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Where do ideas come from?

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 12 February 2003



Where do ideas come from?
WeblogGurteen Knowledge Log
Posted DateWednesday 12 February 2003 11:22 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
CategoriesIdeas; Creativity

Yesterday I came across a website that had what I thought was a really fantastic feature and my mind set to work as to how I might implement that feature on my own website.

Immediately I could see little ways of improving on the feature. As I did not have time to start wok on it right then - it went on my to-do list but the idea is so good that it keeps flitting across my mind.

A few minutes ago I was in the bathroom drying after a shower - this is the 'workspace' where I frequently have my most creative thoughts. All I was doing was running the idea through my head for the umpteenth time, imaging how I might implement it., imaging how I would launch it, completely visualizing the final entity when all of a sudden the idea just transformed itself inside my head! It was still the same basic concept but in a flash it metamorphosed into something hugely more powerful.

The question is "What happened?". What caused the flip in my head - to see the idea a little differently and transform it. I don't know.

The funny thing is that a month ago when I did not have a broadband connection and was not permanently connected to the web I would have probably not realized the significance of the feature in the original website and so none of this would have happened.

There is a lot to learn here about the birth of new ideas; their nurturing and evolution. Its triggered some interesting thinking. Maybe I should have another shower Smile!

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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