Creative Thinking and a Day of Creative Self-Talk

BrainZooming

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. Some of the creative self-talk is not particularly beneficial.

Creative Thinking Skills – Protecting Yourself from Creative Thinking Challenges

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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.

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7 Expectations from Creative Thinking Workshop Training

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What are your expectations from a creative thinking workshop? That is the first question I ask the audience at a Brainzooming creative thinking workshop. 7 Expectations from Creative Thinking Workshop Training. What’s the life cycle of creative ideas?

Creative Thinking Skills and Place with Chuck Dymer at The IdeaLoft

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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.

Creative Thinking Exercises – 8 Ideas to Lower Your Creative Stakes

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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?

Creative Thinking Skills – 10 Ideas for Stimulating Extreme Team Creativity

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We’re developing a strategic thinking webinar for a client on cultivating and sustaining creativity among its salesforce. Part of the creative thinking skills content will come via our Idea Magnets material. Giving “One” for Team Creativity.

Creative Thinking Skills – A Simple Way to Boost Creativity

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We were working with a client and sharing the value of our extreme creativity strategic exercises to boost creative thinking skills. It’s the same with inspiring creative ideas. a clean sheet of paper) provides little creative inspiration.

1 Startling Way Creative Thinking Exercises Constrain New Ideas

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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. They should inspire, not limit thinking.

Creative Thinking Skills – 9 Fundamentals to Turn Talk into Strategy

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9 Creative Thinking Skills to Turn Talk into Strategy. Remember that although these creative thinking skills are presented sequentially, they may be used in any order. There may also be equally important creative thinking skills not included on the list.

Creative Thinking – 31 Excuses Why a Creative Outlet Isn’t Working

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Ever felt as if your main creative outlet just isn’t working anymore ? I’m WAY off my creative thinking game when it comes to putting pen to paper and fingers to keyboard. 31 Excuses Why a Creative Outlet Isn’t Working. Wow, maybe my creativity is fine.

Creative Thinking – 13 Unexpected Benefits of a Strategic Thinking Workshop

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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.

The 4 Lenses of Innovation: a power tool for creative thinking [video]

Innovation Excellence

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?

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Creative Thinking Skills – 12 Things Working and 6 Not Working in Odd Times

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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. Intense cardio exercise usually clears the creative cob webs, but that’s been sputtering.

15 Creative Thinking Skills to Turn Junk Ideas into Treasures

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I 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. Have a creative partner to stimulate ideas.

Don’t Miss It! 45 Experts in Boosting Creative Thinking Skills – All FREE!

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How are you boosting your creative thinking skills in dramatic ways for 2017 and beyond? It features forty-five creativity and innovation experts! The Innovation and Creativity Summit 2017 is a virtual event running from this coming Sunday through the following Sunday. Your FREE registration includes access to at least forty-five all-new interviews with global creativity and innovation experts. Paul Sloane – Author of Think like an Innovator.

3 Creative Thinking Skills Ideas from Gas Can 2016

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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.

Strategic Thinking Workshop Success – Beware Too Much Creativity

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Interestingly, the most challenging situation for Brainzooming strategic thinking workshop success is when it includes TOO MANY individuals viewing themselves as creative. That particular session was filled with about 85% HUGE creative egos. So get creative individually.

Creative Quickies – How are you supporting creativity and new ideas?

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When it comes to whether an organization demonstrates ample creativity and new ideas, you have to place a load of responsibility on the leadership. How the leaders encourage and cultivate new ideas (or don’t) will affect the volume and richness of creativity throughout the organization.

Creative Diversity – What group will drive implementation success?

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I attended a presentation on cultivating a creative culture delivered by Michael Perman, formerly of Gap, at The Marketing Conference last week in San Francisco. During his keynote, Perman discussed twenty-plus three-day creativity sessions he organized while at Gap.

The Role of Play in Innovation

Innovation Excellence

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 Studio

Creativity Prayer – Seeking Creative Inspiration from On High

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In any event, as we’ve done in past years, we are sharing a creativity prayer I wrote a number of years ago as a reminder to also seek out new creative inspirations from the reflection and quiet in the coming weeks. A Creativity Prayer.

4 Tips to Efficiently Boost Creativity in the Workplace

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Here’s a brief video produced by SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, where I talk about four easy ways for companies to boost creativity in the workplace without taking a lot of time to do it. My favorite expression of creativity at SEMA!

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Innovation Strategy – 6 Ideas Better than “Clean Sheet of Paper” Creativity

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“Let’s start with a clean sheet of paper to boost creativity.”. We listened to the rationale for adopting an innovation strategy based on broad creative freedom. In many ways, it seemed to make sense: They are looking for new thinking from a diverse set of participants.

7 Lessons in Leadership, Diversity And a Culture of Learning from an Animated Short Film

Rmukesh Gupta

I 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.

