“To know the way, we go the way, we do the way.  The way we do, the things we do, it’s all there in front of you.  But if you try too hard to see it, you’ll only become confused…..”
― Benjamin HoffThe Tao of Pooh


Creativity in the US has been declining, as measured by Torrance scores, since 1990.  Meanwhile intelligence scores are going up.    I wonder if we are thinking about things too much and in these days with easily available information confusing ourselves with too much data!

I recently spent one hour in a workshop with complete strangers where we developed seven pretty good ideas for improving conferences.  The workshop was called Human Centered Design and was designed to teach and practice design and innovation techniques.  We worked in teams of four to come up with an idea and communicate it to the rest of the group.  Seven groups, seven ideas in one hour!

The time crunch helped in many ways

– no time for any preconceived notion…instead we went straight into step one to understand customer needs

– no time to ponder inconsistencies in data…we just use it all as input

– no time to “own” a solution…we all added to the germ of an idea to enhance it

– no time to consider the potential success (or not) of an idea…we just had to get it out there

An interesting experience and one I’m going to learn from…

Giving people extra time to make decisions isn’t always going to lead to better decisions.  Those gut instincts come pretty quickly and for some decisions they are the best ones to follow!

What is your experience?