I’m always looking for innovative ways to think up new projects; about problems and answers; and to understand workforce issues and opportunities.
Recently I came across Speed Thinking by Ken Hudson which has 4 steps:
1. Start – brainstorm 9 ideas in 2 minutes (individually or in a group)
2. Evaluate – in 2 minutes pick the best idea in 2 minutes
3. Build – make this 1 idea 9 times better in 2 minutes
4. Action – identify 9 action steps in 2 minutes
Blue Ocean Strategy by W Chan Kim & Renee Mawborgne 2005 aims to create value innovation with their 4 actions framework:
– Reduce – Which factors should be reduced?
– Create – Which factors should be created?
– Raise – Which factors should be raised?
– Eliminate – Which of the factors should be eliminated?
Think Better by Tim Hurson says productive thinking in action starts with:
– What’s the itch?
-What’s the impact?
-What’s the information
– What do you know and wonder?
-What the vision?
Thinking differently doesn’t often come naturally and using these techniques moves you away from looking at things in the same old way.