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

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Jack Welch said that, "someone somewhere has a better idea." Boynton and Fischer blow up the myth that great ideas come from innate creativity and show how anyone can come up with successful ideas for their business just by looking around them.

Too often, people fall into the trap of believing that great ideas have to be original. But rather than waiting for a brainstorm, many of the best "innovators" actually synthesize the best ideas they learn elsewhere - from studying their ...

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Overview

Jack Welch said that, "someone somewhere has a better idea." Boynton and Fischer blow up the myth that great ideas come from innate creativity and show how anyone can come up with successful ideas for their business just by looking around them.

Too often, people fall into the trap of believing that great ideas have to be original. But rather than waiting for a brainstorm, many of the best "innovators" actually synthesize the best ideas they learn elsewhere - from studying their competitors, exploring other fields and industries, talking to everyone they meet, and generally keeping their ears to the ground.

The authors show how to expand your capacity for soaking up ideas, then select the best and most appropriate ones, adapt them to your business, and implement them before everyone else does. Their points are illustrated with interviews of successful "idea hunters" and stories of companies that have put their plan into practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596596344
  • Publisher: Gildan Audio
  • Publication date: 6/14/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Andy Boynton is currently dean of the Carroll School of Management at Boston College (#14 undergrad b-school in BusinessWeek's 2007 survey). Bill Fischer is a professor and program director of executive training at IMD, a leading global business school in Lausanne, Switzerland. He previously served as dean and president of the China-Europe International Business School, a joint venture of the European Union and Chinese government, in Shanghai, China. In addition he is a globetrotting consultant teaching training seminars, workshops and webinars reaching 100,000 professionals annually.

Their current and past clients include Fidelity, Cisco Systems, Johnson & Johnson, Nokia, Nestle USA, Deloitte Consulting, Cigna Insurance, Pfizer, British Air, British Telecom, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Avnet, FT-Pearson and the Today Show. They have written for Harvard Business Review and Financial Times, among others.

William Bole is a journalist and editorial consultant whose articles have appeared in Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, and he has coauthored three books.

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Table of Contents

Preface:Why Hunt? xi

Introduction: Brilliance Not Required 1

Already Out ere 3

Ready to Unlearn 7

1 Know Your Gig 11

The Discernment 13

The Circle of Competence 17

Gigs Matter 19

The I–D–E–A Principles

INTERESTED

2 Be Interested, Not Just Interesting 25

Curiosity at the Trading Post 28

Learning Machines 29

Your Brain Is Open 33

DeBning Your Own Hunt 36

IDEAWORK #1: SELLING THE BEST HOUR OF THE DAY TO YOURSELF 39

DIVERSE

3 Diversifying the Hunt 47

The Color of Your Ideas 49

WhenWeak Ties Are Strong 51

Widening Your Intellectual Bandwidth 54

Bridging DistantWorlds 58

Ideas Are Everywhere 61

IDEAWORK #2: THE I’S AND T’S 65

EXERCISED

4 Mastering the Habits of the Hunt 71

The Practice of Ideas 73

Begin with an Eye 75

Observing at the Ritz 77

Erecting a Personal Platform of Observation 80

Write It Down 83

Get It Moving 86

Observe Yourself 88

IDEAWORK #3: ASSEMBLING AN IDEA PORTFOLIO 91

AGILE

5 Idea Flow Is Critical 101

The Case of the Guitar Strings 104

Creating Idea Spaces at Pixar 106

Finding the "Informal Bosses" 110

Letting Ideas Percolate 112

When It's Time to "Kill" Ideas 115

IDEAWORK #4: READY, SET, LAUNCH 121

6 Create Great Conversations 129

"Continuers" and "Terminators" 132

The Value of a Naive Question 136

Preparing for the Big Conversation 138

Epilogue: Thoreau and the I-D-E-A Assessment 143

References 151

Acknowledgments 161

About the Authors 165

Index 167

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    Lone geniuses who hide away pondering in ivory towers seldom experience those “Aha!” moments when the proverbial lightbulb switches on above their heads. The people who develop the most innovative concepts are “idea hunters,” who constantly search for pre-existing ideas they can adapt to their own ends. Management school dean Andy Boynton, professor Bill Fischer and journalist William Bole tell illuminating tales of successful idea hunters and explain – albeit with a bit of repetition – how real innovators generate great ideas; they hunt and gather. getAbstract recommends these stories and techniques to anyone seeking creative solutions.

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