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#415: Consultants Do Well to Think Outside the Plane

Posted By Mark Haas CMC FIMC, Friday, October 15, 2010
Updated: Friday, October 15, 2010
I read a lot of business and management books and journals to come up with new services for my clients and extend my practice. Yet, what I have come up with are services many others already provide. What other ways can you suggest I could "think outside the box" to get new ideas?

You may have just answered your own question. If you are reading the same journals and books as everyone else, you will come up with the same "solutions" they do.

What I am about to suggest is anathema to most left brain consultants. However, if you want to get good at something, then spend time with the people who are already good at it. If it is creativity you seek, then spending some time with artists (choose your medium) and cut loose from your same way of thinking.

Consider the papercut work of Peter Callesen . The challenge was to see what can be done with a single sheet of paper. The results are absolutely amazing - and each entry is different in its own way. After spending some time contemplating all the different ways the artist created something entirely new when presented with a challenging constraint, what methods will you use to create new services or approaches to your existing services?

Tip: See the incredible results of his creativity and his ability to see beyond the two-dimensions of a sheet of paper.

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Tags:  creativity  innovation  learning  product development 

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Thomas K. Casey CMC says...
Posted Saturday, October 16, 2010
Another approach is to spend more time discussing business with college students, who have very unique approaches to solving business issues
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