Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Creativity leads to innovation

As we all know, creativity leads to innovation. Creative environments often lead to more ideas that can encourage great “ah ha!” moments for your products. Are you having a hard time coming up with these ideas? In a recent post at The Heart of Innovation, Mitch Ditkoff posted a list of 100 ways to encourage creativity. Some are listed below:

2. Brainstorm daily with a co-worker.
7. Play music in your office.
30. Read odd books -- having nothing to do with your work.
37. Recall a time in your life when you were very creative. Feel it.
49. Incubate (sleep on it).
57. Ask stupid questions. Then ask some more.
74. Laugh more, worry less.

What’s on your list for being more creative? Did any of the things on this list pop out on your mind? My personal favorite was 4. Present your biggest challenge to a child. Sometimes, children don’t have the straightened narrow path that someone is forced to work on. With a fresh perspective, a child’s opinion may shed new light in a direction you never knew possible.

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