Thursday Thought Leadership Roundup: The Organized Mind, Teaming Up, and Lessons from the Fringe

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Arwen Heredia

September 4, 2014

In this week’s thought leadership roundup, we take a look at thinking straight, collaborative thought leadership, and entrepreneurship lessons from the artist community.

The Organized Mind: Daniel J. Levitin Talks Thinking Straight

From Contently:

“I think what happens in this overcaffeinated age where there’s so much happening is that we feel like we can’t even stop for a minute or two because it’s all we can do to keep up. “If I stop work for five minutes, I’m not going to be able to get as much done” is the way we think, but it’s an illusion.

The fact is that if you take time out from your work just to ponder and to daydream, at the end of the day — according to studies, to research — you’ll get more done and the quality of your work will be better.”

Our take: Much like a car, computer, or overworked muscle can stop functioning due to too much strain, our brains need breaks in order to do their best work. Besides, if more daydreaming equals greater productivity and quality? Sign us up.

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Teaming Up To Become A Thought Leader

From Forbes:

“Becoming a thought leader is an exceptionally powerful way for professionals to build a substantial high-net-worth business. However, the effort and resources required to become a thought leader can be considerable. Consequently, there’s always the option of teaming up. Increasingly professionals in different fields are cooperating with each other in order to become thought leaders focused on the affluent and centers of influence.

This situation neatly exemplifies the benefits of this approach: a property and casualty agent formed a joint venture with a security specialist to provide thought leadership to their communities on the protection of primary and vacation homes. They ran seminars for a number of audiences, such as real estate brokers, who in turn provided them with access to wealthy homeowners. This arrangement proved very successful in garnering new affluent clients for both of them.”

Our take: We strongly support collaborative innovation and project planning, so why not team thought leadership? Much like bringing together people with various strengths and perspectives can make good ideas great, allowing groups of people to provide insight on a hot topic is a surefire way to create a well-rounded viewpoint.

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Lessons in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Fringe

From Innovation Excellence:

“The success of the Fringe can teach us some lessons about innovation and entrepreneurship because each show is like a small business start up. It may succeed or fail based on whether customers and critics like the idea and the performance. What precepts can be taken from the festival to the business world?

The Fringe provides a platform for experimentation. Edinburgh in August is a place where artists can try out new, dangerous, edgy material with relatively low cost and low risk. They are sure of some audiences and will get instant reaction and feedback. The basic infrastructure is in place – there are venues of all shapes and sizes, a computerized booking system and most importantly lots of visitors. The artist can focus on giving a great performance and leave the logistics to the organisers. Every start-up needs time, space and exposure.”

Our take: It is always an excellent idea to look for inspiration in unlikely places — that especially applies when developing innovation processes, and as exemplified by this article, the art community has the right idea.

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