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Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality [NOOK Book]

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"Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard. This book helps you with the hard part."
-Guy Kawasaki, author of Enchantment


According to productivity expert Scott Belsky, no one is born with the ability to drive creative projects to completion. Execution is a skill that must be developed by building your organizational habits and harnessing the...
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Overview

"Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard. This book helps you with the hard part."
-Guy Kawasaki, author of Enchantment


According to productivity expert Scott Belsky, no one is born with the ability to drive creative projects to completion. Execution is a skill that must be developed by building your organizational habits and harnessing the support of your colleagues.

As the founder and CEO of Behance, a company on a mission to empower and organize the creative world, Belsky has studied the habits of especially productive individuals and teams across industries. Now he has compiled the principles and techniques they share, and presents a systematic approach to creative organization and productivity.

While many of us focus on generating and searching for great ideas, Belsky shows why it's better to develop the capacity to make ideas happen-a capacity that endures over time.


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Publishers Weekly - Library Journal
Though creation always begins with an idea, ideas don't always lead to creation; examining why that's so, online entrepreneur Belsky finds that, no matter how unique or radically different ideas may be, the individuals and teams who carry those ideas to fruition share a number of common traits, such as engaging peers and leveraging communal forces. In this guide to realizing ideas, Belsky examines those traits in detail. Chapters like "The Chemistry of the Creative Team" set forth an action-based plan that forgoes time-wasting meetings and other corporate culture standbys, citing studies, progressive thinkers and case studies of companies like Best Buy, IBM and Sun Microsystems. Modern-day successes, Belsky contends, have traded "the traditional butts-in-chairs mindset" for a "Results Only Work Environment," where employees are compensated based on achievement of specified goals, rather than work hours. Ultimately, Belsky insists, creative success is a matter of rethinking methods and increasing focus, while emphasizing and rewarding old-fashioned passion and perspiration.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101404355
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 243,902
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Scott Belsky is a speaker, writer, and an entrepreneur with a focus on the creative industries. As the founder and CEO of Behance, he oversees the Behance Network, the world's leading platform for creative professionals, with millions of visitors every month, and the annual 99% Conference, devoted to execution in creative teams.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Making Ideas Happen 1

Making This Book Happen 4

Why Most Ideas Never Happen 8

The Forces That Make Ideas Happen 14

A Final Note As We Begin 18

1 Organization and Execution 21

The Competitive Advantage of Organization 25

Your Approach to Organization and the Destiny of Your Ideas 26

The Action Method: Work and Life with a Bias Toward Action 30

Reconsider How You Manage Projects 32

Breaking Projects into Primary Elements 34

The Importance of Action Steps 37

Maintaining a Backburner 43

References are Worth Storing, Not Revering 45

Practicing the Action Method 49

Capture and Make Time for Processing 51

Prioritization: Managing Your Energy Across Life's Projects 58

Keep an Eye on Your Energy Line 58

Reconciling Urgent vs. Important 61

Darwinian Prioritization 67

Execution: Always Moving the Ball Forward 70

Act Without Conviction 72

Kill Ideas Liberally 75

Measure Meetings with Action 78

The Biology and Psychology of Completion 81

The Tao of the Follow-up 84

Seek Constraints 86

Have a Tempered Tolerance for Change 89

Progress Begets Progress 91

Visual Organization and Advertising Action to Yourself 93

Mental Loyalty: Maintaining Attention and Resolve 98

Rituals for Perspiration 99

Reconsider Your Work Space 102

Reduce Your Amount of "Insecurity Work" 104

2 The Forces of Community 107

Harnessing the Forces Around You 111

The Dreamers, the Doers, and the Incrementalists 112

Seldom is Anything Accomplished Alone 116

Share Ideas Liberally 120

Capitalize on Feedback 124

Transparency Boosts Communal Forces 128

Communal Forces are Best Channeled in Circles 131

Seek Competition 135

Commit Yourself in Order to Commit Others 138

Create Systems for Accountability 139

The Pressure of the Spotlight 140

The Power of the Network 142

The Benefits of a Shared Work Space 143

Seeking Stimulation from Serendipity 145

Pushing Ideas Out to Your Community 147

Overcome the Stigma of Self-Marketing 148

Effective Self-Marketing Builds Respect 151

Find Your Own Frequency, Then Tune in to Engage Others 155

Ground Your Ideas Outside Your Community 158

Recognize When You are No Longer a Solo Show 159

3 Leadership Capability 163

The Rewards Overhaul 167

Short-Circuiting the Rewards System 168

The Motivational Reward of Play 172

The Reward of Recognition 175

The Chemistry of the Creative Team 177

Engage Initiators in Your Creative Pursuits 178

Cultivate Complementary Skill Sets 179

Provide Flexibility for Productivity 180

Foster an Immune System that Kills Ideas 183

Fight Your Way to Breakthroughs 184

Don't Become Burdened by Consensus 186

Managing the Creative Team 190

Share Ownership of Your Ideas 191

Leaders Should Talk Last 193

Judge and Be Judged Amidst Conflict 194

Develop Others Through the Power of Appreciation 195

Seek the Hot Spots 199

Self-Leadership 202

Find a Path to Self-Awareness 203

Develop a Tolerance for Ambiguity 204

Capture the Benefits of Failure 206

Avoid the Trap of Visionary's Narcissism 207

Combating Conventional Wisdom with Contrarianism 209

Consider Yourself an Entrepreneur 211

Be Willing to Be a Deviant 213

Keep an Eye on the Backward Clock 214

The Love Conundrum 216

Afterword 219

An Opportunity and a Responsibility 223

Acknowledgments 225

Appendix 1 Tips for Practicing the Action Method 228

Appendix 2 The Purple Santa Experiment 230

Appendix 3 Overview of the Behance Network 233

Index 234

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Just What It Says

    This book delivers. What Scott Belsky is known for in the creative world comes through in the written world. Inspiring, yet practical. A why and a how book. As I read I could envision how I could use its principles and concepts in my world. I feel like I have learned how to "think through" the process from conception to reality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Definitely worthy...

    Scott writes about people who use the processes he espouses, as well as giving you, names and other valuable resources for additional reference.

    I like the natural style and it's short enough to be a quick read. I'll keep it to go back to for a ho-hum crasher from time to time. Would see it being valuable time and again.

    Thanks Scott!

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

    Must have to be successful in managing things!

    Great tools and Ideas!Use it everyday in my business

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Just Do it

    Bought an iPad and I'm using BN's ebooks service. It is great reading in bed where the lamp light need not be on while keeping my wife from sleeping. Now she wants what I'm doing. The only down side for me is that I'm tired from styaing up late from reading late at night.

    Rock on noble Noble

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    Posted April 14, 2010

    at last...

    a book that could make all the difference...

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