Do your fact-finding before you start to generate new ideas

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(Copyright © 2015 by Chesney Bradshaw, all rights reserved)
(Copyright © 2015 by Chesney Bradshaw, all rights reserved)

I visited a solar farm and found out that one of the maintenance issues was the grass growing below the solar panel banks. In the winter the grass was low but when the summer rains come the grass grows quickly and has to be maintained. Various options or alternatives have been looked at but no new ideas have yet been implemented.

This is the thing: when you come up against a problem, you need to do some fact-finding beforehand to fully understand the nature of the problem. In this case what the owners could do is to do some fact-finding by bringing in a soil expert or a horticulturist. Either would give an accurate assessment of what can and can’t be done. The initial solutions about using grass poisons or even bringing in sheep to “mow” the lawn could have implications that are costly.

This is why in my book “Breakthrough Ideas” I go into problem definition. It’s important to know the nature of the problem you are facing in most situations before you get into the generative or idea generation stage. When you have clearly defined your problem or objective then comes the step of fact-finding. Once you are clear about your facts, you will find that you come up with more realistic, real-world solutions and ideas.

In “Breakthrough Ideas” I show you many simple and practical ways to come up with new business ideas. It’s based on real-world experience, research into creativity, proven methods and ideas that have succeeded. By the end of the first chapter, which will only take a few minutes, you will produce new ideas that could spark your personal or business breakthrough.

Here is a list of “golden rules” to guide you in developing your creative capacity, your ability to bring creativity to your life and business:

– Use simple techniques that are proven and which you enjoy
– Personal breakthroughs come when you are prepared – practice, practice, practice
– Start the idea generation process by clearly defining the problem and doing fact-finding
– See your world through fresh eyes
– You become more creative by using creative tools more often
– Connecting unrelated objects often leads to unexpected new combinations
– Let ideas “cool” before evaluation so you can select the most promising so you can evaluate them with the rational left side of your brain
– Developing and implementing ideas follows a definite process and framework that is easy to understand and apply

Do you want to learn to speed up your idea generation? I’m going to strongly recommend that you check out “Breakthrough Ideas”. Just invest a few hours in yourself and you’ll find solutions faster and come up with more viable ideas.

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