate creativity, or necessarily from the brilliant minds of people. Rather, great ideas  More...

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Book details

List price: $20.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 5/6/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Jack Welch once said that, "Someone somewhere has a better idea." In this myth busting book the authors reveal that great business ideas do not spring from innate creativity, or necessarily from the brilliant minds of people. Rather, great ideas come to those wo are in the habit of looking for great ideas -- all around them, all the time. Too often, people fall into the trap of thinking that the only worthwhile idea is a thoroughly original one. Idea Hunters know better. They understand that valuable ideas are already out there, waiting to be found -- and not just in the usual places. Explains why ideas are a critical asset for every manager and professional, not just those who do "creative" Shows how to expand your capacity to find and develop winning business ideas Reveals the useful pneumonic I-D-E-A: Interest - use your intellectual curiosity; Diversity, get ideas from a mix of sources, not just in the usual places; Exercise-build your idea muscles by always immersing yourself in new ideas and by surrounding yourself with others who do the same; Agile- be prepared to rethink, change, and adapt your ideas Ihow to seek out and select the ideas that best serve your purposes and goals -- and define who you are, as a professionalThe book is filled with illustrative accounts of successful Idea Hunters and stories from thriving "idea" companies. Warren Buffet, Walt Disney, Thomas, Edison, Pixar among others are profiled.

Preface: Why Hunt?
Introduction: Brilliance Not Required
Already Out There
Ready to Unlearn
Know Your Gig
The Discernment
The Circle of Competence
Gigs Matter
The I-D-E-A Principles
Interested
Be Interested, Not Just Interesting
Curiosity at the Trading Post
Learning Machines
Your Brain Is Open
Defining Your Own Hunt
Selling the Best Hour of the Day to Yourself
Diverse
Diversifying the Hunt
The Color of Your Ideas
When Weak Ties Are Strong
Widening Your Intellectual Bandwidth
Bridging Distant Worlds
Ideas Are Everywhere
The I's and T's
Exercised
Mastering the Habits of the Hunt
The Practice of Ideas
Begin with an Eye
Observing at the Ritz
Erecting a Personal Platform of Observation
Write It Down
Get It Moving
Observe Yourself
Assembling an Idea Portfolio
Agile
Idea Flow Is Critical
The Case of the Guitar Strings
Creating Idea Spaces at Pixar
Finding the �Informal Bosses�
Letting Ideas Percolate
When It's Time to �Kill� Ideas
Ready, Set, Launch
Create Great Conversations
�Continuers� and �Terminators�
The Value of a Na�ve Question
Preparing for the Big Conversation
Epilogue: Thoreau and the I-D-E-A Assessment
References
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Index

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