Mike Maddock, in his new book, Free the Idea Monkey… To Focus on What Matters Most, aims to help relentless idea generators (idea monkeys) to channel their output, and to help leaders who must manage these loose cannons to embrace, motivate and direct their efforts in meaningful, productive directions (ringleaders).
To help you understand whether you’re an idea monkey or a ringleader, Maddock has published a brief but fun quiz on his book website:
The quiz is designed to help you better understand which type of person you are. “In just two minutes, find out if you’re an Idea Monkey or a Ringleader. Then start making changes in your work that opens doors for innovation. Idea Monkeys, embrace your inner dreamer and start breaking new ground. Ringleaders, use your leadership know-how to change your organization, even your industry,” Maddock encourages.
I took the quiz and discovered I’m a ringleader. Which one are you?
Chuck Frey Senior Editor, founded InnovationTools.com and served as its publisher from its launch in 2002 until the partnership with Innovation Management in 2012. He is the publisher of The Mind Mapping Software Blog, the definitive souce for news, trends, tips and best practices for visual mapping tools. A journalist by trade, Chuck has over 14 years of experience in online marketing, and over 10 years experience in business-to-business public relations. His interests include creative problem solving, visual thinking, photography, business strategy and technology. His unique combination of experience and influences enables him to envision new possibilities and opportunities.