Try some approaches that are new to you in order to boost your innovation capability.
If you are planning a major change, a big initiative, a new product launch or something really innovative then try writing a future news story. Imagine that the project has been a surprisingly big success. A reporter in a major newspaper or on TV files a glowing report. Write it up. It should include.
Write the report and then share it with your team or whoever is working with you on the project. It should be amusing and provocative. More importantly it should help you focus on the benefits of your plan and the challenges you have to overcome. It will provide a fruitful basis for discussion and should be highly motivational for everyone involved.
Of course you should separately consider all the ways in which the project could fail. One way to do this is with the pre-mortem or fake failure. The leader of innovation is schizophrenic. They aim for great heights and encourage their team with a glorious picture of the importance of the goal and the worthiness of achieving it. But they remain well aware of the dangers and pitfalls along the way.
Paul is a professional keynote conference speaker and expert facilitator on innovation and lateral thinking. He helps companies improve idea generation and creative leadership. His workshops transform innovation leadership skills and generate great ideas for business issues. His recent clients include Airbus, Microsoft, Unilever, Nike, Novartis and Swarovski. He has published 30 books on lateral thinking puzzles, innovation, leadership and problem solving (with over 2 million copies sold). He also acts as link presenter at conferences and facilitator at high level meetings such as a corporate advisory board. He has acted as host or MC at Awards Dinners. Previously, he was CEO of Monactive, VP International of MathSoft and UK MD of Ashton-Tate. He recently launched a series of podcast interviews entitled Insights from Successful People.