Creative Thinking

Play the What If? Game

Play the ‘what if?’ game with yourself or with someone that is fully supportive of your overall brilliance and general ‘fab’ness (like a coach!)

For every thing you see as an obstacle in your life, ask yourself what you would do if it wasn’t an obstacle. This game is very effective for helping you to invest quality thought into the future you would like to see without being bogged down with how to get there. Remember, “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley”. I’m sure he didn’t mean to write that second line quite like that, but it goes to show how badly things can go.

The point being that it doesn’t matter right now how you are going to get there. What matters is that you entertain the possibility.

Example lines of questioning:

What if I could have any job in the world? What would I go for?

What if I had the money? Where would I be?

What if I could give myself the space I deserve? What would my life be like?

What if I was really good at what I love to do? How would I live my life?

This tool is great for entering into a dialogue with your constantly active unconscious mind who is creating a future for you right now this very second. Questions like ‘What if?’ can tease out a little more information about what this life of yours you are creating could be like.

Ten Steps to Make a Change

1. Find a piece of paper and a pen

2. List all the elements and experiences your life wouldn’t have – given the choice.

3. Throw the piece of paper away.

4. List all the qualities your life would have given the choice.

5. Spend time getting a kick out of imagining that life you would choose.

6. Choose that life.

7. Give zero attention to anything on that piece of paper you threw away.

8. Give one hundred percent attention and any more you can muster on the things you do want to see more of.

9. Enjoy the process.

10. Remember to look back on how far you have come from time to time.

Tackle Problems One Day at a Time

Identify one people problem you need to solve.
Identify one work problem you need to solve.
Identify one personal problem you need to solve.

Choose one action for each problem to move you closer to a solution.
Carry out those actions today.

Top Ten Bad Behaviours to Nurture

Cultivating Innovation – Top ten bad behaviours to look for and nurture in employees (and ourselves)

We have a wealth of creative people working undercover in our organisations. The fact is that often our working environments actively destroy attempts to make the day more conducive to creative thinking. How much added value is being lost in our businesses when employees keep their ideas to themselves for fear of failure or ridicule? In this post, I explore some of the behaviours to look out for in employees who are showing the potential to be innovators, and suggest some ways to nurture the growth of ideas rather than stamp out their creativity altogether.

Top Ten Bad Behaviours of Innovators

Interferes in other peoples problems
Agrees with people you disagree with
Doesn’t care what you think
Rocks the boat when things are going well
Fails frequently
Loses interest quickly in the latest company investment
Constantly calls into question the way things are
Intrudes on peoples personal life
Doesn’t maintain focus on the task in hand
Differing Priorities

Interferes in other peoples problems
The reasons why we open ourselves up to the risk of new ideas has a great effect on the kind of idea we come up with. Innovators are not interested in meeting abstract goals like improving productivity by a few percentage points or increasing media coverage of the brand. They are interested in making things easier for people. They are always on the look out for the stumbling block. The status quo that causes people to behave in inefficient ways simply because there is no identifiable alternative. They are the ones who watch the way people make their sandwich, looking for unusual behaviour and asking why their subject does it like that. They are the ones who scan the […]