Creative Thinking Exercise – Rethinking Shrimp

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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. After you push the thinking to as outlandish and dangerous a point as possible, you roll the ideas back to where they are once again doable.

3 Conditions for Explosive Creative Thinking Skills

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3 Conditions for Explosive Creative Thinking Skills. Reflecting on grain elevators led me to consider explosive creative thinking skills , and the parallels between the two. The characteristics that create a potentially dangerous explosive situation at a grain elevator can be turned to a positive when applied to creative thinking skills: #1. Finally, by having creative thinking exercises in place, you provide the right structure for group collaboration.

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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. Do you work in one of those types of organizations that says one thing and supports another where creativity is concerned? Organizational Creative Thinking Challenges.

Creative Thinking Exercise – The New-and-Improved, Surf-to-Turf

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Sometimes, we get to design a creative thinking exercise that seems like so much fun during its development that it causes me to continually smile and giggle. It combines the Shrimp creative thinking exercise , the ultra-popular-at-Brainzooming mad face emoji, the extreme creativity and celebratory slogan (“Winner, winner chicken dinner”) of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives , and one of our favorite products: orange, “I Am Creative,” notes to self socks.

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. Preparing for a creative thinking workshop this week, I looked back at a recent workshop to review the expectations participants shared. ” strategic thinking exercise as a flexible tool suitable for many situations.

Five Tips for Cultivating Creative Thinking on Your Team

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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. Creativity can lead to explosive success, or it can fall flat on its face.

Creative Thinking – My Vital Source of Creative Inspiration

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I 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. While creative thinking had something to do with me, it wasn’t dependent on me at all.

Creative Thinking Exercises for Sales – Easy as ABC

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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. While Daniel Pink never came out and associated the skills enabling the new ABC with “creative thinking,” they screamed creative thinking to me.

Creative Thinking – We All Have Our “Pizza Meeting” Weak Spots

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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. To do SOMETHING to make the space a little creative, we’d arrange the tables and chairs every which way.

Creative Thinking Skills – 5 Quick Tips on Extreme Creativity

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We turn to extreme creativity questions to help clients imagine big ideas. It is all part of not ASKING for big ideas ; we use big questions that enhance peoples’ natural creative thinking skills. Based on our experience using extreme creativity questions, they DO tend to yield bigger ideas. 5 Quick Tips on Extreme Creativity and Creative Thinking Skills. Plan the series of extreme creativity questions you are going to use.

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? Typically, the creative thinking exercises we teach and use are a huge source of hope to get past fears about self-judged “bad” 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. I asked Chuck to talk about the IdeaLoft and how place and creativity relate to one another. Enjoy the video and Chuck’s insights and expertise on how place influences creative thinking skills!

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. 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. Part of the creative thinking skills content will come via our Idea Magnets material. Giving “One” for Team Creativity.

7 Important Creative Thinking Skills

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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. 7 Important Creative Thinking Skills. These seven creative thinking skills demonstrated during the call are ones which benefit both those who display them and those working with them too: 1. How are you doing on these 7 creative thinking skills?

Creative Thinking Skills – 8 New Questions for Breakthrough Ideas

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Short story: If you want big ideas, ask the big questions, which is what extreme creativity is all about ! Keeping with the eight theme, here are eight new questions from the Brainzooming R&D Lab to boost your creative thinking skills. There are two extreme creativity questions to stimulate breakthrough ideas from four perspectives: Aspiration, Authority, Disruption, and doing More. Creative Thinking Skills and Breakthrough Ideas.

5 Questions to Move Creative Thinking into Action

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Short Story: Look for specifics and things that people can actually do or perform to move creative thinking into action. How do you move from creative thinking into action? That was a persistent question during a recent Brainzooming strategic thinking workshop that also included a heavy dose of content on creative thinking. They also wanted a sense of when and why you should think creatively. Turning Creative Thinking into Action.

5 Ideas When an Uber-Positive Boss Crushes Creative Thinking

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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. Suppose a team is charged with doing the creative thinking to generate new ideas for an initiative.

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. Even though creative thinking exercises and strategy questions are intended to help people approach familiar situations in new ways, they can easily become new boundaries to constrain thinking. They should inspire, not limit thinking.

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. While we did that, an early exercise during the strategic thinking workshop shaped the rest of the day. As one participant noted, “The discussion was helpful and revealed some blind spots in my thinking.

Creative Thinking Activities – 3 Questions to Stop Squandering Diversity

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Based on all The Brainzooming Group experience in helping clients generate new ideas and innovative strategies, diversity is vital to successful creative thinking activities. For example, at one of our client creative thinking workshops there wasn’t any of diversity to spare. So how did the participants sit in the large room for the creative thinking activities? 3 Questions to Stop Squandering Diversity in Creative Thinking Activities.

Creative Thinking Skills for Sales – A Workshop Approach

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We’re with a client today, delivering a strategic and creative thinking skills for sales workshop. As an outgrowth of the workshop, here is a strategic and creative thinking skills compilation comprised of articles that support the Brainzooming workshop we’re delivering. If you’d like to talk about how we can customize a strategic and creative thinking skills workshop for your organization, let us know at info@brainzooming.com or 816-509-5320.

Creative Thinking Skills – 9 Fundamentals to Turn Talk into Strategy

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9 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. Remember that although these creative thinking skills are presented sequentially, they may be used in any order.

Creative Thinking Exercises – 2 Ways to Create Innovation Workshop Inspiration

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They requested a follow-up innovation workshop to inspire bigger, further out thinking. We brought two specific inspirations to the innovation workshop: extreme and analogy-based creative thinking exercises. Using these creative thinking exercises, we pushed them to forget (temporarily) what they have been doing and re-imagine the situation from different perspectives. Here are a few: A leader’s “no” to innovation isn’t necessarily throttling new thinking.

