2

I recorded a video for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) based on my presentation at their conference on creative thinking skills and “Taking the NO Out of InNOvation.”

The video’s topic?

“How do I realistically find time to think more creatively or innovatively about my business when I don’t have time? I just have to get things done.”

The answer to the question is to change the nature of the conversations you are having when you are working on the business.

We all talk to team members and others throughout the day. A big part of improving your creative thinking does not necessarily mean setting aside time to have offsite meetings and generate ideas. If you consciously change your daily interactions with great creative thinking questions and statements that signal your interest in, appreciation of, and plans to act on creative ideas, your workplace (at least your piece of it), will starting being more creative.

Creative Thinking Skills Are All Talk

Well, maybe creative thinking skills aren’t ALL talk, but here are talking related ways to boost your creative thinking skills (along with your teammates)  through “no time at all” conversations.

Creativity-Talk

“What are we trying to achieve?”

Whenever someone has already figured out the current idea he or she wants to do, asking this question takes you back to the main objective. With a restart on objectives, NOW you can start exploring alternative, innovative ways to achieve the intended objective.

“That’s a great idea. Have you thought about how we could do it ________?”

You get to fill in the blank on this creative thinking question. If you or someone else has a starting idea, acknowledge its value. Then introduce the possibility of stretching the idea even further with this question. Some of the possibilities for how you could do it differently include:

  • More Focused?
  • Narrower?
  • More Simply?
  • Through reusing something we already have?
  • In combination with something else?
  • In a broader way?
  • With greater diversity?
  • With greater variation?
  • To leapfrog what is out there already?
  • In a way that contradicts what everyone expects?
  • Through greater involvement of our customers?

You can keep going with other possibilities. Any of these or other words or phrases to fill in the blank in this creative thinking question will take you down innovative paths.

“What’s It Like?”

This warhorse of creative thinking questions invites you to identify analogies for your current situation. With them, you can then generate new ideas for your opportunity or challenge from a comparable, but very different perspective.

“Tell me more.”

We have to make sure to include one statement to boost your creative thinking skills. This one shuts YOU down from starting to fill in the blanks on a new idea. It invites your teammate to describe and maybe even explore additional aspects of an idea they’ve imagined.

Boosting Creative Thinking Skills with Simple Words

If you can master just these modifications in your conversation, you are well on the way to greater creativity with no more time. Heck, you may even replace some pointless small talk with bona fide time to generate new ideas!

 

If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the free Brainzooming blog email updates.

Looking for Ways to Develop a Successful
Innovation Strategy to Grow Your Business?
Brainzooming Has an Answer!

Brainzooming Outside-In Innovation Strategic Thinking Tools eBookBusiness growth can depend on introducing new products and services that resonate more strongly with customers and deliver outstanding value.

Are you prepared to take better advantage of your brand’s customer and market insights to generate innovative product ideas? The right combination of outside perspectives and productive strategic thinking exercises enables your brand to ideate, prioritize, and propel innovative growth.

Download this free, concise eBook to:

  • Identify your organization’s innovation profile
  • Rapidly deploy effective strategic thinking exercises to spur innovation
  • Incorporate market-based perspectives into your innovation strategy in successful ways

Download this FREE eBook to turn ideas into actionable innovation strategies to drive your organization’s comeback!





Download Your Free  Outside-In Innovation Strategic Thinking Fake Book




If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!

Mike Brown

Founder of The Brainzooming Group, and an expert on strategy, creativity, and innovation. Mike is a frequent speaker on innovation, strategic thinking, and social media.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookLinkedInPinterestGoogle Plus

2 Responses to “Creative Thinking Skills – Creativity in No Extra Time”

  1. John Bennett says:

    From your post: “How do I realistically find time to think more creatively or innovatively about my business when I don’t have time? I just have to get things done.” The questions suggested, particularly the first one, must (way beyond ‘should’) be asked!!!

    Why? Because, if you really aren’t attacking the true objective, it’s impossible to accomplish any meaningful outcomes. And it’s completely obvious that if you address the wrong objective, the time spent is worthless. It takes longer to redo anything than it does to take time to address the real objective and then address it!

    It’s often true that teams address the objective they’re PREPARED to address (often, because they’ve addressed that one previously) rather than the objective they are being ASKED to address!!! AND of course this frequently raises another issue: Often the person(s) raising the situation don’t really even get the objective correct…

    A piece of advice received many years ago (am older than dirt, remember): “Make sure the objective does not include any option to address that objective!” From an old case study: If there are complaints about a slow elevator, the objective is NOT to speed up the elevator; the objective is to reduce or eliminate the complaints!

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Articles of Interest November 6, 2015 « National Creativity Network - November 6, 2015

    […] Creative Thinking Skills – Creativity in No Extra Time The Brainzooming Group […]