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Tips & Co. #380 - One more way to generate creative ideas when Brainstorming

Last month we saw the Reverse brainstorming as an additional way to generate ideas, and to come up with a creative solution to problems. Here is another approach to push your traditional brainstorming sessions a little further:

“Yes, And…” Approach

One method for inciting creative brainstorming is trying a technique used in improvisational theater: “Yes, and…”.

The approach encourages people to collaborate and build on everyone else’s ideas by first agreeing and then adding something to the discussion by replying “yes, and we can also…”.

Taking “no” off the table ensures all ideas are heard and avoids draining the team’s energy.

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Tips & Co. #375 - A different way to generate creative ideas when Brainstorming

Many of us have taken part in traditional "Brainstorming" sessions. These are commonly used to generate ideas, and to come up with a creative solution to problems. But you can push your brainstorming sessions a little further by trying this approach:

Reverse Brainstorming

Reverse brainstorming can be used to provide a different perspective on a particular problem. This method helps you to solve problems by combining brainstorming and reversal techniques. By combining these, you can extend your use of brainstorming to draw out even more creative ideas.

To use this technique, you start with one of two "reverse" questions: 

  • Instead of asking, "How do I solve or prevent this problem?" ask, "How could I possibly cause the problem?
  • And instead of asking "How do I achieve these results?" ask, "How could I possibly achieve the opposite effect?"

Reverse brainstorming tries to solve the problem in a reversed way to the flow we already now. The method can influence the human mind to create better ideas and solutions.

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Tips & Co. #370 - Understanding Creativity

 

If the idea of being creative at work makes you think of artistic talent, don't worry, you are not alone. To most people creativity is simply related to the Arts, where being creative is born of skill, technique and self-expression, that is Artistic creativity. But there is also a more technical type of creativity, where people create new theories, technologies or ideas, that is Business creativity.

Business creativity is about “Thinking differently” or “Thinking out of the box” - not relying on old assumptions and models. It is about finding fresh and innovative solutions to problems, and identifying opportunities to improve the way that we do things.

There are many techniques and tools available in order to drive Business creativity and trigger ideas that lead to imaginative solutions to problems. These techniques and tools provide structure and analysis and allow you to break out of rigid thinking… In a nutshell, they should allow you to:

  • Doubt everything and challenge your current perspective.
  • Probe the possible and explore options.
  • Diverge and generate many new ideas without filters.
  • Converge, evaluate and select ideas that will drive breakthrough results.
  • Re-evaluate regularly to avoid falling pray to a new status-quo.

Anyone can learn to be technically creative, and use these tools. They are designed to help you spot opportunities that you might otherwise miss. Anyone can be creative, as long as they learn to be comfortable with ambiguity, have the right mindset and use the right tools.

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Tips & Co. #359 - Learn to adapt

Given that their kind has been roaming the oceans for over 200 million years, you might say six-gilled sharks are the senior citizens of the marine world. One of the reasons they’ve been around so long: Though they typically stay in deep water, they’ll periodically head to shallower waters to locate food and mate.

In other words, they’re willing to move beyond their comfort zone to find what they need to thrive. We should be as bold.

Christopher Lowe, PhD, Director of the California State University Long Beach Shark Lab

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Tips & Co. #354 - A common code for headphones

In an open work environment, it is sometimes difficult to focus. Put on noise-canceling headphones for times when you are working on a task that requires concentration. Earphones serve as a visual cue to your colleagues so they do not bother you unless absolutely necessary.

Have a common "code" that symbolizes the unavailability.

Example:

  • Two earpieces mean "Leave me alone. I'm focusing."
  • Only one earpiece means "Ask before interrupting me."
  • Without earphones means "You can interrupt me."
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