There are many lists of things that highly creative people do. I’m not going to replicate one of those here but just leave listeners with one question to answer – Do you ask the BIG questions?
There are many lists of things that highly creative people do. I’m not going to replicate one of those here but just leave readers with one question to answer:
Do you ask the BIG questions?
Creative people are curious and highly creative people are very curious indeed. Rather than just wander through life they will wonder how, what, why, when etc about almost everything. They will not be trivial questions like ‘I wonder why Mrs Jones painted her door blue’ but more profound like ‘If you could track the water molecules in a river, where would they go?’ or ‘If the mountain came to Mohammed, how many lorry loads of rock were there?’.
Such thoughts lead to other things, ideas get played with or maybe shared and then the Eureka moment happens!
Creative people also have a habit of saying ‘Hold that thought’ and then going off on another tack or suspending belief completely. One of my favourite quotes is from an old children’s favourite – Winnie The Pooh.
“Hallo Rabbit,” he said, “is that you?” “Let’s pretend it isn’t,” said Rabbit, “and see what happens.”
So do you ask the big questions are are you concerned with how many hours it is until you can go home from work? Do some homework, think big, daydream, go off-piste with your thinking and play. Let me know how you get on.
Asking the right questions can often get us off to a good start. Below is a list of some questions that you might like to ask yourself either as a group or as an individual. The questions might provide useful answers or lead you to explore other avenues.
- What is the biggest (avoidable) hassle that our customers have to put up with?
- Are there any recent changes in rules or regulations that affect our customers?
- Who does/does not use or products/services?
- Who is prevented from using our products/services?
- Where do our products/services perform unexpectedly well/badly?
- Does anyone use our products/services in ways that we never intended?
- Who does this the best/worst? What can we learn from them?
- How could this be improved if I had all of the resources that I needed?
- Can we improve our products our services by changing people, materials or technology?
- What are our top 5 sources of business?
- What facilities are least used/most used?
- Can we make our offerings easier to understand/buy?
- Do we know the cost structure of our offerings?
- Who benefits the most from our products/services?
- Do we have all of the skills that we require?
- Do we understand the competitive landscape?
- Are we duplicating our efforts in any way?
- What could we do better with more training?
- Do we have the right resources/sufficient resources?
- Can we bend the rules? Have we tested the rules?