Ingredients You Need for Personal Innovation (Part 2)
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In my blog: Ingredients You Need for Personal Innovation (Part 2), I suggested that in order to enhance your potential for personal growth it is important to surround yourself with the right people.  But what then?

Here are some quick tips on how to spark the creative process by including others.

  1. Meet once a month for two hours with a group of 5 people (preferably of differing backgrounds/expertise) and discuss the most current innovations that are in the news.
  2. Share a relevant article with a few peers and ask for their thoughts about the subject.
  3. Interview a person from a different generation and ask them to describe what excites them and what causes them concern about the future.  (Interview someone older and someone younger and compare the perspectives.)
  4. Use a marker board and identify in one sentence a challenge that you are stuck on.  Post the challenge for one week. Invite people to write out in “key words” ideas that might help.
  5. Join a LinkedIn group within your industry and start a discussion.  No gimmicks.  Give a scenario and ask people how they would handle a situation.


I'd be interested in some of the ideas that you have found helpful for including others in the creative process!  Let me know what works for you.

- Steven Iwersen


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