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1. Lay of the Land

1.1. Over the centuries little attention has been paid to thinking

1.1.1. Greek Gang of 3 Plato Aristotle Socrates 2 dimentional approach Black and white Pros and cons

1.1.2. Cave Man Thinking What is this?

1.1.3. The Church by means of obtaining the truth

1.1.4. Logical Thinking Taught in Schools Routeen approach Ecellent but not good enough

1.2. Types of Thinking

1.2.1. Lateral Thinking Understanding the logical thread of thought Moving across these

1.2.2. Parallel thinking Approaching a situation from the same perspective at the same time 6 Thinking Hats Parallel Thinking Tool Edward de Bono Whether Forecast™ Parallel Thinking Tool Celia Gates

1.2.3. Critical Thinking Limiting Judgemental Negative

1.2.4. Creative Thinking the creation of value

1.2.5. Thinking skills can be taught willingness to accept ideas willingness to obtain movement from them

1.2.6. Decisions Pros and Cons Quadratic Approach Edward de Bono's 6 Thinking Hats Celia Gates' Whether Forecast

1.2.7. Procrastination Indecision costs more than recovering from the wrong decision waste time worrying consume resources without learning anything new

1.2.8. Holistic Thinking Embracing critical and creative thinking skills simultaneously stimulating sparks of genius collaborative communication from a parallel approach Whether Forecast Intuitive and easy Time saving Innovation generating

1.3. Mind Maps

1.3.1. Benefits of Mindmaps Management people projects Visual dashboard creating visions analysing disasters see big picture easily drill down details

1.3.2. All 500 of Fortune 500 Companies use mindmaps

1.3.3. How to draw a mind map start with specific subject in mind build out the relevance with seperate branches and headings

1.3.4. Slow thoughts down to the point where we can hear them.

1.4. The Collective Concious - Bringining Minds Together

1.4.1. Inquisitive People

1.4.2. Been thinking this way since childhood

1.5. Inherent fears

1.5.1. Be honest with yourself

1.5.2. What's blocking you?

1.5.3. "I don't know where I'm going"

1.5.4. Will my idea work

1.5.5. What happens when it goes wrong...

1.6. What do Entrepreneurs need to know in order to succeed?

1.6.1. From people who have been there before...

1.6.2. What are some of the challenges they are likely to face

1.6.3. How to overcome such challenges

1.6.4. How to generate ideas

1.6.5. How to make these happen

1.6.6. Decisions define destiny

1.7. Innovation Warehouse

1.7.1. A place to call home

1.7.2. A place to grow

1.7.3. Innovative Companies Funding Ways to grow Structured support

1.8. Social Media Illumination

1.8.1. Figure out strategy Facebook Twitter LinkedIN etc

1.8.2. Find Clients

1.9. IdeaspaceGlobal

1.9.1. Global Entrepreneurship Week 130 Countries around the world

1.9.2. Knowledge base

1.9.3. workspace

1.9.4. From inspiration to aspiration Easier More successful journey

1.9.5. World recession New Entrepreneurs needed Critical to building economy

1.9.6. Good news Understanding how to recognize risks Getting better at offering genuine support Education and sharing of knowledge

1.10. BiggerPlate.com

1.10.1. Mindmapping content and community

1.10.2. Free resource - shared information

1.10.3. Entrepreneurial Community

1.10.4. Tools to drive innovation

1.11. Turn around Coaching and Consultancy

1.11.1. Build a business and keep your life

1.11.2. Often its one or the other

1.11.3. Aligning actions with real vision for the future

1.12. British Inventors Society

1.12.1. British Invention Show British Invention of the Year Awards

1.12.2. The importance of experimentation

1.12.3. Innovation and Technology drives progress underpins quality of lifestyle

1.13. Kauffmann Foundation

1.13.1. How do we stimulate more start-up communities? Policy Guidance Field exploded Evidence based information Guide more effectively Measure what works A lot of experiementation First do no harm Global Brainstorm

1.13.2. Too much attention has been given to the importance of capital Need less now to start-up seen as a badge of honour to the entrepreneur need to get smarter about the money game bootstrap for longer BOOK: The Lean Start-up

1.13.3. Creation of the firm is a slow iterative process Not stop/start Less about mechanical parts Business plans Incorporation A question of figuring out the formula that works More about the essence of the idea How do I start solving a problem...

