How to Treat New Ideas

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This book helps you become more self-aware and treat new ideas (and those who suggest them) with the respect and consideration they deserve.

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Author David Magellan Horth and Michael T. Mitchell
ISBN 978-1-60491-761-1
Publisher CCL Press
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There are many reasons why we react the way we do to new ideas, including tendencies that are hardwired into our DNA.

This book shows you the important steps you can take to become more self-aware and to treat new ideas and those who suggest them with the respect and consideration they deserve.


How to Treat New Ideas, CCL Press, 2017

Handle with Care: How to Give New Ideas the Respect They Deserve 1
The Innovation Leadership Gap 4
Tip 1: Resist the Instinct to Kill a New Idea 5
Using Self-Awareness to Break the Pattern 9
Exercise: Conquering the “Fight or Flight” Response 11
Tip 2: Practice Innovation Thinking 12
Tip 3: Frame and Clarify the Idea’s Purpose 16
Exercise: Articulating Purpose by Asking “Why?” 18
Tip 4: Use the POINt Technique 20
Exercise: The POINt Technique in Action 22
Tip 5: Connect Ideas to Ideas 24
The Power of Forced Connections 25
Exercise: Connecting Unrelated Ideas 26
Tip 6: Build a Prototype of the Idea 28
Become an Innovation Hero 31
Background 32
Suggested Resources 33

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