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I downloaded this menu of standard meeting room layouts from a hotel where a strategic thinking session had been scheduled. Quite frankly nearly all of these layouts could be big inhibitors to innovative thinking. Put people in a conventional room arrangement, and you foster conventional thinking.

What can you do? Work with the hotel (ahead of time, ideally) to come up with a room layout that’s anything but standard:

  • Avoid lines of tables & chairs, especially parallel and perpendicular to walls
  • Get round or square tables and arrange them randomly
  • Scatter work areas
  • Get a room that has way more space per person than the hotel recommends

All of these steps create a space for people to think, interact, walk around, and innovate!

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Get an audio file of ocean waves. Close your eyes, listen, and imagine you’re on a beach.

Now let your mind wander creatively.



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Everybody received an assignment Friday morning: look for someone to help with a creative challenge over the weekend and then comment here to create the Monday Creative Quickie post. The early submissions are included below. You can still add others in the comments section for today’s post.

Mike Brown said…
My wife Cyndi honed her web skills by volunteering to do websites for our Church and her sorority. It helped both out and let her engage new areas of creativity. Mike

Jan said…
I’m helping my daughter who’s away at college celebrate Mother’s Day with us … by breaking the rules. Instead of celebrating May 10, we’ll observe Mother’s Day May 17, after Kate’s out of school and back home. It’s important to know the rules, so you can choose to break them!

Terry said…
Today one of our field managers shared a great analogy comparing one of our old web tools to a simple remote control (you know, the kind that only has power, volume and a channel changer) with our new web tool that’s more like a universal remote with more features. Envisioning a remote with thousands of buttons, I helped him take the comparison a step further by comparing our formerly separate online tools that required customers to go three separate places to my coffee table covered with separate TV, VCR and cable box remotes.

Amy Hoppenrath said…
I received a question from a professional associate today asking for advice about a project she is working on. She was stuck. After some discussion, we determined that before she would find the answers, she needed to ask more questions.


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Don’t feel like you get enough opportunities to be creative in your job? Maybe so.

If that’s the case, here’s an assignment for today and over the weekend: be on the lookout for an informal opportunity to use your creative talent to help someone else, then report back on it here by Monday.

Want a quick example – at a party earlier this year, one guest was talking about trying to come up with an intriguing name for her new business idea. I joined the conversation and offered to help generate some possible names. My motivation? I’d developed a new messaging ideation technique that hadn’t yet been tested. This was a great low-risk way to see if it could really generate lots of cool ideas.

We both benefitted. She received more than a 100 possible names; I learned what worked and didn’t with the new technique.

Be on the lookout for people with creative challenges this weekend and share a brief story in the comments section on this post, ideally by Monday. Let everyone know how you tried to help someone – either previously or over the weekend. And in so doing, you’ll address another creative challenge: your comments will become the whole Monday Creative Quickie post!

So have a great weekend and report your successes in helping others with creative challenges on Brainzooming!

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Next time you’re meeting in a room with windows, try turning off the lights for a different creative feel.

It can be calming and creativity-inducing to be in natural light vs. squirming under banks of fluorescent lights that practically scream, “Status Quo!”

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