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Everything begins with an idea.” – Earl Nightengale
We had a guest speaker at our office the other night. Mona Patel, CEO Motivate Design -presented her concepts of Innovation through Design Thinking. You can follow Motivate Design on Twitter @Motivate_Design or Mona at @MonaPatel
We were led through 3 parts of an 8 part exercise to get us to start thinking out of the normal scenarios in which we work. The Message:
Unlock Your Creativity by Asking What If
As Earl Nightengale says, “Everything begins with an idea.” Sometimes those ideas can come about by asking yourself, “What If?”
We went through an exercise trying to think about ways that we as a company can move forward, move fast more effectively. What ideas could we come up with in 3 minutes by asking ourselves What if? The important part was to not judge what we were saying or what our ideas were.
What If we could do this and this would happen?
What if we did this and then this and this team would be able to do that? Each person went through this exercise in the three minutes time to get these ideas out.
Once we wrote out our What If’s in the 3 minutes, we had to stop. We broke up into groups of 4-5 people then we each read one What If out loud to the others. Each person would read a What if, then the others were only allowed to say one of three things.
Plus 1 – if they thought of the same thing.
Plus Love – if they Really LOVED the idea and supported it.
I’m Good, if they were out of ideas to share.
This went on through the lists. It is amazing what ideas were thought of that we all thought Plus Love. These were ideas that we could then take further.
The next exercises had us send our ideas through “Funnel Vision” and ask 3 questions:
- Did we LOVE the Idea – If yes, move to the next question. If no, the idea was out!
- Does the idea meet business needs? If it won’t help the business, then the idea was out.
- Does it show empathy for the end user. (That would be us! That was what the goal was to begin with.)
All of the exercises allowed us to bring out IDEAS using these tools.
What ideas have had that could help you, your business, your career, etc.?
How do you go about creating ideas? Think about how and what you can Ideate, Create, Innovate in your life.
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