1.13.4. "Building airplanes in flight" demonstrate the quality of the idea Its a team sport

1.13.5. Create the right environment Make it easy for people to collaborate Do entrepreneurs create venture capitalists or do V.C's create entrepreneurs?

1.14. Challenges to the Entrepreneur

1.14.1. not necessarilly made a success yet...

1.14.2. right attitude required

1.14.3. Not knowing what to do next

1.14.4. Not knowing how to do it

1.14.5. Very rarely lack big picture vision

1.14.6. Fear of the unknown outside their existing expertise Not Knowing the market outside of their understanding each step offers more unknowns... "Blindfolded in a tunnel in the dark" vulnerable to "sharks" vulnerable to loss of ideas Accept bad advice Social Media could be an example

1.14.7. Fear of failure

1.14.8. Fear of success "If I'm too successful I'll never see my family" Can cripple female entrepreneurs

1.14.9. Fear itself!

1.14.10. Lack of contacts Social Media great to overcome this LinkedIN Review sites Use resource to build testimonials

1.14.11. Lack of credibility

1.14.12. The architect set the vision

1.14.13. the builder set the action to make it happen

1.14.14. Focus on end goal and vision

1.14.15. Fundamental Business Skills Managing Cash flow Strategic Growth Management

1.14.16. Often doing it alone

1.14.17. "Life is a process of Iteration" There is no "failure" People who get it wrong have not failed People who give up too early fail From learning comes growth Evolution Move from Biology to Technology Humans are not evolving to have extra thumbs... Technology is evolving at a different speed. You must follow YOUR journey

1.14.18. Protecting Intellectual Property whilst building a community Non-disclosure agreement Still can't talk to too many people Find inventor Clubs/ Trusting Communities Your community can improve your idea for you Talk to them about the problem that their idea solves Apply for a patent or design rights Protect your idea Sometimes its very pertanent to protect with a patent. People could steal your idea BUT because they're NOT on the same journey as you it doesn't really matter. Share with as many people as you can Allow the interaction to develop your ideas e.g. of fashion desinger flattered by someone "stealing" his idea - T-shirt business Danger of paranoia about not sharing People can overrate their own ideas Tell others and it makes it better Take a leap of faith Patents and IP becoming a little old fashioned No one can steal your vision.

1.14.19. Social Media Sharing Twitter all about sharing Facebook Mind maps BiggerPlate.com Connecting with like minds Meet people with similar interests

1.15. Global Entrepreneurship Week

1.15.1. 131 Countries

1.15.2. Success Stories in Supporting

1.16. Movember

1.16.1. Raising Awareness of Prostate Cancer

1.16.2. Grow a moustache for the month of November

2. Whether Report™

2.1. Adopt the role of the Whether Reporter

2.1.1. In the lay of the land mindset you are the cartographer Drawing your own map

2.1.2. Through the other mindsets you are the explorer Understanding your situation in differnt climates

2.1.3. In this last mindset you are the reporter summarizing the outcome of the brainstorm

2.2. Lots to report on

2.2.1. Reporting is an essential thing to do

2.2.2. What do you know I don't know?

2.2.3. Who do you know who I don't know?

2.2.4. What action must I prioritize in order to get to where I really want to go?

2.3. Mindset

2.3.1. Your beleifs influence your decisions tremendously challenge them from time to time

2.3.2. Dreaming Big

2.3.3. The importance of being able to generate new Ideas Value Iterative evolution

2.3.4. The importance of being able to see problems as fuel with which to further passion and purpose

2.3.5. The importance of lateral thinking tools such as the Whether Forecast Helping you see the bigger picture Helping you identify what action to take next

