A hippo taking a bath. Of course.
This is from today’s LinkedIn post:
If you’re generating lackluster ideas, maybe you need to warm up first!
Athletes warm up before an event. Musicians play scales. Artists draw quick sketches.
Roger Firestien, Ph.D., author of the new book, Create in a Flash, helps groups of business people become more open-minded by asking them questions like: • How do you get a hippopotamus out of a bathtub? • What are all the ways to improve a refrigerator? • What can you do with 10 tons of gelatin? • What can you do with 50,000 bowling balls that are flat on one side? “These are really silly challenges, not related to the problem at all,” he says. “[The exercises] train the group in the methods that they’re going to be using to generate those ideas. They sanction the time for speculation… And by working on something that’s admittedly silly, something that’s admittedly whimsical, people loosen up… they have some fun.” And fun (i.e. play) is ALWAYS good for creativity! —
Your turn: How DO you get a hippopotamus out of a bathtub? First thing that springs to mind—no pondering! .
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