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Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

  • Habit 1: Be Proactive ... Change starts from within, and highly effective people make the decision to improve their lives through the things that they can influence rather than by simply reacting to external forces.

Teamwork Skills

  1. Listening ... it is important to listen to other people's ideas. When people are allowed to freely express their ideas, these initial ideas will produce other ideas.
  2. Discussing ... it is important to discuss your ideas with your teammates until you agree.

Traits of Successful Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Able to accept rejection ... able to build new structures ... able to build on the strengths of others ... able to communicate non-verbally ... able to concentrate ... able to control and direct ... able to cope well with novelty ... able to creates internal visualizations ... able to elaborate ... able to escape

How to Write a Resume

Here is a link to the slide deck from a seminar I did at the University of Arizona for grad students transitioning to positions in industry. In particular, it addresses the process of creating a good industry-focused resume.

101 Common Sense Rules for Leaders

Management is all about connecting with the people on your team. So how do you effectively manage a team? With common knowledge, of course. These are a few back-to-basics rules that will help you develop management skills that really matter.

Brainstorming!

A good way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas from which to choose! Brainstorming is a Creativity Supertool!

Creativity Kindling Exercises

  • Level 1 ... Explain, Demonstrate, Identify, Illustrate, Translate, Show, Label
  • Level 2 ... Solve, Organize, Construct, Generalize, Examples, Relate, Summarize

Types of Creativity

  • Expressive ... Very common form of creativity.  Example: Doodling, short notes, humming a new melody.   Useful for communications, advertising, sales.

The Critical Success Factor

There are multiple factors that directly influence the health and wealth of any given business venture. These factors may be diverse and different depending on the nature of the business. The Critical Success Factor, however, is common to virtually all business ventures.

The Critical Success Factor: Earn a Profit Solving Customer Problems Better than the Competition. It is do, or die. A venture dies for one of three reasons: 1] It didn't earn a profit; 2] It didn't solve its customer's problems; 3] It wasn't better than the competitive alternatives.

Customer Perception of Value

From the choices usually available in a marketplace, customers determine which supplier offers the best value. Different customers have different needs, different wants, different desires. Hence, multiple competitors may well exist in the same marketspace. However, seldom do competitors have the same market share. Typically, one company wins the vote for "best value" from a plurality (or majority) of potential customers.