Creativity is at a premium when it comes to finding growth opportunities and handling the ever-changing business landscape. That’s why many executives are interested in learning how to tap into their inner creative. Here’s one way to foster creativity in you and your staff:
Introduce Solo Storming
Mark Randall of Adobe Systems is a proponent of "solo storming"—he finds it more effective than brainstorming. Randall advises giving a problem to a small group of team members and having them each work on the problem on their own. Then create a merged list of all the proposed solutions you receive, and after you’re done, gather the team together to debate each idea and come up with the best solutions.
5 Important Business Lessons We Learned from the Girl Scouts
We love them for their cookies, but Girl Scouts offer up some valuable lessons about what’s really important in business:
Goal setting: The Scouts always set goals for how many boxes of cookies they want to sell, and then work with their troop to reach that goal. Setting goals and developing a plan to make those goals a reality is something every business owner should do, #obvi.
Decision making: Once they have a goal in mind, they make a series of informed decisions to put their plan to work.
Money management: “Managing the money coming in and the money going out is both beneficial during a cookie sale and crucial to the day-to-day operation of every small business,” writes Carla Turchetti of OPEN.
People skills: You capture more bees with honey, and more Thin Mint sales by being a nice, relatable person.
Business ethics: "Girls Scout’s honor" is a saying for a reason: Honesty and responsibility are lessons the Scouts value dearly.
"In fact pretty much through most of Bezos’ driving passion to build ‘The Everything Store,’ people thought he was pretty much nuts. He wasn’t a developer, wasn’t a retailer, wasn’t an author, wasn’t even a ‘visionary’ in the way that someone like Steve Jobs was."