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An open mind is a valuable resource. When you're interested in new possibilities, and able to think creatively, you're more likely to stay energized in your role — and keep your team or organization one step ahead of the competition. And sometimes, the success of a project depends on more than just small tweaks or suggestions for new ways forward.
It needs someone to come up with a big, radical, innovative idea. You don't have to be "artistic" to be creative. Everyone can learn to generate bold, groundbreaking ideas by adopting a creative approach and applying the best thinking tools. We'll look at each of these elements in turn. It's important to have a solid understanding of the problem that you want to solve before trying these techniques. That way, you can be confident that the new ideas you produce will have real impact.
We can all get stuck in certain "tracks" of thought. They may be so comfortable that we don't even realize that they're holding us back! So, to have fresh ideas, we need to break away from established patterns of thought and start to see new paths ahead. You likely bring a set of assumptions to each and every situation. Many of them may turn out to be true, but challenging your preconceptions can also open up some exciting possibilities.
For example, maybe you'd like to extend your home office. You know it's a good investment but you don't pursue the idea because you assume that you can't afford it.
Challenge that assumption! You might not have the money in the bank right now, but could you sell some other assets to raise the cash? Could you take out a loan and work overtime to make the payments? See our article on Blindspot Analysis for more advice on stepping away from your assumptions. Bold new ideas often arise when you do! The way you define or frame your problem can limit your creativity.
If you describe the issue you're trying to solve in a different way, or look at it from a different angle, new solutions can emerge. For example, when Uber founder Garrett Camp wanted to start a transport service, he could have focused simply on buying and managing enough vehicles to make a profit. Instead, he reframed the problem in terms of how he could best address passengers' needs.
This led to the development of a powerful app, rather than a fleet of cars — and an innovative business was born. Flip the question and explore the exact opposite of what you want to achieve. This can present you with innovative ways to tackle the real issue. To come up with a new de for your website, for example, think about how you'd create the worst look possible. Trying to make it boring, frustrating and forgettable may give you some bold ideas for how to do the opposite. You can learn more about this approach in our article on Reverse Brainstorming.
Radical ideas can arise from tackling problems in unusual ways. A great way to do this is to apply different types of creativity — don't just talk or write about your plans, explore them through music, painting, photography, sculpture… whatever enables you to express yourself. Fresh thinking can emerge when you let your creative juices flow! Interior deers, for example, often create "mood boards" made up of scraps of fabric, dabs of paint, photographs, sketches, typefaces, or even small objects. This process can produce original des that wouldn't have occurred to them otherwise.
Another way to generate new ideas is to make new and unexpected connections. Some of the best ideas seem to occur almost by chance — you see or hear something unconnected with the situation you're trying to resolve, and a lightbulb goes on in your head! And architect Mick Pearce developed a groundbreaking climate-control system based on the self-cooling mounds built by termites. Random words. Pick a word at random from any document, then look for novel associations between that word and your problem.
For example, if you were exploring ways to reduce sick leave in your company, and your random word was "ball," you might hit on the idea of organizing a monthly softball game, to raise morale and motivate people to stay healthy.
Picture prompts. Images can be a great way to inspire creative thinking. Pick any image, find a connection with your problem — however tenuous — and notice any new possibilities that open up. A picture of a giant redwood, for instance, might suggest new ways to organize the teams and "branches" within your business.
Objects of interest. How about asking your team members to bring a small object of their choice to your next ideas meeting? You could generate new ideas by asking questions such as, "How is this object like the problem we're trying to solve? A stapler, say, might prompt you to consider whether people on your team are becoming disconnected.
Maybe you could set up a new communications channel to "fasten" them back together? Increase your productivity and reduce stress with this FREE workbook when you the Club before midnight, October Receive new career skills every week, plus get our latest offers and a free downloadable Personal Development Plan workbook. Finally, you can add extra dynamism to your thinking by taking a step back from your usual standpoint and viewing a problem through "fresh eyes.
You'll often get a surprising new take on an issue by talking to someone with a different perspective, maybe because of their age, life experience, or cultural background. Or, try playing the "If I Were" game.
Ask yourself, how would I address this challenge "if I were…? Consider how the person you've chosen would approach the problem, and see if that gives you any new ideas. Identify that person's distinguishing characteristics, and use them to address the challenge.
The entrepreneur, for instance, might take bigger risks, while the athlete would focus on achieving success through intensive training. Our article, The Reframing Matrixexplores another useful method for seeing a problem from a range of different perspectives. The strategies we've outlined above work best in an atmosphere of positivity and possibility. The following ideas may help you to establish the best conditions for creativity:.
Vary your environment. Changing your setting can transform your thinking, and offer new sources of inspiration — we've already mentioned the power of a country walk for the inventor George de Mestral. Hold your meeting in a nearby coffee shop instead of the conference room in your office, or ask your people to you for an " ideas walk " in the park.
Conquer distractions. When you're focused on generating ideas, and feel " in the zone " — stay there! Do your thinking in a place where it's easy and enjoyable to work. Spend some time with your phone and laptop turned off and your door closed, so that nothing — and no one — disrupts your train of thought. Creativity is important in many roles.
But sometimes you need especially bold ideas to solve a difficult problem or to move forward in completely new ways. It's important to remember that anyone can be creative, and that you can improve your ability to generate innovative ideas. The key techniques to do this are:.
As well as these techniques, employ "enabling" strategies — such as boosting your confidence, allowing for downtime, and varying your environment — to encourage creativity. This site teaches you the skills you need for a happy and successful career; and this is just one of many tools and resources that you'll find here at Mind Tools. Subscribe to our free newsletteror the Mind Tools Club and really supercharge your career!
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Talk to different people with different perspectives and backgrounds, and try playing the "If I Were Add this article to My Learning Plan. Mark article as Complete. Show Ratings Hide Ratings. Rate this resource. Free Time Management Workbook Offer. Comments 18 Over a month ago Michele wrote. Hi Premdeep, Some of the most creative people see the world through the eyes of. As children, we see the world in a fresh way and haven't yet learned the rules and restrictions of business and society that narrow our thinking.
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