(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)


A few years ago there was a popular self-help phrase, “If it is to be, it’s up to me.” On the surface that seems pretty good. “It” implies a clear goal. “Up to me” implies personal responsibility for my actions. The weakness of the approach is it can lead to being isolated, a Lone Ranger mentality.

Some refer to today as a connection-based economy. With increasingly sophisticated, powerful, and easy-to-use electronic devices and software, it’s pretty simple to connect with others. Setting up your own R&D teams is a wonderful way to co-create with your connections.

I’ve set up R&D teams a number of times and I’m creating new ones now. Some ideas for you: [In parentheses are what I’m working on.]

> To help prioritize resources.

(Which S3MC book next?)

> To add depth to a basic idea.

(What do people value?)

> To get clarity about possible markets.

(Which webinar next?)

> To have them be your BS detectors.

(All of my teams!)

R&D teams are so much better than using the connection tools to push stuff at people.

Instead, engage them in co-creative ways to improve whatever is important to you and them.


Coaching Point: Are you planning to set up, or be on, an R&D team? Want to be on one of mine?


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