Top Tips in Creating Innovative Ideas
Creative thinking requires actions that will go against your instinct and everyday behavior.
It’s just after you start to change your behavior that your feet leave the ground and you begin to soar. The good news is you’ve already been a creative pilot in the past. As a child you were fearless, investigative, experimental, imaginative and totally creative.
All you need to do is relearn some of the uninhibited creative behaviors in order to allow yourself to create outstanding solutions no matter what challenges you face.
- DECIDE: WHERE TO BE CREATIVE Why? Because being creative without a map is a recipe for wasting time and money.
- MAP: EVERY DETAIL MATTERS Here’s why: The more details you have on all your touch points you have the easier it is to do improve them
- TOUCH POINTS: CREATE NEW ONES Why? Great innovations can happen by looking beyond what you think is your line of work.
- IMPROVEMENT: FIX IT Here’s why: Applying constructive words to touch points can prompt great ideas.
- CONSTRUCTIVE: IMPROVE Why? Whether you want to improve a product, process or service they can all be broken down into a series of touch points and then improved.
- CHALLENGE: CAN WE REMOVE IT? Here’s why: A touch point or part of a product is never beyond challenge, but because we use them so often we see them permanently set in stone.
- CHANGE: CHANGING THE TOUCH POINTS Why? If you’re absolutely certain that the touch point cannot be removed, what could you change it with?
- FIGHTING: BREAK TRADITIONAL THINKING Why? We are creatures of habit, and left to our own devices we will think and behave the same way every day. Fighting this pattern can help us to create new ideas that we would not normally have considered before.
- UNCONVENTIONAL: LINKING THE UNLINKABLE Write down the first thing that catches your eye. Now write down all of the thoughts that come to you when you think of this object. For example ? the first thing I see is a lamp. My first thoughts are: metal, light, bright, dark, on, off, power, electricity, work and Thomas Edison.
- VISION: NOTICE THINGS AROUND YOU Here’s why: Great inventions, products and services exist all around you. All you need to do is look for them.
- CONCEPTS: BORROW AND CHANGE THEM Why? Once you have established the key attributes that make an idea great all you need to do is change it to suit your application.
- HATE: WHAT DO YOUR CLIENTS HATE? Here’s why: We might think we’re perfect, but the reality is there will always be something that our clients dislike about us. By finding them and claiming them we can then turn them to our advantage.
- DISLIKES: WHAT ARE THEY? Why? Sounds weird but we can sometimes be the most creative when we are slightly depressed, sad and lonely. By targeting on the things our clients dislike about us we can often be more creative than when we’re upbeat and happy.
- THINK:CONSTRUCTIVE Thoughts drive feelings and behaviors. If we think it’s the end of the world, we start to feel that way and then we start to behave that way, which in turn makes us continue to think that way.
- IDEATION: LET GO Why? One of our most creative states is when we are in an Alpha brain wave state. The Alpha brain wave state is seldom achieved when working at our desk, it happens when we are chilled out, calm, relaxing and having fun somewhere away from the office.
- IDEAS: CAPTURING Why? The mind is a weak slave to good ideas and good ideas often come to us seemingly out of nowhere at unexpected times.
- CONFUSION: USE IT Why? Our mind has so many thoughts that unless we map them, they take up valuable processing space that can stop us from moving on with making our ideas happen.
- CREATIVE: VISUALIZATION Why? Actively visualizing our finished process, service or product can only help to create a superior one.
- CREATIVE: CONTRACT Why? Accountability gets results and by having an accountability partner who asks you how your idea is coming along will force you into action.
- MAXIMIZE: RETURN OF INVESTMENT Why? By knowing how our idea is progressing and the effort that has been involved we can objectively establish how much money and resources have been used and the R.O.I from the activity.
Original article via: http://www.innovationblueprint.com.au/innovation-blog/2013/6/19/ways-to-create-creative-idea.html