Quirky People – essential Team Members

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People with a quirky frame of mind are an invaluable asset. Ill go even further and say without these people on your team, it will be hard to do the impossible.

Read further down to my personal meeting to Elon Musk, a great example of quirkiness…

Quirky people think creatively to solve problems and tackle tasks.

  • Think of outside-the-box solutions for problems.
  • Try to see all aspects of a situation.
  • Come up with solutions that no one has thought of before.

Creative People have a great deal of Physical Energy 

  • They work long hours, with great concentration, while projecting an aura of freshness and enthusiasm.

Key characteristic is Courage

  • Quirky creative people adapt to almost any situation and adjust quickly to reach their goals. More than anything else, is their resourcefulness and the courage not to give up.

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Inspire people to do the impossible

Henry Worsley explorerAn impossible trek to most, but possible to one

Henry Worsley trekked for seventy-one days and nearly eight hundred nautical miles to reach the south pole single handed in January 2016. He was inspired by Ernest Shackleton who had walked to within ninety-seven miles of his goal in 1909.

Worsley had studied every aspect of Shackleton and admired not only his courage but his leadership and of course his determination.

On January 2nd, 2016 only a day behind schedule, he reached the South Pole. He now had to continue to the Ross ice shelf so he had “crossed” Antartica. To stick to the principle of an “unaided trek” he refused to go into the base at the South Pole. “It was weird arriving here and not stopping,” he wrote in his diary, adding, “Very tempting to stay at Pole—eat and sleep.” He set up his camp nearby maintaining a self-imposed exile.

Worsley did not make the complete journey and he died in hospital of a lung disease shortly after. You can read the story “THE WHITE DARKNESS, A solitary journey across Antarctica. in the New Yorker by David Grann. Grann tells it well. Worsley raised a huge sum of money for a foundation and is now an inspiration to others. Continue reading Inspire people to do the impossible

Art and Science of Product Innovation

Product InnovationCreating the “Impossible”

In my mind, the black art of innovation and the white science of problem solving go hand in hand to “create the impossible”. One needs both for a commercial outcome.

Famous artists follow two broad processes:

  • quick and creative – Picasso, Pollock
  • careful and methodical – Monet (he planted water lilies before painting them)

Both results are innovative: they create something new that hadn’t been before.
However, the probability of commercial success with the “careful and methodical” process is far higher, in my opinion. Here is why: Continue reading Art and Science of Product Innovation

Are your prospective customers obvious?

Nurturing LeadsIt is easy to lose prospective customers in a market of potentials. You are busy responding to leads. Those with the most value don’t always get the best attention.
Whats the simplest way to address this?

Nurturing prospects (often called leads) doesn’t have a one size fits all solution.
However, there is a proven process that will significantly help you.
Whats more, it’s a process that can be automated.

The principle is to have more “face time” with the prospective customer.
The catch is that you don’t want to become a nuisance.. and the time needs to add value.
The prospective customer has to “pull” for the information. You can’t push it.

Problem Unaware

Let’s stop and recall the relationship between the type of information a customer may request and where they are in the “brand” journey. Continue reading Are your prospective customers obvious?

If Henry Ford had a Smartphone

If-HENRY-FORD-had-a-Smart-phoneHenry Ford saved time through innovation and change. He is best known for the moving vehicle production line. The line moved at a set production pace. Workers had to keep up to the line.

To keep up to line speed, innovative vehicle assembly procedures were developed and perfected. Each change was simple but detailed. The details became routine.
Simplifying the routine gave improvement. However, the big gains were in more “thinking time”. More problems were solved. More time to implement innovation.

Nearly every business has a “Henry Ford” moving line. It is the digitisation of your work processes. This end-to-end set of processes should give the customer meaningful solutions on time and on spec. Every business has side processes that take people “off the production line”.

Many process steps use computer based applications. Some use digital communication. There is data collection internally and with the customer. How much time would you save if these steps were simplified? Continue reading If Henry Ford had a Smartphone