CREATIVE THINKING TOOLS
There are all kinds of different ways to be creative – it’s not limited to painters and photographers. You can be creative with team-building, with a business problem, with new products, with client management, or any management issue. The best leaders understand that and are excited by implementing new, creative ways of doing business and building relationships.
Creativity will turn you into a superstar at work. Your career will take off and you will be a highly desired person. The secret to being creative is that it comes from encouraging idea sharing, having multi-disciplinary teams and being inspired by things outside of your typical environment. Creativity is not born in a vacuum. It’s the result of collaboration and digging deeper than what most others are willing to do.
Here are tools for creating ideas, either individually or with other people. Use them in your projects and reap significant career rewards.
- Absence Thinking: Think about what is not there.
- Assumption Busting: Surfacing and challenging unconscious assumptions.
- Attribute Listing: Listing attributes of objects and then challenging them.
- Braindrawing: Good for reticent groups.
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- Tool 5: The classic creative method for groups.
- Tool 6: Group doodling for non-verbal stimulation.
- Tool 7: Careful decomposition to explore the whole system.
- Tool 8: Challenge any part of the problem.
- Tool 9: Go up and then down elsewhere.
- Tool 10: Getting ideas from a large audience.
- Tool 11: Building creative tension from contextualized situations.
- Tool 12: Explore ideas or gain consensus with remote group.
- Tool 13: Let your subconscious do the drawing.
- Tool 14: Looking elsewhere whilst retaining essential qualities.
- Tool 15: Using conflict to stimulate the subconscious.
- Tool 16: Letting your subconscious give you a message.
- Tool 17: Break down problem by asking 'how'.
- Tool 18: Frame statements as 'How to' to trigger focused thinking.
- Tool 19: Letting the subconscious do the work.
- Tool 20: Ask simple questions for great answers.
- Tool 21: Unfold the flower of extended ideas.
- Tool 22: Hierarchical breakdown and exploration.
- Tool 23: Forcing combinations of attribute values.
- Tool 24: Getting ideas with minimal personal interaction.
- Tool 25: Problem + Stimulus = Idea!
- Tool 26: Looking at the problem backwards.
- Tool 27: Seek first to prevent your problem from happening.
- Tool 28: Gradually unfolding the real problem from the outside.
- Tool 29: Creating a motivating view of the future.