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10 Ways to Foster More Creative Solutions and Breakthrough Discoveries

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Record new ideas immediately or you will lose many

Sometimes great ideas come when we aren't looking for them, but they can slip away just as fast. Just make a note to follow up later, as required, to discuss it with other team members or relevant experts.

It's no fun to see a competitor implement a good idea that slipped y...

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Communication is body language and listening, as well as the words you use. You need to be the model for the right mindset, rather than a perennial critic, or someone who takes all the credit for the insights and successes of others. Always give credit where credit is due.

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Creative ideas are most often generated in the context of a specific problem, rather than occurring at random. So it's important to tackle every problem from every relevant perspective.

In business, this means taking a customer view, vendor view, as well as your inter...

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Very often, a problem gets solved in one environment, but years go by before the implications are recognized in other disciplines. For example, winemakers long ago learned to personalize their brand for added value, while other products still suffer as a commodity.

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  • A key habit to develop is one of asking multiple questions that push the limits of your thinking, rather than taking the first idea that comes to mind and running with it.
  • Another is consistently trying new things, and overcoming your fear of failur...

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Stop being so immediately critical of your and other peoples' ideas. Collect a range of ideas first, before trying to evaluate any of them.

All ideas have some positive and some not-so-positive elements. The key is to build on the positive elements to make the idea...

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Save the concerns until last, and then strive to address your concerns with a creative question. This way, your mind will immediately begin to look for ways to overcome the concerns, instead of killing the entire idea.

You never want to discourage team members from sharing ideas with y...

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To get new ideas, you have to stretch beyond the first seemingly obvious solution to a question or issue. The more ways you can find to accomplish your goal, the greater your chances of doing it with creativity and innovation.

Be sure to look for solutions from others, as ...

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Don't give up quickly if your creative skills seem awkward or contrived at first. This is a normal human reaction the first few times any person plays the piano or throws a baseball.

In fact, we are all inherently creative in different and valuable ways. Encourage team practice as...

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Every new problem is just a sign of a gap from where you are to where you need to be. That is a good thing in business since it leads to the creativity that is necessary for continued and future success.

Also, by keeping you positive, it reduces the burden of stress that u...

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