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I have a mentor/friend, L.C. Campbell, who says, "Don't reinvent the wheel." In other words, it's OK to take a used idea (even if it is someone else's) and re-shape it to fit your need or situation.
You may call it reycling ideas. I'll call them Green Ideas. Here are some ways to find and use Green Ideas:
Use Green Ideas as a catalyst for brainstorming with your team, even if they laugh. (No need to claim ownership if the old idea is really lame.)
Use Green Ideas from another industry. Ask, "How could that idea work for me?"
Watch Youtube movie trailers from the 1950s. A great place to find 'Old School' Green Ideas.
Combine some of the best elements of two or more Green Ideas to create a new idea.
Ask someone a generation older than you what they did in a similar situation. (Respect your elders! If their Green Idea just won't do it for you, kindly thank them and smile. Laugh later in your car.)
A Green Idea may be just what you need to solve your problem, motivate your team, or take you to the next level in what you do.
Question: What are some ways you can use Green Ideas? Share your thoughts below in comments.
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