To see this for yourself, quickly name the first five birds you can think of. One approach is a creative-thinking technique used by Walt Disney which allowed his vivid imagination to explore extraordinary ideas and concepts. There is a clear relationship between wishful thinking and creativity. You are more likely to have a creative idea when you are wishing than when your thinking is extremely intellectual.

3 Ways to Find Strong Creative Thinking Skills in Logic-Oriented Groups


I was talking with someone who was wondering aloud about how to boost the creative thinking skills of a group made up primarily of fact- and logic-driven individuals. Think accountants, engineers, compliance officers, and others in right-wrong answer professions. We don’t deal with it more frequently because we consciously push in advance for diverse groups to engage in creative thinking and innovation workshops.


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Creative Thinking Exercise – Rethinking Shrimp


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.


Michael Michalko

Group (whom for?) Exercise can be easily adapted to different needs of various groups. This is because becoming an expert means you tend to specialize your thinking. Separate your group in small circles, up to 10 people per circle. Ask the Frog! Aim (what for?)

3 Conditions for Explosive Creative Thinking Skills


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.

Creative Thinking – Music Videos with Stories


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! Brainzooming - All Posts Compilations Creativity creative thinking music

7 Expectations from Creative Thinking Workshop Training


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.

Creative Thinking Exercises for Sales – Easy as ABC


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


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 – My Vital Source of Creative Inspiration


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 Skills – 8 New Questions for Breakthrough Ideas


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.

Struggling to Be Creative? Think of Creativity as Exploring an Amusement Park


Struggling to be creative? Think about reigniting your creativity as a day at an amusement park. All the ways you have been creative up until now are the amusement park rides. You’ll have your creativity back! Boost Your Extreme Creativity with “Taking the NO Out of InNOvation”. Download our FREE “Taking the No Out of InNOvation eBook to help generate extreme creativity and boost your creative thinking skills!

Creative Thinking Exercises – 8 Ideas to Lower Your Creative Stakes


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 even having someone TELL YOU that there are no wrong ideas doesn’t free you up to start sharing ideas in a group? 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? Those creative thinking exercises don’t work for some people, however.

Creative Thinking Skills – 19 Articles on Creative Wave Making


Creative wave makers display both the creative thinking skills and the boldness to improve ideas and situations in dramatic, unexpected ways. Some people are born as creative wave makers. For the rest of us, there are structures and extreme creativity questions you can use to surround yourself and boost your creative thinking skills. Being More of a Creative Wave Maker Yourself. 9 Extreme Creativity Questions from Peter’s Laws.

5 Questions to Move Creative Thinking into Action


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.

Cuisine vs. Food: Why Specificity Makes or Breaks a Creative Thinking Workshop


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. Why Specificity Makes or Breaks a Creative Thinking Workshop by Chuck Dymer.

Creative Thinking Skills – 10 Ideas for Stimulating Extreme Team Creativity


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.

Creative Thinking Skills – 5 Quick Tips on Extreme Creativity


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.

1 Startling Way Creative Thinking Exercises Constrain New Ideas


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 Skills – A Simple Way to Boost Creativity


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?” It’s the same with inspiring creative ideas.

5 Ideas When an Uber-Positive Boss Crushes Creative Thinking


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.

Creative Thinking Activities – 3 Questions to Stop Squandering Diversity


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. The group did include several different sales groups. So how did the participants sit in the large room for the creative thinking activities?

Creative Thinking – 13 Unexpected Benefits of a Strategic Thinking Workshop


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 Skills for Sales – A Workshop Approach


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


The tricky balance was articulating an initial direction the group couldn’t derail while providing room for them to contribute ideas and time to make the event successful. 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.

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


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. I 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. 31 Excuses Why a Creative Outlet Isn’t Working. I’m not traveling enough to stimulate my creativity.

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


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.

Creative Thinking Exercises – 2 Ways to Create Innovation Workshop Inspiration


In previous workshops, a large group convened and re-imagined a manufacturing process to improve quality, while maintaining costs and production efficiency. 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. 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


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.

Creative Thinking – 5 Ideas for How to Make Money from Your Passion


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. We haven’t tackled that topic previously, so the first creative thinking move was sketching out a matrix comparing the degree someone is able to express a personal creative version versus how much they are getting paid for it. 5 Ideas for How to Make Money from Your Passion and Creativity.

Creative Diversity – What group will drive implementation success?


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. ndspark, the sessions brought together thirty team members from The Gap in three-day “mini-TED conferences” to capitalize on creative diversity.

3 Creative Thinking Skills Ideas from Gas Can 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. 3 Creative Thinking Skills Ideas from Gas Can 2016. Today, here are three valuable creative thinking skills ideas no matter where your creative community is located.

Strategic Thinking Skills – 5 Keys to Leading Groups to Action


What strategic thinking skills are important in helping find agreement for action amid a big, unstructured conversation? The call was an opportunity for board members to react and share perspectives for the first time as a group about a critical business topic. One board member remarked later how easy it was to get lost in the back-and-forth without identifying anything the group would recommend. 5 Strategic Thinking Skills to Lead Groups to Action.

The Perfect Online Brainstorm Facilitation Training for MCI Group

Idea Champions

We call it Ideation 2020 -- the simplest, most time-efficient way we can think of to help our clients become masterful brainstorm facilitators. In honor of the year 2020 and the classic meme it represents (i.e.

The Mega-Simple Way to Generate Tons of Innovative Ideas


So, if you are on your own and need help to generate a lot of innovative ideas in a hurry , it’s a simple creative thinking formula: A magazine with lots of pictures and headlines +. You can employ the strategic thinking exercises in Accelerate to : Facilitate a collaborative approach to identifying innovation resources. Mike Brown Founder of The Brainzooming Group, and an expert on strategy, creativity, and innovation.

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How to Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone


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. I guess I think of them as what people say about creative thinking when they don’t have anything more substantial to say.

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8 Pieces of Creative Advice from a Great and Horrible Client


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.

6 Creative Innovation Exercises for Online Whiteboards


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.

9 Ways to Never Suffer from a Lack of New Business Ideas Again


In place of only recycling ideas, try these nine strategic thinking questions and creative thinking paths. The formula is to ask a specific question, LISTEN for responses from others, and follow a related creating thinking direction to generate ideas more quickly: Ask: What’s been tried before? You don’t need all nine strategic thinking questions in very situation where you are expected to quickly develop new business ideas. Extreme Creativity.

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Strategic Thinking Workshop Success – Beware Too Much Creativity


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.

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. Though, this can cause some amount of friction, research shows that this kind of friction is good for the business as it helps avoid group-think.

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Creative Ideas – Are too many bold ideas killing your creativity?


From a day-to-day perspective in the corporate world, we didn’t necessarily use objective metrics about creative ideas. After talking with a friend, I think the percent of time you are told to pull back your creative ideas because they are too big and bold may be a good way to assess how your creativity is faring in an organization. The cumulative impact is she no longer offers big creative ideas because there isn’t any point.

How to Keep Small Group Brainstorming On Track

Idea Champions

If you are planning to lead any kind of ideation or brainstorming session in the near future and will be dividing the group into sub-groups, here's one thing to keep in mind: No matter how clear the instructions you give or how much you reinforce the ground rules of brainstorming, there is a 95% chance that the small groups will default to any of the following instead of brainstorming: conversation, debate, storytelling, schmoozing, philosophizing, venting, and question-asking.