• Identify resources who have done this before in similar circumstances
  • Generates ideas to reapply
  • Walk and talk with others at work
  • Set aside specific time for ideas during the week — commit to it
  • Integrate it into other activities, like driving
  • Take 15 minutes to focus on a specific idea
  • Establish a goal as “something to make me laugh”
  • Spend time alone in an environment you like to stir up ideas


  • Brainstorm as a team
  • Have regular section meetings to discuss projects arid share ideas
  • Plan time-out off-site to generate ideas without evaluation
  • Appreciate some daydream time; gears are whirling behind the blank stare
  • Informal team conversations — no evaluation
  • Set aside some time to go to lunch together
  • Allow working at home
  • Allow for team meetings, committee meetings to share new ideas (brainstorming)
  • Have a team session at the “Idea Lab” at SWIG (or HCRC)
  • Create enough breathing room from daily work to be creative
  • Set aside an hour or two each week to research and discuss new ideas or how other companies are accomplishing their goals
  • Backup for people when they are off-site or at conferences or seminars (idea time)
  • Applaud the blank stare


  • Hold team brainstorming sessions that allow individuals to spend time developing new ideas
  • Provide sufficient resources