Ideation Techniques for Generating New Ideas (Part 3 of 3)


imageIn the book, THINKERTOYS, Michael Michalko, presents sets of techniques for generating ideas.

In my previous posts, I covered Ideation Techniques (Part 1 of 3) and Ideation Techniques (Part 2 of 3) for generating new ideas.

In this post, I’ll cover ideation techniques that help you change perspective so that you can gain new insights or breakthroughs.

Technique #1: Brutethink (Random stimulation)

Force a connection between two dissimilar concepts to create a new idea.

Technique #2: Hall of Fame (Forced Connection)

Produce ideas and insights by creating a relationship between your challenge and the words and thoughts of the world’s great thinkers.

Technique #3: Board of Directors (Forced connection)

Use a fantasy board of powerhouse business leaders and innovators who will assist you in overcoming your business challenges.

Technique #4: Circle of Opportunity (Forced connection)

Generate ideas by forcing a connective link between common attributes and your challenge.

Technique #5: Ideatoons (Pattern language)

Use abstract symbols instead of words to generate ideas.

Technique #6: Clevor Trevor (Talk to a stranger)

Increase the number and kind of people you talk to about your challenges to get ideas.

Key Take Aways

Here are my key take aways:

  • My favorite techniques from this set are Hall of Fame and Board of Directors. I really like the ideas of using reference examples such as your personal heroes in business and life. While they are a bit of work up front, I can see how they get easier over time. Imagine the personal cabinet of advisors you build over time to draw upon whenever you choose.
  • I think some of the concepts in Smart Questions: Learn to Ask the Right Questions for Powerful Results parallel the Clever Trevor technique.

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