Give time to creative thinking

Paul Olley said:\r\n\r\n“I made an international reputation by thinking twice each week,”\r\n\r\nHe outlined the components of successful generative (creative) thinking as these\r\n


  1. Time – give time to think
  2. \r\n

  3. Think – once or twice a week or month – not once a year
  4. \r\n

  5. Space – find space to think: go to a hotel for 2 hours each week
  6. \r\n

  7. Relax – it helps
  8. \r\n

  9. Topic – don’t pick a low grade or minor issue. Pick a big one. “if we had to do ‘X’ how would we do it?”
  10. \r\n

  11. Be focused – but not on anything. Be focused on opportunities and solutions. The object is not just to think but to decide
  12. \r\n

  13. Tools – find tools that work for you , well known ones perhaps, such as from Tony Buzan or Edward de Bono.
  14. \r\n

  15. Strategrams – draw strategic diagrams to summarise your thinking
  16. \r\n

  17. Intuition – use intuition rather than hard data
  18. \r\n

\r\nPS if you didn’t link to the Edward de Bono video above … do it here! Edward de Bono