2.3.6. Keep going and have the confidence to try new things If one thing doesn't work, try another.

2.3.7. Learning from other people

2.3.8. Enjoying the here and now

2.3.9. The need to spend more time thinking about thinking by means of evolving ideas through an iterative process of taking action

2.4. Entrepreneurship

2.4.1. The world needs more lateral and logical thinkers

2.4.2. The idea is of the essence

2.4.3. Primary fears come from not knowing what to do

2.4.4. Success is also battoning down the hatches to "Whether" the Snow and Rain

2.4.5. To overcome such fear, talk to people with more experience or like-minded to you.

2.4.6. Keep taking action even when the pace slows Maintaining Momentum

2.4.7. Use your community to support you. Prioritize the needs of your clients Have fun with your brand and message

2.5. Change Management

2.5.1. Time is a measure of change

2.5.2. Rather than manage time. Manage Change

2.5.3. Account for this in baby steps

2.5.4. Appriciate the iterative process allow ideas to evolve

2.6. The power of team

2.6.1. Often we feel as if we have to do it alone

2.6.2. All have stengths and non-strengths

2.6.3. Have more people in your team

2.6.4. Concentrate on the community

2.6.5. Cross-cultural collaboraton Communication

2.7. Rather like the weather - tomorrow will be different

2.7.1. Entrepreneurs don't tend to worry about how bad it could get

2.7.2. Have the courage to move forward

2.7.3. Keep it going and watch the "Whether"

2.8. The Whether Forecast Process

2.8.1. Sits beautifully in a mind map format Most popular mind maps on BiggerPlate.com are 6 think hats Will see more Whether Maps emerging

2.8.2. Experience the weather all the time Great metaphore Intituve and relevant Very effective Balanced decisions

2.8.3. Inspiring and Innovative

2.8.4. More information Buy the book! Paperback on Lulu Amazon Kindle

2.8.5. A tool to help people "see" more about themselves and what they're trying to do Invaluable Quick Effective Confidence Sense of knowing

2.8.6. Add to IdeaSpace Global as a regular event

2.8.7. Plugin to BiggerPlate Community

2.9. Andrew Wilcox Cadre Consulting Mind Map

3. Winds

3.1. Metaphorically representing all external influences that exist outside of your control

3.1.1. You can't see the wind

3.1.2. You see its affects

3.1.3. You can't control the wind

3.1.4. You can only harness it to your advantage

3.2. Local Winds

3.2.1. Friends & family Look at home for your inspiration Ancestors

3.2.2. Collagues and Peers

3.2.3. Like minded local communities On line Off line British Invention Show... Celia's story

3.2.4. Mentors within reach Much more accessible People have a willingness to help People have a willingness to share ideas Engage with brains that are greater than your own Free advisors

3.2.5. More than one community/network Go to Physical events Go to Online events Events NOT relevant to you Learn from other aspects Transfer to other areas

3.2.6. Find the stories that support you Inspiration Understanding Energy

3.2.7. Like minded hobbies Skiing Cinema Kite surfing WIND

3.2.8. Use peer pressure for focus and motivation Public deadlines Shared targets

3.2.9. Build your own community What do they want? How may they support you? Raving fans Profitable Pioneers

3.2.10. Who are you surrounding yourself with? Are they telling you you're crazy? Surround yourself with your raving fans

3.3. Prevailing Winds

3.3.1. Global Entrepreneurship Week Meet like-minded people Join a community Take part in an activity Stop feeling alone Learn from others Rough and the smooth Share stories, transfer knowledge Restore faith and belief

3.3.2. Global Economic Climate

3.3.3. The Global Brainstorm

3.3.4. Governement Policy makers

3.3.5. Society

3.3.6. Media

3.4. Winds outside of your control

3.4.1. Tax Create an environement that stimulates investment

3.5. Hurricans and Torrnadoes DO hit

3.5.1. how can we batton down the hatches?

