Monday, June 17, 2013

Idea Torrents - Full Speed Thinking

At a recent training seminar on the topic of Creative Problem Solving (hosted by Kristen Peterson) we were presented with a methodology for unleashing our brains from our assumptions and prejudices.  This strategy is rapid idea documentation.  It turns out that when we think deliberately, we tend to self-censor ideas that at first don't make sense to us.  We then often only document and develop ideas which feel "safe" and straight forward.

Creative ideas often result from one from having the gall to look at a topic from every angle no matter how ridiculous it may seem.  During the seminar we participated in a few exercises where we generated ideas using a Let it Flow mentality.  We were tasked with documenting simple ideas at high speed with a focus on high quantity.  This method took away our mind's usual way of self censoring ideas.

I loved this so much, that I went wild when asked to brainstorm, for a couple of minutes, ideas on how to make Walt Disney Imagineering remarkable.  As already stated, this list is fast and furious with no censorship.  The quality and potential of the ideas may be uneven, the the quantity opens many doors of possibility...

How to Make Walt Disney Imagineering Remarkable

  • Encourage Movement of Cast
  • Require Defined Objectives
  • Commit to Honesty
  • Embrace our Gut Feelings
  • Develop Business Cases for Our Preferences
  • Take Actions to Make You the Change That Makes Walt Disney Obsolete
  • Have Courage to Commit to the Well Being of Our Guests
  • Assume Yes!
  • Develop Emotional Literacy
  • Require Feedback
  • Educate Ourselves on Humility of the Individual Guest's Experience
  • Share Our Passions
  • Demand Evidence & Support of Ideas
  • Talk to Our Audience
  • Define Our Values
  • Choose Flexibility
  • Require Accountability
  • Eliminate "We" from Commitments
  • Require Respect
  • Stand as Individuals
  • Embrace our Differences
  • Require Cross-Pollination of Personalities
  • Eliminate "We" from Declarations
  • Only Accept Service Oriented Leadership
  • Eliminate Hierarchy

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