Whether it is for product innovation, marketing ideas or improved life in the workplace, businesses have their own approaches to finding the inspiration and generating the great ideas. Which got me thinking. Do businesses have the right approach to idea generation? What might be missing in their approach? Rather than look at the problem through the eyes of the business, I just thought a better place would be to see how we all individually get inspired. Where do we all have our moments of inspiration? Where do our ideas come from? I personally get great a rare moment of inspiration when I listen to music or when I am in the shower. But what seems to be the case with other people? So I decided to go and find out. I asked a number of people on twitter, at conferences that I spoke at, friends, as well as people I know in the business world. I simply asked where and when to they get their moments of inspiration. Why? Because business can learn a lot from how people think and behave. Business can be inspired by learning from how we as individuals are inspired. To become a more elegant business, companies need to question their present approach to idea generation and ask themselves if they are getting the best out of their incredible people.