Have you ever come out of a meeting thinking how you wish you had thought of that idea yourself?
Here are the fifteen things you need to do to avoid such a situation:
- Define the problem or issue completely so that you home in on ideas that are rich and relevant to it
- Arrive at the definition only after arriving at at least 5 alternative definitions of the problem or issue
- Apply the Pareto principle-what are the 20% of the elements of the issue or problem if I tackle, will give me 80% of the results or impact?
- Depending on the complexity of the problem or issue, set aside 3 to 5 sessions of creative thinking.
- Use an expensive pen and a note book to capture your priceless ideas; Nothing motivates like luxury!
- Generate as many ideas as possible
- Look at the issue from different angles
- Plan your sessions sufficiently advance so that you can sleep over after each of the sessions
- Read the ideas you have written just before falling asleep
- Capture ideas, if any, in the morning
- Repeat steps 5 to 10 for every planned session
- Consolidate the ideas and review
- Choose the best of the ideas and form an ideas list
- Start applying these ideas to the issue or problem
- You are now ready to listen to the ideas of others with an open mind
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