Though he was speaking to an audience of association executives, entrepreneur and speaker Josh Linkner’s presentation this morning at NAR’s AE Institute in San Diego, Calif., was applicable to anyone who works in real estate. Linkner, who has started and invested in a number of technology companies over the past two decades, says a problem plaguing not only this industry but the entire business world is a lack of creative thinking.
According to Linkner, virtually everyone has some capacity for creativity. However, from an early age, this instinct is suppressed by external forces — particularly school and work. “Our creativity is declining,” he says. “We don’t grow into creativity, we’re growing out of it. The lesson society teaches us is to not be creative, just do what your told and don’t take risks.”
This is a huge issue, though, because creativity and innovation have become more critical than ever before. In a recent survey of 1,500 CEOs around the world, creativity was cited as the most important attribute of leadership today, Linkner says. Moreover, the tendency to do things the way they’ve always been done and avoid taking chances is a recipe for disaster in a rapidly changing business environment.
“Playing it safe has become the riskiest move of all,” he explains. “If you run that game plan in the real world, it’s a surefire path to mediocrity.”
In his presentation, Linkner offered the following five tips for people who want to accelerate their business through creativity: Continue reading »
By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine
In a time marked by political upheaval and controversial and indecisive military actions, the U.S. economy takes a sudden dive, resulting in massive stock market losses and unemployment around or above 10 percent. That description could apply to 2006-2010, says Forbes Magazine Publisher Rich Karlgaard, but it could also refer to 1972-1976.
In his Entrepreneurial Excellence presentation today at the 2010 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, Karlgaard compared the two eras. As with the early to mid-1970s, the past few years will likely be remembered as a rough patch for the United States, politically and economically speaking.
However, if you’re wondering if the good times are really over for good, as many people did back then, take heart. Although the first half of the 1970s was a turbulent time, Karlgaard said, in retrospect we can see that it was also a period of substantial economic restructuring, and a great time for entrepreneurship: FedEx, Southwest Airlines, Microsoft, and Apple were just a few of today’s major companies that started during that decade. Continue reading »