Lunchtime Links: Reaping the Benefits of Risks

If you’re stuck with an half-formed idea, don’t be afraid to look to your peers for their input. Also: Is it in you to harness your creative problem-solving skills?

If you’re stuck with a half-formed idea, don’t be afraid to look to your peers for their input. Also: Is it in you to harness your creative problem-solving skills?

Do you have a potentially profitable prototype but can’t think of how to take it to the next level? Although your hard work could possibly pay off, working up the nerve to present an incomplete idea to your entire organization requires a risk. A CEO’s thoughts on taking a chance and more in today’s Lunchtime Links:

A leap of faith: In his blog post discussing his apprehensions about presenting unfinished ideas to members, National Fluid Power Association CEO Eric Lanke lists three key elements he found he lacked—resources (read that the thoughtful attention of  your members), organizational support, and c-c-courage. Lanke affirms that it’s risky seeking out members who enjoy experimenting with something new and higher-ups in your organization who are open-minded enough to make an investment in it. “Sticking your neck out is never comfortable, but if you believe change is necessary, then stick it out you must, because change won’t come without it,” he explains. Lanke adds that getting feedback and adapting your concept will help bring your idea to fruition.

A world of pure imagination: Although passion and initiative are pivotal to entrepreneurship, creativity can turn an everyday problem-solver into a visionary. According to Phoebe Cade Miles, the daughter of Gatorade inventor James Robert Cade, highly focused, disciplined thought allows creativity to flourish. In an interview with Business News Daily, Cade Miles explains how imagination can stimulate innovation. “Most breakthrough discoveries occur when two or more disciplines collide,” she says. “Most people are afraid of collisions, but creative collisions are to be encouraged, because they allow you to view a problem from a new perspective. Creative problem-solvers are often able to connect two distinct areas of expertise and can translate potential solutions from one field to an unrelated area.”

Tackling team toxicity: Is your association a lean, mean, high-performing machine? It might operate smoothly with legions of dedicated, intelligent members, but growth and success may come to a sudden halt without cohesiveness and organization among your nonprofit’s teams. Inc.com contributor Kristine Kern says acknowledging your organization’s goals, discussing relevant issues, and hearing everyone’s best ideas all help to build more constructive teams. “High-performing teams trust each other and know that whatever feedback they receive—no matter how hard it may be to hear—is aimed at getting the best results for the team,” Kern writes.

What factors do you find hurt your team’s productivity—and what steps are you taking to curb them? Share your insight below.

Alexis Williams

By Alexis Williams

Alexis Williams is a contributor to Associations Now. MORE

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