Five Steps to Stimulate Creativity
By no means exhaustive. Courtesy of Paul Selwyn, a California speaker
who specializes in creativity for businesses.
For more, read the book Conceptual Blockbusting by James Adams
- A "yes-yes" attitude
This is instead of a "yes-but" attitude. Rather than focus on
what won't work, try to take an idea to its next step.
- Have a beginner's mind
Try to look at old problems with a beginner's insight. Invite
input from people who know little about the problem. This can lead to
- No need to be right
Keep an open mind, and let go of the need to be right. It can
lead to new ideas.
- Willingness to suspend judgement
Learn to be an encourager of ideas, and withhold judgement on
them as long as possible.
- Recognize and let go of assumptions
Keep asking why, and you'll be surprised at the answers. This is much better than hanging on to an assumption about an idea.