7 Important Creative Thinking Skills
JULY 18, 2016
We were on a call with an extended creative team generating ideas for client videos. During breaks, I found myself jotting down examples of important creative thinking skills the team was exhibiting. Important Creative Thinking Skills. It’s helpful to be able to come into a creative situation and demonstrate your willingness to champion another person’s idea.
Creative Thinking Skills – Protecting Yourself from Creative Thinking Challenges
JANUARY 15, 2016
Sometimes creative thinking challenges come from inside your own head. In many organizations, however, substantial creative thinking challenges come from leaders and cultures that may say they want new thinking, but seem to do everything they can to scuttle creativity. Organizational Creative Thinking Challenges. Mike Brown.
Creative Thinking Skills – How to handle an 8-foot door and a 23-foot task?
JANUARY 23, 2017
Adrian has incredible creative thinking skills. How was I so sure about his creative thinking skills ? He applied his creative thinking skills and came up with a solution that was pure extreme creativity. half-hearted leader would never get to this decision even though it fully exploits the first core value at LeSaint: creativity. Mike Brown.
Creative Thinking Exercise – Rethinking Shrimp
NOVEMBER 19, 2015
Sometimes you think you know best, only to find later that you have absolutely NO clue. As an example, I wrote some time back about the “Shrimp” creative thinking exercise we included during a creative thinking workshop for a regulated financial services company. Rethinking the “Shrimp” Creative Thinking Exercise.
Creative Thinking – Music Videos with Stories
OCTOBER 30, 2015
Today’s creative thinking post is all about music. That’s why these music videos are the centerpiece of today’s creative thinking post. Boost Your Creativity with “Taking the NO Out of InNOvation”. Download our FREE “Taking the No Out of InNOvation eBook to help you generate extreme creativity and ideas! The first is seasonal. Kate Davis.
Creative Thinking Skills – 10 Ideas for Stimulating Extreme Team Creativity
JANUARY 6, 2016
We’re developing a strategic thinking webinar for a client on cultivating and sustaining creativity among its salesforce. Since the webinar is with the organization’s sales leadership, the focus is on creative thinking skills they can and should be embracing to help their salespeople see opportunities in new ways. Giving “One” for Team Creativity.
Creative Thinking Skills and Place with Chuck Dymer at The IdeaLoft
NOVEMBER 18, 2016
Chuck has been an incredible influence on my career, especially as it comes to creative thinking skills. Chuck was the first person I heard deliver an in-depth presentation on creative thinking skills. Creative Thinking Skills and Place with Chuck Dymer. asked Chuck to talk about the IdeaLoft and how place and creativity relate to one another.
Creative Thinking and a Day of Creative Self-Talk
OCTOBER 13, 2016
That conversation, and a related one on creative thinking and what is funny got me reflecting on a day in my life and the creative thinking and creative self-talk that goes on behind the scenes. As I started to jot down ideas from the day, it read like a bunch of creative thinking policies and non-policies. Day of Creative Self-Talk.
Creative Thinking Skills – 9 Fundamentals to Turn Talk into Strategy
MARCH 9, 2016
Creative Thinking Skills to Turn Talk into Strategy. The team leader’s question prompted this list of 9 creative thinking skills that help turn strategic conversations (or even conversations that seem like talking without any particular strategic focus) into something that feels like strategy. – Mike Brown. FREE Download: “Results!!!
1 Startling Way Creative Thinking Exercises Constrain New Ideas
MARCH 22, 2016
Delivering a creative thinking workshop , I was eavesdropping on conversations at five tables full of attendees. One group was starting to use one of our creative thinking exercises. This happens when people become so focused on answering ONLY the targeted creative thinking question that they self-censor any ideas not directly addressing the question.
Creative Thinking – We All Have Our “Pizza Meeting” Weak Spots
OCTOBER 19, 2015
What’s a “pizza meeting,” and what does it have to do with creative thinking? Back in the Fortune 500 days, we facilitated so many strategic planning workshop sessions we gave up renting creativity-oriented offsite locations. We’d make creative thinking happen wherever we could find a large enough meeting room at one of our headquarters locations.
3 Creative Thinking Skills Ideas from Gas Can 2016
JUNE 27, 2016
Last Friday’s Gas Can Creative Conference sponsored by AAF-KC (American Advertising Federation – Kansas City) was a half-empty gas can, at best. While there were a few presentations and ideas to stimulate our creative thinking skills, there were far too few for an all-day event. Creative Thinking Skills Ideas from Gas Can 2016. Push for Absurd Ideas.
7 Expectations from Creative Thinking Workshop Training
AUGUST 9, 2016
What are your expectations from a creative thinking workshop? That is the first question I ask the audience at a Brainzooming creative thinking workshop. Expectations from Creative Thinking Workshop Training. Preparing for a creative thinking workshop this week, I looked back at a recent workshop to review the expectations participants shared.
