Stephen Shapiro

A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on innovation, entrepreneurship, and success

Too often, we try to fit in with the crowd. We play it safe. But innovation is about taking risks while being true to you. This takes confidence. And it takes the belief that your “style” is what the world needs and wants. Yes, taking this risk may help you stand out. More importantly, it may be the ticket to your success.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Be Outrageous, It’s the Only Place That’s Not Crowded: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/02/15/be-outrageous/

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on business, value, and cost

In your life, how do you determine what you are willing to pay for goods and services? Is it based on what you paid in the past? Is it determined by how much money you have in your bank account? Or is it determined by the “real” value you receive?

In your business, how do you determine what you will pay your employees or consultants? Is it based on market rates (which may or may not be a determinant of value)? Is it based on your budget? Is it based on what you paid your last consultant? Or is it based on the “real” value you receive?

Don’t be fooled. Value and cost are not related. Stop being a cynic. Determine the value of everything – and decide what you pay based on that.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Oscar Wilde Was Right: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/01/23/oscar-wilde-was-right/

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on creativity, ideas, and expertise

I have found that there are two factors that inhibit our ability to think creatively as adults: 1) knowledge/expertise, and 2) the need to look good.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Do We Get Less Creative As We Age?: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/02/07/do-we-get-less-creative-as-we-age/

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on focus and opportunity

Think about it. When we are so focused on achieving our goals, we often miss big, life-changing opportunities. Yes,  opportunity knocks often, sometimes softly. And more often than not, sometimes loudly. Opportunity could be screaming and yelling at us, and yet we ignore it. People who live goal-free are constantly watching for new opportunities that present themselves in unexpected ways. With open minds—and open eyes—they’re able to identify opportunities anywhere, even in unlikely places, and anytime, even in tragedy. They keep their minds clear of clutter to allow subtle messages to appear, because on the road of life you need to be on the lookout for hidden signposts.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS OFTEN, BUT SOMETIMES SOFTLY: http://www.steveshapiro.com/opportunity-knocks-often-but-sometimes-softly/index.php

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on decisions

Overcome decidophobia, the fear of making decisions. Remember, in life there are no right decisions or wrong decisions. There are only decisions. And once you make a decision, avoid rethinking it. Although you want to learn from the past, don’t question the wisdom of your decision. Always move forward. Movement in any direction is better than stagnation or indecision. As the saying goes, “When you sit on the fence, you get splinters in your butt.”

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Turning a Passion into a Profession: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/01/14/innovation-in-globe/

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on vision and change

Don’t get stuck with a particular vision of how things should look. Choose a big, bold, and inspiring aspiration. Allow it to change over time. Sometimes on the way to your dream, you get lost and discover a better one.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Turning a Passion into a Profession: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/01/14/innovation-in-globe/

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on passion, skills, and bliss

Focus not just on passion, but also on skills and value. Following your bliss is not enough. You must have the necessary skills to be successful. Ask yourself the following questions: What are you known for being good at? How can you gain other necessary skills? Who can you collaborate with to fill your skill gaps? In addition, you must create value for others. Ask yourself the following questions: How can you make a living at this? How can you help the world value your contribution? How can you creatively stay true to your passion while having the success you desire?

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Turning a Passion into a Profession: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/01/14/innovation-in-globe/

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on leadership, management, business, and creativity

Can you imagine how many hot dogs you would have to sell to make a $50K?

This highlights one of the mistakes that organizations make when thinking about innovation.

Although top executives typically keep their eyes on the end game (usually some variation of short- and long-term stock price), as you move down through the organization this changes. The focus shifts to measuring and managing tasks and products (such as selling hot dogs). The reality is, these are only a means to an end.

The solution? Stop micro-managing activities and make sure that every employee understands – and keeps their eyes on - business fundamentals and what matters most. This will enhance both creativity and overall business performance.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Innovation Lesson from The Apprentice: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/01/07/innovation-lesson-from-the-apprentice/

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on tools, mindset, innovation, and creativity

Tools are great. But giving people tools, without first changing their mindset is useless.

People buy more weight loss books/diets (tools) than all other books, yet people are fatter than ever. Why? Most diets do not address the psychological reasons (mindset) for eating.

The same holds true for innovation.

Do not train your employees on creativity techniques or bring in innovation software until you have addressed your underlying cultural issues (the mindset).

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Innovation Mindset, Not Innovation Tools: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2007/12/31/innovation-mindset-not-innovation-tools/

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on innovation, culture, performance, and motivation

The more you measure and motivate based on innovation, the less likely you will have a truly innovative culture.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: 2007 Innovation Lesson: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2007/12/14/2007-innovation-lesson/

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