|10 innovative Ideas|
1. Zero in
What, exactly, is the task before you? State it clearly—in one sentence, if possible. This may take time, but it's worth it. "A problem well-stated is half-solved," said American pragmatist John Dewey.
2. Take off
Start thinking and don't hold back. Write or sketch everything that comes to mind. Don't get hung up on the right answer. There isn't one.
Not comfortable free-associating? Then force yourself to think in patterns: What's similar? What's opposite? What's more specific? What's more general? What does it look like, sound like, smell like?
Think hard, but go fast. And don't get too fond of anything yet.
3. Talk it over
Grab a colleague. Lose your ego. Brainstorm together, leapfrogging
off each other's.