What’s critical for making a life or career transition?

The author Chesney Bradshaw
The author Chesney Bradshaw

People experienced trigger events that may make them want to change. The trigger could be a worsening situation at a company or the need for better personal lifework balance. But it also could be lifestyle relocation, personal circumstances, rewiring for “retirement” or venturing on your own.

The problem is that people don’t always have the time to explore alternative possibilities. Those in corporate or professional jobs such as lawyers, doctors and dentists are tied down to their jobs. It also takes time to adjust from one working identity to another.

So how do you go about exploring alternative possibilities? Continue reading “What’s critical for making a life or career transition?”

Do you give up at the first best solution?

(Copyright © 2015 by Chesney Bradshaw, all rights reserved)
(Copyright © 2015 by Chesney Bradshaw, all rights reserved)

Why is it that some small business owners and start-up founders come up with solutions to customer problems that are far superior to those available on the market? What separates the winning product from the loser? How do innovative young entrepreneurs steal the march on their competitors?

It’s an easy thing to say but a difficult thing to do. That’s to keep pushing after you think you have found the best solution, answer or idea. I suppose it’s human nature to come up with a solution that you think is ideal and stop. You may not feel the need to push the boundaries or your boundary but what if you could go further and come up with something far better than you had originally envisaged? Continue reading “Do you give up at the first best solution?”

Fun and smart ways to feel creative at no cost

The Candle Problem tests creative problem solving. How would you affix the lit candle to the wall so that it will not drip wax onto the table below. All you have is a candle, a box of thumbtacks and a book of matches? Check here for the solution.
The Candle Problem tests creative problem solving. How would you affix the lit candle to the wall so that it will not drip wax onto the table below. All you have is a candle, a box of thumbtacks and a book of matches? Check here for the solution.

An investment banker, 47, was so upset about an ongoing battle with the board of his luxury Manhattan apartment that he jumped out of the window of the seventh floor. His problems relate to his job and he and his wife’s three French poodles. Neighbours had complained about the dogs’ barking and “rambunctious, ” play in the lobby, the New York Post reported.

The jumper survived the fall when he hit a second-floor awning which broke his fall. Paramedics rushed him to the local hospital.

I bring the sleeping banker incident up as it reminds me of how often many of us end up in what we perceive as a cul de sac. In the tunnel of our own personal darkness and despair it seems that there is no end in sight. Continue reading “Fun and smart ways to feel creative at no cost”

What challenges fire your innovation powers the most

Joker (comics)
Joker (comics) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The guru coaches and experts make starting and running an independent small business sound so easy that just about any fool can do it. Yes, we all believe them.

Let them speak to real business owners who are forced to live with landlords that push-up rentals every year. One small business owner I know lives in fear that his landlord will learn that he is doing well and push-up his rent. He’s devised sharp ways to keep the big bulldog at bay. Taking cash, running his business on word-of-mouth and keeping quiet as a church mouse about his sales. Continue reading “What challenges fire your innovation powers the most”