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Contentment vs Impatience

We normally think that the opposite of impatience is patience.  For the moment I’d like to ask you to be open to the idea that the opposite of impatience is contentment.  When you are showing patience you are waiting for another person to finish what they are doing or saying so you can have a turn.

When you are content to listen or watch and learn and are not waiting for your turn, you are being the opposite of impatient.  How good it can feel to be content to listen and learn, to think about what you are observing or hearing.  Contentment can feel wonderful and its feeling can spread to others in the room.

 

About Hazel

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Hazel Wagner, PhD, MBA, CMC, Professional Speaker, Author, Consultant, Entrepreneur, Brain Facilitator

ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS
PhD, MA, BA Mathematics
MBA International Marketing & Finance
Taught in MBA Programs for Kellogg Graduate School of Management, DePaul Graduate School of Business, and Cardean

BUSINESS CREDENTIALS
15 years in the Computer Industry: GE, Digital Equipment Corp.

CONSULTING CREDENTIALS
14 years consulting for start-ups through F100 companies, Certified Management Consultant

INTERNATIONAL SPEAKING CREDENTIALS
Sales Meeting kick-offs and keynotes, workshops, seminars for worldwide companies, American Management Association, National Speaker Association, American Marketing Association, Singapore Executive Management Seminar, AMA Tokyo, CMC Canadian Management Centre.

YOUR CREATIVITY GENIUS

Yes, genius.

Everyone has it yet most people describe themselves as having no creativity.

As children we were all free to try anything.  I decided to draw on the wall behind a door in our apartment.  I felt proud of my colorful

scribbles until my mother discovered it.  And, yes, I was punished.  I think they had to paint the whole wall.

We are all creative in our own way.

Not all creativity comes from big leaps.  Often small differences can make big differences.

Creative ideas that turn out to be useful are innovation.

The pet rock was creative but its usefulness, as a joke, was limited.  As a result it didn’t have much usefulness, nor innovation.

Allow room for your creative genius to think, grow, and try things out.

Let us know your thoughts on YOUR CREATIVITY GENIUS. You can email us at Hazel.Wagner@b9d.com

About Hazel

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Hazel Wagner, PhD, MBA, CMC, Professional Speaker, Author, Consultant, Entrepreneur, Brain Facilitator

ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS
PhD, MA, BA Mathematics
MBA International Marketing & Finance
Taught in MBA Programs for Kellogg Graduate School of Management, DePaul Graduate School of Business, and Cardean

BUSINESS CREDENTIALS
15 years in the Computer Industry: GE, Digital Equipment Corp.

CONSULTING CREDENTIALS
14 years consulting for start-ups through F100 companies, Certified Management Consultant

INTERNATIONAL SPEAKING CREDENTIALS
Sales Meeting kick-offs and keynotes, workshops, seminars for worldwide companies, American Management Association, National Speaker Association, American Marketing Association, Singapore Executive Management Seminar, AMA Tokyo, CMC Canadian Management Centre.

 

Beyond 9 Dots

When I first started the b9d consulting company. It was to be called Beyond 9 Dots in honor of the 9 dot puzzle and the conundrum of trying to solve it.  For anyone out there who is not familiar with the puzzle, here it is:

   
Connect all 9 dots with 4 straight lines without picking up your pencil.
The creative questions people ask as they attempt to solve the puzzle add to its wonder. Can they cross?  If I didn’t give a rule that they can’t cross, then they can.  Can one line be superimposed on another?  Didn’t say they couldn’t but is that a good use of your limited  number of lines?  Do they have to be connected?   Didn’t exactly say they had to be connected but can you draw the 4 lines without picking up your pencil and not have them connected?

That was 1992.  I applied for the copyright to the name, fully believing that no one else would have thought of such a name. But to my surprise someone had not only thought of it but had copyrighted it.

So my company came initially to be known as b9d, inc and that name was available. 

A few years later “beyond 9 dots” name was abandoned by the other company and I scooped it up and applied and received the copyright.  

You could say patience won out, but actually b9d turned out to be a great name and a terrific URL.  Three letter URLs are hard to get.  

www.b9d.com

Idea Generation Instead of Brainstorming

The word brainstorming has gotten a bad rap from some who write on the www. The problem they seem to have is that their experiences with the subject have been the antithesis of purposeful brainstorming. So I propose to use ‘idea generation’ instead of brainstorming. That is the purpose of most brainstorming sessions any way. A good idea generation session has a clear goal but also leaves lots of room for playing around with ideas and exploring several different avenues that turn up. A good idea generation session also will produce some ideas and directions that seem immediately applicable while others should be put in the parking lot to be reintroduced and explored at a next meeting.

Why call it power brainstorming?

Power up your process of brainstorming. Speeding up the process keeps your censoring brain from ruining your creativity. The moment you allow thoughts like ‘that won’t work’ or ‘ the others will think this is stupid’ those new and different ideas get squashed.