Management Tip of the Day: Think like an innovator

Wed Nov 9, 2011 8:52am EST
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Thinking differently and hunting for solutions in new environments does not come naturally to everyone but when done frequently it can transform good ideas into great ones, says Harvard Business Review.

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"Most people struggle to do what innovators excel at: connecting the unconnected. Here are three ways to get in the habit of making new associations:

1. Just do it. Force associations across different ideas when they don't come naturally. Ask yourself: What else could this idea be connected to?

2. Shake it up. When associations don't emerge, try forcing them to surface. Put seemingly unrelated ideas or words together and see what comes to mind. The creative combinations may spark a new idea.

3. Repeat. Research shows that if you practice associational thinking long enough, the task will energize you rather than exhaust you."

- Today's management tip was adapted from "Learn How to Think Different(ly)" by Jeff Dyer and Hal Gregersen.

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