How to Generate New Ideas (Innovative Thinking)

Where do you seek out inspiration?  How do you keep new ideas flowing?  Are you full of outdated ideas?  Are you settling into a familiar rut? If you’re getting stuck and are actively seeking new ideas, then you’ll want to read the following helpful tips. 1 – Go meet people.  Talking to new people who don’t think like you and who don’t know how you think can freshen up your brainstorming process.  Attend networking events or learning seminars.  Talk to people outside your industry. 2 – Involve your customers.  Since new products or services are often initiated by customers’ problems, involve those customers in your brainstorming sessions. 3 – Travel to different places.  A new adventure may bring forward certain opportunities that will allow you to come across a new idea that may be a big deal back home. 4 – Reinvent an existing idea.  Perhaps an already existing idea can be improved upon.  Take it a step further and offer something more to your customers than the present industry is offering. 5 – Focus on your own goals.  Look around during the day and you might come across several challenges that take a long time or a lot of effort to complete.  You may establish new ideas to solve your problem(s). As a business owner, you’ll need to open yourself up to new avenues and give your brain the time and space it needs to generate new ideas! PJ's New Pic (smaller)ActionCoach-logo
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Steps for Generating Ideas

Everyone can participate in idea generation.  In fact, it should be a team effort.  Every team member plays an important role, no matter how they’re wired.  We all must set aside some time for idea development.  Bringing old elements into new ideas depends on the ability to see relationships.  Every idea produced follows a certain technique.  Here are 5 steps in this technique: 1 – Gather materials.  Get all your facts together.  Classify and organize all information as it’s being gathered.  Pretend you’re putting together a puzzle. 2 – Blend all the information together.  See how they might fit into the puzzle you’re trying to build. 3 – Forget about your ideas for awhile and try activities that stimulate your mind.  Go outside of your normal routine. 4 – Here is where you’ll naturally come up with an “I’ve got it” moment.  Write it down or memorize it. 5 – Share your idea with your team members.  They can offer a different perspective, and together you call all generate something better. These 5 steps allow businesses to produce relevant and dramatic new ideas.  Remember, it’s a team effort, so having a good company culture and a highly engaged team is essential in generating new ideas. PJ's New Pic (smaller)ActionCoach-logo
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Ways to Generate Ideas for Entrepreneurs

Coming up with a new venture can be difficult.  There are several methods to help an entrepreneur generate ideas. Here are a few that may be helpful: Focus Groups – In this group, a moderator usually leads a group of people through a discussion. They don’t just ask questions.  The group provides open-ended comments regarding a new product or service that can result in market success.  The group can also be a great resource for screening ideas and concepts. Brainstorming – This is a group method, where people often get stimulated by meeting with others and participating in organized group discussions/exercises. These groups don’t offer criticism, instead they give a high quantity of ideas. Brainstorming often results in success when the focus is on a specific product or area. Problem Solving/Analysis – Individuals obtain new ideas and solutions when they focus on specific problems.  They are provided with a list of problems and asked to discuss them (in a group), which often results in an entirely new product idea. PJ's New Pic (smaller) ActionCoach-logo
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Brainstorming and Idea-Generating

Brainstorming doesn’t have to be done in a roomful of other people.  It doesn’t have to be done in a group, in a fancy setting, or involve a large team of creative individuals.  It can be done on your own, in a familiar and comfortable setting, when you’re ready to generate ideas to enhance your business. First, make sure you are off all your electronics, to avoid distractions, and to give all your attention to your creative project at hand. Physical writing can activate your brain differently than typing does. Second, figure out why you are brainstorming.  Is it to generate ideas, solve a problem, or train your brain? Here are a few brainstorming techniques you might want to try:
  1. Word Bank:  Find the right words to use in a copy or a story.  Do this by finding specific kinds of words on specific topics.
  2. Word Association:  Choose words that say much more than they mean.  This is where context is everything.  This can be how you detail a train-of-thought that has you stuck in a rut.
  3. Questions:  Answer questions you already know and find questions you didn’t realize you had.
  4. Image Association:  Use a visual image to trigger ideas in context.
If one method doesn’t work, try another.  Try a combination of methods if needed.  Or simply make up your own technique.  Your main purpose is to try to reboot the way you’re presently thinking. PJ's New Pic (smaller) ActionCoach-logo
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Recycling of Ideas

While some people might find it depressing to consider that there is no such thing as an original thought, I find it quite liberating to believe that everything we need to consider has already been created and our role is to recycle the ideas to serve our needs and the needs of the world as it exists today. In the book, Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon, he asserts that, “Every new idea is just a mashup or a remix of one or more previous ideas.” This approach allows us to let go of the stress of creating something new and, instead, look to those who have created before us and allow ourselves the freedom to study and learn as much as possible with the intent to bring all those ideas together in a different way that surprises and satisfies us. Take the time to learn from those you admire, to explore what others have done and attempt to copy their work, not in direct imitation but in the spirit of the work. When we make the attempt to reproduce others – because we are humans, not machines – we will naturally create our very own unique piece of work. It will reflect our history, our views, and our collective learnings. In the spirit of recycling ideas, it is important to fill our head with as many ideas from as many sources as possible to be able to draw upon them as needed. By recycling ideas we are creating new versions that others can then use as input into their learnings and their outcomes. YOUR CHALLENGE: Choose three of your favorite authors, write down some learning from each one of them, and then look for ways to change your business to reflect these ideas within your business.   If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079. Please visit www.workingonthebusiness.com to register for my complimentary workshop, 6 Steps to a Great Business, and let’s work together to help your business grow.