Thomas Edison changed the world of technology.
Albert Einstein changed the world of physics.
Charles Darwin changed the world of biology.
Not many of us will ever achieve that level of brilliance, but we’re all looking for creative thinking, better ideas, and more innovative solutions.
To get there, you have to let go of your everyday thinking and embrace your inner genius by generating as many ideas and taking as many risks as possible.
Here’s how to generate ideas like a genius.
Brainstorm. Generate as many ideas, alternatives, and conjectures as possible–don’t worry about the quality of your ideas but how many you can come up with. There will be time to assess them later, and even if you end up tossing out nearly all of them, all you really need is one great idea.
Withhold judgment. No matter how wild or unlikely your ideas are, keep them coming. To look at old subjects with new eyes, it’s critical to try out different perspectives until you find the one that will serve you best. The object is to let your mind run free, not to judge.
Make a list. Write down or otherwise record every idea, even the ones that don’t seem worth bothering with. Even the worst idea may include an element you can use, and you don’t want to be in the frustrating position of thinking, Wait, what was it? Later you can use your list to connect the dots.
Elaborate and improve. Come up with variations of your ideas by incorporating random or unrelated factors. Look for alternative ways to think about a subject even if the old ways are working well.
Simmer and incubate. Allocate time to simmer your thoughts and allow them to incubate–creativity takes time. So work on a problem, generate ideas, then walk away and do something completely different. Don’t think about the problem for some time but leave it on the back burner. You may be surprised at what your subconscious can do when you leave things alone.
We all want to bring our best qualities and best ideas to the things we do. To improve the way we think, the way we lead, and the way we manage our time, the first step is to improve the way we think. Who knows? You might truly be the smartest person in the room someday.
N A T I O N A L B E S T S E L L E R
THE LEADERSHIP GAP
What Gets Between You and Your Greatness
After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.
Additional Reading you might enjoy:
- 12 Successful Leadership Principles That Never Grow Old
- A Leadership Manifesto: A Guide To Greatness
- How to Succeed as A New Leader
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- 4 Proven Reasons Why Intuitive Leaders Make Great Leaders
- The One Quality Every Leader Needs To Succeed
- The Deception Trap of Leadership
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Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.