Creativity and the ability to build ideas together is a faculty we all have, much like the capacity to figure out the answer to 2 x 2. Once we know the formula, the rest is easy.
Coming up with ideas with your team can be either a dream or a chore. But the process can be a dream every time through taught skills like active listening and implementing improv’s fundamental concept of “Yes, and”. More can be gained from exploring, even if only briefly, each idea that is presented and seeing where things go, rather than batting away every initial idea that doesn’t exactly fit a predetermined model as is.
And the best way to achieve an easy creativity flow within a team is for everyone to remain open minded about what the outcome and/or solution looks like. As individuals we all think and see things differently. If everyone enters an idea building session with a solution already in mind, and resolves that any solution that isn’t similar to that is invalid, progress is going to be a struggle as each individual’s idea is shut down by everyone else.
What’s to be Gained
- Active listening and good observation skills, which helps with finding even unintended ideas and information
- An understanding of how to accept and then build on any idea that comes your way
- Creativity meetings that involve less friction as ideas flow around the room much more easily
Most Useful For
- Those in creative and innovative environments, e.g. Marketing professionals and those in STEM fields
- Team leaders and key decision makers who want to foster progress in their domain