Making Ideas Happen Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality

ISBN-10: 159184312X
ISBN-13: 9781591843122
Edition: 2010
Authors: Scott Belsky
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/15/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

How the world's leading innovators push their ideas to fruition again and again Edison famously said that genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration. Ideas for new businesses, solutions to the world's problems, and artistic breakthroughs are common, but great execution is rare. According to Scott Belsky, the capacity to make ideas happen can be developed by anyone willing to develop their organizational habits and leadership capability. That's why he founded Behance, a company that helps creative people and teams across industries develop these skills. Belsky has spent six years studying the habits of creative people and teams that are especially productive-the ones who make their ideas happen time and time again. After interviewing hundreds of successful creatives, he has compiled their most powerful-and often counterintuitive-practices, such as: •Generate ideas in moderation and kill ideas liberally •Prioritize through nagging •Encourage fighting within your team While many of us obsess about discovering great new ideas, Belsky shows why it's better to develop the capacity to make ideas happen-a capacity that endures over time.

Introduction: Making Ideas Happen
Making This Book Happen
Why Most Ideas Never Happen
The Forces That Make Ideas Happen
A Final Note as We Begin
Organization And Execution
The Competitive Advantage of Organization
Your Approach to Organization and the Destiny of Your Ideas
The Action Method: Work and Life with a Bias toward Action
Reconsider How You Manage Projects
Breaking Projects into Primary Elements
The Importance of Action Steps
Maintaining a Backburner
References are Worth Storing, Not Revering
Practicing the Action Method
Capture and Make Time for Processing
Prioritization: Managing Your Energy Across Life's Projects
Keep an Eye on Your-Energy Line
Reconciling Urgent vs. Important
Darwinian Prioritization
Execution: Always Moving the Ball Forward
Act Without Conviction
Kill Ideas Liberally
Measure Meetings with Action
The Biology and Psychology of Completion
The Tao of the Follow-up
Seek Constraints
Have a Tempered Tolerance for Change
Progress Begets Progress
Visual Organization and Advertising Action to Yourself
Mental Loyalty: Maintaining Attention and Resolve
Rituals for Perspiration
Reconsider Your Work Space
Reduce Your Amount of "Insecurity Work"
The Forces of Community
Harnessing The Forces around You
The Dreamers, the Doers, and the Incrementalists
Seldom Is Anything Accomplished Alone
Share Ideas Liberally
Capitalize on Feedback
Transparency Boosts Communal Forces
Communal Forces Are Best Channeled in Circles
Seek Competition
Commit Yourself in Order to Commit Others
Create Systems for Accountability
The Pressure of the Spotlight
The Power of the Network
The Benefits of a Shared Work Space
Seeking Stimulation from Serendipity
Pushing Ideas Out to Your Community
Overcome the Stigma of Self-Marketing
Effective Self-Marketing Builds Respect
Find Your Own Frequency, Then Tune in to Engage Others
Ground Your Ideas Outside Your Community
Recognize When You Are No Longer a Solo Show
Leadership Capability
The Rewards Overhaul
Short-Circuiting the Rewards System
The Motivational Reward of Play
The Reward of Recognition
The Chemistry of the Creative Team
Engage Initiators in Your Creative Pursuits
Cultivate Complementary Skill Sets
Provide Flexibility for Productivity
Foster an Immune System That Kills Ideas
Fight Your Way to Breakthroughs
Don't Become Burdened by Consensus
Managing The Creative Team
Share Ownership of Your Ideas
Leaders Should Talk Last
Judge and Be Judged Amidst Conflict
Develop others through the Power of Appreciation
Seek the Hot Spots
Self-Leadership
Find a Path to Self-Awareness
Develop a Tolerance for Ambiguity
Capture the Benefits of Failure
Avoid the Trap of Visionary's Narcissism
Combating Conventional Wisdom with Contrarianism
Consider Yourself an Entrepreneur
Be Willing to Be a Deviant
Keep an Eye on the Backward Clock
The Love Conundrum
An Opportunity and a Responsibility
Acknowledgments
Tips for Practicing the Action Method
The Purple Santa Experiment
Overview of the Behance Network
Index

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