How To Find Ideas?

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Say, how do you find ideas? Have you ever paid attention?  As different as we humans are, that is how different we come to ideas. Some stumble over it in the shower. Some develop it together with colleagues. And others conquer themselves in a lonely struggle at the desk. Each of us is different and there is no royal road to creativity and ideas. There are only personal skills and preferences. Knowing, using and optimizing them can help you get ideas easier.  Many paths lead to ideas... 


Yes, they do indeed exist: creative geniuses who have one flash of inspiration after the next. But they are not the rule. Much more often, ideas are the result of patient small work or joint brainstorming. So do not be discouraged if you are not a genius. Forge one or the other.

Even more, few ideas are really new. On the contrary. Many are noticing what is already there. They change it, improve it, and combine it with other things. Should you have a look for this: Quizlet. Even so, there you can gain ideas and even more. And to have ideas and implement ideas is not the same. Some people like to brood one idea after another, but they are not particularly interested in their implementation. Others may be strong, but occasionally need a boost of fresh ideas. They are both creative. 

For you: If you belong to one of these groups and want to realize an idea, then you acquire the missing skills or get someone in the boat that has them. 

As I said, there are many ways to ideas. Nevertheless, some patterns can be found. Use the following list to get a look for your own favorites. The more targeted you can use them and find ideas.

The Thinker

Thinkers breed at their desk. They do not want to be disturbed and prefer to work alone. Distraction by others only blocks their thoughts and creativity. When they have a problem or question knocked out from all sides, they reappear and present their ideas.

Do such and similar statements apply to you?

• I like being able to deal with a problem in peace.

• I always come to brainstorms and meetings on tours and ideas.

• I do not understand how to talk about problems. You have to think it through.

• I love the challenge of having to crack a difficult nut alone.

• The comments of others can unsettle and block me.

The communicative

Communicators need interaction with others to deliver creative excellence. They love to throw each other the balls, and to be inspired by the comments and ideas of others. This not only gives them a boost of their own ideas, but also helps them to improve their weak points.

Do such and similar statements apply to you?

• I am the strongest when I can solve problems in the team.

• In creative sessions I feel as good as a fish in the water.

• I'm a chatterbox. If I have an idea, it does not stay secret for long.

• When I'm working on a problem alone, I'm getting into swimming.

• Without the perspective of others, I run the risk of destroying and blocking myself.

The improver

Improvers simply cannot leave something as it is. It itches in her fingers to continue to file and screw. The perfect solution is the goal; half-measures do not like it. Improvers rarely have a brainwave. But they are good at identifying weaknesses and optimizing ideas. Whether that of your own team or that of the competition.

Do such and similar statements apply to you?

• Good is never good enough. There is certainly something to improve.

• I do not understand how anyone can be satisfied with these shortcomings.

• I think it is nice to help others with tips and suggestions for improvement.

• It may happen that I am considered a critic mutton.

• If I cannot continue to tweak something, I cannot enjoy it anymore.

The hunter and gatherer

Hunters and gatherers gather - knowledge and ideas. They are extremely noisy for suggestions from the outside. Some would call what they do steal. You see it as an inspiration. What comes their way, is taken, sacked and processed subconsciously. The combination of existing ideas for new ideas is their strength. And often the implementation of what others only dream about.

Do such and similar statements apply to you?

• I am like a sponge. I keep picking up new things.

• I enjoy combining and bringing things together.

• I like to watch how the others do it. You can learn a lot from that.

• If I need an idea, then I will look first at what is already there.

• I also heard everything materially. You can certainly use that again.

And then there were...

The stubborn ones: they bite on a problem like a terrier, and they do not let up until they solve it. Getting them in between with something else would only irritate her.

The Intuitive: Biting yourself is not your thing. If they get stuck, let go. At some point, her subconscious will find a solution - in the shower or in the park.

The experimenters: They like to try something out. Your output of ideas is high, but some things have to be mothballed again. If they do not run out of breath on the way, they learn quickly and always produce better ideas.

The planners: They work out an idea patiently and in every detail. If your solution is not outdated before, it often proves to be particularly sustainable.

And others more...

Do you recognize yourself?

Use your skills...

Of course, such types can only be a thinking model. No one bothers constantly with problems or holds one creative session after the next. Most of us are more of a mix.

Yet, it cannot be denied - the fact that everyone has certain preferences and abilities. Knowing them is a first step in consistently using them.

• Thinkers, creating retreat spaces to tinker with their ideas.

• Communicative by building a network for mutual feedback.

• Improvement by purposefully analyzing and learning from the work of others.

• Hunters and collectors, gaining the broadest possible overview.

• And so on.

Then you will also find your ideas - whether in the shower or together with colleague

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