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Break Free From Obvious Solutions

Engage different modes of thinking.

Have you asked for creative, game-changing ideas and what you have seen are the most obvious of changes? Deep down, are you worried that your team just isn't innovative? 

Creating obvious solutions is #4 in our 9 Risks of Innovation.

How do you as a manager or team member encourage new and creative ideas?

To break free of the obvious, it’s important to engage different modes of thinking. When people place themselves in different thinking situations or use different techniques for thinking, such as drawing, they draw on different parts of their brains, resulting in more diverse results than any amount of analytical work would produce.

We can help you get started. Check out our activity sheets and notes for facilitators and more in our Actionable Innovation Toolkit to help you provide solutions that really matter. 

Disclaimer: The statements and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the positions of Thoughtworks.

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