Tap Into Your Creativity: Set an Idea Quota

Per one of my earlier posts on creativity and innovation, we know that leaders are expected to be creative but that few of them receive training to help them learn or unleash their creativity. Michael Michalko, author of Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius (Ten Speed Press) explains how you can unleash some of your innovative ideas that are lurking just around the corner.

Set an Idea Quota

Decide what you want to create, what problem you are trying to solve, etc. Then, list 20 different ways to go about it. The last third of the list will be the most interesting, he says. “Your imagination works like a faucet. The longer you let it flow, the clearer, crisper and more refreshing it becomes.”

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Sandra Schwan

Managing Partner at Evolving Strategies LLC
Sandra is the Managing Partner of Evolving Strategies LLC, a consulting firm helping companies and people learn, adapt and perform. Sandra holds a Master of Science degree in Adult Learning and Strategic Organizational Change from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Arkansas. Previous employers include the Corporate Executive Board, Lante Corporation, Kensington International, and Accenture where Sandra was awarded mentor of the year.

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