Making your ideas happen – in five easy steps
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Ideas are the force behind creativity – they usually begin with a concept. Innovation occurs when an idea is developed and the concept becomes a reality – i.e. it is brought to ‘fruition’ (I am using the term ‘fruition’ because it literally means “enjoyment” [See Note 1.]).
Many years ago a colleague told me “the problem with ideas is that everybody has them, however few ideas ever really come to anything” [Ken Dentice – this is for you!] This same sentiment is reflected in the 2002 Accenture advertising message “it’s not how many ideas you have, it’s how many you make happen” [See Note 2.]. The fact is that coming up with fresh ideas (i.e. concepts) is the fun part, while executing the ideas (bringing them to fruition) is usually the hard part.
There is an ancient Greek proverb “necessity is the mother on invention”. It does seem that when we are faced with a problem, small or large, our creativity kicks in and ideas begin to flow. We all have ideas – and inspiration can strike at any time of the day or night. I don’t know how many times that I have been wrestling with some issue, gone to sleep, and woken up with an idea of what to do. Continue reading >>>