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John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Smart Decision Making by John Adair

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Idea 84: Write down ideas

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn from him.

Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer

Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin group of companies, always keeps a notebook in his pocket in order to write down ideas. It is a wise habit for any leader or manager.

If you are a good listener you will soon net plenty of fish – fish of all shapes, sizes and varieties. Besides providing you with the stimulus to think for yourself, other people can also give you plenty of new ideas to work on. We certainly need this kind of outside stimulus that only comes from other minds. Lord Thomson of Fleet showed the way:

The way I look at it, everyone has an idea and one in a dozen may be a good idea. If you have to talk ...

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