The Post-it. The iPod. The Snuggie. Facebook. These all started with one idea from one person.
Whether they express them or not, your employees constantly have creative ideas swimming in their heads. How can managers get employees in the right atmosphere to generate such ideas and put them into words?
Here are 15 simple steps, according to a new book, Attention! by Jim Kukral, to help you and your employees spark creativity and produce great ideas:
1. Carry a notebook or digital voice recorder (or smartphone) to record ideas. You may think you’ll remember ideas that pop into your head, but you probably won’t. Get it on record ASAP.
2. Eavesdrop. Listen to people talking on the bus, at the coffee shop or in the elevator at work. You’ll get a good feel for what people care about: their concerns, wishes and interests.
3. Do something new. Sign up for a class, take up a new hobby, listen to a different kind of music. You’ll get...(register to read more)