Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality

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Penguin, Apr 15, 2010 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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How the world's leading innovators push their ideas to fruition again and again

Edison famously said that genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration. Ideas for new businesses, solutions to the world's problems, and artistic breakthroughs are common, but great execution is rare.

According to Scott Belsky, the capacity to make ideas happen can be developed by anyone willing to develop their organizational habits and leadership capability. That's why he founded Behance, a company that helps creative people and teams across industries develop these skills.

Belsky has spent six years studying the habits of creative people and teams that are especially productive-the ones who make their ideas happen time and time again. After interviewing hundreds of successful creatives, he has compiled their most powerful-and often counterintuitive-practices, such as:

•Generate ideas in moderation and kill ideas liberally
•Prioritize through nagging
•Encourage fighting within your team

While many of us obsess about discovering great new 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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I started reading this book on 08 April and finished it today, on 07 August, which is no reflection on the book, and everything to do with how much I personally need a kick in the pants -- nothing I ... Read full review

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I've been torn between giving this 1 or 2 stars, or 4 stars, so 3 it is. The good parts are fascinating, and I think potentially very useful to me in work and at home. Some smart techniques and ... Read full review

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Contents

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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