Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Apr 15, 2010 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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"Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard. This book helps you with the hard part."
-Guy Kawasaki, author of Enchantment

According to productivity expert Scott Belsky, no one is born with the ability to drive creative projects to completion. Execution is a skill that must be developed by building your organizational habits and harnessing the support of your colleagues.

As the founder and CEO of Behance, a company on a mission to empower and organize the creative world, Belsky has studied the habits of especially productive individuals and teams across industries. Now he has compiled the principles and techniques they share, and presents a systematic approach to creative organization and productivity.

While many of us focus on generating and searching for great ideas, Belsky shows why it's better to develop the capacity to make ideas happen-a capacity that endures over time.


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Review: Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality

User Review  - Lance Schaubert - Goodreads

Here's the thing: Belsky has great ideas in the book, but he makes them happen with bad examples. Thomas Kinkaide and James Patterson aren't the best examples when you want to impress artists. There ... Read full review

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User Review  - Laurian - Goodreads

I got a lot out of this book, even though I've been trying to use an amalgamation of the Action Method for a year or two now. Read full review

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Making This Book Happen
Why Most Ideas Never Happen
The Forces That Make Ideas Happen
A Final Note As We Begin
Your Approach to Organization and the Destiny of Your Ideas
Reconsider How You Manage Projects
Breaking Projects into Primary Elements
The Importance of Action Steps
Recognize When You Are No Longer a Solo Show
ShortCircuiting the Rewards System
The Motivational Reward of Play
The Reward of Recognition
Engage Initiators in Your Creative Pursuits
Cultivate Complementary Skill Sets
Provide Flexibility for Productivity
Foster an Immune System That Kills Ideas

Maintaining a Backburner
References Are Worth Storing Not Revering
Practicing the Action Method
Capture and Make Time for Processing
Keep an Eye on Your Energy Line
Reconciling Urgent vs Important
Darwinian Prioritization
Act Without Conviction
Kill Ideas Liberally
Measure Meetings with Action
The Biology and Psychology of Completion
The Tao of the Followup
Seek Constraints
Have a Tempered Tolerance for Change
Progress Begets Progress
Visual Organization and Advertising Action to Yourself
Rituals for Perspiration
Reconsider Your Work Space
Reduce Your Amount of Insecurity Work
The Dreamers the Doers and the Incrementalists
Seldom Is Anything Accomplished Alone
Share Ideas Liberally
Capitalize on Feedback
Transparency Boosts Communal Forces
Communal Forces Are Best Channeled in Circles
Seek Competition
Commit Yourself in Order to Commit Others
Create Systems for Accountability
The Power of the Network
The Benefits of a Shared Work Space
Seeking Stimulation from Serendipity
Overcome the Stigma of SelfMarketing
Effective SelfMarketing Builds Respect
Find Your Own Frequency Then Tune in to Engage Others
Ground Your Ideas Outside Your Community
Fight Your Way to Breakthroughs
Dont Become Burdened by Consensus
Share Ownership of Your Ideas
Leaders Should Talk Last
Judge and Be Judged Amidst Conflict
Seek the Hot Spots
Find a Path to SelfAwareness
Develop a Tolerance for Ambiguity
Capture the Benefits of Failure
Avoid the Trap of Visionarys Narcissism
Combating Conventional Wisdom with Contrarianism
Consider Yourself an Entrepreneur
Be Willing to Be a Deviant
Keep an Eye on the Backward Clock
The Love Conundrum
Design for the Action Method
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About the author (2010)

Scott Belsky is a speaker, writer, and an entrepreneur with a focus on the creative industries. As the founder and CEO of Behance, he oversees the Behance Network, the world's leading platform for creative professionals, with millions of visitors every month, and the annual 99% Conference, devoted to execution in creative teams.

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