Jump Start Your Brain - Spark Deck 4.11.2018

This week's spark deck includes:

Wisdom Mining: Some believe Uber and Lyft cause congestion in cities - What are the unintended consequences of your actions?

Patent Mining: Are you sure that you solving a problem that your customer thinks needs to be solved?

Unrelated Mining: How many holes does a straw have? Are you absolute in your business or offering numbers?

BIG VICTORY + TEAM TRUTHS + ONCE IN A LIFETIME +

BIG VICTORY + TEAM TRUTHS + ONCE IN A LIFETIME +

I bring you good news… there are some amazing things happening.   

BIG VICTORY:  The Eureka! Ranch’s BRAIN BREW Craft Whisk(e)y Distillery did the impossible.  In the world’s most prestigious craft whiskey competition - every Brain Brew product scored HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (90 points plus) or EXCEPTIONAL (95 points plus).   This is unheard of results for any craft distillery.  Even more impressive it happened in 2.5 years not 12 or 18 years.  THE SECRET TO OUR SUCCESS …. The Innovation Engineering mindset and methods.   YES - the same stuff that I’m teaching next Tuesday and Wednesday at the course described below under ONCE IN A LIFETIME.

 

Jump Start Your Brain - Spark Deck 3.21.2018

This week's spark deck includes:

Market Mining: A deposit box that holds 2.25 billion seeds :: How can you expand to larger than ever imaginable?

Unrelated Mining: A personal bunker...how can you plan for the future, but have fun while doing it?

Wisdom Mining: The Solar Bubble Dryer a safer way for farmers to dry their crops...are there ways to bring technology to areas that can't support it?

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

The Lemmon household is getting ready to move. While packing I was reminded of all the things in my house. Opening some closets and cabinets felt like Christmas morning, because I had no idea what treasures I might find. Books, games, calculators, and musical instruments all got boxed up as I look forward to using them in the new house. I noticed how some of things I’m packing were getting worn out. This made me think about replacing them with a better version. I also found plenty of junk that I haven’t used in years. It felt good to donate it or throw it away to make space for new things. I could have just boxed everything up and moved it to the new house, but there is value in spending the time to go through it all.

Jump Start Your Brain - Spark Deck 3.14.2018

This week's spark deck includes:

Market Mining: A deposit box that holds 2.25 billion seeds :: How can you expand to larger than ever imaginable?

Unrelated Mining: A personal bunker...how can you plan for the future, but have fun while doing it?

Wisdom Mining: The Solar Bubble Dryer a safer way for farmers to dry their crops...are there ways to bring technology to areas that can't support it?

Being Ok with Looking Dumb

Being Ok with Looking Dumb

In today’s information age with anything you could possibly want to know just a search away it’s easy to feel like we know everything. We’ve become experts in every field as no information is out of our reach and we never have to say “I don’t know”. But the truth is there’s still plenty we don’t know and there are things even Google can’t teach us. When we reach these moments of uncertainty it’s important to be able to admit that you don’t know to turn a moment of ignorance into a moment of learning.

Jump Start Your Brain - Spark Deck 3.1.2018

This week's spark deck includes:

Future Mining: A-Commerce what is it and what may it mean for your business?

Unrelated Mining: What is Divergent Microfactories? And what can you learn from them?

Technology Mining: Moen Velocity Eco-Performance Rainshower how was it inspired? Could you find similar inspiration?

An Easy Brainstorming Tool

An Easy Brainstorming Tool

We've all been invited to brainstorming sessions where you walk into a board room with white walls a big conference table and probably a chart pad or white board on the wall.  The host then says we need BIG ideas  - okay, go...crickets...crickets.  Someone finally speaks up - throws out an idea and it is immediately shot down for a million different reasons. A few more ideas might be tossed around, but it all ends the same - everyone is bored and frustrated and no one feels like the problem was actually solved.  If you are lucky the host tried to be "creative" and might of brought a few Nerf guns and possibly some other toys to make everyone feel even more "creative." No matter what it ended in the same way a few ideas, nothing anyone is that excited about and everyone goes back to their daily lives thinking I hate brainstorming.

I admit it. I’ve been GUILTY of preventing innovation.

I admit it.  I’ve been GUILTY of preventing innovation.

McKinsey research finds that 80% of CEOs say that innovation is key.  However, only 20% day their company does it well.  

Sadly - a little while ago I came to the conclusion that I was part of the problem.  For nearly 40 years my Eureka! Ranch team and my books have been focused on encouraging everyone to innovate like the 15% of adults who are “right brain creativity / design zealots.”  

I WAS WRONG.   IT DOESN”T WORK.   The 85% who are “Left Brain Logical” will not change. 

If you want to learn more - Join me for a LIVE webinar this Friday  - February 16 at 1:00 EST.   If you can’t make it at that time - sign up anyways and we’ll send you a link to watch the webinar on your own time. 

To sign up click here….

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/108050495883055107

Why you should know about the Global IP Index

Why you should know about the Global IP Index

It is getting to be award time around the entertainment world.  And there are awards also being handed out in the intellectual property world.  (Ok, maybe not the BEST bridge in subjects, but most of that entertainment stuff is protected by intellectual property.)

The US Chamber of Commerce recently released its annual Global IP Index for 2018.  

The Chamber provides this index as "a blueprint for countries seeking to become true knowledge-based economies through an effective intellectual property (IP) architecture. Every individual economy represents a blank canvas, with policymakers using broad strokes in the form of IP policy to paint their country’s innovative and creative futures."

Jump Start Your Brain - Spark Deck 2.7.2018

This week's spark deck includes:

Wisdom Mining: Do you know the extent of your social impact on the community?

Patent Mining: What technologies could you utilize to help your company and community in regards to the environment?

Insight Mining: How can you improve your Corporate Social Responsibility?

Jump Start Your Brain - Spark Deck 1.31.2018

This week's spark deck includes:

Wisdom Mining: Do coupons lead to repeat purchases? A study out of the University of Tennessee says, "no."

Insight Mining: Education vs Telling :: How could you educate your customer vs telling your customer about what you do? 

Unrelated Mining: How can you learn from the most trusted brands in America?

It's Time to Let your Idea Mature & Achieve Greatness

It's Time to Let your Idea Mature & Achieve Greatness

We all do it. We are faced with a challenge and we come up with an idea to solve that challenge and from the moment the idea is born we fall in love with it…just like a baby or a puppy.  We all think our idea is perfect, beautiful, and is THE idea, the one that will solve the challenge and make the world a better place. I'm personally guilty of this.

But, like Jobs said that is wrong...

Go Ahead - Take the LEAP!

Go Ahead - Take the LEAP!

This past week I came to the not very stunning realization that TODAY is the DAY to take action.  

TODAY is the day to take action on your/my ideas.

TODAY is the day to take action on your/my dreams.

SADLY - most of us, especially as we age,  become Prudent, Proper and frankly Puckered.  We spend more time thinking through the consequences and less time taking action. 

This past week I realized that in parts of my life I’ve fallen into this trap.