Tax clients came in earlier, and, in spite of not advertising at all, in greater numbers. Completing that work must be given priority status. Unless someone else wants to prepare the presentation and lead the discussion, February’s meeting will be postponed until May or June. March will probably be postponed as well.
If you’d like to volunteer to lead the effort for February, or March, please post and we’ll all be grateful!
In the meantime, I highly encourage you to read February’s book, and I will post a book for March.
Thank you for understanding.
The book for January, 2012 is The Ten Faces of Innovation: IDEO’s strategies for beating the devil’s advocate & driving creativity throughout your organization by Tom Kelley with Jonathan Littman.
The Ten Faces of Innovation
In this book, the author reveals the strategies IDEO, the world-famous design firm, uses to foster innovative thinking throughout an organization and overcome the naysayers who stifle creativity.
The role of the devil’s advocate is nearly universal in business today. It allows individuals to step outside themselves and raise questions and concerns that effectively kill new projects and ideas, while claiming no personal responsibility. Nothing is more potent in stifling innovation.
Drawing on nearly 20 years of experience managing IDEO, Kelley identifies ten roles people can play in an organization to foster innovation and new ideas while offering an effective counter to naysayers. Among these approaches are the Anthropologist—the person who goes into the field to see how customers use and respond to products, to come up with new innovations; the Cross-Pollinator who mixes and matches ideas, people, and technology to create new ideas that can drive growth; and the Hurdler, who instantly looks for ways to overcome the limits and challenges to any situation.