I misread the question in this tweet yesterday – maybe because I was reading it in the car after church. No, I wasn’t driving yet.
Or should I say I wasn't driving “yet-ish.”
Creative Thinking Questions
Anyway, I thought the question was about my favorite creative thinking questions. We’ve never covered that, so writing about my favorite creative thinking question immediately suggested a blog post.
Here’s my favorite creative thinking question: How could we make it ______________?
As my quick jottings show, among all the possible creative thinking questions, this one does a wonderful job of:
- Linking strategy and implementation (How)
- Getting you looking to the future (could)
- Implying collaboration (we)
- Being active since it presupposes doing something (make)
All that, plus it can work (perhaps with a little finessing) as a lead-in question to three of my favorite creative thinking exercises:
- Trait Transformation (or its more well-known name, SCAMPER)
- What’s It Like?
- Change Your Character
That's a hard working question!
My Favorite Creative Thinking Question So Far
So although this is an answer for an unasked question, “How could we make it _____________?” is at the top of my list of creative thinking questions – so far. There could always be a new one to displace it, but that will take some doing!
Anybody else have a question I can misread and turn into a blog post?
Send them my way! - Mike Brown