3.5.2. Is this wind too strong for us to whether?

3.5.3. Prepare by predicting patterns

3.6. How can the winds be used as a catalyst to change?

3.6.1. 7 Steps to Successful Change Management WHETHER FORECAST BOOK EXTRACT Reveal Root cause Generate simple solutions Create Collective Value Driven Vision Promote Profitable Pioneers Disclose broader Mission Commit to your cause Hold up Success for applause

3.6.2. Winds Change... do you?

4. Rain

4.1. Change sense of perspective

4.1.1. Look towards the horizon in the sun

4.1.2. Look down towards your feet in the rain

4.1.3. The positive power of negative speculation

4.2. Imagine a day when it feels as if the world is working against you

4.2.1. Notice the leak in the roof

4.2.2. Notice the blocked drains

4.2.3. Understand the potential problems

4.3. Rainy Days

4.3.1. When somebody I know is in harm.

4.3.2. The rest doesn't really matter

4.3.3. There is a lot to be learned from collecting rain If you get served lemons make lemonade

4.3.4. Stressed Overworked Overwhelemed

4.3.5. Confused

4.3.6. Concerned Unsure about the future

4.3.7. There are opportunities in the rain rehydrate refresh dance in the rain

4.4. Not implementing

4.4.1. Failing to take the necessary action

4.4.2. don't know what to do

4.4.3. don't know how to do it

4.5. Consider all of the objections

4.5.1. Worth time thinking about what might arise Pre-plan an answer Before the solution arises

4.5.2. There is a positive way to think negatively

4.5.3. Understand a potential problem in advance Remove some of the risks predict potential outcome work around them

4.6. Reality check

4.6.1. Sensing the negatives

4.6.2. understanding them avoid tripping over them

4.6.3. How far is your money going to go?

4.6.4. What resources do you really need?

4.6.5. Favours being asked Is the goodwill there? How much arm twisting...? How far can this go?

4.6.6. Do not allow the problems to surface and surprise you Be honest with yourself Know your enemeies A lack of cash can be an enemy

4.6.7. Talk to other people Understand what you don't know Understand where you need expertise Don't let it fall apart because you can't do it

4.6.8. Most take-overs want to remove the founder He is not the best CEO Entrepreneurs are rock and rollers

4.6.9. Knowing the reality Protect against potential problems Take precautions from risks

4.7. When it all goes wrong online

4.7.1. Social Media Trolling Be careful with privacy settings Fake profiles

4.7.2. Trip Advisor example you must face a negative review head on Be polite Leave door open for communication Acknowledge problem publically Resolve it privately

