How to turn great ideas into great results: Strategy 5 – involve others

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Reading Time: 5 minutes If you’ve read through my previous series on how to have great ideas, ‘involve others’ will be a familiar strategy for you. There’s an excellent reason for including it again in this series about converting great ideas into great results. Why? Because in most change efforts, we get better results together than we do alone. … Read more

How to turn great ideas into great results: Strategy 4 – set goals and track progress

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Reading Time: 8 minutes This article addresses one of the most important aspects of any change process – to set goals and track progress. Change programmes often face challenges. Two of the most common are having doubters in the group, and not yet knowing the ideal solution(s). When we kick off a change programme, or even a single experiment, … Read more

How to turn great ideas into great results: Strategy 3 – experiment

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Reading Time: 8 minutes Every discovery in human history has started out as some kind of experiment, but for some reason, the older we get, the less likely we are to experiment. But, as the cliché goes, if we do what we’ve always done, we’ll get what we’ve always got. Embracing experiments is a smart way to get great … Read more

How to turn great ideas into great results: Strategy 2 – align your actions to your vision

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Hand-in-hand with prioritising your ideas, it’s vital to align your actions to your vision. When we don’t align things properly, we waste an awful lot of time and energy on ideas that deliver the results we want. There’s no point polishing the silverware if you’re planning to eat with chopsticks! Every action flows uphill Everything … Read more

How to turn great ideas into great results: why we struggle to get started

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Reading Time: 4 minutes As leaders and managers, we often have a secret dream of finding the one great idea that will turbo-charge our teams and deliver extraordinary results. But we just don’t know how to get started. Why it can be so hard to get started: we’re stuck in a rut Back in the days of travelling by … Read more

Series: How to turn great ideas into great results

Reading Time: < 1 minute Welcome to my series on “How to turn great ideas into great results”. On this page, you’ll find links to the articles I’ve written detailing strategies for moving from ideas to outputs. As each new strategy is published, I will link to it here. So, check back regularly for new content, or sign up to … Read more

How to have great ideas: Strategy 10 – use your strengths

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Reading Time: 8 minutes This is the “capstone” strategy for this series, because it is the strategy that can wrap around all the other strategies: use your strengths. It’s “normal” (though definitely not ideal!) not to think specifically about our strengths and how to use them well. This is largely because our business and social cultures value trying to … Read more

How to have great ideas: Strategy 9 – get a coach

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Reading Time: 6 minutes Most of the strategies we’ve covered in the series are based around doing our thinking in groups. In this post, we’ll look at a strategy for when it’s not feasible or appropriate to work with a group, or when you want to upskill your thinking abilities. We’re looking at why, when and how to get … Read more

How to have great ideas: Strategy 8 – use a facilitator

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Reading Time: 5 minutes So far in the series, we’ve looked at strategies that directly apply to our thinking. In this post, we’ll look at a strategy that helps manage the thinking process: use a facilitator. A skilled facilitator will free you up to focus on idea generation. They will also help you apply the strategies we’ve already covered: … Read more

How to have great ideas: Strategy 7 – don’t prejudge your ideas

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Reading Time: 7 minutes We’re shifting focus slightly in this post, to look at a strategy that will keep our thinking and idea generation as broad and open as possible. This is one of the most vital keys of the thinking process: don’t prejudge your ideas. This approach is a perfect companion for the strategies we’ve already covered: having … Read more