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Posted on November 13th, 2005, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

I recently fell behind in my reading of Dave Pollard’s How to Save the World and, man, did it sure take some time to catch up again. Dave is a prolific blogger whose posts tend to be as expansive as they are varied. But it was worth it. Lots of insightful stuff, including, just to skim the surface, a few interesting (and disparate) top ten lists…

Ten rules for being more imaginative:
1. Pay attention
2. Spend time with children
3. Remember your dreams
4. Change your point of view
5. Collaborate
6. Transport yourself
7. Improvise
8. Break the rules
9. Believe, and make believe
10. Get away from the media

The ten most important trends in business:
1. Open-Source Business
2. Disruptive Innovation
3. Complexity
4. Corporate Reform
5. Innovation Incubation
6. Social Networking and Personal Productivity Improvement
7. Wisdom of Crowds
8. Channel Customization
9. Customer Relationship Management
10. Execution

Ten great selling tips:
1. Invest in face-time with customers
2. Solve the problem, don’t excuse it
3. Return calls promptly
4. Make it easy for the customer to buy
5. Give the customer something ‘extra’
6. Listen first, sell later
7. Show, don’t tell
8. Understand that the customer is not buying your product
9. Don’t sell yourself short
10. Know your customer, know your products

The nine reasons we don’t do what we should:
1. Fear
2. Lack of Self-Confidence
3. Lack of Knowledge
4. Trying to Do Too Much Alone
5. Trying to Do Too Much
6. Loss of Self
7. Lack of Energy
8. Lack of Reward
9. It Can’t Be Done

The world’s ten most intractable problems:
1. Creating a health care system that works
2. Improving the education system
3. Achieving energy/resource self-sufficiency and sustainability
4. Creating a humane and efficient food system
5. Reforming corporate conduct
6. Creating integral, intentional communities
7. Reducing over-crowding and over-population
8. Reducing poverty and violence
9. Increasing business innovation
10. Increasing wilderness and biodiversity

All of the above points are elaborated on in considerable detail at the links provided. Thanks for the food for thought, Dave!

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