10 Creative Ideas to Innovate Like a Pro

As an entrepreneur, you will need ideas. You will need many ideas. But, what makes a difference between more successful and average entrepreneurs? It is the level of creativity inside their ideas.

I have designed training to develop creative ideas for a group of entrepreneurs between six to eight that open the window for the different ways of seeing things around them. What I have learned through several training sessions is that all of them come uncomfortably to think outside the box to discover new possibilities, opportunities, and creative ideas.

It is not their fault. That’s the system that makes them think and do normal things for an average everyday person. But, we talk about innovation, entrepreneurship, and improving the world that we know today. So, we cannot talk about usual things. We need to talk about crazy things that nobody else has been doing until now.

Creative Ideas to Innovate Like a Pro

Here are ten creative ideas to bring new ideas to your company and help you to innovate like a pro.

1. Reframe current problems to enable seeing things differently.

Start reframing current problems around you to see things differently from how they are in normal conditions.

2. Observe more focused everything around you.

Become a more focused entrepreneur observing everything around you with a more focused and unique view. There are many possible innovative ideas. Sometimes the best ideas are behind your creativity to see them with the unique way of seeing things.

3. Is your physical working environment stimulative for new ideas?

Creativity, in large part, will depend on your closest environment. Is your working environment stimulative enough to encourage you to become more creative and bring on the table as much as possible new ideas?

4. Use questions starting with „Why”.

Many things are happening around you in each moment of your personal and professional life as an entrepreneur. But, many of them disappear from your attention. Everything interested for you can become ideal for the possible problem-solving solution. Simply start asking one of the most critical questions, „Why.” Why does this thing happen today? Why does it happen in such a way? Why is it painful for me? Or, why will someone else want to escape this thing? This is only a fraction of possible examples of questions you can ask.

5. Formulate proper question to ask.

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Answering different questions regardless of whether they are coming from inside or outside your company can increase your creativity and bring ideas to innovate like a pro. But, you will need the right question? What does it mean? You will need an actual question that also other people probably will try to find answers to. You will need essential questions that the answers will also be important for other people.

6. Establish procedures and rules for innovation.

This can sound crazy if you consider that procedures and rules are the biggest creativity killers to increase productivity. But, still, I think that you will need them. Why? Because you as an entrepreneur want to establish the supporting environment for creativity and innovation that will enable all your team members to be creative, to innovate. Sometimes they will not succeed, but they will try new things and learn something new.

On the other sides, failures mean that they will become closer to the right solution for the problem. Your procedures and rules need to award the efforts, not only the success. You cannot expect to encourage your team members to be creative if they know that the management will punish them if they fail. But, how can you expect creative ideas about innovation if they are afraid to be creative because of possible mistakes?

7. Combine totally unrelated things around you.

Why do you not start combining different objects around you? Or different places, ideas, and people? Sometimes it can bring you unique possibilities for innovative ideas. Take several unrelated objects, places, people, and ideas and start thinking about possible new products, new designs, new improvements, etc.

8. Increase your daily interactions with other people for another angle of view about the same problem.

You probably already have your thinking about how you can improve some things or improve some current processes or activities. But, including other people in your thinking can bring you a different angle of view for the same problem. So, if you want to bring other people’s ideas and think about your ideas, start increasing your daily interactions with different people.

9. Encourage teamwork to bring different perspectives, styles, goals, and skills on the same table.

Another way to bring other people’s thinking is to encourage teamwork in your company to bring different perspectives, styles, goals, and skills.

10. Allow experimentation to increase the creative process in your company.

One of the best ways to increase creativity in your company is allowing different experimentation from everyone in your team. Experiments will show mistakes, wrong conclusions, possible failures, and new solutions to improve the initial idea.

Dragan Sutevski

Posted by Dragan Sutevski

Dragan Sutevski is a founder and CEO of Sutevski Consulting, creating business excellence through innovative thinking. Get more from Dragan on Twitter. Contact Dragan