There is something about setting goals that helps to focus organizational efforts. When we set realistic and challenging goals for ourselves and others, we can often get the results we need. Goal setting has a place in generating innovative and creative solutions in the workplace as well. Using a tool called Idea Quota, we can create an environment that encourages breakthrough thinking.
Idea quota is goal setting and brainstorming combined! It is a way to force your brain to engage in breakthrough thinking. This is how it works:
1. Set a quota for the number of ideas that you want to come up with for the problem you face.
2. Brainstorm different ideas.
3. Try to meet the quota with different ideas in a given time deadline. (Build on previous ideas to develop new ideas. Take an opposite approach and make it an idea where feasible.)
If you lead or manage a group, give your team an idea quota and some time to come up with suggestions for you on how to solve a problem. You can create excitement and potentially better ideas by offering a reward, making it a fun competition, and recognizing those who come up with breakthrough solutions. The next time you face a difficult problem try imposing an idea quota on yourself. Combine this approach with assumption challenging and you have two powerful tools for your breakthrough thinking. Innovation is possible!