Hot dog, tonight is game 7 of the World Series! By Thursday morning we’ll know if the San Francisco Giants or Kansas City Royals occupy the champion’s seat being vacated by the Boston Red Sox. After Derek Jeter’s last Yankee Stadium game, I had a thought about what makes baseball so great. Here’s a hint: It isn’t the condiment you put on your hot dog at the ballpark, but it does relate to the old Anticipation commercial. A lot has been written and discussed about the length of baseball games, and how its format and pace (not to mention commercial delays and ticket prices) do not fit into modern lifestyles. There is serious concern about next generations’ fandom.
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Branding: Dell Commercial Promotes IQ Development (Inspiration Quotient)
On December 3rd of last year, I published a post proposing that we all have an Inspiration Quotient (IQ to the nth power). Innovation maps do not normally mention inspiration because of its perceived ethereal nature – how do you “get inspiration” when you need it? The POV posited that we all possess the ability to develop our inspiration quotient by practicing the Arts and sharing our works. Why is this important? Breakthrough Innovation is not possible without Inspiration.
Dell‘s very recent Young & Rubicam Group commercial seen in the video below, very artfully encapsulates one passage from that post, excerpted below the video. Dell has long associated its brand with the term inspiration, and I find the “Meet Thomas: Creator of an Alternate Universe” commercial very appropriate for that purpose, engaging, and timely in a seasonal sense with Easter nearing. The imagery used is beyond what is normally seen in a commercial, and my guess is that the creators were equally inspired by JK Rowling’s personal experience, as I mentioned in my post, as well as her Harry Potter books. The fact that they spotlight a non-descript District Manager named Thomas, who could be anyone, furthers the proposal I make in my post that we all have inspiration within us, and practicing the Arts will help us access it.
EXCERPT from 12/3/2013 EdRodPOV Post :
Ringo’s latest tweet on August 29, 2012 stated,
“I never studied anything, really. I didn’t study the drums. I joined bands and made all the mistakes onstage.” – @RingoStarrMusic
… Take it from Ringo, you don’t need to be good at art, you just need to try, enjoy the trying and put it out there. Think of producing your art in terms of introducing the minimal viable product as described by Eric Ries and Steve Blank. Make it a priority to keep sending it out there, along with healthy eating, exercise, etc.
Some people will never break through the inspiration wall. Life has not dealt them either the capacity to sit still and think about nothing (as in meditation), or the freedom from life’s extreme stresses for a walk, even for a few minutes a day, as required to exercise the inspiration muscle. These are the people that should think most about practicing some form(s) of art and forcefully adapting it into their week because they should not completely ignore their humanity. (Any wonder why they call art ‘The Humanities’?) For instance, if you sit on the bus or subway everyday, bring a sketchpad or tablet and start drawing – it’s that easy. Relax, you don’t have to be good, you don’t have to be efficient, effective, or produce results. It’s in the doing that you allow the inspiration to take over. This is arguably more important to your jobs than those dozens of daily news emails that will be forgotten tomorrow. It will refresh your morning work re-entry by reducing stress and open the window to inspiration. If you can give away the sketches, make a friend and do so right there, when you reach the station every day. Frame them, sell them, or post them to a blog. You need the reward of sharing to motivate you to make a habit out of something that can be thought of by many as a time waster.
Soundcloud posts testimonials from its artists on its Soundcloud tour page. There you’ll see comments like “responses to my work have been so encouraging I honestly believe it has directly impacted my productivity.” Sharing produces a self-reinforcing link. You take showers, right? Sing in the shower every day, and sing it loud. Critics will come, and others will appreciate at least the effort, and that’s life. One day when you get off that train and get to your desk, you’ll capture a eureka moment that your colleagues will regard as genius. You can’t have genius without inspiration. Someone like JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, was able to use her stress as a motivator. She used art as an escape from the stress of being a single Mom and allowed it to drive her into a deep part of her mind, harvesting a brilliant talent. She practiced her art on the train every day for years, and allowed the inspiration to flow. She’s worth a billion dollars now. How big is your company? What’s your net worth?
End of EXCERPT –
I encourage anyone who is thinking about innovation, to read the entire POV post to understand the links between practicing and sharing the Arts, developing Inspiration, and achieving Breakthrough Innovation.