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10 Creative Block Breakers That Actually Work

10 Creative Block Breakers That Actually Work | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
You CAN overcome the frustration of feeling blocked.

 

Of the 10 tips, I like these two.

 

#1 "Redefine the problem to find it more compelling. Ask yourself something like "What if Winston Churchill was designing this packaging?" That will provide an unfamiliar angle and perhaps a new perspective. (Christian Helms, Graphic Designer)"

 

#7. "Choose a better way to conceive of your blocks. For instance, rather than having to root through a blocked drain to achieve flow, consider temperature. "I try to find out what's hot and start there, even if it may be unrelated to what I need to be working on." (Michael Erard, Writer and Journalist)"

 

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Innovation Is About Arguing, Not Brainstorming. Here’s How To Argue Productively

Innovation Is About Arguing, Not Brainstorming. Here’s How To Argue Productively | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Continuum uses an innovation process approach - deliberative discourse - that they fondly call “Argue. Discuss. Argue. Discuss.”

 

From the article: "It refers to participative and collaborative (but not critique-free) communication. Multiple positions and views are expressed with a shared understanding that everyone is focused on a common goal. There is no hierarchy. It’s not debate because there are no opposing sides trying to “win.” Rather, it’s about working together to solve a problem and create new ideas."

 

What are the rules? (1) No hierarchy. (2) Say "No, because". (3) Diverse perspectives. (4) Focus on a common goal. (5) Keep it fun.

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Innovation Excellence | Fusion of Ideas – Welding Imagination to Experience

Innovation Excellence | Fusion of Ideas – Welding Imagination to Experience | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

This article offers suggestions on how organizations can foster “idea fusers," people who can fuse ideas from very different domains.

 

"Innovation in organizations requires 'slack resources', like 3M’s and Google’s policies of allowing their people to spend a certain percentage of their time on projects of their own choice."

 

"The people need to be horizontal thinkers, but they also need to be vertical thinkers. IDEO prizes what they call 'T-shaped' thinkers; thinkers that have bone-deep know-how in a particular area and yet have broad, know-what in many areas."

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7 Things You Didn’t Know Steve Jobs Taught You About Ideation

7 Things You Didn’t Know Steve Jobs Taught You About Ideation | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

#3 Surround yourself with amazing people. 
 

#6 Understand your customers. "Most of Jobs’ success can be attributed to the fact that he really understood his customer and their values. Jobs and Apple truly owned the idea of “user-friendly”, ensuring ease and efficiency in the lives of their customers. Your customers really don’t care about your product, but they do care about themselves and how your product can makes their life better."

 

 #7 Love what you do. "As Jobs once said, “People with passion can change the world for the better”.

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Who Says Brainstorming Doesn't Work?

Who Says Brainstorming Doesn't Work? | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
Critics have been slamming brainstorming almost as long as it's been around. They say it doesn't work.

 

 The real problem is that about 90% of the people we come across who say they are brainstorming aren't really brainstorming at all.

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Wake Up Brain! | Note & Point

Wake Up Brain! | Note & Point | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
In need of a little help getting your brain going? Here's a SlideRocket presentation designed by Ethos3 to help you get in the flow once again when you inevitably hit that creative wall.
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5 Lessons For Using Open Innovation To Maximize The Wisdom Of The Crowd

5 Lessons For Using Open Innovation To Maximize The Wisdom Of The Crowd | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
Whether you like it or not, competition today is fierce. And it’s only going to get fiercer. Where the old battleground was price and efficiency, the new one will be innovation and time to market.

 

Katherine Stevens: I like this quote: "You have to create alongside your customers, because you can’t rely on a robust outcome of your in-house innovation process"

 

"...you invite your community into the innovation process. You listen, observe, engage, discuss, and ultimately create together. ... You suddenly have a deep talent pool and you get significantly more initial approaches."

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Doodling for Dollars

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Employees in a range of businesses are being encouraged by their companies to sketch their ideas and draw diagrams to explain complicated concepts to colleagues.

 

Katherine Stevens: Good article about how companies are using visual note-taking and graphic facilitation for ideation, problem-solving, and communicating complex ideas.

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Conceptual Conversations

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Sometimes, a simple conversation with a small group of people to thrash out ideas and develop solutions into concepts is a more effective approach than brainstorming or other structured ideation events. 

 

Does this mean you should stop brainstorms in favour of conceptual conversations? Not at all. Conceptual conversations are better when you need to develop solutions or need to solve complex problems.

 

Brainstorming and crowdsourcing are better suited when you need a number of ideas, most likely incremental improvement ideas. For example, if you are looking for product improvement ideas, you probably do not want a single concept but rather a number of suggestions which can be implemented.

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Creative Thinking for Brand Extension Ideas | The Brainzooming Group

Creative Thinking for Brand Extension Ideas | The Brainzooming Group | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Using a "Change Your Character" creative thinking exercise to generate brand extension ideas in a college marketing class.

 

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Steven Johnson on Where Good Ideas Come From

Where do good ideas come from? "Chance favors the connected mind." ~Steven Johnson.

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