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. When my creative thinking skills HAVE been stronger, here’s what has been working: When I think about needing to get all the financial records updated to be ready to prepare taxes , I can suddenly write like crazy as a diversion. It’s been odd times recently.

6 Creative Innovation Exercises for Online Whiteboards

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Innovation is a process that relies heavily on creativity and individual thinking, and these are things that don’t come easily. Advantages of Creative Thinking Exercises. Here are some of the advantages of using creative thinking exercises.

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. 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. What creative thinking skills do you use when you’re stuck creatively?

Inbound 2017 – 14 Ideas on Creative Thinking Skills, Branding, and Leadership

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Creative Thinking Skills. ” – Brené Brown on hurdles that stand between an idea and celebrated creativity. If you’re going to do video, you “need to think like a film editor.” Brainzooming - All Posts Branding Collaboration Creativity Marketing ideas leadershipWe are back from the Inbound 2017 conference sponsored by Hubspot. Last week’s Inbound conference was intense and productive.

Creative Problem-Solving Techniques for Remote Teams

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Creativity is all about finding new ways to look at things. The post Creative Problem-Solving Techniques for Remote Teams appeared first on Idea Drop | Idea Management Software. Innovation Management Collaborative Innovation Creative Thinking

Dare to Think Differently

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GUEST POST from Janet Sernack As many of my colleagues are aware, I am at heart, a maverick, an unorthodox or independent-minded person. Who is curious and inquisitive, and finds change and challenging the status quo exciting, fascinating and stimulating.

Interdisciplinary Innovation: Being Innovative is a Way of Imagining, Perceiving, Expressing, Inventing & Inspiring

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Innovators present creatively disruptive traits, disrupt old ways, and inspire better ways to do things. You cannot wait for something to happen keep curious, always think profoundly, learn fresh knowledge, and acquire new capabilities.

How to Break the 5 Habits That Hurt Ideation

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Collaborative Innovation Idea Management brainstorming chaos creative thinking Employee Engagement employee recognition idea evaluation idea generation idea management Ideation incentives motivation proactive structure value creation variety

Re-Thinking for a New Era

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Creative Problem-Solving Techniques for Remote Teams

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Creativity is all about finding new ways to look at things. The post Creative Problem-Solving Techniques for Remote Teams appeared first on Idea Drop | Idea Management Software. Innovation Management Collaborative Innovation Creative Thinking navigating change

A 5-Level Collaboration Strategy Approach

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We’ve written about the importance of signaling collaboration strategy preferences when you and team members are working remotely. Talking with someone who is struggling with identifying the best ways to signal the appropriate collaboration strategy approash, we hit on a variation on the Sergio Zyman decision levels. A 5-Level Collaboration Strategy Approach. LT – The leader will start developing ideas, then will collaborate with the entire team to figure it out.

100 Ways to Be More Creative on the Job

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Find the most creative people at work and ask for their ideas. Ask someone to collaborate with you on your favorite project. Think of five other ways to define your challenge. Write down as many ideas as you can think of in five minutes. Choose to be more creative.

8 Pieces of Creative Advice from a Great and Horrible Client

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Short Story: When it comes to creativity, start with and return to the underlying strategy ; that’s the most important piece of creative advice I have to offer. I’ve been trying to let go of some creative reins on the Brainzooming brand. I’m a great client because of all the creative thinking background and experience communicating with creative people. 8 Pieces of Creative Advice from a Great and Horrible Client. That’s my creative advice.

5 Things You Need to Know About Collaborative Innovation Software

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Collaborative innovation software brings purpose, focus, and structure to collaboration to help you turn ideas into commercial value. Understanding the importance of collaboration really is a no-brainer: people and business units alike need to share information and work together.

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. Having TOO MANY strong creative perspectives can tank the actionable results coming from a strategic thinking workshop more than having too few creative individuals. Talking with someone about the most difficult Brainzooming strategic thinking workshop EVER inspired the blurb below.

Community Collaboration Workshops Come in All Sizes

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The week included: Large scale community collaboration workshops – Nearly eighty students from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale gathered Monday night and a comparable number of Carbondale, IL residents assembled on Tuesday for community collaboration workshops to imagine the community’s future with Gigabit Internet capabilities. Switching among so many ways we facilitate community collaboration and learning for organizations keeps us at the top of our game.

41 Surprising Things about Community Collaboration Done Well

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In nearly every Brainzooming community collaboration workshop, we conclude with a Plus-Minus-Interesting-Recommendation-Question exercise (a PMIRQ for short). Based on the large number of responses to the individual PMIRQ handout sheets at the Southern Illinois University and Carbondale, IL community visioning session workshops, we wanted to share what people found “interesting” about participating in a community collaboration workshop. Small unknown group collaboration”.

15 Things to Look for in a Business Collaboration

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I mentioned upcoming business collaboration opportunities for Brainzooming yesterday , including co-presentations, creating content, and developing new workshop and training offerings. What to look for in a business collaboration? Shame on me, but I’ve never put the criteria I look for from a business collaboration into the type of strategic decision making tool we develop for clients. There is a mutual commitment to learning from the business collaboration.

Strategic Planning – 10 Keys to Collaborative Strategy

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Success factors in strategic planning and creating collaborative strategy were the central topics we tackled on an edition of Smart Companies Radio, hosted by Kelly Scanlon, the owner of Thinking Bigger Business Media, Inc., It was a pleasure to talk with Kelly about the impact of collaborative strategy on strategic planning, a topic she and I have discussed off the air many times over the past few years. 10 Keys to Collaborative Strategy and Strategic Planning.

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. If you want to go deeper into our thinking on the topic, here are a variety of articles on how leaders both support and stand in the way of creativity and new ideas.