Boost Your Team’s Creativity

Creativity is critical for innovation, and bringing it out in your team requires a lot more than simply scheduling brainstorm meetings and whiteboarding sessions. Here’s how to foster a culture of creativity.   Generate lots of ideas—even bad ones.When you want your team to solve a creative problem, try implementing an “idea quota”: a deliberate[…]

Use a Framestorm to Generate New Ideas

If your brainstorms aren’t yielding the innovative ideas you’d hoped for, try a different approach that involves coming up with questions about a problem, as opposed to solutions. Brainstorming has a bad reputation—it’s associated with half-baked plans that are either too safe or too ludicrous, and never go anywhere. Instead, try framestorming: asking questions to[…]

What Daydreaming Does to Your Mind

Science suggests that mind-wandering freely to more pleasant and playful thoughts may improve our mood and foster creativity.   I’m a big believer in daydreaming now and then—especially when I’m out hiking. There’s something about being in nature that helps me let go of daily cares and allows my mind to wander where it will,[…]

The Connection Between Creating Art and Stress Relief

With the coronavirus pandemic everyone is living in an uncertain time. Art can be a great outlet in a scary time. There are many ways creating art can be a great stress relief. Whatever the reason you are creating art it can help ease your mind.   Distraction If nothing else, creating art is a[…]

Ways to Develop Your Creativity

According to cognitive psychologist Robert J. Sternberg, creativity can be broadly defined as “the process of producing something that is both original and worthwhile.” Creativity is all about finding new ways of solving problems and approaching situations. This isn’t a skill restricted to artists, musicians or writers; it is a useful skill for people from[…]

Six Thinking Hats | Looking at a Decision From All Points of View

What is your instinctive approach to decision making? If you’re naturally optimistic, then chances are you don’t always consider potential downsides. Similarly, if you’re very cautious or have a risk-averse outlook, you might not focus on opportunities that could open up.   Often, the best decisions come from changing the way that you think about[…]