5 Ideas When an Uber-Positive Boss Crushes Creative Thinking
NOVEMBER 30, 2015
We’ve certainly covered the heck out of how bad bosses , toxic cultures , and negative comments can crush creative thinking and creativity. These all dampen creative thinking because while ideas are in the awkward stage when someone has just envisioned them, the last thing you need is to attack them because they are outside the norm or aren’t fully-formed.
Creative Thinking Exercises for Sales – Easy as ABC
OCTOBER 14, 2015
It’s always wonderful to have another opportunity to return to my transportation and logistics roots. I’ll be presenting on social media super models , followed by a VERY QUICK creative thinking exercises for sales presentation. The creative thinking exercises for sales content is a different take on both familiar and some new creative thinking topics.
Creative Thinking Exercises – 8 Ideas to Lower Your Creative Stakes
AUGUST 23, 2016
What if you are a person that freezes up when you think you need to come up with or implement a creative idea ? What if your fear of being wrong is so great that you can’t even start implementing creative ideas that are just for you for fear you’ll goof something up? She could be creative in other areas on her own time, by herself. Is there hope? Sure, there is hope.
Creative Thinking – 13 Unexpected Benefits of a Strategic Thinking Workshop
JUNE 8, 2016
Last week, we presented a creative and strategic thinking workshop for a Brainzooming reader who leads the national sales division of a global industrial manufacturer. We integrated the Brainzooming strategic thinking workshop into their annual sales meeting. While we did that, an early exercise during the strategic thinking workshop shaped the rest of the day.
The 4 Lenses of Innovation: a power tool for creative thinking [video]
OCTOBER 2, 2016
Have you ever wondered where big, breakthrough ideas come from? How do innovators manage to spot the opportunities for industry revolution that everyone else seems to miss? By asking how the world’s top innovators—Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, and many others—came up with their game-changing ideas, bestselling author Rowan Gibson identifies four key business.
Five Tips for Cultivating Creative Thinking on Your Team
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
Creativity is the great untapped resource on any team. How do you bring out the creativity of your team? With some smart thinking and careful decisions, you can bring out the best in your team. Creativity is encouraged, or discouraged, by leadership. One of the toughest problems with creativity is that it can be difficult to get perspective outside the daily grind.
15 Creative Thinking Skills to Turn Junk Ideas into Treasures
OCTOBER 12, 2016
also push my creative thinking skills and look through newspaper or magazine articles to inspire ideas. 15 Creative Thinking Skills to Turn Junk Ideas into Treasures. Within the story, there were fifteen creative thinking skills demonstrating how KI Nassauer turns “junk ideas” into treasures with potential. Have a creative partner to stimulate ideas. 6.
Cuisine vs. Food: Why Specificity Makes or Breaks a Creative Thinking Workshop
FEBRUARY 20, 2017
Chuck is the owner of Brilliance Activator , which helps leaders uncork the creative genius of their teams to improve products and processes, delight customers, and grow profits. During the creative thinking workshop we facilitated inside an internal management meeting, participants worked through multiple exercises to identify ideas for internal and customer initiatives.
Creative Thinking Skills – 12 Things Working and 6 Not Working in Odd Times
MARCH 29, 2016
Creative Thinking Skills – Some Working, Some Not Working. Amid the odd times, it’s no surprise my creative thinking skills have varied widely the past few months. Getting a few hours of sleep and starting fresh in the morning (even if it’s REALLY EARLY) has been creatively productive. Boost Your Creativity with “Taking the NO Out of InNOvation”.
Creative Thinking – 5 Ideas for How to Make Money from Your Passion
DECEMBER 11, 2015
I had a Twitter question from Charles Westscott about creativity and how to make money from your passion. Brainzooming how to get paid as a creative is my struggle. From there, the creative thinking question involved the moves someone can make to move toward the upper right (using more of your creative passion for more pay). What you got? Mike Brown.
Creative Thinking Skills – A Simple Way to Boost Creativity
MAY 3, 2016
We were working with a client and sharing the value of our extreme creativity strategic exercises to boost creative thinking skills. We love extreme creativity questions because they provide an opportunity to push strategic thinking into bigger and bolder areas than an individual or group would envision by simply asking, “What are new and different things we could do?”
Creative Thinking – My Vital Source of Creative Inspiration
SEPTEMBER 22, 2015
used to think creative inspiration came from inside. As a result, the pressure for inspiration and creative thinking was always dependent on me. What did I need to do to trigger creative thinking? At some point, God provided the grace to realize my creative inspiration was from outside, not inside. God provides all the needed creative inspiration.
Breaking the Barriers to Creative Thinking
Innovation in Practice
JANUARY 9, 2017
What holds people back from being creative? Do you not have a budget for doing creative work? They appear to be strict boundaries that seem to limit your ability to be creative. Surprisingly, constraints are not a barrier to creativity. In fact, constraints are a necessary condition for creativity to occur. So what is it that seems to limit our creativity?
Creative Thinking – 31 Excuses Why a Creative Outlet Isn’t Working
MAY 4, 2016
Ever felt as if your main creative outlet just isn’t working anymore ? I’m going through that with writing. I’m WAY off my creative thinking game when it comes to putting pen to paper and fingers to keyboard. have some ideas why this is the case, and have been trying to document the reasons my go-to creative outlet isn’t working right now.
