“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”. Albert Einstein.
When I ‘draw a creative blank’, I find it can be helpful to take a moment or two to try and think differently. I start by thinking about the process of what I am trying to achieve – how am I actually trying to achieve this task? Is there a different way I could be doing it?
In my day to day work with various teams, I find all too often there is a clear emphasis on thinking about the team’s task, with an almost complete exclusion of thinking about the process by which they complete the task.
There is growing evidence that teams who look at how they do things, alongside what they do, are more likely to be effective and high performing. The process of ‘thinking differently’ could help teams and individuals find a more constructive way forward and in doing so, unlock the solutions to their problems.
So when you are ‘drawing a blank’, take a moment to think about how you are approaching the task, not just what you are doing, and whether there might be an even better way to do it. You never know, it could unleash a new creative energy in you!
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