Making Ideas Happen

January 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

The headline inside the cover jacket sums it best: Ideas Are Worthless If You Can’t Make Them Happen. Founder and CEO of BehanceScott Belsky created a very useful review that provides methods for managing goals and seeing ideas through from start to finish.

Like recently read Delivering HappinessMaking Ideas Happen is also broken out into three sections:

  1. Organization & Execution
  2. The Forces Of Community
  3. Leadership Capability

Part 1.  Organization & Execution

For me, the first section amplified tools I already use to keep on track and stay organized. Focusing on Action Methods was also supported by another recently finished book; Linchpin by Seth Godin.  Both books focus on the importance of shipping ideas with rock solid deadlines.

Part 2.  The Forces Of Community

The second section starts by harnessing forces around you to develop projects and capitalize on feedback that strengthen goals.

Key points for me when pushing ideas to your community:

  • If nobody knows what you are doing and what you need to succeed, then you’ll fail to engage anyone
  • Showcase your strengths
  • Fight the desire to wait for instructions

Part 3.  Leadership Capability

This section dives into chemistry of creative teams, creative team management and examples on effective leadership.  I enjoyed this section of Scott’s book the most, thinking back to my own experiences — combined with growing new management traits for self-leadership.

In close,

  • I strongly recommend this book for designers, freelancers or if starting a new business
  • Techniques highlighted are easy to adapt, you will start using them right away
  • Follow: @scottbelsky@behance@the99percent

Books next on my list:

  • The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
  • Made To Stick by The Heath Brothers (reading this one before their new book)
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