Most groups have more creative capacity than they demonstrate. It is a mistake to assume that a group that doesn't seem to generating a lot of creative ideas can't. Here are three things I do to evoke and stimulate creative capacity in groups.
- Invite them to consider what they think would be "impossible."
- Invite them to grow their list of possibilities beyond the obvious.
- Invite them to take a walk with a new question they're unprepared to answer.
Each strategy kick starts different ideas. Each gives people permission to go beyond the known, the reasonable and expected.