Creativity and originality: how original are “new” innovative ideas?

One of the questions I am posed at my workshops is, how truly original are the ideas being created at these sessions? After all, to break new ground and be innovative, there must be a “new” element in these ideas, something (hopefully) no one has thought of before.

Let me surprise you: new ideas are also copied ideas.

Yup, you heard me right. New ideas are not 100% “new” as we think of the term, but “borrowed” from something else. But there is a key difference between the first idea, and the new idea that borrowed from it: it gets modified in the new idea. Let me explain.

There are basically 3 stages involved when solving a business issue with a new idea. The first stage is to define what the issue really is. Usually the issue is not as straightforward as it may appear. [Read more…]

Gotta See This! Father Who Creatively Captures His Kids (20 photos)

Someone sent me this link on Facebook. After one look at it I knew I just had to share it here as well. This dad is so creative at capturing and framing his kids in a whimsical way. I enjoyed his work. In the interview in the article, he also said he got his inspiration from… who else? His kids!

Check out all his photos here.

Nurture Creativity From Young: Widen Their Perspectives

Having more perspectives is an excellent way to widen your knowledge, view and attitude towards a subject. Its about taking the effort to see what others see, view a subject from different angles, accepting other people’s accounts or views of it.

If anyone is serious about being more creative, then having this attitude should be intrinsic and automatic. It may require shedding off habits acquired from years of conformity, rigid thinking there’s only one view or one way to “do it right”, and accept that there’s “more than meets the eye” (…read on here).

10 Innovative Kitchen Products

Awesome products, will bring a smile on some faces. See here.

A Wacky Idea: Boost your team’s performance by adding on an incompetent person!

You might be thinking, what could be more absurd than adding on an incompetent person to the team to boost their performance.

I’m sure you’ve heard the story of how a tall, heavy truck enter a tunnel but got stuck, because it got wedged inside the tunnel. Engineers came along and cracked their heads over how to solve this issue. They considered blasting off a part of the tunnel wall, dissecting the truck and other technical methods. A little boy walking along, with no knowledge of engineering or driving simply said, “why don’t you let the air out of the tires?”, which they did and the problem was solved.

The answer lies in ‘distance’: the more remote a person is from the work you and what your team does, the better the chances of him coming up with creative and original ideas to boost your team’s performance.

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Should we reward bad ideas?

Reward bad ideas? How’s that for a way to think in reverse? 🙂

This is one of the most common questions I receive from participants at my workshops and also from companies.

Let’s face it: bad ideas are a dime a dozen and there’s so many of them. Let’s just say, “anyone can make them”. But is it useful to continue encouraging them? Well I think we should!

The simple reason is that it takes the creation of many new ideas before we hit upon that one great or brilliant one. And not rewarding staff for coming up with new ideas, is to kill off their enthusiasm at the early stage.

I came across this article that delves more into this subject and provides a few reasons we should reward bad ideas. After reading, feel free to share what you think.