4.7.3. Ask Gemma for advice Twitter: @GemLThompson

5. Snow

5.1. Challenges our basic survival

5.1.1. What's essential to your basic survival

5.1.2. Prioritize your actions clearly

5.1.3. Get rid of the dead wood A tree sheds its leaves in the snow

5.2. Critical to business survival

5.2.1. Cash

5.2.2. Sales and Marketing

5.2.3. Keeping expenses low snow can come hibernate and stay alive

5.2.4. Good margin of profitablity

5.2.5. Work hard Keep energy up so as not to freeze

5.3. A recession is a time of snow

5.3.1. Some people sit indoord doing nothing

5.3.2. Other people go an play in the snow

5.3.3. Important to keep that sense of fun

5.3.4. Become a lateral thinker

5.3.5. Its your mindset and creativity that can carry you through.

5.4. Pre-plan for snow

5.4.1. Knowing what you're going to do when it does... Have fun!

5.4.2. Post euphoric sludge... that's the hardwork bit when people lose the will

5.5. Its important you don't freeze with the rest of the world

5.5.1. Keep moving forward even if the pace slows

5.5.2. Know where your key areas are - how are you going to get access to these in the snow?

5.6. Having learnt to survive - can you thrive?

5.6.1. Brand Worst advice was to change the name to be more serious...??! Build fun into the brand

5.6.2. Community

5.6.3. Being myself

5.6.4. Get constructive

5.6.5. Get creative

5.7. Where are the paths that need to get cleared?

5.7.1. Notice the footsteps in the snow What are the thoughts you've refered to often?

5.7.2. Notice the patterns of movement

5.7.3. Notice the flow of important action

5.7.4. Optimize these processes for accellerated growth

6. Rainbow

6.1. stretch your imagination

6.1.1. What would you do if you were sitting on a rainbow

6.1.2. If you had superhero powers what would these be and what would you do

6.2. Challenge reality

6.2.1. There is probably more than one reality

6.2.2. Personal realities Remove all elements of fear Storm right in - do it anyway New technology people don't understand Other's think you're crazy... Kane's example of recreating the music industry The rules are the ones you make as you go along "I didn't know I couldn't do it" Its ok to be frightened Do your research Dobule check your idea is of worth Strap up and take serious action Roll sleeves up and push like hell You can achieve what you aim for if you beleive it.

6.3. Crazy ideas

6.3.1. Are we being a little mad in our thinking?

6.3.2. Give yourself permission to have such outrageous ideas

6.3.3. Allow these to add value in the real world

6.4. Superhero powers

6.4.1. "Find my own voice"

6.4.2. Project into the future and idealize self-actualize Fulfilling Dreams and wishes

6.4.3. "Be in two places at one time" Appriciate the interesting things in the here and now 2nd me could go to the other place on my behalf

6.4.4. Read people's minds If I knew exactly what they didn't know... See confusions and roadblocks before these materilaize As long as they're not thinking bad things about me!

6.4.5. Step outside my body see myself from other peoples eyes egotitical vain harsh in my approach to people take on board observations Improve and grow

6.4.6. Implant "chips" in people automatically give them what they need restore childhood imagination before pre-conditioning

6.5. Let go of inherent fears and beleif

6.5.1. Rainbow mindset gives us permission to do so

6.5.2. Connect with people

6.5.3. Raise Capital

6.5.4. Unafraid of rejection

6.5.5. Extra confidence and clarity

6.5.6. Actions beyond your comfort zone

7. Sunshine

7.1. Imagine a day when it feels as if everything is going your way

7.1.1. Positive

7.1.2. Energetic

7.1.3. Full of vitality

7.2. Generally Happy

7.2.1. Safe

7.2.2. Self-sufficient

7.2.3. Providing for family

7.2.4. Somewhere nice to run

7.2.5. No financial worries

7.3. Optimism

7.3.1. Beleif in the idea excited to make it happen

7.3.2. Blind Optimism Ignorance is bliss

7.3.3. Beleif that its possible

7.3.4. Change the world in a small or large way

7.4. Social

7.4.1. What you can bring to others

7.4.2. How you may connect to other people

7.4.3. Significance in a wider world

7.5. Connection

7.5.1. coming together to share ideas

7.5.2. transfer knowledge

7.5.3. blend vision

7.6. Vision

7.6.1. Big vision never a problem for the entrepreneur

7.6.2. often lack short term vision Know about the mansions and million dollars don't know whether to turn right or left out of front door

7.6.3. Need strategic short term goals clarify ideas in the near future taking small baby steps to achieve goals celebrating small achievements

7.7. Redefining failure

7.7.1. whilst learning, sharing, growing, contributing... NOT failing

7.8. Momentum

7.8.1. THings are evolving

7.8.2. growing

7.8.3. moving in the right direction

7.8.4. Making progress

7.8.5. Extra energy

7.8.6. Constant Action

7.9. Confidence

7.9.1. Keen to take on a new idea

7.9.2. Able to conquer a challenge

7.9.3. Knowing on the right track at the right time

7.10. There can be clouds that come across a sunny day

7.10.1. The discovery of what's behind a cloud that changes that beleif

7.10.2. The removal of that cloud

8. The Whether Forecast™ Tool

8.1. An Introduction by means of action learning

8.2. A parallel thinking tool

8.2.1. using 7 mindsets The lay of the land Sun Wind Rain Rainbow Snow The Whether Report

8.3. An Innovation Generating Machine

8.3.1. A framework from which to derive solutions

8.3.2. A means of mapping Ideas

8.4. Better Brainstorming and Decision Making

8.5. Personal and Professional Growth


8.6.1. Paperback on Lulu

8.6.2. E-book for Kindle

8.7. Template for Whether Forecast mind map