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Upcoming Innovation Conferences You Should Attend

If you haven’t attended a conference yet this year, I recommend one of these innovation-related events taking place this fall (listed chronologically):

The Gotta Have a Process Blues

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In 1999, I Co-Founded Face the Music (along with Paul Kwiecinski) -- an interactive business blues band that helps organizations get out of the box, improve communication, and build teams in a fun way.

One day, GE contacted us and asked if we would write and perform eight original blues songs that would poke fun at Six Sigma, as part of their upcoming Black Belt conference. We did. Here's one:


THE GOTTA HAVE A PROCESS BLUES

I woke up this morning,
Put both feet on the floor,
But I didn't have a process
To find the bathroom door,
So all I did was shuffle,
First the left foot, then the right,
Forgot to count the tiles
(Hey boss, I ain't too bright.)

We got green belts, black belts,
Corporate karate
And soon we'll need a process
For going to the potty.
Some charts and graphs would be real cool to help us choose
Just what to name this song 'bout the gotta have a process blues.

Back when we were kids
The only processed thing was cheese,
But now I need a process
Every single time I sneeze.
I say achoo, I blow my nose,
I try to get it right,
My green belt says my charts don't flow,
Not once a gesundheit.

I make no mistakes,
I do everything right,
To make sure nothing breaks
I stay up all night.
I'm a Six Sigma cowboy
With all my charts and graphs,
I measure every joke
And the way it makes me laugh.

We got green belts, black belts,
Corporate karate
And soon we'll need a process
For going to the potty.
A fishbone diagram would be cool to help us choose
Just what to name this song about the gotta have a process blues.

I barely make a boo boo, I rarely blow a deal,
You might call it voo doo, but that's just how I feel,
I'm one in a million
Though my defects number three,
I log on while I'm sleeping
And I've changed my name to "E."

We got green belts, black belts,
Corporate karate
And soon we'll need a process
For going to the potty.

- Blind Willy Nilly (that's me)

Face the Music on CNN

2017 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards

Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards celebrate individuals and ideas that have broken through and had an impact in business and far beyond...across a wide array of critical fields including technology, biomed, politics, education, healthcare, spirituality, religion, economics, sports, fashion, and philanthropy. These Awards explore and honor “the irrepressible power of the human spirit”.

AIGA to Live Stream Design Innovator Awards

On Friday, April 21, don't miss the design social event of 2017 as design innovators in the creative industry celebrate this year's Medalists at the 2017 AIGA Awards Gala - together at Pier Sixty in Manhattan. Or, you and friends can join the evening via Live Streaming here.

AIGA to Live Stream Design Innovator Awards

On Friday, April 21, don't miss the design social event of 2017 as design innovators in the creative industry celebrate this year's Medalists at the 2017 AIGA Awards Gala - together at Pier Sixty in Manhattan. Or, you and friends can join the evening via Live Streaming here.

Business Casual Conferences from the Future? Dress Code Optional.

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Idea Champions has just launched a new conference design and facilitation service. So new, in fact, that the page on our website hasn't even been uploaded. While God may be in the details, YOU are in this moment and I just wanted to give you a heads up before all the digital proof is posted. If you have a big conference coming up and you want it to have major impact, we're your resource -- savvy conference designers, team builders, keynote speakers, facilitators, innovation catalysts, edutainers, and big meeting guides.

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