Driving Innovation through Employee Engagement - Shift your Focus
MAY 12, 2015
Are your employees regularly learning and exposed to creative thinking? business strategy creative thinking Crowdsourcing employee engagement engagement innovation competenceWorking with a wide variety of innovation teams, companies, and innovators we hear: We want to “ democratize” innovation. We want to engage employees in innovation. We want everyone to have a say.
The Role of Play in Innovation
AUGUST 1, 2016
In the Creative Economy, inspiring a sense of play in culture, marketing, and innovation is critical to success. Innovation Creative Thinking innovation execution Innovation Exercises michael graber Product Development Southern Growth StudioYou have to engage your people so that they can engage prospects and customers with a lively sense of mission and purpose.
Who is your Socrates in your organization?
SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
Thinking for yourself and challenging the status quo will keep you on the inventing side of business and life. Continue reading → Change Cognition Creativity Culture & Values Inspiration Leadership People & Skills Psychology Social Innovation Uncategorized collaboration culture education Creative Thinking hcm HR Learning Philosophy thinking
Strategic Thinking Workshop Success – Beware Too Much Creativity
APRIL 15, 2016
Interestingly, the most challenging situation for Brainzooming strategic thinking workshop success is when it includes TOO MANY individuals viewing themselves as creative. Having TOO MANY strong creative perspectives can tank the actionable results coming from a strategic thinking workshop more than having too few creative individuals. Get creative in a group.
How to Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
NOVEMBER 17, 2015
We’re developing a workshop on creative thinking techniques for a B2B salesforce in a few weeks. Reviewing the attendees’ pre-workshop surveys on their expectations, personal learning objectives, and needs for creative thinking development, they mentioned “thinking outside the box” and “how to get out of my comfort zone” frequently. – Mike Brown.
7 Lessons in Leadership, Diversity And a Culture of Learning from an Animated Short Film
SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
hope you enjoyed the video, without having to think about and trying to learn something from the video. What I learnt from the video: It is important to have a diverse workforce, which thinks and acts differently – who have diverse world-views. Before we can continue, pls take the two or so minutes to watch the video below. Everyone has their unique strengths and weaknesses.
Self-fulfilling Prophecies and Innovation Success
AUGUST 20, 2015
The idea is pretty simple: Do some creative thinking, ideally with a customers’ job(s)-to-be-done in mind, design the long red carpet of success, sew it flawlessly, roll it out enthusiastically, and start walking into the pleasant but eventually rewarding unknown. It takes a considerable dose of (ir)rationality but that is how self-fulfilling prophecies work.
Generalists Are Hardwired for Reinvention
JANUARY 17, 2017
Today more than at any moment in time, organizations want innovation; but reject creativity. Think about that. It takes a Generalist or jack of all trades to make connections across disciplines and stimulate creativity; the type that is disruptive and game-changing. Expertise and group-think are the enemies of innovation. Yes we are, we all have it in us. leadership.
Strategic Thinking Exercises – Why Do We Give Away So Much for Free?
OCTOBER 6, 2015
We, however, routinely share how we do things via our methodology, tools, and learnings from Brainzooming strategic thinking workshops. Why Do We Give Away So Many Strategic Thinking Exercises? And by the way, here are the most frequently referenced compilations: Strategic Thinking Exercises – More than 200 Strategic Planning Questions. What to Blog About?
Strategy, Creativity, Innovation – That’s What Brainzooming Do
AUGUST 27, 2015
The Long Answer – Strategy, Creativity, and Innovation. The reason is that working from the incredible resource of strategic thinking exercises, creative thinking tools, and collaborative models The Brainzooming Group has created, what Brainzooming does can vary dramatically for each client engagement. That’s why it’s tough to give a short answer to the question.
BRAINSTORMING: The Power of Three
SEPTEMBER 19, 2015
THE MIDDLE ("Divergence"): This is the heart of the matter -- why people were invited to the session in the first place -- to think outside the box and generate compelling ideas. recommend the right mix of "group geometry" (solo, dyad, triad, or full group), creative thinking triggers, and the skillful application of facilitation savvy. Three. Not two. Not four. Not one. Three.
Answering Reader Questions on Strategy and Innovation Challenges
FEBRUARY 10, 2017
Creative Thinking Skills – 5 People Vital to Critical Thinking, Literally. “Helping train my team to be strategic thinkers and not just executors” Creative Thinking Skills for Sales – A Workshop Approach. Strategic Thinking – Exercises and Tools for Creative Thinking and Strategy. Engaging Employees in High Turnover Situations.
When Smart Drugs Do The Work
MARCH 1, 2016
And in that future, humans will focus on cognitively intense jobs where critical thinking and creativity are highly valued. In a world that worships creativity, but rewards efficiency, smart drugs may become more common than you think. You see, smart drugs improve alertness, but they won’t make us more creative. What do you think the future holds?