Everyone wants to extend the capacity for innovation.
The change led to knowledge and education is what brings in the profit for the enterprise.
And it is not anything new; it has been that way for many decades.
Many creativity techniques encourage creative actions and stretch your team’s capacity for innovation, and it is up to the manager or the leader to choose which the right one.
Here is a list of methods you can use to stretch your team’s capacity, and you can decide which one suits your company the most:
Is the most popular way of generating creative answers for any question?
The brainstorming method is a way of improving the creativity by allowing the group members to generate as many ideas as they possibly can. So the goal here is to think of as many ideas as possible!
There are three rules in brainstorming.
First of all, it is allowed to criticise an idea but not to analyse it but to make a new, better one out of it.
Second, it is permitted to combine ideas.
And last, the group members can say all kinds of ideas; it does not matter how funny and ridiculous they are because maybe they will inspire someone else. Brainstorming ends.
After the brainstorming session, the best ideas are selected, and the next step is to improve them.
2. Electronic brainstorming
This is probably the most common way to stretch the team’s capacity for innovation in the 21st century. It has a lot in common with the regular brainstorming, but also some differences. Here are some advantages and disadvantages:
It is anonymous, so the group members are not afraid that maybe someone will think their idea is bad or ridiculous.
Since it is online, it allows people from all over the world to be part of the electronic brainstorming and also part of the group.
Some people are typing slowly, and they are better at expressing themselves verbally. There are also people that want to use their authority and reputation when giving an idea. This way they are the same as all the others. And the extreme disadvantage which does not count as one is that electrical brainstorming requires a computer, the internet and maybe some other equipment as well.
3. Creative Problem-Solving
This is a mental process of searching for a new creative solution to a problem, but also a mental process searching for something new.
This process is not something that a manager or leader can ask the group members to do, but the manager or leader can motivate them by giving them something in return for every new creative idea!
4. The 5W
What, Where, Why, When, Who.
If every group member asks these questions all the time, there is high chance that someone will come up with an interesting idea.
This method is not a process; it is a way of thinking, and it shows that if everyone questions everything, then it will be much different, and some of them might come up with some new idea to improve something.
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