How to have great ideas: Strategy 7 – don’t prejudge your ideas

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Reading Time: 6 minutes We’re shifting focus slightly in this post, to look at a strategy that will keep our thinking and idea generation as broad and open as possible: how not to prejudge your ideas. This approach is a perfect companion for the strategies we’ve already covered: having lots of ideas, reading, watching and listening broadly, carving out … Read more

Series: How to have great ideas

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Reading Time: < 1 minute Welcome to my series on “How to have great ideas”. On this page, you’ll find links to the articles I’ve written detailing strategies for having great ideas. As each new strategy is published, it will appear here, so check back regularly for new content, or sign up to my newsletter to be notified when new … Read more

How to have great ideas: Strategy 6 – use a theme or vision

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Reading Time: 5 minutes An often-overlooked strategy for generating great ideas is to use a theme or vision to drive our thinking. You can use this approach in conjunction with the strategies we’ve already covered: having lots of ideas, reading, watching and listening broadly, carving out blank space, involving others and knowing nothing, being curious. How does a theme … Read more

How to have great ideas: Strategy 5 – know nothing, be curious

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Reading Time: 6 minutes This strategy sounds counter-intuitive, but when we choose to know nothing and be curious, we’re on the pathway to developing fresh perspectives and gaining insights. And from that, we can generate great ideas. You can layer this strategy on top of the first four: having lots of ideas, reading, watching and listening broadly, carving out … Read more

How to have great ideas: Strategy 4 – involve others

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Reading Time: 8 minutes So far in this series, we’ve focused on individual activities for generating great ideas – now we turn our attention to how to involve others in our thinking, as a way of developing more creative, robust and valuable ideas than when working alone. This doesn’t mean we give up on having lots of ideas, reading, … Read more

How to have great ideas: Strategy 3 – carve out blank space

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Reading Time: 9 minutes These days, we are more likely than ever to say that we don’t have any “blank space” in our lives. There’s no room for downtime when we’re so busy trying to finish our to-do lists, maintain a social life (whether online or in the “real world”), do our jobs and keep ourselves mentally and physically … Read more

How to have great ideas: Strategy 2 – read, watch, listen broadly

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Reading Time: 7 minutes Welcome back to the “How to have great ideas” series. My previous article covered the first strategy for having great ideas, which is to have lots of ideas. It’s worth reading that article first, to give you context for the second strategy: to read, watch and listen broadly. Very few of us read, watch and … Read more

How to have great ideas: Strategy 1 – have lots of ideas

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Welcome back to my “How to have great ideas” series. If you’re looking to learn new ways to generate great ideas, you’ve come to the right place! Let’s dive in to our first strategy: have lots of ideas. I kicked off the series by considering why we struggle to have great ideas. Quantity (lots) precedes … Read more

Why do we struggle to have great ideas?

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Reading Time: 4 minutes As leaders and managers, we’re often expected to have the great ideas, brilliant insights and action plans that will help our people and organisations turn over a new leaf. But in the midst of all the busy-ness of business, it’s easy to get stuck in a “same old, same old” thinking rut. Why we struggle … Read more