A perennial best seller recently found its way to my desk, A Whack on the Side of the Head – How you can be more creative. By Roger von Oech. And though some of the ideas seem a little – well, whacked, there are some great nuggets to be pulled out to increase your spirit of creativity both and home and at work.
Here are some ideas that stood out to me:
- Look at the same thing as everyone else does, but think something different. Just as the first person to look at a ships sail and thought ‘windmill.’
- Play metaphor games. Life is like a …
- Ask and answer the ‘what if’ question – answer with a contrary-to-fact condition, idea or situation. What if, people carried their homes on their backs like turtles, what if the price of oil was the same as the price of water, what if, when you looked in the mirror there became two of you?
- Imagine how others would solve the problem. Wonder Woman, Ghandi, Beethoven, King Kong.
- Create an imaginary meeting between two totally different professionals – a choreographer and a bookie, a priest and a fisherman, a comedian and a bus driver – what thread could you pull from one area into another that would be ‘normal’ in one area but innovative in another.
- When you judge an idea, focus first with their positive, interesting and potentially useful features.
At the end of the day, if you think you are not creative you won’t be, but if you strive to be more creative and allow your mind to wander outside the lines, ask for support, dare and ditch the excuses you can, and will, strengthen your creativity muscles.
It’s pretty fun trying too!
Stephanie Staples is the author of When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success and an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker. She empowers audiences & clients across North America to bring their ‘A’ game to work and to life. Stephanie has a special interest in working with and empowering nurses and healthcare providers. She happily calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home. You can get loads of complimentary resources to help with issues such as work/life balance, wellness, stress management and happiness in general, as well as find out more information about her coaching and speaking services at http://www.YourLifeUnlimited.ca.