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The Five Star 5 -Ideas, Ideas, Ideas!

Thinking Business Woman Looking Up On Many Questions Mark Isolat

Coming up with fresh, entertaining and captivating blog content on a regular basis can be tough. I am kind of lucky, in that my brain is always “on” and ideas continually flow!

But I still need to look for more inspiration, and came up with the three fantastic articles that have inspired me to keep evolving my content!

From “Copy Blogger” http://bit.ly/1cpJWdq

From “Start Blogging Online” http://bit.ly/1hLJ4Xg

From “ProBlogger”  http://bit.ly/1bl3kfN

Here are a few things that help me gather information and create content.

  1. Always have a pen and notebook within arm’s reach. Do this electronically if you like, and NEVER assume that you will remember something later without documenting it!
  2. Create an “Inspiration File”. Archive articles or other content that has peaked your curiosity to refer back to later.
  3. Be aware of things around you. Great ideas can come from the radio, TV, people you socialize with, or observing others.
  4. Review old content or notes.  A slightly different twist can bring new life to information.
  5. No idea is silly or crazy! No matter how out of left field something may seem at the time, you never know what might come of it!

Keep creating, be open to all possibilities with your writing, and HAVE FUN 🙂

 

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I really enjoyed this post by Carol Dougherty this morning. It is a thought-provoking look at teams generating ideas (or lack thereof). Enjoy!

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Does your team generate great ideas?  Are you open to all ideas?  Do you encourage even seemingly off the wall thoughts?  Does each of your team members feel they will be heard?  Do they all come up with unique ideas or concepts?

If you can answer yes to all of these your team is rolling along well and is open to any and all input.  Great!  Unfortunately most teams aren’t operating in this well.  There are several reasons this may be the case.

  1. Lacking Diversity – If the team all has the same job functions/ background you may not get unique ideas.  When everyone does the same thing or has the same background they tend to see things the same way.

Solution – Bring in people who are outside of the area of expertise of the team.  Open it up to internal or external customers and suppliers, or people from…

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