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It is Monday morning; you spent Sunday night prepping for your week ahead. The phone rings and your boss asks you to come to her desk.   You need to drop everything you are doing, and come up with a fix for a major Friday.

How do you feel most often in this situation?

Your new employee has been given the task of entering data into one of your systems. The process says it will take three minutes per record to enter the data. Your new employee had 20 records to enter and comes back to you in just one 1/2 hour telling you he’s done. (For those of you trying to do the math in your head it should have taken hour!  So it took your new employee 50 % less time than the system suggests.)

Do you?

Do you daydream a lot?

It’s Sunday morning, and nothing  is on your calendar! Woo hoo!

What do you do?

A friend asks you to do something new, something you have never done before?

Do you…?

You are in a meeting discussing the monthly metrics. Productivity is down but no one seems alarmed about.

Do you…?

You’re in a meeting discussing a new way to maximize productivity in manufacturing widgets. Alex, the new person who just joined your team, suggests that you merge two parts into one to save on labor and materials.

Do you…?

Another corporate brainstorming session.  You are asked to share your ideas for improving your marketing of X product.

Do you…?

You  are in a meeting to solve a problem. Someone comes up with a brilliant new idea that you think will work. It is early in the meeting and you have 45 minutes left on the calendar for this meeting.

Do you…?

How many bad ideas do you generate?


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