Creative thinking and problem-solving have long been passions of mine. So when I heard Cameron Herold tell the story of how he devoted an entire hallway at his company 800-GOT-JUNK to something called a “Can You Imagine” wall, I was immediately intrigued.
This brainstorming wall turned out to be a way to invite ideas on the future of the business – from the employees who work for it and would be instrumental in powering the company’s growth. The rules were simple: Jot down ideas about where the company could go in the next 10 years. The ideas were in a public place, so everyone could be inspired by them. Existing ideas could serve as stepping stones to additional ones. And all of the company’s employees could help co-create its future.
Herold is known today as “the business growth guru.” But he gained that moniker by accomplishing something astounding: By age 35, he’d already built his first two $100 MILLION DOLLAR companies. By the age of 42, Cameron engineered 1-800-GOT-JUNK?’s spectacular growth from $2 Million to $106 Million in revenue, and 3100 employees— and he did that in just six years.
Clearly, this remarkable entrepreneur wasn’t just pursuing business as usual, but developing some innovative strategies to grow his firms quickly, engage his employees and provide exceptional value for their customers. This idea wall was just one example.
The Can You Imagine wall inspired me so much so that I decided to create my own version of it in the form of a public mind map. In other words, anyone can add ideas to it.
Click here to view the ideas others have contributed to it so far.
What can you imagine?
You’re invited to share your creative ideas of what may be possible within the next decade – in a mind map, of course. The process is easy and quick:
- Click here to view the Can You Imagine public mind map.
- Follow the instructions below to add your blue-sky ideas.
- Tell your friends – the more ideas, the better! To spread the word, please share this URL:
Even if you can’t think of an idea to share at the moment, please take a few minutes to share this post with your social media channels.
Please be respectful of this mind map. It’s designed to share inspiring ideas about exciting future possibilities. Also, no politics, please. I will remove any ideas I deem inappropriate.
Thanks for your help with this extraordinary mind map crowdsourcing project!
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