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Daily Quote

From: Patsy S. L.
Sent on: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 8:58 AM
I promised you the six step fandango, and I'm a man who keeps his promises.

So come on let's dance. You can test it out by taking on a real challenge you're faced with right now.

1. Give yourself some time
You don't need much. 5 minutes is great. 10 minutes, luxury!

2. Get away from your usual place of work
That doesn't mean leaving the building - it can just be turning your chair around. But shift out of that 'be efficient and focused place' we all have.

3. Set yourself a target of new ideas
Five is the minimum... after that, you can go crazy.

4. Press the 'mute' button
You need to shut up that little voice inside your head that just went, "I can't have five ideas ... I'm not that creative ... I'm no good at this."

(Did you know the biggest influence on your ability to be creative is your belief that YOU CAN be creative?  So just for the next five minutes, pretend that you're creative and at you're up for this. Go on - it'll be fine.)

5. Ask yourself some powerful creative questions
This will open things up. Here are some of my favorites:

    If you could not fail, what would you do?
    What's the easiest thing to do?
    What's the boldest thing to do?
    What's the fun thing to do?
    What's the counter-intuitive thing to do?
    What's the safest thing to do?

6. Start shaping a solution
Take the best idea or ideas and start planning how you're going to do what you want to do.

So... What's possible?

Here's to your Great Work.

Warm wishes,

Michael Bungay Stanier
Senior Partner, Box of Crayons

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