The more we dig into new ways of working, the more we discover methods and tools that promise to turn our teams in super efficient thinking machines. The question is, should we use methods, all the time, in every single project? Here are some tips to help you decide when you need to use one of these tools.
Only if it feels natural
It's great to bring teams out of their comfort zone, although you should never force them. If a method doesn't get you in the perfect flow, it's probably not the right one.
Only if you have time
Every method has its learning curve and that's why we should be realistic when we choose one for our project. Don't try to squeeze exercises if you won't be able to complete them. Choose quality over quantity.
To fight against routine
Combine, change and regularly introduce small variations to improve the methods you use. When something becomes a norm, it gets boring. This applies to everything, even to creative methods. Don't fall into repetition.
To achieve higher goals
Introduce new exercises when you want to get better results. For example: when your team gets stuck or when you have to work on challenging projects and briefings where you need to over perform.
Next time you are wondering if you should introduce that new creative method you saw on a blogpost ask yourself: what do we need right now for this project? Will this method help or distract us?
We talked to Sven to know how they are using Triggers in their daily work.
It's not easy to comment on other people's work without pissing them off or making them feel judged. Smart creatives know how to use feedback as a powerful tool to grow the quality of their work and inspire others to do better.
The creative process can be much like a rollercoaster. Up and down and up again in no time. It's impossible to avoid these emotional curves, but what you can do is identify them and fight back.
It's a good thing to fight for ideas we believe in, altho it's useless if we fight for them just because they are ours. When you work in teams to create solutions to a problem, it should never be a personal competition to see who contributed to the winning idea; it's about working together towards the same goal.
It's difficult for people to go from 0 to 10 in no time. That's why we recommend you to prepare some warming exercise before you get everyone to work, especially if you are running a workshop with clients. With these simple tricks, you'll make sure you break the ice and have your team's brain ready to ideate.
Triggers is excellent opening creative paths and making it very easy for everyone to come up with ideas. Even your clients don't have any training; they'll have a great and useful time using the cards.
A goal is the essential part of a team. Without a goal, your team is just a group of people gathering around. There would be no purpose and no clear direction. That's why, before every creative meeting, we advise you to set the goal of the session very clear.
It is a common problem. It could be personality, personal situation, or trust issues. Whatever the reason is, the problem is always the same: not everyone contributes with ideas when brainstorming. Even when it could sound like a huge issue and some difficult to solve, it's not. You just need to introduce one simple step in your creative sessions: first write, then share.
Admit it. We don't know how to listen really. It's a common thing. When someone comes to tell us something, while we are listening, we already think what to answer. It's an automatic mechanism inside of us, and it usually leads to a lot of prejudges and misunderstandings.
Ideating with Triggers cards could be addictive! That isn't necessarily a bad thing (we assure you there are no health contraindications), but we recommend to put a limit on the number of cards you use for each session.