Monthly Archives: December 2015

How to Stay Sharp Over the Holidays: A Few Holiday Tips

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Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to get back into the work mindset after the holidays? You’re in vacation mode and you dread the full inbox and the 9am status meeting or client call. It takes weeks to get back into the swing of things and projects ultimately fall behind. But it doesn’t have to be like that. The best way to start strong is to not lose momentum in the first place.

I know what you’re thinking: I don’t mean continuing to work over the holiday! That would have the opposite effect—everyone needs time off to recharge, so turn off your phone and leave the work laptop at the office. But there are some things you can do to make returning to work more enjoyable. Here are five holiday tips:

1. Organize before you leave

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8 Places to Look for New Product Ideas

how to find new product ideas, new product ideation, ideas for new productsHaving moderated numerous ideation sessions and testing hundreds of new product concepts and prototypes, I’ve seen first hand which new product processes work, and which don’t.

But before ideating or testing anything, you have to know what influences to even consider. Where should you go for inspiration for new products?

1. The competition.

Ever wonder why there are so many “me too” products launched each year?  Because they’re effective. Seeing a promising new product break through in the marketplace can be a clue that there’s more demand where that came from.

2. Your own products.

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