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Tags: creativity, Entrepreneur, failure, Innovation, small business
How important is falling down and failure to developing future success?
Recently, Guy Kawasaki showed how the 40-30-30 rule applies as well to business as it does to sports: 40% physical training, 30% technical skill and experience, and 30% willingness to take risks. The moral? If you haven’t had a good fall, you probably aren’t trying hard enough nor taking enough risks.
I find the upside to this rule in our potential to learn from our mistakes and the path that new learning can take. Falling down or failure can produce learning in the form of a new approach, an innovation upon a stagnant theme or a creative tact – all because we chose to push the envelope a little further and fell along the way.
Falling for Success
How have you or your business gained from a recent failure?
What are you doing to increase measurable risk taking away from routines?
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Tags: business, creativity, innovatioin, listening, small business, tips
Small businesses innovation
or productive creativity can be daunting when considered within the context of what adds to the business bottom line.
Managers and chief executives are wary enough of employees losing valuable work time to social media chats and water cooler gossip.
But consider this- if your business is not improving (read: growing) when you keep doing the same things, isn’t it worth enabling and supporting you staff in trying something new and different?
CNN Money’s post on Six steps to creative breakthroughs listens to industry leaders share how they effectively leveraged existing resources to produce innovative changes that improved their bottom line.
Here are some lessons learned from the “6 Steps”:
1) Look behind you.
Always look back to see what did and did not work.
2) Lose the routine.
Make time to read widely.
Move more quickly in your own life to find your creative impulse.
Attend a trade show or seminar about an unrelated industry.
Try spending a day in the life of a client.
3) Use the brains you hired.
“Give people the license to take risks and to fail often enough
to realize that they will not be punished for doing the right thing.”
4) Get cozy with customers.
“Your guests are going to tell you how to be successful.”
5) Share the load.
Get outside feedback and vett new concepts with partners.
Use student interns: they’re not afraid to tell you something is dumb.
6) Try to fail quickly.
Once you find a good idea, commit to it.
Read the full post here.
What has worked for you in moving your business out of the box?
Tags: economic recovery, Entrepreneur, Innovation, Kaufman, New Economy, small business
Will the proliferation of entrepreneurism and small businesses
lead the U.S. out of recession as the New Economy?
What if we haven’t bottom out yet?
What if we rethink our current approach?
What if I started a new business?
Historically, economic downturns are lead to recovery by small business.
Data and public sentiment show this may hold true for the present economic
turn around to begin.
Today’s jobs and tomorrow’s sources of gainful employment are projected to come from the burgeoning entrepreneurial class and new businesses starting up across the country.
Consumer Confidence = Two thumbs up!
When asked this Spring, “Who will lead us to a better future?” Americans put Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses first with 63% followed by Science and tech leaders (52%). (Source: WeMedia, 2009)
In 2008, 3.2 out of 1000 adults created a new business each month. That’s approximately 530,000 new businesses per month (source: The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, 2009).
The states with the highest entrepreneurial activity rates were Georgia (590 per 100,000 adults), New Mexico (580), Montana (530), Arizona (490), Alaska (440), and California (440). (Kaufman)
Crazy to Start a Business Now?
Who would start a company when their economic future is unstable? Well try reading Startups in a Downturn. Lessons learned: everything is cheaper, there is less competition in the marketplace and in fundraising, there is more time to work on business plans. Read more here.
For the full study on Entrepreneurism, download the Kaufman Index here.