Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Why Great Ideas Get Rejected: From TEDxOU


Why Great Ideas Get Rejected: From TEDxOU

Recent psychological evidence reveals a subtle bias against creative ideas.

Original Page: http://www.creativitypost.com/business/why_great_ideas_get_rejected_from_tedxou

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Kenyatta Lovett
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Crossroads......Again


I have found myself at the all too famous crossroads of life. Unlike my previous encounters with this anxiety-prone circumstance in life, I feel, for the most part, as though I have a few options in front of me that appear to be good opportunities. However, the decisions will now require more commitment than ever from me and my life, and even my expressions in this blog.

For now, I'm not sure which road I will take. The important point of this frequent circumstance is that crossroads have less to do with the chosen direction, but the perception of progression that influences the ultimate decision. One person believes college is not for them, while another person believes they can get into Harvard. These decisions have a lot to do with our perception of the past, and the hope and desire we have for the future. If one feels that life thus far has not produced much, it is probably likely they will believe the road ahead, in spite of the direction, will produce fairly the same results. I mention this because I am forced, with this particular crossroad, to analyze and make sense of my past, which is a mixed bag at best.

Unlike most of my post where I fail to bring the entry home with some mention of what this has to do with brands or brand-building, I am committed in this instance, and hopefully all the entries in the future, to connect the dots between my mindless rambling and useful information for those who wish to become better in marketing, branding, or business strategy.

One, we are all the promise-keepers of our individual brand; the symbols we project to others through our work and words. Some call it conviction, others call it destiny, but in this instance I challenge you to think of it as simply engagement in your deliberate self to differentiate your character from other characters around you. Lately, I have been concerned with my personal brand, and how it is valued in my immediate marketplace. I wonder if I have positioned myself in the most profitable environment, or am I being inefficient in my effort to hold value in a difficult marketplace. As with all brands, we must fight the battle between what we believe is right, and what is acceptable among customers - now and in the future. The crossroads represents an extremely important and powerfully pivotal point in time for any brand. The decision to remove and bring back Steve Jobs, the courage to maintain customer service levels in the airline industry, the audacity to hold fast to the same product design and make it better. The crossroads are an important part of brand building.

If you are still following me to this point in the entry, I believe you can easily transition the discussion on the self-brand to brand problems in the organizational sense. If you begin to think of the great brand builders, you will notice a great similarity in how these individuals have been successful in designing their own person brand, which I believe inevitably produces similar results in the fruits of their labor.

If you are looking at the fork in the road for clues to where it will end, you may have unfortunately reached your destination.

Safe travels.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Dee Dee Bridgewater On JazzSet

I found the following story on the NPR Music App for iOS:

Dee Dee Bridgewater On JazzSet
by Becca Pulliam

WBGO - February 25, 2010

"Here I am in my more natural setting," Dee Dee Bridgewater says as her set begins. Besides starring on the Friday-night show at the 14th annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Bridgewater emceed the entire weekend. ...



http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124084307&sc=21&f=15296069,1103,126134671,10002,15773266


Thank you,

Kenyatta Lovett
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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Culture of Limits

It has occurred to me that we can either teach resourcefulness, or teach limits and constraints. It's not about positive or negative thinking. It's about the options we think are available to us. The hard part of management and leadership, in a progressive setting, is teaching others to think about the possibilities to make it better. The problem is that before most get in a progressive situation, they've been taught limits and constraints.

Monday, February 04, 2013

BBC E-mail: Argentina pegs supermarket prices

I saw this story on the BBC News iPad App and thought you should see it.



** Argentina pegs supermarket prices **
The Argentine government has ordered a two-month price freeze on all products in the country's main supermarket chains.
< http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21331052 >


** Disclaimer **
The BBC is not responsible for the content of this e-mail, and anything written in this e-mail does not necessarily reflect the BBC's views or opinions. Please note that neither the e-mail address nor name of the sender have been verified.


Thank you,

Kenyatta Lovett
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