Here a sequel to How to Get a More Beautiful Question?
Defining the thinking task before beginning an idea generation session is one of the most neglected stages.
Most starting questions are far too broad defined. For instance. “In What Ways Might We (IWWMW) get more clients?”. It is more helpful to break it down in smaller topics, as in
- “IWWMW add more value to our product”
- “IWWMW get more clients with help of our existing clients”
- “IWWMW use other product to sell ours”
Design at least 15 IWWMW’s by redefine the initial one in order to escape from the obvious and get a really creative challenge.
Avoid formulating IWWMW’s becoming too small. In that case the IWWMW will just be a concrete solution and will not give you a direction for further searching new ideas.
Then make the challenge less boring and more sexy. That is: make them more imaginative, outreaching, challenging, interesting. For instance: sex up “IWWMW get more clients by using our existing clients” into “our clients collect so much organic waste that we have to export it”.
Follow up by adding a constraint: people, money, time, channels.
Finally, construct a propelling question that has a contradiction in it.
A propelling question is one that drives forward the effort for creative thinking by using a bold ambition and a significant restriction. For instance: “let’s get 50 more clients by firing all account managers”.
The technique of the creative focus is to force oneself outside common thinking, already before the creative thinking session actually get started.