Agility and flexibility in the retail sector is critical; I’m on stage in Orlando speaking to the issue of speed in retail.
“Stuck in a rut? Accelerate your imaginuity!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Last week, someone questioned my use of the word “imaginating” in my daily quote, noting that it ‘isn’t a word.’ Maybe in your time zone of today it isn’t a word, but I’m the futurist, and I live in a different time zone – the future – and it’s a word where I live! So there! So to is the concept of Imaginuity – it’s a combination of “imagination” and “creativity”, and it’s the perfect blend of the concept of ideas and creativity. Consider this fact: in Wisconsin, there is a store that goes by the name Imaginuity. Their tag line? “Play with a purpose!” They’ve nailed the concept right there….! So there! I’ve been speaking about the concept of ‘Imaginuity’ for over 15 years; I can trace it back to one of my slide decks from 2002. I’m big on the power of the imagination – so much so, that years ago, I suggested that some universities should start offering a degree known as the “Masters in Business Imagination!” No one took me up on it – I guess most are stifled by their lack of creativity.
And so today, start your day with a healthy dose of Imaginuity!
“Offbeat ideas are often the best ideas, because the solution to your problem is usually not the obvious one!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
So I had a friend go for a holiday with her family in Newfoundland, Canada. For some reason which mystifies me, they forgot to arrange for a car rental. Given that it’s the busiest tourist season on “The Rock,” availability was scarce. She put out a plea for transportation ideas on Facebook. While many people suggested she contact other people to see if they might have any ideas, I told her to contact U-Haul. They’ve got vehicles, they’re cheap, and they are probably available. They were. Problem solved! The thing is, she thought she was looking for a *car* rental company – but she was really looking for a *transportation* rental company. She just needed to change the question. Many times, we’ll be boxed in on our thinking by preconceived notion as to what the question is, and we will struggle to find an answer. My solution? Ask a different question. Change the question. Start with a different question. Just be different! The logical conclusion of such a thought process is that the answer to your question will be entirely different, once you start with an entirely different question! It also goes to the idea of asking better questions! Today? Ask yourself different questions, and seek the non-obvious answers. The results might astound you!
“Expand your mind with BIG ideas!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
I can guarantee you that my sons will tell me that I shouldn’t have used this photo – but I had a new software program and had some goofy fun with it for a Friday!
You can’t always be serious! And for the essence of the quote, the concept in the photo works!
“Are you suffering from a deficit in your idea bank?” – Futurist Jim Carroll
People and organizations always have ideas – until they don’t. They are either in a positive or a negative balance. They might not have enough of a process, culture and factory to generate a sufficient number of new ones.
You should always be bursting with new ideas. You should be thinking constantly about what you can change. You should be reinventing the world around you, in your mind, on a continuous basis.
Ideas are the energy that bind us to the future. If you don’t have a sufficient number of them, you’ll start to run out of the fuel that you need to align yourself to change!
“If it’s broken you can always fix it – you just need to know where to start!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Things get broken, business models get broken, people get broken, strategies get broken, relationships get broken. When this happens, many people become lost, and don’t know what to do.
I’ve built a life on stage advising companies how to deal with busted business models and broken strategies. I give people advice on what to do when the strategies they thought were perfect for the future no longer make sense in the context of accelerating change.
In my spare time, I’ve worked hard to ensure that I’m fixing up my own things at a personal level. It’s a complex world, and complex things can happen, even to those with the best intentions.
The challenge in both cases is knowing where to start – often, the first step is the most difficult, terrifying, challenging and complex part of the journey.
But once you take that first step, the rest of the pieces fall into place, and over time, magic happens!
So start your day today with one simple thought: maybe today is a good starting point to start to fix what might be broken!