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Martha Stewart on giving narrow-minded team members an open mind

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Some of the worst phrases in any brain storming session are “We have always done it that way” or “We did that before and it did not work.” These are words that can quickly take an idea and torturously kill it.

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Simply because a particular procedure is followed for many years does not make it the best option in today’s business environment. Most people do not even know why the particular policy has been established in the first place let alone why it is still valid today.

If a company tried something before, who’s to say they gave it the best possible try? Often something that was attempted, but not successful, is because of the team attempting it or market and/or company conditions at the time.

The most successful businesswomen in the United States is Martha Stewart. Her keen business sense has proven her talents and broadcast media, print media, branding, design and retail.

“Without an open-minded mind”, Stewart said, “You can never be a great success.”

The truth behind her words can be very instrumental during a brainstorming session. It is critical as many ideas as possible are surfaced before killer phrases can stifle the entire creative process.

This is another installment of a series of motivational quotes providing information about the persons being quoted and the application to our daily life. It is based on material prepared by of Rochester Hills, Mich., and is intended as a tool for building the success of today’s business professionals. It is a ©2014 copyright by and used with their permission.

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