Sharing Info: “The Idea Hunter”

The following is a sharing of information gathered from a professional development opportunity recently attended by the Campus Office of Institutional Planning.

Below are remarks from the October 6, 2011 webinar entitled, “The Idea Hunter: Find the Best Ideas and Make Them Happen,”  presented by Andy Boynton, author of The Idea Hunter and Dean of the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. The webinar was offered via Focus, Inc. Visit for more information about the speaker and his work.

“The Idea Hunter: Find the Best Ideas and Make Them Happen”

  • Figure out the goal you want to accomplish in the next two years. Make a statement of what matters to you. Find new ideas, new skills, new abilities, and new techniques to achieve that goal.
  • To get where you want to be, “It’s not about what you know today, but what you learn tomorrow.”
  • “Behavior trumps progress.” Ideas drive economic and personal progress.
  • It’s not about originality, but rather about re-using and re-purposing. That’s what defines innovation. 
  • Find your GIG. It’s a combination of your passion, your talent, and the market you are in.


  • To be an Idea Hunter:     

               I:  Be more interested than interesting

                     D:  Diversify by avoiding the trail others take

                                                                                    E:  Exercise your idea muscles everyday

                                                                                         A:  Ensure agility by learning from your failures

  • Find ideas everywhere, even in yesterday’s trash pile.
  • Talk to new people who think unlike you (include broad, diverse thinkers, including artists and historians).
  • Write out your objective.
  • Only invest in your “circle of competence” (what you really understand).
  • Don’t be so busy that you don’t learn new information. (Go to bed a little smarter each night. As famed lawyer Charlie Munger stated, “I sell myself the best hour of the day.” Talk to others, scour the internet, stay up on the news and current events, and look to history for examples.
  • Continually seek inspiration from sources that will help you re-purpose an idea (According to Picasso, “Good artists borrow; great artists steal!”) When you find something that inspires you, run with it. 
  • Relentlessly prototype. “Build-Fail-Learn.” (When Edison was asked about his most valuable asset, he took visitors to the debris pile behind his factory, stating that it represented all the failures that eventually led to his successes.)

The Idea Hunter is available via the author’s website above or on


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