More than any other situation Change is about cooperation and collaboration. No matter if your company is in serious trouble or just wants to find a new way to line itself up – it always needs people to initiate, moderate, steer, coordinate and live that Change.
So what? The problem is that often people simply don´t know how to cooperate. Of course people cooperate on a daily base, but this is mostly routine, it´s like a form of vegetative state. Change causes different needs and different needs urges people to modify their behavior.
Over years I have collected several “Creativity Techniques” to support Cooperation between people – not only in times of Change. It is always better to be prepared than surprised…
What are Creativity Techniques?
Creativity techniques are heuristic methods to facilitate creativity in a person or a group of people. They are most often used in creative problem solving.
Generally, most creativity techniques use associations between the goal (or the problem), the current state (which may be an imperfect solution to the problem), and some stimulus (possibly selected randomly). There is an analogy between many creativity techniques and methods of evolutionary computation.
In problem-solving contexts, the random word creativity technique is perhaps the simplest such method. A person confronted with a problem is presented with a randomly generated word, in the hopes of a solution arising from any associations between the word and the problem. A random image, sound, or article can be used instead of a random word as a kind of creativity goad or provocation.
The drawing technique can seem more acceptable than imagery work and freehand expressive drawing often helps to liberate spontaneous thoughts that can’t yet be put into words. Drawings may have meanings that are not consciously realised when drawn; they just ‘feel right’
Drawing to Evoke Personal Insights
- Setting the frame, spend some time contemplating a problem in a relaxing environment. Ask your intuitive self: ‘what is the current state?’, look for symbols, scenes or images representing your situation, with the certain knowledge that you’re not after a definitive answer right away.
- Expressing the image, on a large sheet of paper, using a variety of colours draw the images you have visualised. Allow the images to flow in no set direction, as if the images on the paper were directing as to how they want to be seen, try using your ‘opposite’ hand. Defer judgement.
- Associating with words, for each symbol drawn, write down the first word that comes to mind. Now write a paragraph containing all the words, expanding this as your thoughts and feelings flow freely. Realise these results are impressions of your subconscious, and they can be modified if you feel you want to.
Using Drawings to Establish an Evocative Theme for a Meeting
Drawings that have been prepared prior to a meeting can be used to provide a focal point or theme. Some time preceding the meeting an elected person(s) creates a thematic image, this is displayed at the meeting beside the agenda and is used to assist in prompting comments about the purpose of the meeting.
Recording Ideas on ‘Rich Pictures’
Drawing ideas and displaying them on a wall-chart rather than recording them as a written list is actually how for many of us our thoughts grow naturally. This pictorial outline can be translated into a traditional linear written list at a later date if necessary.