Leadership Tip

How to change your thinking

Groundbreaking ideas are no longer a luxury when success is contingent upon an organisation’s ability to adapt, innovate, and improve. To surface groundbreaking ideas, you need to challenge the long-held beliefs the people in your organisation hold about doing business. Here’s how to kill the status quo:

  1. Impose artificial limitations. It may seem counterintuitive, but this can spark creativity. By enforcing mock constraints – for example, focusing exclusively on existing customers – you are forced to dig deeper to uncover more inventive solutions.
     
  2. Compare your organisation to others. See how your company’s best practices stack up against others, especially those outside your industry. This is not about emulating others; it's about stimulating new ideas that might not come to light otherwise.
     
  3. Look for unorthodox opportunities. Don't confine your creative thinking to products or services. Instead, consider every touch point between you and your customers to improve how they interact with your organisation.

The above leadership tip...
was sent in response to a question from a participant on our acclaimed 10/10 leadership development and mentoring programme and adapted from Free Yourself from Conventional Thinking by Brian Klapper. Whether you're a first time manager or an experienced leader, straightforward, practical advice on best practice is hard to find. Until now. To find out how you, your team or your organisation can benefit, please contact us.


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