If you want your business to become a leader in providing creative and innovative solutions, you'll need ways to gather creative and innovative ideas. One of the best sources of new ideas for any business is their employees.After all, your employees know your business the best and know the people, customers, equipment and current processes. They may have some great ideas to streamline processes to make things more efficient or may have ideas about other products your customers want.One thing many managers struggle with is how to encourage their employees to put forward their ideas. There are several tools you can use to help you gather ideas such as suggestion boxes (or modern day equivalents using computer programs), competitions for the best creative solution to a current problem the business is facing, and creating 'innovation teams or committees'.Suggestion BoxesWhile the 'suggestion box' where employees would 'post' slips of paper with their ideas is somewhat outdated, several … [Read more...] about How to Get Creative Ideas Out of Your Employees
How to encourage innovation
You're at a meeting with key staff. You want some new ideas to address the topic. Looking around at this group of creative, ambitious, bright people, you say, "Let's get some fresh ideas on this. Who's got something?"Suddenly,you feel like the high-school teacher who has asked a question about the homework no one did. People find their notepads fascinating, others fumble in their briefcases muttering things no one can hear, still others stare into space seeming lost in thought. No one is looking at you.What's going on?There are many reasons for this unproductive response to your query. In my many years of working with groups,I've found the reason most often is one of these:1. People are afraid of looking like idiots in front of bosses and peers.2. They don't entirely understand the question or the topic itself.3. They worry their ideas are not "fresh" enough or "new" enough for you and offering them will subject them to criticism (and might even show up on their performance review).4. … [Read more...] about How to Encourage Ideas From Your Team at Meetings
What's the one thing starting now that you could start doing, stop doing, or change that would have a dramatic impact on your client relationships? It's an excellent question and I hope you'll take a moment to consider your response. It sometimes takes a great deal of effort and an extraordinary amount of energy to close "a big deal."Never forget, it may take even more effort and energy, to keep the business after you win it. It takes courage to get the business and creativity and imagination to keep it. Consider the word VERY GOOD and all that means. To be very good is to be grand, impressive, outstanding, excellent, and even remarkable.Many salespersons don't think in terms of being VERY GOOD. They walk around doing a great imitation of benign mediocrity. It doesn't take much to leap from the ordinary to the extraordinary, but it does take effort. It's all about leaving a great first impression, not merely a good one. It's about delighting your clients, not just satisfying … [Read more...] about How To Build Good Customer Relationships
Is it actually possible to use the same formula the mighty Google uses, to create your own compelling sales copy?It is, and today I'm going to let you in on the very powerful secret they use, so you can do exactly that.Let me start by sharing a little story with you.A while ago, Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, responded to a comment made by another exective who was asking how to foster a sense of innovation in your IT staff, without letting them run wild.Schmidt, who is a very sharp guy, said... actually..."We prefer to let them run rampant!"He then explained, "The most clever ideas don't come from the leaders, but rather from the leaders listening and encouraging and kind of creating a discussion -- wandering around trying to find new ideas."In fact, Google encourages their engineers (the geeks who come up with all the new "Google Tricks") to spend 20% of their time on "something of the engineer's own choosing".Presumably, this doesn't mean downloading porn, but instead, Schmidt … [Read more...] about How To Use Google’s Formula For Success, To Write Your Most Powerful Sales Copy Ever!
Today, it is not all uncommon for reading experts to maintain that there are only four methods that effective for teaching reading today: phonics, look and say, the language experience approach, and the context support method. However, a newer method, syllabics, seems to be gaining considerable visibility as a promising, even a preferred, alternative method for teaching children to learn to read. Each method deserves a close examination. Teaching Reading with Phonics Without a doublt, phonics is perhaps the most widely used and most easily recognized method for teaching today. Instructing children to read using this method begins with the alphabet and the sound associated with each letter. Reading begins with one- and two-letter words and blends which are easy to "sound out". After they master two-letter words, children progress to three-letter words, then four-letter words, and longer words. The principal issue with teaching reading using phonics--and it is a serious issue, … [Read more...] about How to Find the Best Method to Teach Your Child to Learn to Read