Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:
The Secret Phrase Top Innovators Use
How do Google, Facebook and IDEO jumpstart the process that leads to innovation? Often by using the same three words: How Might We. Some of the most successful companies in business today are known for tackling difficult creative challenges by first asking, How might we improve X … or completely re-imagine Y… or find a new way to accomplish Z? This article is a great look at this process and how to make it work for you. Read the article here.
Here’s How To Prototype Facebook’s Paper iPhone App in 15 Minutes Using Apple Keynote
Facebook recently released their Paper iPhone app, along with Origami: a prototyping toolkit for Quartz Composer that they used to prototype that app. Origami and Quartz are great, but they can be too technical and complex for the average designer and entrepreneur to use. This article and video is a great tutorial on how you can use new features in Apple Keynote to create your own interactive prototypes. Read the article and watch the video here.[Tweet “Check out this weeks inspiration from Stephen Gates Blog.”]
3 Questions That Will Motivate Your Employees
We all want to be motivated — and, as entrepreneurs, we love the idea of being able to motivate others. That’s great in theory, but it’s not always clear how to accomplish this within the day-to-day grind of a fast-moving business. This article outlines three questions you can use as a catalyst for conversation. Let your employees know that its OK to not feel motivated; you can’t improve motivation without talking about it. Let them know that you are there to engage in the conversation and support them in doing their best work. Read the article here.
How to Stop Giving a F*ck What People Think
We accept the status quo for what it is because everyone around us does. We tip toe our way through life by doing things in order to please others, not because it’s what we believe in. Eventually our actions, appearances, and lives become molded by how we think other people perceive us. How are these pants going to make me look? What will my colleagues think if I spoke out? Are those people talking shit behind my back? If I take this job, what will my friends and family think of me? This article does just what the headline says and walks you through a few ways think about things so less influenced by how other perceive you. Read the article here.