It’s good for you and your team to get out of your routine every once in awhile.
While sticking with your same old habits and practices feels secure, it can also hinder your creativity.
A few small changes can often be refreshing, giving you a renewed vision. It can be fun to experience something in a brand-new way.
These are the first baby-steps to making larger changes in behavior that will drive innovation.
Your learning environment was probably full of clay, paint, music, dress-up clothes and constant stimulation.
You were able to use your whole body as a part of the learning experience because movement was important.
As an adult, you’re expected to learn with much less engagement and activity. Is it any wonder that old dogs struggle to learn new tricks?
It’s time to try infusing your professional life with a little creativity. It’s good for your brain and it’s good for your work!
This is an exercise that’s meant to get you and your team out of your comfort zone.
Getting out of your comfort zone can be scary, but you undermine your ability to be innovative when you lean toward comfort and familiarity.
Merriam-Webster describes the word improvise like this:
“To make, invent, or arrange offhand; to make or fabricate out of what is conveniently on hand.”
A great improviser knows how to respond when thrown into an unfamiliar situation – like an unexpected change – because they’re used to using what they have around them to get the job done.
As you learn to apply these improv principles to your work, being an innovator will start to come to you more naturally and you’ll be able to more creatively solve the problems you encounter.
Do you have another tried-and-true method to move you out of your comfort zone?
Go through the exercise and note the impact it has on your thinking.