Keep your curiosity flowing —Borrowing or building on ideas is called Best Practices.
- Piggy back on clever ideas and build on them for new applications (i.e., pick a color from a famous work of art and use it as inspiration for women dresses or scarves.
- Look at ideas and info from many angles –use the four-sided box perspective
- Generalize an idea and then apply the broader idea in new situations
- Determine an idea’s underlying structure and apply new creativity to a comparable structure
- Shift the innovative idea in some way so it applies to a totally different situation
- Give credit for an idea, using it as a jumping off point for more research and impetus for new ideas
- Take ideas and creative viewpoints and assemble them in new ways others haven’t before (i.e., Applying Inner Tennis ideas + 10,000 hours concept + Mental Toughness = New ways to give Presentations.)
In each one of these creative instances, you’re looking for new applications– as you borrow creative ideas you can form a best practices frame and approach to problem solving and opportunity finding.