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What every boss must know about how to think artistically - imagination


You may have heard of Roger von Oech's book, A Whack on the Side of the Head: How to Unlock Your Mind for Innovation. It's as much fun to read as its title suggests. It covers the ten communal obstacles to creative thinking. It's about ways in which you can unlock your mind for innovation, for change, for more interest, or even for a career change.

Mr. Von Oech writes about the time when his English educator in high instruct put a small chalk dot on the blackboard and asked the class to tell him what it was. A few seconds passed, and then a big shot said, "It's a chalk dot on the board. " The rest of the class seemed relieved that the noticeable had been stated, and no one else had something more to say.

"I'm bowled over at you," replied the teacher, "Yesterday I did the same apply with a group of kindergartners, and they brain wave of fifty atypical effects the chalk mark could be:

* a cat's eye,
* a cigar butt,
* a star,
* a pebble,
* a squashed bug,
* a rotten egg,
* a head,
* and so on.

The example that I wish to share with you is the meaning of looking for more than one right answer. When you look, you will be astonished to learn how many answers are available.

We have been taught in discipline to look only for the first right counter to every problem. The be an average of being does this; the creative character looks for many.

Looking ahead of the first blend to a catch can answer in a whole new set of opportune solutions - solutions that can be a hundred times develop than the first one.

Remember: When you boost your potential, all and sundry wins. When you don't, we all lose.

© Etienne A. Gibbs, MSW

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Etienne A. Gibbs, MSW, Management Consultant and Trainer, conducts lectures, seminars, webinars, and writes articles on his theme: ". . . portion you augment your potential. " He offers management, marketing, and parenting income at hisMaximizing Y our Potential blog.

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