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Use the “10-minute Storm” exercise to come up with solutions to a problem:

  • Define the problem that you want to solve. 
  • Grab a pen and a piece of paper, not your computer keyboard.  
  • Set a timer for 10 minutes.  
  • Write whatever comes to mind about the problem for the full 10 minutes. If your mind is blank, write “I don’t have a thought right now.” Just keep writing.  
  • Analyze what you have written. Circle the points that stand out. Look for patterns and connections. Doing so will lead you to the solution.

— Adapted from “How to Train Your Brain,” Jeff Henderson, Intentional Leadership, http://michaelhyatt.com.

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