Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Who's Launched? Matthew McConaughy has! Ideas for Changing Education

So..it seems like everything I have been reading is...ideas are fine but not putting them into action..is well...just like catching bubbles....kinda useless...(although WARNING..this is cute!)

Or as our buddy Wayne would say:

"You miss 100% of the shots you never take."
– Wayne Gretzky

Therefore, today's post is all about focusing on launching ideas.

Guidelines for Launching Ideas from Boyton and Fischer (2011)

1. Know your "Gig"
Gig is defined as..."what you are all about and where you want to be going professionally." (p.122)

Boyton and Fischer provide some guiding questions such as..

Do I enjoy spending time and energy on this initiative?
Do I want to be known as the person who brought this idea to life?

2. Focus on One Idea at a Time
...and most importantly "structure your idea so that it requires no more change than is absolutely necessary." (p. 124)

3. What Keeps your Boss up at Night?
This is called the "Hot-button" principle. (p124) You are more likely to have your ideas accepted if you can link it to your Boss...not this one.

4. Your Idea is a Bit Better... Cause Why?
The way to make your idea appealing..."frame your idea as extending and improving an existing idea." (p.125)

5. Find Guinea Pigs
Before you go "public" with an idea, try it out! (p.125)

6. Why Should They Care?
Just like anything...let others know what's in it for them. (p.126)

So there you go, some guidelines to get you started...

Until Next Time,
Lit Maven Out!

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