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Make Awesome Where Awesome Is Not

Game-Changer

The assumption that only a few of us is brave, creative and bold needs to be killed for everyone to make an impact in the Next Economy , one where most routine jobs will be delegated to algorithms and robots. Creativity Innovation Leadership Tom Hanks

The Truth About Nootropics (Smart Drugs)

Game-Changer

Which begs the question: do nootropics, smart drugs, enhance creative thinking? Of course, artificial intelligence is predicted to take over many repetitive tasks that we today that require no thinking whatsoever. Which nootropics enhance creative thinking?

How Can You Make Your Next Brainstorming Session Rock

Rmukesh Gupta

Prime for Creativity. People are generally not in mindset to be creative. We need to get them to a mindset where they can be creative, if our purpose is to get the most creative ideas that are possible. Start by using humour (watch a funny, yet creative video).

When Smart Drugs Do The Work

Game-Changer

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. What do you think the future holds?

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Creating Innovation Connections as the Customer Advocate

IdeaScale

These insights can become the inspiration sparks of your group’s creative thinking. As the customer advocate, you work closely with employees to keep customers at the forefront of innovation. You want your employees to innovate with the customer in mind.

Strategic Thinking Exercise – Switch the Characters Around

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We frequently facilitate a strategic thinking exercise that uses a character outside a situation as the perspective. There’s no guarantee this strategic thinking exercise works in every situation. Want to try something to get a particularly new and insightful look at a situation?

Strategic Planning Process Ideas –  9 Ways to Keep Things Fresh

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I spent many late nights modifying each workshop format to change them enough to keep the participants (and me) engaged, mentally sharp, and creative. Put your creative thinking skills to work and have a strategic thinking session devoted to new ideas for how you can change planning.

Strategic Planning – 3 Surprising Ways Online Collaboration Works

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We’re big proponents of the value of bringing together a diverse group of people with varied creative thinking skills for strategic planning workshops within organizations and communities.

Strategic Thinking – Job Descriptions Don’t Define Innovation Potential

BrainZooming

I asked them to engage in some strategic thinking about innovation opportunities for the company. They used that as a justification for opting out of strategic thinking. The Strategic Thinking Lesson?

25 Awesome Quotes on Creativity

Idea Champions

"The things we fear most in organizations -- fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances -- are the primary sources of creativity." - Alfred North Whitehead. The chief enemy of creativity is 'good sense.'" - Pablo Picasso. Creativity is thinking up new things. Don't think.

Strategic Thinking Exercises – 3 Responses to New Ideas

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It seems ridiculous to help a company become better at strategic thinking and marketing without being allowed to tell them how to do it. Strategic Thinking Exercises – 3 Responses to New Ideas. The answer could suggest their strategic thinking wasn’t effective in this situation.

15 Things to Look for in a Business Collaboration

BrainZooming

There may be more, but thinking back on business collaborations from the past few years, those items characterize the decision making and expected impacts of our varied collaborations.

I’m an Executive and Need a New Strategy – Can Brainzooming help?

BrainZooming

For as much as we share about the Brainzooming approach to strategy, creativity, and innovation, I still frequently get the question, “What is it The Brainzooming group does?”. Stimulate fresh thinking.

Strategic Planning Workshop Ideas – The Brainzooming Process Is 10 Years Old!

BrainZooming

Chuck’s creativity techniques and helped us generate tons of ideas. Using a few basic posters, we described the strategic thinking exercises, using easel pads and sticky notes to capture ideas. The mix varies from pure creativity to pure planning, with usually some mix in between.

Abruptly Halting the Cluster F%@k of Business Meetings

BrainZooming

You know, this week doesn’t have to be as unproductive as last week, what with business meetings going nowhere along with wasting time, positive energy, and any hope of creativity. Brainzooming - All Posts Collaboration Innovation Strategic Thinking business meetings

12 Reasons Why Hotel Meeting Rooms Suck for Collaboration

BrainZooming

Most of the time we have to go well beyond what hotels consider standard ways groups will use their meeting rooms when we’re trying to create an effective space for a Brainzooming creative thinking workshop.

10 Ways to Help Left Brainers Tap Into Their Creativity

Idea Champions

Not exactly the kind of mindset conducive to breakthrough thinking. Do not lose heart, oh facilitators of the creative process. Explain that the session will consist of two key elements: divergent thinking and convergent thinking.

11 Boring Details for Making Strategic Planning Fun*

BrainZooming

And the asterisk on fun acknowledges we’re stretching the definition of fun to cover things nerdy strategic planners think are fun such as “mental stimulation,” “highly collaborative groups,” and “people that want to be involved in strategic planning the next time it happens.”.

Strategic Thinking Exercise – An Alternative Vision Statement Approach

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During in-person and online strategic planning workshops , we regularly use a strategic thinking exercise that helps leadership groups quickly identify a shared future vision statement. Pushing Back on a Strategic Thinking Exercise.