JIM CLEMMER: THRIVING IN TURBULENT TIMES
the Speed of Change.
Following. You passively wait to see what
Jim Clemmer is a
might happen while looking to others for direc-
tion. This stage might involve analyzing your situ-
ation and weighing options while wavering
between worry and hopefulness. With the right
encouragement or positive influence, you might
step up to face and effectively deal with blocks
or redirection. With a slight push in the negative
direction, you can head down the slippery slope
of negative cynicism.
author, speaker and
latest book is Growing
Wallowing. You take a bad situation and
make it worse by “awfulizing” it with despair and
helplessness. You’re overwhelmed by the setback
and narrow your choices to a few or none. To
wallow is to play the victim and gloomily lose
perspective on how the change or setback fits
into the bigger—often more positive—picture of
your life. You see the setback as permanent, pervasive and a personal putdown. When you wallow
you magnify your weaknesses and shortcomings.
It’s a small
WHEN JEFF RUBIN quit
as the chief economist for
UNPREDICTABLE, UNEXPECTED and constant
changes continue to rock the world. About the
only predictable thing about our times is that
we’re going to see lots more unpredictable events
and trends. There’s no getting through this crazy
period to some mythical place of stability or
Markets, he did
so to write the
book Why Your
World Is About
to Get a Whole
Lot Smaller: Oil
and the End of
When faced with major setbacks or big
changes, you have three basic choices.
Leading. You face turbulence and changes
squarely without sugar-coating the problems they
bring or avoiding tough realities. You look for ways
to positively assess your options and find new
approaches to overcome or even capitalize on the
problem. With a sustained focus on your long-term
vision, you keep searching for the unpredictable
pathways that take you there.
Whether constant changes are deadly threats
or growth opportunities depends on how you deal
with them. Change can leave you scrambling to
catch up just to cope, never mind thrive. The
strongest response to constant external change is
continuous internal change and growth. The critical personal, team and organization change question is: Are you a leader on the grow? C
In the book he explores the
role of oil prices as an economic indicator and makes
the prediction that, as oil and
energy prices rise, the global
economy will shrink.
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On his website, www.
he writes, “It wasn’t sub-prime mortgages but triple-digit oil prices that brought
down the world economy.
BRAINSTORMING IS often needed in any business—struggling or thriving—to jump-start processes, product or service creation, or sales. But
how can you be sure your participation in that process will lead to a
storm and not a drizzle?
example, 10 ideas in three minutes or 25 ideas in
eight minutes. Forcing yourself to work with the
pressure of a limited amount of time keeps that
And unless that economy
started to wean itself off
an ever-depleting supply of
affordable oil, there would be
other recessions to follow as
economic recoveries would
simply push oil prices right
back into triple-digit range.”
censor in your brain from interrupting. Items you might have
thought wouldn’t work might turn
out to be the essence of a fantastic
idea—yours or a trigger for someone else’s.
But Rubin is by no means
all doom and gloom. “I’m
optimistic. I believe people
respond to crises,” he says.
Schaumburg, Illinois, Costco
member Hazel Wagner is a brainstorming expert and facilitator,
and author of the book Power
“A smaller, more economical world may be a better
world. It doesn’t have to be
No judgment comments.
Brainstorming: Great Ideas at
Lightning Speed (b9d, inc., 2009).
She offers these tips.
Write it down, right away!
We think we will easily remember
the great idea we just had, but most
of us forget if we don’t write it down
or record it. Ideas that come to us in
the middle of the night (dreams are
often the way the brain continues to
figure out unresolved problems) need to be jotted
down. And get everyone’s ideas written down
before there is any sharing.
Saying someone’s idea is a bad one
or won’t work will put the brakes
on a brainstorming session. Positive
comments can do the same. If
someone says, “That is a great
idea!” everyone else in the room
subconsciously compares it to what
they were about to offer and may
choose not to mention it.
Some of the silver linings Rubin envisions include
increases in local manufacturing and farming sectors,
along with greener lifestyles.
Rubin says that his target audience is “the person
next door, the person consuming oil. That pretty much
means all of us.”
Organize and reorganize
after the lightning rounds. After any lightning
rounds of fast-paced idea generation, organize the
ideas into clusters that fit together.
Fast and furious timed lightning rounds.
Time yourself. Require a number of ideas to be
written down in a short amount of time—for
For more information on Power Brain-
storming®, visit the website www.brainstorming-
Why Your World Is About
to Get a Whole Lot Smaller,
which won Canada’s National
Business Book Award in June
2010, will be available in
most Costco warehouses on
September 28. C