Dec 12, 2007

Getting great ideas

Here is an interesting post on generating ideas. An extension of the "Think Outside The Box" approach:

Innovation Wednesday: Where Do Ideas Come From?

Which all ties in to an interesting quote I read in this morning's paper: the best way to have a good idea is to have many ideas.

Generating ideas, writing, playing a musical instrument all have a commonality: consistency and repetitiveness.

The only way to get better at any of them is to find a consistent way to put them into action and to repeat the action over and over again.

If you want to write, one of the best ways to improve is to set aside a portion of your day dedicated to writing. One or two hours a day. Over time, your writing improves and you produce faster.

Brian Tracy has a technique for idea-generation that he calls the "Twenty Questions" approach. Ask yourself a question and then find 20 answers to the question. The first few come quickly but around the 12th answer, you start to run out of ideas and you need to think a little deeper in order to get new ideas. He says that most of the best ideas occur around the tail end of the 20 answers.

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