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Remixed Notes from the Book "Making Ideas Happen" by Scott Belsky by Mind Map: Remixed Notes from the Book "Making Ideas Happen" by Scott Belsky
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Remixed Notes from the Book "Making Ideas Happen" by Scott Belsky

Use design-centric systems

Aesthetics matter

visual appeal = more likely to be executed

The Action Method

3 elements

Audit current project through the Action Method Lens

Reduces project management to its most basic elements

A relentless bias towards action pushes ideas forward

Foster an action-oriented culture

Have a common language (aka system) w/ colleagues re: action steps

Have an inbox transit terminal that's checked at preferred intervals


1) Avoid automatic meetings that:

2) End with a review of Actions captured

3) Call out non-actionable meetings

4) Standing meetings may work

5) Avoid meetings because of personal insecurity

6) Don't stick to meetings with round numbers

7) Meetings must have both an objective and actionable outcome


Projects should be based on:

3 Elements of Prioritization

Make 2 lists:

Use an Energy Line

Don't dwell

Choose 5 projects that matter most

Daily focus area

Don't hoard urgent items

Create Responsibility Grid


gentle reminders

Darwinian/Collective Prioritzation (aka "nagging")


Execution = perspiration

Momentum = key to execution

Act without conviction, even if reckless

Communal Forces

Share ideas on how teams can work more effectively and efficiently; you discover how to:

Sharing ideas

Don't become burdened by consensus


best channeled in circles

Commit fully so others can commit their resources to you, too

Systems of accountability help

Chemistry of a high-performing Creative Team

Look beyond tech skills and develop a chemistry that will transform ideas into remarkable accomplishments

Team members should have:

Value true productivity over the appearance of hard work

Ideas are executed in spurts

Rules of Idea Generation and Human Nature

1) A tired brain doesn't work well

2) Idea generation happens on its own terms

3) When forced to execute beyond your capacity, you begin to hate what you're doing

Measure in goal out-put, rather than sit-put

People thrive when people's individual judgment and autonomy are respected

Managing the Creative Team

Empower others to make truly meaningful decisions

Encourage collective ownership of an idea

As a team member, energy is the most precious commodity

Putting someone in charge of action next steps doesn't work

Use conflict to gauge team chemistry and performance

Develop others through the power of appreciation



Better practices vs. "Best practices" (aka conventional wisdom)

Productivity is a deeply personal matter of taste and prefs; works best with customized to personal prefs

Actionable stuff must be made personal

Avoid reactionary workflow

Sequential tasking > multi-tasking

People must have a personal inbox that they define

Be willing to be deviant