Duration – 1:25
Gary Vaynerchuk | CEO of Vaynermedia: I think I come up with my best ideas in places where I’m not doing something. Like, I’m not gonna come up with it right now, ’cause I’m focused on this. Mine come pretty random. I will say this, most of mine are pretty molded in my head for quite a while. I’ve done very few things in my life where I’m like, “oh, what an idea” and go. It seems like I do, but what’s really happening is something pops up, and then, you know, it marinates and marinates and marinates. And so sometimes, my best ideas that seem like coming out of no where, really six months in the making.
Mellody Hobson | President of Ariel Investments: I actually come up with my best ideas by really observing and reading about others. You can see a germ of an idea in an unrelated industry; a company that’s doing completely different things. And I’m always asking myself “how can I apply that “to what we do at Ariel?” And it’s amazing what kind of nuances can lead to a breakthrough. So, I always tell people “don’t limit themselves “to thinking about the industry that they work in.” Think more broadly and beyond that, to really be able to pick and choose amongst the best ideas.
Jack Welch | Former Chairman and CEO of General Electric: Being in the middle of a meeting where there’s a food fight going on about ideas. And the best ideas I generally have come out of listening to other people’s ideas being batted around.