Make an ideas wall. Put up ideas when they pop into
When you study the wall now and then, try to make
connections between the ideas.
When you are tired at a time during a day, try
using that time to do a brainstorming exercise.
Creativity exercise # 3
Then try again.
Step # 1
Think of a problem you have.
Step # 2
Try out an idea that can help solve the problem.
Step # 3
If it doesn’t work, try something else.
Creativity exercise # 4
Turn circles into new
products and/or services
During the next 2 minutes, please draw
and/or write - in the circles - as many
new services or products of a company
you work for or want to work for.
Inspired by Tim Brown.
Creativity exercise # 5
Do the opposite of
what is tradition
Try to think of a tradition in any area.
Now, try to do the opposite.
Creativity exercise # 6
Find new uses of something
In the next 15 minutes, try to discover as
many healthcare related uses for
your smartphone as you can – including
the use of mobile apps.
Creativity exercise # 7
Copy an idea
from another team
The team / department, who copies an idea
from another team / department and uses it to
create more value, gets a prize.
The team / department, that gets
an idea copied by another team /
department, also gets a prize.
When people in team A observe how
people in team B and C etc. do their work,
they may learn to do other things and/or
do things differently.
Very successful initiatives like the music event ”Barely Opera”,
show that constraints can help speed up creative thinking.
Examples of constraints:
Make the event happen in 2 weeks.
Ticket price: Maximum USD 10.
1. Which constraints cannot be ignored now?
2. Which constraints can be ignored now?
Creativity exercise # 9
What would you do if
you were someone else?
Please think about a problem you have at the moment.
Imagine what each of these people would do if he or she had
the same problem:
What would the person, you have a problem with, do?
What would your best friend do?
What would the best teacher, you ever had, do?
Creativity exercise # 10
Invite an external person
to your next meeting
Research shows that bringing together individuals
with diverse backgrounds can enhance the flow
of ideas, making people more open to new
information and finding ways to integrate it into
What about inviting an external person to your next meeting?
Question # 1
How many squares can you find in the picture
on the next page?
Question # 2
How did you arrive at this number?
Research shows that doing 30 minutes of aerobic exercise
increases our ability to solve problems creatively.
The effect lasts for up to 2 hours after we've finished
Research shows that people people, who
exercise 4 times a week, are able to think
Exercise stimulates neurogenesis within the hippocampus.
This means that exercise will increase the a person’s ability
to form creative ideas within the brain.
Take a shower.
Relax. Let your mind wander.
When you are showering alone, you're in
a personal space, free from negative
feedback, quizzical stares, and other
Showering is a relaxing and
stress free experience. That
helps set your mind free.
As we scrub under the shower, our minds
revert to a sort of neutral state in which
we are receptive to issues or themes
that bother us or that are unresolved.
While standing under the shade of an
apple tree, Sir Isaac Newton saw an
apple fall to the ground.
Newton asked himself questions:
Why should that apple always descend
perpendicularly to the ground? Why
should it not go sideways, or upwards,
but constantly to the earth’s center?
The concept of gravity was born.
Creativity exercise # 20
Sit next to an empty box
Creativity exercise # 21
Play with children’s toys
Creativity exercise # 22
like a kid
Acting like a kid and questioning everything,
you'll come up with the most unexpected insights.
Creativity exercise # 23
Take a small personal risk
Write down 5 acts that constitute personal
risk-taking upon which you promise to act.
Then fold the paper into a pea and place it in
Creativity method # 24
Imagine you are on a date with
a person you find attractive
Research shows that if people imagine themselves
being on a date with a person they find attractive,
they think more creatively.