Take Your Mind for a Walk on the Wild Side
Our tips for Getting Creative
Oh yes, it’s a jungle out there in the world of innovation sista! And coming up with new, fantastic, creative, out of the box, incredible solutions can sometimes, be, well, hard.
You know you can show everyone in your team that you really know how to ‘think differently.’ And you do. Or you did. You had, like, a million ideas, until it comes to actually getting some out of your head and onto paper.
If you’ve ever experienced the pressure of a creative block, I’d like to help you take your hunt for the next big thing into unchartered territory by using some simple innovation techniques that we’ve tried and tested in our workshops.
Stake out a new jungle – literally and figuratively.
This can be a great way to get your mind into an entire new setting altogether. If you’re at your desk, get to a café. Or if you’ve been in your home office for too long get out to a park and bring your laptop. New settings and surroundings can be a great rejuvenator for the mind and the soul. Use your new setting and the things around you as a source of inspiration. How can you incorporate the best of what’s around you to come up with a great new solution?
Imagine the same situation in a different tribe.
Say, for example, you’re trying to think of a new way to structure a training program for your team. Let’s take that same situation in an entirely different setting – how does training work in a primary school class... or the army... or a theatre group? What techniques can you adopt from a different setting that you have experience with that you could apply to this scenario?
Mix up your words and play a little Mad Libs.
To get your creative jungle juices flowing, write a few sentences and then mix up some of the verbs, nouns and adjectives to combine seemingly unrelated, but often helpful, ideas. David Bowie famously used this technique with the help of Ty Roberts, who built a simple software tool called the Verbasizer (very ahead of its time) to come up with song ideas, titles and lyrics.
Think of the worst case scenario – and then imagine the opposite.
If you’re struggling to solve a problem, a great place to start can be the worst possible thing that could happen. Let’s say you’re thinking about an induction program for new employees in your company. Possibly the worst thing that could happen to a new employee on their first day would be that they show up to the building and the doors are locked, lights are off and nobody is there to greet them. So what would be the opposite of that? A friendly team of smiling faces waiting at the door to greet them and clapping them in as they go to their desk for the first time? Might not be a truly realistic solution but how can you create this feeling or at least use it as a starting point?
So even if your personal jungle is more of the concrete variety, it never hurts to try some new ways to let your imagination run wild. How do you get inspired when you’re looking to come up with something original? We (and our fellow Nudists) would love to hear from you.
The Team @ Naked Ambition